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Old 02-05-2015, 01:09 AM   #1
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Cannot figure out how to download Google earth - newbie :)


Thanks for clicking on me. I have Ubuntu 14.04 and I use Firefox. I cannot figure out how to download Google earth. Whenever I try to get it from the Google page for Linux it doesn't work. It says it's downloading for like half a second, and then it doesn't do anything else. Any thoughts? Thanks.
 
Old 02-05-2015, 02:32 AM   #2
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Why not use a download manager extension for firefox.
 
Old 02-05-2015, 11:54 AM   #3
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How do I do that?
 
Old 02-05-2015, 12:35 PM   #4
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How do you know it did not download?
Also, are you using Javascript blocking, or similar, in your browser? This can prevent the download.
 
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Perhaps ought to be an edit but, seperately, can't you install Google Earth from Ubuntu Software Centre Nowadays? Could have sworn I managed to on one of the supported versions?
 
Old 02-05-2015, 03:28 PM   #6
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I know it didn't download because it only took half a second, and when I went to the containing folder it was only a weird folder with a spiral on it. Also I did a search on my computer for it and nothing. How do I know if my Java is blocking it? I have had problems with the Adobe Flash of late. related? And I tried the software center, but I couldn't find it, unless it's under a different name.

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Old 02-05-2015, 03:46 PM   #7
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That "Weird spiral" sounds like it could be the icon for Google Earth. If you you right-click on the icon it may give an option to install with "Gdebi" or something similar.
Please take the time to read all the instructions you see whilst using Linux as it will take a wlittle while before things make sense.
 
Old 02-06-2015, 11:49 AM   #8
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OK, I figured it out. Thanks for all your help. It did something this time that it didn't do before. I tried to download it again and it sent me to the software center this time. Which is weird because when I searched for it a few days ago I came up with nothing. I feel stupid now, but thanks anyway!
 
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I would guess that either you selected "open with Software Centre" instead of "save" or it didn't download correctly the first time, for whatever reason, but did this time and the default application for it to open in is Software Centre.
 
Old 02-07-2015, 02:28 PM   #10
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Yes, you are correct. I hit open with software center instead of save. I do appreciate your patience and assistance. Thank you.

One other thing, if you happen to see this: It said when I went to open it that my graphics card (or something like it) was not up to date enough to show the Google graphics, but apparently that is a hardware issue. How do I update that? What am I looking for?
 
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Without knowing the precuise message it is difficult to say. There is a warning I seen to recall about the graphics card perhaps not being powerful enough which can safely be ignored. However there is another message which, I think, means that the proprietary drivers for your graphics card should be installed which can be done through a program called something like "repositories and drivers".
 
  


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