When using CloudReady OS it was noticed that downloaded (files saved directly on the device) mp4 and other video files were not playing audio when using the local ChromeOS player / default video player and the sound icon is greyed out. This also included previewing the same files direct from Google Drive.
(Update, another reader advised this is due to the retirement of Adobe Flash- TBC)
Install the proprietary Media Components now available from CloudReady
If you dont see the prompt above simply click the bottom right hand side taskbar and then the settings Cog
Click ‘Install’ next to Proprietary Media Compoments
Read the Licence Agreement then click ‘Accept License’
Reboot your cloudready device
WorkArounds / Alternatives
If for whatever reason the proprietary media components don’t work you could alternatively install VLC as below. Note: This will not work with the native Browser / File integration you would need to browser for and open the video file from within VLC at all times in order for it to work.
In an update of Android OS Google introduced the smart auto wireless performance checking.
When connecting to a wireless network you would see, “checking the quality of your internet connection”
Effectively android checks the speed of the wireless connection to the Internet if its not stable or quick enough this thr connection is deemed unsuitable for use and then disconnects you or will leave you on the mobile network provider.
This can be a problem in web cafes and hotel wireless where they block the ability to check, force signup or the speed is just to slow. This also slows the wireless negotiation process down and can be rather frustrating all round..
Resolution: disable the smart network switch under wireless settings