pandarsson at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 19 01:19:00 UTC 2008
On Tuesday 18 March 2008 6:02:40 John wrote:
> I'm sure you have been asked before but I am a novice to kubuntu although I
> am used to windows' have installed kubuntu on my spare pc and I am well
> pleased so easy to use apart from I needed a shockwave plug in, I have down
> loaded this ok but something appears to be going terribly wrong when trying
> to install it. I followed the instructions on the website but it just
> doesn't seem to do anything. Can any one give me an idiot proof guide to
> this as i'm sure once I have done 1 it will all become clear
I may be completely off about this and if you hear from someone more
knowledgeable than me, feel free to ignore this. My experience goes thusly:
I installed Kubuntu, installed the restricted packages, and Flash worked very
well in Konqueror (the default web browser for Kubuntu). An update or two
later, it stopped. I nearly scratched a bald spot on my head before I
figured that *something* had installed a file
called "flashplugin-alternative.so" in one of my plugin directories. I
deleted it and Flash worked fine. A couple of updates later, the same thing
happened, only this time (in order to vex me, I suppose) it stuck that file
in three places and each time I deleted one, Konqueror would find the other.
Thankfully, though, that's the last time that file was put on my system.
You can check to see if this is the case for your system by opening up
Konqueror (the web browser - if you're using Firefox, say so), clicking
on "Setting" and then "Configure Konqueror..." In the new window, scroll
down until you see "Plugins" on the left and click on it. On the right,
you'll see two tabs, "Scan" and "Plugins". Click on "Plugins" and in the
list you'll either see "flashplugin-alternative.so" or "libflashplayer.so".
If you see the first, you'll also see where on the filesystem it is. If you
get rid of it, scan for plugins again and see if it finds the other.
Anyway, that's all I got. I strongly suggest listening to what anyone else
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