Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Youtube and other video issues in Chrome | Ubuntu

The videos, flash plugins and other high graphic stuff may stop working in Google Chrome.

Symptoms
Videos won't play properly
VLC may misbehave
Audio and Video decoding may not be in sync

Cause
GPU Hardware acceleration is failing. The GPU acceleration is required by many applications like Chrome, VLC, etc.

Workaround
Go to Advanced Settings of Google Chrome and deselect "Use hardware acceleration when available". Be cautious, by doing this - some other graphics also may stop working.

Solutions

  1. Reset the Chrome settings
  2. Clear Cookies and Cache
  3. Ensure that the Java Script is enabled in Chrome
  4. Go to chrome://plugins and ensure that the Adobe Flash Player is enabled
  5. If this doesn't work, try a re-installation of Google Chrome
  6. Check that you have VDPAU library installed VDPAU is an open-source library and API allows to video programs to offload portions of the video decoding process and video post-processing to the GPU video-hardware. 
           $ dpkg -l | grep vdpau

           Install it if not available

                   $ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
                   $ sudo apt-get update
                   $ sudo apt-get install libvdpau-va-gl1

 If it's installed, better upgrade it because you have probably upgraded the kernel and so many other packages and you are using it. This may cause problem in communicating with the VDPAU library properly.

Try opening YouTube in chrome. Follow the below steps if it's not working.

$ sudo mkdir -p /etc/adobe
$ echo "EnableLinuxHWVideoDecode=1" | sudo tee /etc/adobe/mms.cfg
$ echo "OverrideGPUValidation=1" | sudo tee -a /etc/adobe/mms.cfg

To enable the driver for system-wide (not recommended):

$ sudo sed -i "s/^# \[/\[/g" /etc/X11/Xsession.d/20vdpau-va-gl
$ sudo sed -i "s/^# export/ export/g" /etc/X11/Xsession.d/20vdpau-va-gl

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Xperia Z battery backup

Miracle - Battery backup of my Samsung Galaxy Ace Plus has been increased after disabling/removing some unwanted applications including FB. and that of Sony Xperia has been decreased. Busy in fine tuning Xperia. :-) :-P

Able to get some battery life as of today. Actions done so far.

Disabled and enabled Automatic Account sync.
Upgraded Google Play services to version 5
Disabled custom launchers and switched back to native xperia Launcher
Turned off News application sync
Removed 4-5 unwanted applications 
Ran Clean master a few times
Removed Viber
Removed corrupted files from internal and external cards.
Kept the USB mode to MTP

# Hari I psychotux.com

Sunday, January 19, 2014

GIMP image conversion from Nikon NEF in Windows and Ubuntu

Windows
GIMP - Batch RAW conversion in Windows.... Installed GIMP 2.8, ufraw 0.18 and here we go....

Follow http://registry.gimp.org/node/26260

E:\Personal\Photos\Unix_Outing_17022013>"E:\Programs\GIMP 2\bin\ufraw-batch.exe"
--out-type=jpg --compression=95 *.NEF

Linux - Ubuntu
$ sudo apt-get install gimp
$ sudo apt-get install ufraw
$ sudo apt-get install gimp-ufraw

ufraw-batch --out-type=jpeg  --compression=85 *.NEF

OR

ufraw-batch --lensfun=none --out-type=jpeg  --compression=85 *.NEF

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Tata photon Huawei and MTS ZTE Blaze in Ubuntu 13.04 Wheezy

Before you start

Ensure that you have installed wvdial, usbmodeswitch and usbmodeswitch_data

# dpkg -l | grep wvdial
# dpkg -l | grep modeswitch

Install it from your ISO or any other source. Be careful about the proper version is installed.

Be sure that USB driver modules are loaded.

# lsmod | grep usb

This should show that USB Serial driver is loaded
# usbserial              36911  2 option,usb_wwan

Load it if not.
# modprobe usbserial

Tata photon+ Huawei EC1561 Manufacturer ID 12d1 Product ID 1446

$ sudo su -

Connect your dongle

# lsusb
This should show the device as

Bus 003 Device 009: ID 12d1:140b Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. EC1260 Wireless Data Modem HSD USB Card

# modprobe usbserial vendor=0x12d1 product=0x1446
# usb_modeswitch -I -W -c /etc/usb_modeswitch.d/12d1\:1446

Run wvdialconf. Then make it to look like the one below. This is a simple configuration. I will show you how to add both Tata Huawei EC1561 and MTS ZTE together at the bottom of this document.

[Dialer Defaults]
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Modem Type = Analog Modem
Phone = #777
ISDN = 0
Username = internet
Init1 = ATZ
Password = internet
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Baud = 9600

Now dial to connect...

# wvdial

That's it - you are now connected to the internet. You can create the Connection in GUI through System -> Preference -> Network connection

The file /etc/usb_modeswitch.d/12d1\:1446 may not exist by default depending on your USB ModesSwitch pkg. Create it with the entries as shown below.

DefaultVendor=  0x12d1
DefaultProduct= 0x1446
TargetVendor=   0x12d1
TargetProduct=  0x1446 
TargetClass=    
TargetProductList="1001,1406,140b,140c,1412,141b,14ac"

DetachStorageOnly=0
HuaweiMode=0
SierraMode=0
SonyMode=0
GCTMode=0
KobilMode=0
MessageEndpoint=  not set
MessageContent="55534243123456780000000000000011062000000100000000000000000000"
NeedResponse=0

Create a file called /etc/modprobe.d/usb-storage.conf with the following entries

options usb-storage delay_use=3

MTS Blaze ZTE Manufacturer ID 19d2 Product ID fffe

$ sudo su -

Connect your dongle

# lsusb
This should show something like

Bus 003 Device 009: ID 19d2:fffe ZTE

# modprobe usbserial vendor=0x19d2 product=0xfffe
# usb_modeswitch -v 0x19d2 -p 0xfffe -H -W



Run wvdialconf. Then make it to look like the one below. This is a simple configuration. I will show you how to add both Tata Huawei EC1561 and MTS ZTE together at the bottom of this document.

[Dialer Defaults]
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Modem Type = Analog Modem
Phone = #777
ISDN = 0
Username = internet@internet.mtsindia.in
Init1 = ATZ
Password = mts
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Baud = 115200

Now dial and connect to Internet

# wvdial

Here is the WVDIAL config for both the devices to work together

[Dialer Defaults]
Init1 = ATZ
Init2 = ATQ0 V1 E1 S0=0 &C1 &D2 +FCLASS=0
Stupid Mode = 1
Modem Type = Analog Modem
ISDN = 0
New PPPD = yes
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Baud = 9600

[Dialer mts]
Phone = #777
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Password = mts
Username = internet@internet.mtsindia.in
Baud = 115200

[Dialer tata]
Phone = #777
Modem = /dev/ttyUSB0
Password = internet
Username = internet
Baud = 9600

Now you can dial both the Modems

$ sudo wvdial tata

$ sudo wvdial mts

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Which one do you think the best OS?

Linux
AIX
HPUX
Solaris
AS400
Mac OS
Windows