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I just installed 14.1 on a 32 bit system. Downloaded flash 11 from Adobe and guess what? No play on youtube, that's where I tested it.
If youtube is all you need Flash for, may be you'll find that youtube-dl is even better. Personally, I'd recommend against using Adobe Flash, if only for security concerns: it is a trojan, straight up.
Thanks to TobiSGI the problem is now fixed. I took his advice (which I should have thought of myself, duh) and executed firefox from command line. Went to youtube and when I tried a video I got a continuous error about send/recv. I then did a search on the error and found a post on this site. It said that AMD 32 bit procs and VIA, which I have, had a problem with a missing a cpu flag (see2 ?) and said to check /proc/cpuinfo for it. If it was not there you had to back up to Flash 10 instead of 11. Well, I was missing the flag and I installed Flash 10.
Voila, flash now works.
Thanks to all who took the time and effort to see me through these trial and tribulations.
Good detective work but I am sorry to hear your VIA processor (and other IA32s without SSE2) is no longer supported by Adobe's flash plugin for Linux.
Your choice of moving to 10.x (over 11.1) is probably smart since their last "extended support" 10.3.183.90 I believe includes more security fixes than their last 11.1 (18.104.22.168).
However, 10.3.x is no longer supported which means there are already outstanding issues and that list will continue to grow. Flash, as we've seen over the years, is a large threat vector for malicious payloads.
You might want to investigate running the latest Adobe flash plugin for Win32 via pipelight (which as of pipelight 0.2.0 supports flash).