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kikinovak 01-16-2013 05:05 PM

Can't play Flash videos after hardware downgrade

My workhorse PC unfortunately just broke down. Until I can figure out what exactly is broken and if I can repair it, I replaced it with the Shuttle PC that I'm normally using as a jukebox, e. g. for webradio in the living room.

Here's the specs:


[kikinovak@alphamule:~] $ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor        : 0
vendor_id        : AuthenticAMD
cpu family        : 6
model                : 8
model name        : AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2400+
stepping        : 1
cpu MHz                : 2002.571
cache size        : 256 KB
fdiv_bug        : no
hlt_bug                : no
f00f_bug        : no
coma_bug        : no
fpu                : yes
fpu_exception        : yes
cpuid level        : 1
wp                : yes
flags                : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse syscall mmxext 3dnowext 3dnow up
bogomips        : 4005.14
clflush size        : 32
cache_alignment        : 32
address sizes        : 34 bits physical, 32 bits virtual
power management: ts

[kikinovak@alphamule:~] $ free -m
            total      used      free    shared    buffers    cached
Mem:          991        761        229          0        47        297
-/+ buffers/cache:        416        574
Swap:        1953          0      1953
[kikinovak@alphamule:~] $ /sbin/lspci | grep -i vga
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV44A [GeForce 6200] (rev a1)

I'm using NVidia's recommended proprietary driver for the card, and I have two monitors in twinview configuration attached to it.

Only problem so far (and one that I've been more or less become accustomed to over the years, alas): I can't play Adobe Flash videos. There's just a black rectangle showing in place of the video.

I'm running Flash Player version on this machine.

As usual with Adobe Flash problems, I'm clueless. Any suggestions?

ljb643 01-16-2013 06:53 PM

Apparently, flashplayer 11 requires the cpu to have the "sse2" feature, and yours does not. I got that from this thread

I think the only way around it is to use Flashplayer 10.

kikinovak 01-17-2013 03:14 AM

I just installed Flashplayer 10.3.183, and it works indeed.

I made a package for the benefit of others who may be in the same situation and put it in my repo:


Thu Jan 17 09:27:37 CET 2013
pasture/flash-player-plugin-legacy- Added.
        This is the legacy version of the Adobe Flash Player for CPUs that don't come
        with the "sse2" feature. Special thanks to ljb643 on LQ.

Cheers from the freezing South of France,


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