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Old 04-21-2008, 06:36 AM   #1
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Getting Flash to work with Opera browser


Hello, I have the following on my system:

Opera 9.5 beta
flashplugin-nonfree 9.0.48.0.2

Firefox seems to run Flash content fine but Opera does not. I have tried it with both the beta (9.5) and the 9.2.xxxx release versions. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

Alex
 
Old 04-21-2008, 08:40 AM   #2
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I have used version 9.0.115.0 with Opera 9.25 for 3 months without problems.
(May be time to update, newest is ver. 9.0.124.0)
One of the ways to make it work:
Copy or link 'libflashplayer.so' to /usr/lib/opera/plugins
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/downl...ShockwaveFlash
 
Old 04-21-2008, 11:10 AM   #3
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Opera for me is not in that directory. Sorry for the newb question but how do I find where it is?
 
Old 04-21-2008, 12:07 PM   #4
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Opera for me is not in that directory. Sorry for the newb question but how do I find where it is?
In a terminal: locate opera | grep plugins
Then take a look at the output. You may need to scroll up the list. Perhaps it is something like /usr/lib/opera/plugins ?
 
Old 04-21-2008, 05:32 PM   #5
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I found the directory. How would I go about linking the files in the terminal? When I tried to copy and paste from desktop to the plugins folder it would not let me (assuming something to do with root?)
 
Old 04-21-2008, 06:58 PM   #6
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I found the directory.
And which one would that be then?
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How would I go about linking the files in the terminal?
If you had told us the paths to the directories that need the links made in, maybe we could help.

Different distros of linux put some files in different places. This is both good (it makes writing viruses for linux very difficult) and bad (it makes explaining all this to you a PITA).

So we cannot tell you how to link the files, unless you tell us what files need to be linked: /Full/paths/to/files/please

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When I tried to copy and paste from desktop to the plugins folder it would not let me (assuming something to do with root?)
You are probably quite right. The directories the links need to be made in are probably owned by root, and not writable by yourself.

If you provide some more information, we'll probably be able to give you instructions that'll both work, make it function, and hopefully educate you
 
Old 04-21-2008, 10:49 PM   #7
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Doh, sorry for not including the paths in my prior post! Here they are:

Opera plug-in folder:

/usr/lib/opera/plugins

libflashplayer.so:

/home/alex/install_flash_player_9_linux

Thanks.

Alex
 
Old 04-22-2008, 08:17 AM   #8
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Thanks for that information.

You need to make a symbolic link to the plugin in the plugins directory, like this
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ln  -s  /home/alex/install_flash_player_9_linux/libflashplayer.so   /usr/lib/opera/plugins
You'll need to be root to use that command, or you'll get "Permission denied".

Restart opera, does it see the plugin?
 
Old 04-23-2008, 04:49 PM   #9
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Hi Guys.
I have a similar problem. Flash doesn't work in Opera 9.27 (it didn't in previous versions too). The main problem is, that I have the libflashplayer.so in the /usr/lib/opera/plugins folder (actually I have a simlink of /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/libflasplayer.so there), and in the plugins viewer it is listed (the /opera/plugins and /flashplugin-nonfree too), but still Opera doesn't play flash videos. The flash video's size appears as a gray box, but thats all. A gray box, but no movie or sound.
What can be the problem? I have the same problem in Windows.
Thanks.

Last edited by pusrob; 04-23-2008 at 04:50 PM.
 
Old 04-23-2008, 05:05 PM   #10
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@pusrob,

Well, alexAR55 hasn't replied to the last post, so maybe it is now working for him, and he was so happy he did not bother to say so, or perhaps he has given up. We will never know until he posts a follow-up.

Opera and flash seem to be having trouble: Check your favourite search engine: There are many complaints.

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I have the same problem in Windows.
What "same problem" ? If it is that flash doesn't work with opera then maybe choose a better/different browser (that does work with flash), or do without flash.

Or maybe dig out the source code and help to resolve the problem - many people might thank you for your contribution
 
Old 04-24-2008, 07:02 AM   #11
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Well, geez thanks for the "constructive" suggestion, tredegar. I did everything you said before I put that post of mine in this thread, but still didn't work. That's why I asked what I asked.
That particular "same problem" means what it means. I have the SAME problem in windows too. Flash behaves exactly the same way like in Linux. That better browser you're talking about (I guess firefox) is not better at all, it's only different as you said. It's slower than Opera, less secure (can't handle cookies as good as opera, need lots of extensions to make it comparable to Opera, etc...), and it has all the features FF has, and even more.
As you suggested, I will live without flash. I just downloaded a flash blocker script for Opera, so flash animations won't even load from now on, just an icon will appear to inform me that there supposed to a be a flash of some kind.
If really need flash, I will launch FF for that small amount of time as I did before.
What you must understand, that I wrote this post of mine, because I hoped and still hope, that someone will give me a usable answer. As you can see I'm not an LQ noob, and I'm quite familiar with the non-written rules. I posted here because I didn't find anything usable in my "favorite search engine".
About the source code: I'm not a programmer and I don't have the time to become one, so that solution won't work.
But thanks anyway...
 
Old 04-26-2008, 12:46 PM   #12
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Well, I'm happy to announce, that flash finally works in opera 9.2x. The solution came from my brother. All I needed to do, is to delete entirely the latest libflashplayer.so, and copy an older flashplayer, namely version 9.0.48.0. With this opera handles flash animations correctly.
 
  


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