Tag Archive: paltalk express

N.B. Unfortunately this guide no longer works.
Paltalk now does not work due to the discontinuation of Prism.
Also, Wine no longer works with the latest version of Paltalk.

I seem to be writing a lot of tutorials on possible fixes for Paltalk on Linux.
It seems to be a big issue as most of my traffic shows thats the number one topic.

Unfortunately, the people at the top of Paltalk seem to have a real dislike to the Linux community, and it’s not exactly a smartly built application.

First of all, Paltalk has a reliance of Internet Explorer. Without having that installed, you cannot look at the chatroom lists, or enter the rooms.
Luckily, Wine has this issue fixed since Winetricks allows you to install IE on Wine.
But it seems that whenever a new version is released (which lately NEEDS to be updated), it no longer works with Wine.

The current state of Paltalk through Wine is as follows, it will install, it will run, and if you followed my other tutorial on getting it to run, you can enter rooms and do what you do on Windows.
However, it’s very unpredictable as it seems to crash randomly.

Paltalk will not support Linux, and their answer to a Linux version is that Paltalk Express is a perfect version for us.
Yeah right!

I have given up on trying to get it stable on Wine, and now I am going to leave it with Express.

Paltalk Express

You are probably wondering why on earth I am providing a tutorial for a browser based service.
Firstly, we might aswell make it look partly app-like, and secondly, a lot of people have issues with it I have a fix for.

You can use your browser to go to Paltalk Express, but I would recommend downloading Mozilla Prism.
Opening Prism will allow you to create a webapp from a site. Simply enter Paltalk as the name, and the url as http://express.paltalk.com.
Tick the box to create a desktop shortcut and that’s that.

Now let me adress a problem a lot of people have.

The mic or camera feature does not work!

This is incorrect, and easy to fix.

The problem is that Flash does not always ask you whether you give permission for cam and mic, so we need to tell Flash it’s fine to use.

Go to this site: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager06.html

You will see a long list of websites in the box, scroll down until you get mentions of ‘express.paltalk.com’.
Highlight that and tick the box saying ‘Always allow’…do not select ‘Always Ask’ since this will NOT work.
Go to the other tabs and do the same.

Now when you log into Paltalk Express, you can use mic, and cam.



Best way to run Paltalk?

This post is old and outdated.
For installing Paltalk I recommend the new Bash script which makes installing easy and hassle free.

The new post can be found here: http://wp.me/pRR4K-2g 


First of all, for those who don’t know what Paltalk is, let me quickly explain.

Paltalk is a chat service that allows you to use mic and camera(should you wish to) inside chatrooms about any subject you can imagine. Whether you are wanting to talk about the latest MMORPG in the Games section or praise your love for Jesus in the Christian section, down to those of us who are just a little kinky you can always join the 18+ Adult section.

The only problem with Paltalk is that the people in charge have absolutely no interest in the public at all, other than providing this service. If you use cam and have a free account, then you are able to view video for 30 seconds before the view turns into a call for an upgraded account. If you want to show off your look on cam, this is unlimited, and in Private Message the cam is unlimited for both receiving and sending.

With the introduction over (and I do not work for Paltalk), let’s actually adress the problem at hand.

For quite some time now, people have struggled with getting Paltalk working well on Linux. And first with Wine-doors this was accomplished, and after the death of Wine-doors, winetricks filled in the gaps (But it crashed after about 20 minutes). And there were then 3 options on how to run it on Paltalk.

However, I am now able to report that the Wine option is no longer working. Paltalk has upgraded to version 10 of their client, and this causes a crash with login. I was ready to give a how-to on installing Paltalk using Wine, but with their upgrade to version 10, I am unable to provide this. But since I am a Linux only user (ie. No Windows present on my system), and an avid Paltalk user, I may be able to provide a solution soon.

There are 2 ways left, and in my opinion only one really counts, but I will give you both options anyway.

1. Paltalk express

If you ask any Paltalk senior admin for a way to get Paltalk on Linux, they will give this terrible answer: “For Linux users, you can use Paltalk Express”.

Well, that’s not really a Linux solution. Paltalk Express is basically a Flash version of Paltalk on a website. And to be honest, as reliable as it may be, it isn’t totally bug-free.

I use Google Chrome as my default browser (the official version). And the strange thing is that Chromium, Chrome, and Firefox (and as far as I know, all other Linux browsers) get a crash with Paltalk Express. The Paltalk Express page loads and gives you a slick login screen. The moment you begin to fill this in, it crashes saying that a driver has crashed. Well, I did some research and many solutions were offered, and none worked for me. However, I have found a way to get it working fantastically and in fact, it’s even better looking and more native than in your browser. This solution is the use of Mozilla Prism (a solution most of you would probably have already thought of).

In order to get this working, first ensure that you have Flash installed from the Adobe Website, or use a site like Medibuntu for all the restricted drivers and addons which should install Flash for you.

After this open up a terminal (Gnome: Applications> Accessories>Terminal, KDE: Ctrl+F2 and type in ‘Konsole’ without quotes and hit enter) and type the following:

“sudo apt-get install prism” Obviously without the quotes.

After this you will find Prism in your Menu under Internet.

Fire it up and in the name bar type something like “Paltalk Express” or whatever you find appropriate.

In the address bar type “http://express.paltalk.com”

Tick the box for Desktop shortcut and you are ready to go! Make sure you set Paltalk Express.desktop to executable using right-click Properties and then permissions, otherwise you can’t use it as a shortcut.
The first time you open it up and go into a chatroom, you will be presented with a little box asking permission to use mic and cam. If you plan on using your microphone or webcam at some point, make sure you click allow (it won’t open your cam or mic all by itself, you still control when it comes on), if you don’t wish to use this at all click on deny.

2. Paltalk using VM

Like I said, this isn’t really running Paltalk on Linux, but I will mention this for those not wanting to use express and who never thought of a VM.

Using your package manager or the Ubuntu Software Centre, look for virtualbox and install it. You will require either a Windows CD or a Windows ISO file in order for this to work. Select New at the top and select Windows, and the version you wish to install (this needs to be the version you have on CD or ISO).
Follow the setup process, if it asks about setting up a Hard Drive you have 2 options, I think this is worth mentioning since it confuses a lot of people.
Dynamically Fixed basically you give for instance a size of 50Gig space, then it will only use what it needs (for instance 2Gig) and it will grow as it uses more space UP UNTIL the size you entered, in this case 50Gig, it will not grow beyond that.
The Static will basically set it a certain size, if you enter 50Gig, it will be 50Gig, no growing, no minimum, just 1 size.

Install Windows on there and when you have opened into Windows then go to http://www.paltalk.com and download the client.

That’s all there is to it.

But what are things I should know about?

Well, using Paltalk Express I have had some hickups with my microphone from time to time, but this could be due simply to my connection but could also be due to Express, you have been warned.

Paltalk Express does not give you the option to send or receive files like the Paltalk client does. Other than this, it has all the features that the client has.

That’s all that I have noticed when using Express. In fact, I would not spend time trying to get it to work on Wine (except to find a way for those that do) since the Express version does the job really well.

What does Paltalk say about a Linux version in the future?

Paltalk exists to fill company bandwith which isn’t used to capacity by the company’s other products.

Paltalk surprisingly has been working on a Linux client at the beginning of their creation but abandoned it and never took it back up.
According to Paltalk, there is only one stable OS and that is Windows (They said that, not me!) and for those who don’t use Windows, there is Express, end of argument. So don’t expect a Linux client EVER. But try it out and see what you think. Who knows, maybe I will speak to you soon on there.