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Old 11-19-2006, 06:18 AM   #1
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Flash plugin for MozFirefox says it's installed but isn't!

When I'm viewing a website that requires flash a button appears in the top right of my Firefox browser saying "install plugins". The first time I clicked there I had to check a box for flash then continued to install it. It seamed to install but Firefox still won't display flash and the install plugins button still appears in the corner. Now when I click to install the plugin the box next to flash is already checked, so I guess it is installed, but it ain't working!

Any ideas?

Last edited by ChrisScott; 11-19-2006 at 06:19 AM.
Old 11-19-2006, 07:10 AM   #2
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Please check if the flash plugin is really installed or not. You should have the plugin file(s), flashplayer.xlt (flash 7 only) and (for both flash 7 and 9) in someplace like the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins directory.

If not the visit the Adobe site and download/install the plugin:

For flash 7;

Beta for flash 9;
Old 11-19-2006, 08:30 AM   #3
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Note that plugins can also be installed "locally" to your user. In this case the .so file and friends go in
...where ~ denotes your user's home directory. When installing the flash 9 beta, the process is just downloading the .tar.gz file, untarring it, and manually copying the file to that directory. The down-side of this method is that it affects only one user at a time. If you have multiple user accounts on the machine, it's best to copy to the central location.

I think flash version 7 has some installer to decide where to install. personally I find these installers more confusing than manually copying the file, but I am told I'm odd, so it might just be me.

Last edited by matthewg42; 11-19-2006 at 08:31 AM. Reason: missed a / in a code tag
Old 11-19-2006, 08:49 AM   #4
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I ran the installer wrong!

The installer didn't seem to work when I ran it in GNOME (by clicking run) it turned out that it worked fine in the terminal. Thanks.


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