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Old 07-16-2003, 06:15 PM   #1
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java and flashplayer install problems on Mandrake 9.1


I'm a newb to linux with RedHat9 and Mandrake9.1 installed. I cannot get java or flash to work in Mandrake, but they work fine in RedHat. I use mozilla (1.2 in RH and 1.3 in Mandrake) I followed the same procedure for both installations, but when I visit the macromedia site in Mandrake, mozilla closes(crashes?) with no comment and it does the same when I try to view java fireworks after loading some stuff and displaying the smoking coffee cup. Java is 1.4.2 and Flash Player is 6.0. I have read a lot of posts and tried most of the stuff, but still no change. I get no message when I go to a terminal as root and issue the command mozilla.....it just starts the browser. I have a link to the java libjavaplugin_oji.so (from ns610, not ns610-gcc32( in mozilla plugins as well as the files libflashplayer.so and flashplayer.xpt. When I do aboutlugins, I can see them all listed. Does anyone have any ideas why the Mandrake installation won't work? THX
 
Old 07-16-2003, 06:19 PM   #2
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Java fireworks? You mean some animation of fireworks which is a java applet?
The 1.4.2 JVM works fine for my Mdk9.1 install. I used the SDK .rpm.bin and the updated mozilla package from Mandrake Update.

I haven't tried flash yet.
 
Old 07-16-2003, 06:40 PM   #3
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Yes, this was a fireworks display, but if I try to view java games, the same thing happens. I haven't got the updated mozilla package, is it the next version or an enhancement for the current version?
 
Old 07-17-2003, 02:49 PM   #4
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Mozilla 1.3.1-4.1mdk, one ftp mirror (with dependancies) is here.

If it does show the plugins, are you sure you've got Java enabled in Mozilla, or that the permissions of the linked file are ok?
 
Old 07-17-2003, 05:55 PM   #5
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I get the same thing if I run in root. Some sites just cause mozilla to crash (in Mandrake, but not in RedHat, or Windows) I am able to see a text applet (ticker) on one site, but if I try to see Javanoid Breakout, for example, the broswer crashes....by that I mean that it just goes away with no message or anything. It does the same with the macromedia site & sites with flash. Don't have much hair left, but really want to learn to work with Mandrake. Seems more intuitive than RH. I am on a rather slow dialup (28.8), but maybe I'll try to download the update. Thanks for the link, and your help.
 
Old 07-17-2003, 06:19 PM   #6
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Dont use a gui while root! Especially if the app's not working properly

I think those updates deal with netscape/mozilla plugins too.
 
Old 07-17-2003, 10:32 PM   #7
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I don't normally do that, but I wanted to make sure that permissions weren't the problem & couldn't think of any other way to do it. I have good backups and since it really isn't working that good, I thought I could risk it. Mozilla looked like a 28Meg download so I'll have to find a fast connection somewhere. I guess I'll do web stuff in Red Hat until I can get this sorted out
 
Old 07-18-2003, 01:51 PM   #8
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Just use a resumer like KGet to download the file from the ftp in little nibbles.
Sometimes being root means you arent allowed to do things a normal user can, for safety reasons.
 
Old 07-18-2003, 03:16 PM   #9
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Intestesting thing...but not for java, for flash. One of the threads suggested going to Netscape for flash and I did (something like flash.xpi for NS 7). Lo and behold, I could go to the Macromedia site without crashing, but it said my version was 5, so I downloaded and installed the flash 6 for mandrake9.1 and now am back to not being able to view macromedia site.. Don't really understand what is going on, but when I get a chance, I'll download the current mandrake stuff and see if it works its way out. If not, maybe stuck with Red Hat, but the KDE GUI in mandrake is so neat.......
 
Old 07-20-2003, 09:24 AM   #10
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OK, I got the updated mozilla along with some other files, but they won't install. The installer wants to go to the update site even though I listed the cdrom as source and have all the files (5, I think...galeon, mail, 2 libs, and the main mozilla) on the cdrom. While I had access to hi-speed, I d/l mozilla 1.3.1, also. I installed it in my home directory (as suggested in another thread) and I still get the same results. I'm now thinking it is maybe mandrake related....maybe a unique setting or something. Any ideas? THX
 
Old 07-20-2003, 01:06 PM   #11
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If you want to install a package you manually downloaded, you need to use rpm or a frontend app for it, I think. I prefer KPackage. I simply click the file as root and KPackage will either let me install it, or warn me of dependancies.

If you want to use a cd of custom downloaded packages as a source, you need to add it to the available sources listed in the software sources manager, and maybe somehow generate a listing of the packages for it to search in.
 
Old 07-20-2003, 03:46 PM   #12
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I fiinally got the updates, but no help. I went back to the ftp netscape site and loaded their flash5. Puts a ShockwaveClass entry in plugins and works to view sites. More importantly, it doesn't crash the browser. Still java will view some tickers and such, but nothing at javaboutique, so will have to keep working on it. I hit on a method of using my downloaded updates. The program (grpmi, I think) kept asking me if I wanted to flush /var/Cache/urmpi/rpms, so I had a look and there were 0 byte files in there. I copied the files from my cdrom(listed as a source) that I wanted to update and if there were dependencies grpmi tried to go to the update ftp site. Sometimes I had to click retry download, but eventually I got everything. I had downloaded all the megabyte size files, so all that was left was to get the smaller files (for my 28.8k modem). Anyway I am updated, but still not able to see some web content.
 
Old 07-20-2003, 04:16 PM   #13
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Sorry to hear you've had such problems, and that they aren't fixed. Do you still wanna poke with this current semi working state, or wait and hope it's all sorted out in the next releases of the plugins and browser?
 
Old 07-20-2003, 07:03 PM   #14
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I'm going to keep plugging away....no pun intended. I'll probably read some post somewhere & get the Eureka (I hope) Thanks for all your help. Should we close this thread....am new to Linux Questions?
 
Old 07-20-2003, 07:12 PM   #15
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Lol, nah the thread will remain like this til whenever someone posts in it again. Only the mods can close stuff, and only then with good (bad) reason.

Someone might be browsing and post the answer, or someone else might have the thread generated as a related one by the forum (see the 6 links below) and find their answer too.

Good luck
 
  


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