I moved my main system over to Ubuntu at the release of 8.04 Beta (Hardy) some months ago. After some minimal struggling with nivida and eventually nvidia-settings to get dual monitors setup correctly, I got stuck on my last problem. Flash & Firefox. To make a long story short: a new audio subsystem, PulseAudio, and flash from FireFox would cause random crashes. Every other time you loaded a video, boom. The ubuntu dev team seems to be dragging their feet on this, instead opting to just remove the troubled package (which makes flash + pulseaduio play nice) and accept reduced functionality. (launchpad #192888)

After much reading and crashing I stumbled upon a fix from Markus Thielmann. The only thing he left out is: adding libflashsupport back into your system. Short list of steps:

  • close firefox (if open)
  • remove pkg – sudo aptitude remove libflashsupport
  • fetch/wget Conn O’Griofa patch
  • install patch – sudo dpkg -i nspluginwrapper_0.9.91.5-2ubuntu2_i386.deb
  • purge flashplugin-nonfree – sudo aptitude purge flashplugin-nonfree
  • install flashplugin-nonfree – sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree
  • install libflashsupport – sudo aptitude install libflashsupport

Short of this patch from Conn, I might have been tempted to go back to XP. 2 gold stars for him.

While editing some configuration files on the server today, the following began spamming my ssh session:

Message from syslogd@rm-004-40 at Tue Apr 29 00:11:47 2008 ...
rm-004-40 kernel: CPU0: Running in modulated clock mode
Message from syslogd@rm-004-40 at Tue Apr 29 00:11:47 2008 ...
rm-004-40 kernel: CPU0: Temperature above threshold

This obviously couldn’t be good. After some minimal searching on the web, confirmed that sadly this was most likely the CPU fan on my server failing, or general airflow problems.

Rackmounted.com, where this server is rented from will have to take a look at it in the morning. -facepalm-

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