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Old 01-13-2009, 07:17 PM   #1
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Can't view .flv videos in firefox

Somehow I've managed to mess up my system so that it won't view .flv videos. Most flash content works fine, but for some reason pages from this chess site won't show on my main machine. It may have happened after a Lenny update, but I'm not completely sure. I'm currently installing the updates on my second machine (which views just fine), to see if that's somehow the problem.

To fix this, I've tried updating to firefox3, disabling adblock, removing addons related to media viewing, reinstalling flash 9 (same as what works on second machine), all to no avail. Any ideas?

Here's a page from the site with a video on it, if that helps.

Nope, had nothing to do with the Lenny update.

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Old 01-13-2009, 09:18 PM   #2
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Do you have a 64 bit machine?
Is so, is there an nspluginwrapper package installed?

Here are the files from my package. My distro is different however.
rpm -ql nspluginwrapper
My flash player package:
rpm -ql flash-player
Another related package:
 rpm -ql libflashsupport
Check if you have these libraries. If you do, check if the path to the library is in your library path: "/sbin/ldconf -p". It is possible that you have a library but don't have the path to it added in /etc/
Old 01-14-2009, 12:12 AM   #3
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Things are a bit different here on Debian, I'm afraid. It is a 32 bit system, so that's that part. It does recognise flash and plays .swf files just fine. For example, I'm watching some ELP video on youtube right now. It's just these .flv files. I can download them and play them on mplayer, but that takes awhile. And, they work fine on the old system.

I've tried both firefox 2 and firefox 3. I also just loaded iceweasel. No go. I've tried flash 9 and 10, as well. I copied ~/.mozilla/firefox from my other machine to this one - no luck. Not sure what else to try. Whatever I did, I did it on Friday, and I did it good.

I think it must be related to the chess site using an .swf as a player of the .flv, but I'm darned if I understand what that means, much less what to do about it.

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Old 01-20-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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I found the problem, and it was something stupid I had done when trying to get rid of flash in the past: I had changed permissions on ~/.macromedia to 000. Oh well.

I found the problem while doing an rsync in preparation to doing a reinstall, BTW; when it complained there were files it couldn't transfer.

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