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Adobe Flash Player Problems

Flash Player is installed but will not run (Ubuntu)

If you have a problem whereby sites with embedded videos either:

  • Do not do anything when you attempt to play them
  • Tell you that you need to install Adobe Flash Player when you have already installed it

..then the problem is probably that you have two competing video plugins on your system. By default, Ubuntu installs the GNU Flash Player Gnash and if you install the proprietary Adobe Flash plugin as well, they seem to compete with each other.

The solution is to go into the Software Centre and uninstall Gnash (-and re-install Adobe Flash Player if necessary). Videos should now play OK in your browser.


Flash Player will not run (Fedora)

Under Fedora, the solution is to install/re-install Adobe Flash Player directly from the command line as follows:

sudo rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm

For example:

$ sudo rpm -ivh http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
 Retrieving http://linuxdownload.adobe.com/adobe-release/adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch.rpm
 warning: /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.6ugvNS: Header V3 DSA/SHA1 Signature, key ID f6777c67: NOKEY
 Preparing...                ########################################### [100%]
	package adobe-release-i386-1.0-1.noarch is already installed
 [root@linuxClient]# rpm --import /etc/pki/rpm-gpg/RPM-GPG-KEY-adobe-linux
 [root@linuxClient]# yum install flash-plugin
 Loaded plugins: langpacks, presto, refresh-packagekit
 Setting up Install Process
 Resolving Dependencies
 --> Running transaction check
 ---> Package flash-plugin.i386 0:10.3.181.34-release will be installed
 --> Finished Dependency Resolution
 Dependencies Resolved
 ================================================================================
 Package          Arch     Version                   Repository            Size
 ================================================================================
Installing:
 flash-plugin     i386     10.3.181.34-release       adobe-linux-i386     5.2 M
 Transaction Summary
 ================================================================================
Install       1 Package(s)
Total download size: 5.2 M
 Installed size: 13 M
 Is this ok [y/N]: y
 Downloading Packages:
Setting up and reading Presto delta metadata
 Processing delta metadata
 Package(s) data still to download: 5.2 M
 flash-plugin-10.3.181.34-release.i386.rpm                | 5.2 MB     00:07     
Running rpm_check_debug
 Running Transaction Test
 Transaction Test Succeeded
 Running Transaction
   Installing : flash-plugin-10.3.181.34-release.i386                        1/1 
Installed:
  flash-plugin.i386 0:10.3.181.34-release                                       
Complete!

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