[SOLVED] Updated Adobe Flash Plugin Not Working with any Applications, Debian Squeeze
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Updated Adobe Flash Plugin Not Working with any Applications, Debian Squeeze
I recently attempted to update the Flash plugin on my Debian Squeeze (6.0.1 - 6.0.2) installation. I went to the adobe site and followed the instructions that I found there. When the installation process/steps were finished, I went to the test page suggested by the website. The indication that I found there was that the plugin was correctly installed. When I went to my browser (I use opera as my primary Browser), none of the sites that used flash would work properly. I tried the same sites on Iceweasel and Epiphany, which yielded the same results.
I tried the installation procedure again, with no positive results. As of now, I cannot view videos site that worked perfectly well before all of this started, such as youtube. The adobe website test page still indicates the plugin was properly installed.
Can anyone tell me how to a) fix this problem, b) tell me what the problem really is so that I can avoid it in the future and possibly diagnose and repair the situation myself.
I have been using the contrib non-free repositories from the very beginning. I have also installed the flashplugin-nonfree with these repositories available. The result is the same as before. The Adobe site's plugin check page tells me that I have properly installed the plugin, but the flash dependent video sites simply do not work.
I am to the point of considering the "Uninstallation" of all of my browsers and plugins, in hopes that starting over will make right whatever is currently wrong. I would prefer not to do this, as it would mean considerable modification to my installation.
Can anyone tell me how to check the plugin's registration as the appropriate application for handling a given multimedia event?
I have been reading on the Adobe site and found a small, but rather well hidden statement informing me that I should remove all previous versions of Flash Player before attempting to install any new ones. I suspect that this may be the fundamental problem. The issues now resolve to the following:
A) How do I find and remove all versions of flash from my Squeeze 6.0.2 installation, and
B) Once I have reinstalled the latest version of Flash, how do I install it in my browsers?
Hi I work for Opera and recently we have noticed that some users are experiencing extra problems with recent versions of Opera+Flash and certain hardware and driver combinations.
I have no idea if this is the issue that you are experiencing but it might be. I'd be interested to know what is your Graphics card? If you are unsure then the following will probably tell you:
$ lspci | grep -i vga
Additionally which X driver are you running (including the version number)? If you are unsure you can get hints but looking at /var/log/Xorg.0.log. You are looking for driver loading references. Also watch out for unloading, as sometimes a driver is loaded, then another and the first is unloaded. A command like this might help you narrow it down:
Once you have the path and file name of the driver, you can then use apt-file (assuming it is installed and updated) to find out which package it is a part of and this should also give you the version number:
Don't worry about the apt-file command. I only wanted you to run it so that I would see the name of the package and hence version number of the driver but you provided that already.
The Nvidia 270.* drivers do have some issues. I know this having spoken to the team who are working on hardware acceleration here at Opera. If you are able to upgrade to a 275 based driver I'd be interested to hear if you have the same result.
Last edited by ruario; 07-15-2011 at 01:44 AM.
I am not exactly sure what I did to solve the issues, but I will give as much information as I can. After reading about potential problems with the Flashplayer when being used with the Nvidia 270 video drivers, I upgraded my setup to use the Nvidia 275 video drivers. This didn't seem to have any positive effect. I then executed the "apt-get purge flashplugin-nonfree" command in order to remove the nonfree plugin just in case there was more than one plugin installed. This didn't seem to have any positive effect either. I shut down and tried looking for help from a college. The next day when I restarted the computer, the Flashplayer worked?!!! It worked in all all three browsers installed on this machine.
The only thing I can think of is that there should be a) only one plugin installed at any given time, b) the machine should be rebooted after each change to the Flashplayer or video drivers.
I would like to thank craigevil and ruario for their help and insites into this situation.