In between being tied up with babysitting my grandsons and fighting off flu bugs I have been battling a rather nasty problem that I have been having with playing anything associated with using Flash on Firefox 3 on Ubuntu 8.04.
And FINALLY, just now, I found the fix that worked. It’s the little things like this that give Linux a bad name ( and unfortunately still make it not ready for the masses! )
Ever since I moved to Linux full time, I have been having a problem getting Flash ( a pervasive type of multimedia programming language or file type that is spread all over the Internet – used mainly for watching Videos ) from consistently working properly. This was most common or prevalent when logged into Yahoo and You-Tube.
Almost at random boxes and windows would appear as a grayed out box with an arrow in it ( looking something like large a large ugly play button. ) Sometimes when I clicked on it, the video would play, and other times it would not!
I have been searching high and low to find the problem, and tried every recommended solution discussed, all to ( naturally ) no avail. Installing some software, uninstalling others, nothing seemed to work. Till I came across this helpful set of postings on Ubuntu’s own forum (which I have checked innumerable times before I might add. )
Now admittedly I have tried a bunch of things, and some things may have affected others, but the bottom line is these steps worked! The culprit, it appears is, a wonderful little set of Ubuntu libraries associated with swfdec ( which is of course – the decoder or renderer for Flash Animations! )
I am hoping that this article will hopefully help to get the information out on wider distribution as ( having already found hundreds of other people trying to fix this ) there are a LOT of people having problems with this!
Here is the solution that worked for me:
- Open up a terminal and type sudo synaptic and enter your administrators password
- Click on the Search Icon on the top right hand corner
- In the search window type swfdec and search for all instances
- Click on any boxes that are grayed when you get results
- When prompted select complete removal and action accordingly
- When that is complete again click on the Search Icon
- In the search window type flashplugin-nonfree and search for that instance
- If the box is grayed out already – GREAT. If not click on it to install and click Apply
- After installation, click on the X in the corner to exit Aptitude
It’s always simple when you know the answer – but getting there is another thing completely!