Flash Problem

Dennis Nehen dnehen at hotmail.com
Mon Jan 18 06:26:20 UTC 2010

> Message: 5
> Date: Sun, 17 Jan 2010 16:25:42 -0700
> From: RobertHoltzman <holtzm at cox.net>
> Subject: Re: Flash Problem
> To: ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com
> Message-ID: <20100117232542.GA30402 at cox.net>
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> On Sat, Jan 16, 2010 at 06:07:42PM +0000, Dennis Nehen wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > I encountered the same problem with Hardy. The problem is where the plugin is
> > installed. The libflashplayer.sopackage flashplugin-nonfree installs into /usr/lib/
> > flashplugin-nonfree, while the version from the Adobe website
> > (adobe-flashplugin) installs into /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin. It seems that
> > this second location is not checked by Firefox.
> > 
> > Furthermore, the flashplugin-nonfree package in the main Hardy repos is really
> > ver 9 - it is detected as ver 9 r 260 on Adobe's version check page.
> > 
> > A solution is 1) uninstall the flashplugin-nonfree package 2) recreate the
> > directory /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree (since it is deleted when the package is
> > uninstalled) and 3) copy the file you installed from the Adobe website
> > (libflashplayer.so) from /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin into /usr/lib/
> > flashplugin-nonfree. Firefox will detect it there, and Hulu will work.
> > 
> > 
> > You can also get the same package as the Adobe site offers by enabing the
> > Canonical 'ubuntu hardy partner' repo under Third Party Software.
> Well, after downloading from the Adobe site and copying
> libflashplayer.so into /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree hulu has gone from
> asking for Flash to asking for Flash 10.0.22. Also, no Flash
> plugin is listed in "about:plugins" and as expected it's not recognized
> by dpkg. I went so far as temporarily disabling noscript and adblock.
> The only result was that I got deeper into the site before running into
> a wall. 
> Looks like I'm back to square one except now I'll have to jump thru
> hoops if I decide to uninstall.
> -- 
> Bob Holtzman


My version of adobe-flashplugin is It came from the Canonical 'ubuntu hardy partners' repository found  in the 'Third Party' sources section of System > Administration > Software Sources. It is the one that is now working for me. 

I had first installed the one from the Adobe web site, then I learned about the 'ubuntu hardy partners' repo and activated that. The update manager then immediately offered an update from whatever version I had previously from the Adobe website (not sure what that was) to what I have now. 

I then needed to move it from /usr/lib/adobe-flashplugin into /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree because Firefox 3.0.17 would not detect it in the first directory. Restarted Firefox and it then detected it in the second directory, and Hulu worked after that.

You might want to try the 'ubuntu hardy partners' repo and see if it makes a difference. Also I assume you are using the same Firefox version and haven't upgraded that yourself to 3.5 or something? That might make a difference.

Dennis N.
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