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Can't get Google talk plugin to work in Firefox or Chrome

asked 2012-11-18 13:53:13 -0500

Christian gravatar image

updated 2014-09-28 18:34:01 -0500

mether gravatar image

Hi all,

I'm running F17 on a Thinkpad x301. I'm trying to get the Google talk plugin, 64-bit version, to work on this machine and have little luck. I've tried both Firefox and Chrome, with the latest versions as of time of posting (Firefox 16.0.2, Chrome 23.0.1271.64, plugin version 3.10.2.0-1.x86_64).

I've installed the plugin (64-bit version) repeatedly (including uninstalls) on this machine. Signed into GMail, I head to "Chat Settings". The plugin gets detected, I click "Verify your settings". In the expanded video/audio/recording pane nothing works -- no video, no audio, no voice recording.

When the verification starts, the GoogleTalkPlugin process shoots to 100% CPU where it spins for some two minutes, and eventually dies. This happens identically in Chrome and Firefox.

Skype on the other hand works fine -- yikes. I'm trying the above without other applications running, no extensions, etc.

Here's console output:

[000:000] Browser XEmbed support present: 1
[000:000] Browser toolkit is Gtk2.
[000:000] Using Gtk2 toolkit
[000:015] Starting client channel.
[000:016] Warning(clientchannel.cc:435): Unreadable or no port file.  Could not initiate GoogleTalkPlugin connection
[000:016] Warning(clientchannel.cc:410): Could not initiate GoogleTalkPlugin connection
[000:016] GoogleTalkPlugin not running. Starting new process...
[000:017] Warning(optionsfile.cc:47): Load: Could not open file, err=2
[000:017] Warning(pluginutils.cc:268): Failed to get GoogleTalkPlugin path. Trying default.
[000:019] Started GoogleTalkPlugin, path=/opt/google/talkplugin/GoogleTalkPlugin
[000:019] Waiting for GoogleTalkPlugin to start...
[001:104] Attempting to connect to GoogleTalkPlugin...
[001:104] Read port file, port=48569
[001:106] Initiated connection to GoogleTalkPlugin
[001:205] Socket connection established
[001:205] ScheduleOnlineCheck: Online check in 5000ms
[001:306] Got cookie response, socket is authorized
[001:306] AUTHORIZED; socket handshake complete
[006:223] HandleOnlineCheck: Starting check
[006:223] HandleOnlineCheck: OK; current state: 3
[120:544] Warning(clientchannel.cc:569): Connection to GoogleTalkPlugin lost, reason=104
[120:547] Warning(clientchannel.cc:699): Possible flute crash; attempting to restart flute.
[121:645] Restarting GoogleTalkPlugin...

Any ideas? Thanks!

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answered 2012-11-18 14:14:46 -0500

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I may have found a temporary workaround to this, after reading this Ubuntu thread. I grabbed

http://dl.google.com/linux/talkplugin/deb/pool/main/g/google-talkplugin/google-talkplugin_3.7.1.0-1_amd64.deb

then extracted its contents via

$ ar vx google-talkplugin_3.7.1.0-1_amd64.deb
$ tar xfvz data.tar.gz

and then copied the relevant files over the RPM installation:

$ cd ./opt/google/talkplugin/
# cp GoogleTalkPlugin *.so /opt/google/talkplugin/

After restarting the browser, everything worked.

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answered 2013-02-11 09:41:47 -0500

I have the same laptop model and I'm having the same problem. Unfortunately, the google-talkplugin3.7.1.0-1amd64.deb file isn't available anymore on the repository. It would be great if somebody had an old copy and could publish it somewhere.

In the meanwhile, I've found a workaround to keep having Google Talk (but without webcam):

# rmmod uvcvideo

This will disable completely (but temporarily, until next reboot) the integrated webcam, not only for Google Talk, but also for Skype and any other program. The side effect is that now Google Talk works, and you can still do any other video related activity, such as sharing the desktop. If you're lucky and have an external webcam configured, maybe you can also use it.

If you want to use the integrated webcam again, just do:

# modprobe uvcvideo
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