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Old 12-22-2005, 10:05 AM   #1
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Firefox, Flash and AMD64

I installed Ubuntu on my AMD64 3200 machine. Everything runs great except when I am browsing the web and try to load a flash animation. I have downloaded the latest flash player but, when I install, I get an error to the effect that this version of Flash (7) is not compatible with 64bit processors.

I read through the readme file(s) and system compatibility info and there are only references to Linux (X86, 32bit).

Does this mean that I can not view flash animations on the web or is there another solution? I have looked through the Firefox extensions (the googles stuff is pretty cool, BTW) but can not find a fix.


Old 12-22-2005, 10:42 AM   #2
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Welcome to 64 bit world. At present there is no way to easily install flash player onto a 64bit machine with 64bit install. I installed 32bit Debian on my 64bit board (also Athlon 3200+) just for that reason. If you are a code head, you may be able to tweak the source for the flashplayer, but I don't recall if that source if publicly available. They probably are working on a 64 bit version, but I have no idea when it will be released. You don't have the easy choice of "just install the 64bit version", at least not yet.

Old 12-22-2005, 01:37 PM   #3
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The simple way to get it running is to use 32bit firefox and 32bit flash.

They should both be avliable and easy to install, its a bodge, but it works.
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Hi, There is an open source alternative flash player for AMD64 available for ubuntu. I'm not sure how well it works compared to Macromedia's offering, but should do the job: make sure you remove the version of the flash plugin you have installed now before installing the new version: enable the universe repository (see my website @ for more info on that) and then install the player:

 sudo apt-get install libflash-mozplugin
If you are having stability problems with it, uninstall it, and compile it like this:

wget -c
tar xvjf gplflash-0.4.13.tar.bz2
cd gplflash-0.4.13
./configure --with-plugin-dir=/usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
make sudo checkinstall
This should get you going! HTH.

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Old 12-22-2005, 07:38 PM   #5
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Firefox, Flash and AMD64

That was a great tip.. I tried both of the optios that you suggested here. Neither of them worked. I have installed and uninstalled.

When I tried the second option (wget... make) i get error: C++ compiler cannot create executables. I will verify that the complier is actually installed.

Thanks for the help.. I will check back when I get this working.


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