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Old 07-02-2006, 10:37 PM   #1
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Angry yet another cry for help installing the flash plugin

I know this issue has been addressed here a dozen dozen times--I know because I've searched--so I hate to start another thread about it. But I've tried every solution offered, in this forum, other forums, other websites, etc, and nothing has worked. So, please indulge this (relative) newbie's final attempt to get help.

I'm running Fedora Core 5, which, in all its other aspects, I adore, using the KDE environment (if that matters--I suspect it doesn't, but just in case). I use a) Konqueror, for browsing my own machine, and b) Mozilla Firefox (version, for browsing the internet. I also downloaded the latest version of Opera, thinking perhaps the problem was specific to Firefox, but I couldn't get the install to work there either.

So, what I've tried (and has failed) so far, more or less in chronological order:

1. Downloading and installing the plugin through Firefox itself (when, viewing a site that required flash, it prompted me to do so). This claimed the installation was successful, but Firefox continued to act as though I hadn't installed it.
2. Downloading the plugin for Linux from the Macromedia site and following their instructions to install from the command line. This also claimed the installation was successful but Firefox still acted like I hadn't installed it.
3. Manually copying the files flashplayer.xpt and to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins. No change in Firefox's behavior.
4. Downloading the rpm from and attempting to install it both from the command line and through the package manager. Both attempts told me the package had already been installed. No change.
5. Per's instructions, downloading the file macromedia-i386.repo into /etc/yum.repos.d/ and typing "yum install flash-plugin" from the command line. This seems to work fine til the line "Parsing package install arguments," which is follwed up by "Nothing to do." No change.

I also tried installing it in Konqueror once, and in Opera once, via the download/install instructions at Macromedia's site, but both of these attempts failed.

I'm pretty sure I uninstalled/deleted files after every attempt, so each attempt started fresh, but perhaps I didn't get everything. Would that affect subsequent attempts?

I found the advice to use a 32-bit version of Firefox instead of a 64-bit, which I would be willing to try if it would help, but I'm not quite sure how to go about that (i.e. which version, how to install it, etc).

Sorry if this is too verbose or not detailed enough. I've been trying to get this to work for weeks now and my repeated failure is, as you can imagine, really really aggravating. So please please please, if you have any idea what I'm doing/what's going wrong, let me know. Thank you thank you thank you.
Old 07-03-2006, 02:02 AM   #2
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If you're using an 64-bit system then I suggest you to try gnash since the macromedia flash plugin does not work.
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very helpful
Old 07-03-2006, 02:51 AM   #4
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Bathory is 100% correct, as is documented on these forums dozens of times. There is no 64-bit flash plugin
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