Posts Tagged ‘Multimedia


Equalizer for Pulse Audio

There’s a really cool equalizer for Pulse Audio which can be installed by adding a repository. Its a system wide equalizer hence no matter what media player you use, you will be able to utilise this setting.

The image below is a screenshot of the same:

How to install:

Open the Terminal (Accessories > Terminal) and type in the following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:psyke83/ppa

Next type the following in the Terminal:

sudo apt-get update

Finally, type the following (in the Terminal of course)

sudo apt-get install pulseaudio-equalizer

Thats it. You can access the Pulse Audio Equalizer from the Sounds & Video menu.

Update: The creator of this Equalizer has added a new .deb file for both 32 and 64 bit versions of Ubuntu 10.10, simply click on the following link and install: Download Link



Songbird keyboard tweaks

If you’re using Ubuntu, you’ll know that the default music player of Ubuntu is Rhythmbox. Now thats quite a good media player, but I like the good looks and ‘do more’ things of Songbird, so I use it.

Now you might have noticed, when you press the Media key on your keyboard (I’m talking about a multimedia keyboard here of course), Rhythmbox opens up. If you’re a Songbird fan (like me), you can change that setting, so that everytime you press the media key on your keyboard its Songbird which starts.

The solution is pretty simple really.

Go to GNOME Menu > System > Preference > Preferred Applications

Then select the Multimedia tab. The preferred media player would obviously be selected as Rhythmbox, you’ll probably see something like this:

So what you should do right now, is select ‘Custom’ from the dropdown menu and then type ‘songbird‘ as the command. It should look this:

You need not check the ‘Run in terminal’ option.

Now close the window and press the Media key on your keyboard. Voila! Its Songbird in front of you.

However I couldnt get the Play, Pause, Next, Forward keys to work though. So thats a bit of a let down.

Finally, if you would like to revert back to Rhythmbox, you can do that by selecting your preferred Multimedia application as Rhythmbox. Easy peasy.



Flash for 64 bit

Adobe has finally come up with a 64 bit version of flash which can be installed without any tweaks. Ubuntuforums has helped me out with installing the recent beta version of flash 64 bit.

First up, you need to clean your computer of anything ‘flash’. To do that type these one by one in the terminal…

sudo apt-get remove --purge flashplugin-installer
sudo apt-get remove --purge flashplugin-nonfree gnash gnash-common mozilla-plugin-gnash
sudo apt-get remove --purge iceweasel-flashplugin mozilla-flashplugin firefox-flashplugin
sudo apt-get remove --purge swfdec-mozilla libflashsupport nspluginwrapper iceape-flashplugin
sudo apt-get remove --purge xulrunner-flashplugin midbrowser-flashplugin xulrunner-addons-flashplugin
sudo rm -f ~/.mozilla/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/iceape/plugins/
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/iceweasel/plugins/
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/midbrowser/plugins/
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/*flash*
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/xulrunner-addons/plugins/
sudo rm -f /usr/lib/xulrunner/plugins/
sudo rm -f /var/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/

(Source – Ubuntuforums)

And then install the 64 bit build of flash as directed here.

The instructions are pretty simple and easy to follow. So get the latest flash installed.



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