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Old 12-22-2006, 02:36 PM   #1
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Flash Beta not superseding previous install?


I keep trying to play these Yahoo News movies. I have MPlayer, Flash vers. 7, and the latest Flash Beta which is supposed to make anything and everything work, right? Sometimes, it gives me this long list of impossible dependency conflicts, such as missing compatible OS, missing compatible media player, missing current flash, etc. Sometimes, it just stops playing after the commercial introduction, no news. It just simply stops. I then go to Settings, and it says that Flash 7 is operating. Every once in a while, it will play the video, but most of the time, it acts out one of the two previous scenarios.

I downloaded the Flash Beta, installed it correctly as far as I can tell, but something tells me that something is still not right. In my aboutlugins, this is what it says:

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Shockwave Flash

File name: libflashplayer.so
Shockwave Flash 7.0 r25

MIME Type Description Suffixes Enabled
application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash swf Yes
application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes


Is Futuresplash supposed to designate the Flash Beta? Is it possible that somehow the Flash Beta is not superseding the original player and it needs to be purged? I'm not sure why it is still listing Flash 7.0 as the applicable player and associating that file with Flash 7.

In /usr/lib/browser-plugins, I have what looks like the libflashplayer.so listed above. It is the same size as the file with the same name under /home/justin/flashplayer9beta/flash-player-plugin-9.0.21.55/. I also have flashplayer.xpt, which I believe is the flashplayer 7 file. I copied over the .so file again from the Beta directory just to be sure, but with no effect.

Under /usr/lib/, there are no directories listed for Mozilla or Firefox, just the browser-plugins directory,


Here is the original readme for the Flash Beta.

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Installation instructions
------------

* Plugin
o To install the plugin as user:
+ Copy or move libflashplayer.so into your plugins directory (usually located): ~/.mozilla/plugins
+ Create the plugins folder if it doesn't exist
o To install the plugin as root:
+ Copy or move the file into your system browser installed plugins directory (usually located): /usr/lib/<browser_directory>/plugins
+ Create the plugins folder if it doesn't exist
Is there something else that can be done that will make these things work? Could it be possible that, with so many Linux users out there, Yahoo News videos are not accessible by Linux users?

Last edited by agentchange; 12-22-2006 at 02:50 PM.
 
Old 12-22-2006, 03:00 PM   #2
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I'm having the exact same problem, I searched for the flash player 7 plugin but cannot find it. The weird thing is, flash 9 worked flawlessly for about 3 months, and all of a sudden refuses to do anything now. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling it.
The only other option I see is to uninstall and reinstall firefox and start off with a clean plugin folder and hope it works.
which I really don't want to do
 
Old 12-22-2006, 03:07 PM   #3
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ya...I installed the flash 9 plugin yesterday and it worked flawlessly.
Now I just see flash 7!
Why? Because I'm on another distro! (installed it on SUSE, running Slackware now:P)
 
Old 12-22-2006, 04:00 PM   #4
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Ok, I got mine working, I scanned my files for every occurrence of libflashplayer.so and deleted them.
then opened up firefox to see if I could watch a video (which I couldn't!!)
then dled the plugin, and installed it in usr/lib/firefox/plugins
works great now!

Also agentchange, flash player will not make everything work, there will be instances where mplayer will have to open up a file. Flash player cannot play Windows media player files. My guess is your missing some codecs.
 
Old 12-22-2006, 04:41 PM   #5
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Only thing is that on my system, there is no directory under /usr/lib/ for firefox nor mozilla, which I primarily use. There is only the browser plugins directory.
 
Old 12-22-2006, 05:35 PM   #6
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The flash 9 doesn't work for everything. When I try to watch yahoo news clips, I get the flash popup window with the add, then the add ends and I get nothing. If I right click during the add or the blank space after it, I see "about flash player 9".

Interestingly enough, I can watch all the videos on msn, which I never look at.

Peace,
JimBass
 
Old 12-22-2006, 06:25 PM   #7
Rayning
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Quote:
Originally Posted by agentchange
Only thing is that on my system, there is no directory under /usr/lib/ for firefox nor mozilla, which I primarily use. There is only the browser plugins directory.
I've never used suse linux, but I asked a friend that uses it and he said he said the path is usr/lib/firefox/plugins

that may be part of your problem though.
Trust me you have a firefox/plugins directory somewhere you've just got to go find it.

try opening up your package manager to see if you can locate the firefox directory from there.
 
  


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