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Old 08-27-2011, 02:59 AM   #1
Yale
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Adobe Flashplayer stopped working on Ubuntu 11.04


Hi wiser heads than mine,

I've newly jumped into the Linux experience. When I installed Ubuntu as the OS on my new PC Adobe Flashplayer came installed and worked just fine. About a month ago I started getting a message on every site that uses flash that "A plug in is required to view this content".
No matter how many times I've downloaded the latest plug-in from the Adobe site the message persists. I have read through a few threads on this happening and a common fix was to remove all traces of other flash players. Other than using the Ubuntu Software Manager I have no idea how to go about this.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
 
Old 08-27-2011, 03:18 AM   #2
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The name of the flashplayer plugin is called: libflashplayer.so
Open a terminal and type
Code:
sudo updatedb
When that's finished you can type
Code:
locate libflashplayer.so
It will tell you where all the instances of the flashplayer plugin are located and you can easily remove them.
Another way of checking is to look in the Tools menu and click on Add-ons. This will tell you what version(s) of flashplayer you have installed. (I assume you're using FFx).
ciao,
jdk
 
Old 08-27-2011, 04:34 AM   #3
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I'd try the flash-aid addon-

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir...don/flash-aid/
 
Old 08-27-2011, 07:20 AM   #4
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if you get flash aid and install it you need to run it to make it work
 
Old 08-27-2011, 03:01 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by jdkaye View Post
The name of the flashplayer plugin is called: libflashplayer.so
Open a terminal and type
Code:
sudo updatedb
When that's finished you can type
Code:
locate libflashplayer.so
It will tell you where all the instances of the flashplayer plugin are located and you can easily remove them.
Another way of checking is to look in the Tools menu and click on Add-ons. This will tell you what version(s) of flashplayer you have installed. (I assume you're using FFx).
ciao,
jdk
Thanks jdk.
My stumbling block there is after punching 'sudo updatedb' into a terminal it asks for my sudo password but then won't let me type anything.
You guessed right I am using Firefox 6.0. In the tools => add ons drop down menu adobe-flashplayer doesn't appear at all. (I don't know if I have removed it in attempts to re-install it.) Links to install adobe-flashplayer take me to the adobe site and the download button for the 'APT for Ubuntu 10.04+' starts the Ubuntu Software Centre. That seems fine. It then asks my to download from this source and then nothing further happens.

Cascade9: Cheers mate. I did just that and flash-aid is now sitting in the add ons => extensions.

no2498: That makes sense. Do I do this by changing Flash-Aid 2.1.1's preferences?



[edit]I'm getting there. I see the symbol for flash-aid in the upper right of the screen next to the home button.

[edit2] Ahhh, I see that when terminal asks for my password it is accepting my keystokes but not showing anything on screen. Cool.

Last edited by Yale; 08-27-2011 at 11:05 PM. Reason: further information and formatting
 
Old 08-28-2011, 07:38 AM   #6
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yes in the preferences
it should look for updates for flash
if you down load anything get the deb file's for 10.04
 
Old 09-06-2011, 06:26 PM   #7
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I'm getting there. =) I can now remove flash players like a champion but have had zero success over the last week at installing a new one...

Going to the Adobe site and choosing Adobe Flash Player version 10.3.183.7 and the APT for Ubuntu 10.04+ option just opens the Ubuntu Software Centre and the line 'Availalbe from the "natty-partner" source' and one button, 'use this source'. Clicking this button just has the computer think for a couple of second and nothing of note happens.

How should I be going about installing it@

Last edited by Yale; 10-10-2011 at 11:32 PM.
 
Old 09-06-2011, 09:56 PM   #8
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You can do that a few ways-

Untar the liflashplayer.so file then copy it to the correct directory. You'd need to get the tar.gz version.

Use synaptic to install flashplayer (you can use software center as well)- search for flash, you should get a few results, one of them will be 'flashplugin-nonfree'or something similar.

If you know the package name, you can install if from comamnd line (sudo apt-get install 'package name')

Use flash-aid.

I know that you can install the flash plugin from the 'APT for ubuntu 10.04+' but I've never done it, so I cant give you any directions. If you've got a 64bit install, use flash-aid or the manual method (ubuntu repos only give you the 32bit version even for 64bit systems, and 32bit flash on 64bit is pretty bad).

Last edited by cascade9; 09-06-2011 at 09:58 PM.
 
Old 09-07-2011, 04:55 PM   #9
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Woo!

Flash aid did the job. Thanks cascade and everyone who gave advice and helped out. Ta muchly.
 
  


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