HP Virtual Room on a 64 bits Linux

HP Virtual Room is a nice aplpication allowing us to communicate remotely with colleagues, partners, and customers, in addition to a conference call, by providing desktop sharing. Very neat for presentations, or demo.

It has provided multiple platform support since a long time (Windows, Mac and Linux) for attendees. You just need to install a dynamic library under Linux, as a browser plugin, whcih is working just fine with Firefox.

Recent versions of the tool have improved and Linux is now fully supported, including for presenters ! However, I recently experienced a problem while at home on my Mandriva 2010.0 64 bits version. The shared desktop window just didn’t want to appear, when trying to test the system.

It took me a bit of time to realize what was happening. The applet is 32 bits, and one 32bits library was missing on my machine to support it correctly. Of course, no useful message was produced to diagnose that, and I finaly found the right error message:

$ grep virtual $HOME/.xsession-errors
/users/bruno/.hpvirtualrooms/hpvirtualrooms: error while loading shared libraries: libasound.so.2: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

So just 2 commands later, it was working just fine:

$ urpmf libasound.so.2
$ sudo urpmi libalsa2

Just in case you also have the issue one day you now know where to look ;-)

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5 Responses to “HP Virtual Room on a 64 bits Linux”

  1. catx Says:

    I’ve just gone through this fun on Debian Squeeze — turns out that ia32-libs and ia32-libs-gtk covered most of the problems.

  2. alejandro Says:

    Hi, I have installed it following hp instructions and it does not work for me. However your nice remark allows me to find the error:

    /home/anieto1/.hpvirtualrooms/hpvirtualrooms: not found

    however the file is there:

    anieto1@anieto1:~/.hpvirtualrooms$ pwd
    anieto1@anieto1:~/.hpvirtualrooms$ ls -l
    total 18364
    -rwxrwxr-x 1 anieto1 anieto1 257 2012-04-10 15:47 HP-hpvr.desktop
    -rwxrwxr-x 1 anieto1 anieto1 18789300 2012-02-14 11:07 hpvirtualrooms
    -rwxrwxr-x 1 anieto1 anieto1 3900 2012-02-14 11:07 install-hpvirtualrooms
    drwxrwxr-x 2 anieto1 anieto1 4096 2012-04-10 15:47 resources

    Am i missing something?

    Any help will be really appreciated.


    • brunocornec Says:

      Try to look at what gives ldd on this binary. Maybe you still miss some libs.
      Here when typing the same command as you, it launches the VR interface.

  3. ennael Says:

    Just tested here on Mageia 3 RC. I was missing also libpng12_0 and libmesaglu1

  4. brunocornec Says:

    In the same type, I recently tried the beta of the new myroom tool from HP (cf: https://stage-www2.rooms.hp.com/download).

    Even for a 64 bit version, you need some 32 bits libs !

    On my Mageia I had to install in addition:
    urpmi libxscrnsaver1 lib64sm-devel libmng1 libalsa-plugins-pulseaudio
    on top of what I already had !


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