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Old 04-07-2010, 09:04 PM   #1
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Spoof architecture in FF useragent


I'm trying to sort out some 64/32 bit flash issues and I would like edit my FireFox useragent so that it doesn't report as being 64 bit. Looking through about:config I haven't been able to find where to edit the architecture.

Any ideas?

Thanks.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 09:27 PM   #2
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?? about:config??? why
how about using the "user agent switcher" UI
Tools / default user agent / edit user agent
then click on the "new" option and make it.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 09:39 PM   #3
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I forgot about the switcher. I usually use about:config to modify my useragent for the vendor.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 09:51 PM   #4
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AFAIK. The problem you got (trying to run 32bit flash on 64bit firefox) isn't solved by switching the useragent. To fix it you need to either install 32bit firefox along with 32bit flash. Or install the beta release of 64bit flash on 64bit firefox.
 
Old 04-07-2010, 10:06 PM   #5
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I was trying to see if hulu.com's refusal to even try and play was based on the useragent. Apparently the error message is dependent on the useragent, but the failure is not. I would rather avoid multilib just because it adds a layer of complexity to keeping up with slackware current. Although it's not too bad. I'll probably just add the multilib step to the kde step i'vebeen following already. I can't believe I'm about to say this, but for once I think Steve Jobs is on the right track.

I run all the flash betas. 64 bit flash is just a kludge.

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Old 04-11-2010, 03:02 PM   #6
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About the hulu.com error. It's because hulu.com refuses to stream to non-US locations.
 
Old 04-11-2010, 03:38 PM   #7
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About the hulu.com error. It's because hulu.com refuses to stream to non-US locations.
Hello! the OP does live in USA.
 
Old 04-11-2010, 04:12 PM   #8
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Do you have more than one libflashplayer.so on your system? I.e. one in ~/.mozilla and one in /lib?
 
Old 04-11-2010, 05:16 PM   #9
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About the hulu.com error. It's because hulu.com refuses to stream to non-US locations.
Hulu will not play on a 64 bit linux browser. If you try it simply says that there are technical limitations of 64 bit linux flash. Many people will think this isn't right because on their 64 bit distro it works..........but that's multilib in effect. Slackware OTOH is pure 32 or 64 by default. You get a different message if you spoof the useragent, but it still will not play. I don't recall exactly what it says but I think that it's to check your internet connections.........rather dumb since you are obviously at their page.

I wound up making my system multilib and replacing my 64 bit browsers with 32 bit browsers......Not just for hulu.com, but for anything to do with flash. 64 bit flash just isn't up to snuff.

As far as spoofing goes, I just wound up using the useragent switcher, because it was the only way I found to remove every trace of "64" but like I said, it didn't have any effect other than to change an error message.
 
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Hey damgar, thanks for this. I hadn't checked since I switched to 64 bit. Guess I'll have to download a 32 bit browser if I want to watch hulu. Cheers!
 
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Glad it helped.
 
  


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