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Old 09-13-2017, 02:59 PM   #1
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flashplayer-plugin and Audible Cloud Player

Hi Everyone. It's been a while since I've been back to the Slackware forum. I'm using AlienBob's flashplayer-plugin- package to play flash on Firefox. I have an up to date 14.2 multilib system. It was working fine a couple of months ago (different flash and Firefox, of course), but now for some reason I can't seem to play anything with Audible's cloud player. It buffers for ages then tells me "problem connecting to server," which, since my network is working fine, I assumed to be a flash problem. But I can play other flash like youtube videos and even Audible's own book "samples" you can listen to if you do not own a book--it's just their cloud player for purchased books that doesn't work.

I've tried clearing cookies and disabling all add-ons, but no help. I have Firefox set to allow flash on Audible specifically (from the site permission settings you can access when you open a window and go to the 'i' on the far left of the address bar), and also globally.

Are there any other Audible listeners around who can test whether it is working for them? Audible claims their servers are alright.


Edit: It also doesn't work with Alien's Chromium package and the PPAPI chromium-pepperflash plugin.

Last edited by Miranden; 09-13-2017 at 03:59 PM.
Old 09-14-2017, 01:11 AM   #2
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Youtube no longer uses flash at all. I also tried an "audiobook sample" that doesn't appear to use flash either:

1. are any other audio sources playing while attempting to connect to the flash stream?
2. what version of "Alien's Chromium package" did you install?
Old 09-14-2017, 06:36 PM   #3
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Try going to Adobe's Flash test site here:
As d K commented, sites like Youtube have moved on past Flash. What you're probably seeing is HTML5 content. If it checks out OK than at least that indicates your problem might not be with Flash at all. If it does not check out, as a temporary test download the Flash plugin directly from Adobe:
Get the 64-bit, tar.gz file, open it, and extract just the file into /usr/lib64/mozilla/plugins
Do the test again to see if that makes any difference. If it does, than rm that file and try re-downloading and installing AlienBob's package again. Perhaps the last time there was just some one-off glitch in the download or install process.
Actually I'd be surprised if a site like Audible hasn't also switched to HTML5 and just dropped Flash. If it turns out not to be Flash related, do you have any extensions like Privacy Badger or NoScript installed in your Firerfox? Try temporary disabling them and see if that makes any difference with that Audible site.
Another site that might give you some useful info about your browser's capabilities is:
Old 09-17-2017, 12:59 AM   #4
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This as well:
Mozilla really should have killed off NPAPI entirely and not making an exception for flash. Too many problems with it.

Last edited by d_K; 09-17-2017 at 01:06 AM.


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