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    How do I get flash running on an old pc?

    Hi,

    I've installed 12.04 i386 and it runs fine on a 'scrap' box that I put together. It runs an Athlon 1.25GHz processor with a nVidia FX5500 agp card and version 173 of the nvidia driver. Memory is 1 GB 133MHz. It plays dvds ok but Quantal jibs if I try and upgrade (hardware too low spec).

    I'm stumped try to get flash player working. All installed on clean hdd using in the release flashplayer installer and all I get is white space where the flash content should be when I run the media. Prior to running I get the still image and big red arrow.

    Any ideas?
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    Re: How do I get flash running on an old pc?

    The minimum cpu requirements have increased greatly for flash and one reason I retired and old computer . http://www.adobe.com/products/flashp...ech-specs.html You could try Lightspark or Gnash but, I don't know if they would work for similar reasons.
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    Re: How do I get flash running on an old pc?

    Actually Flash now works only on SSE2 capable CPUs.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: How do I get flash running on an old pc?

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    Re: How do I get flash running on an old pc?

    Quote Originally Posted by kostkon View Post
    Actually Flash now works only on SSE2 capable CPUs.

    Hope that helps.
    koston, I think you have finally nailed down the lid on my problem.
    Trying to get flash player latest version to run on my wife's laptop, which has an amd athlon xp1400+ cpu, is apparently going nowhere as it doesn't support SSE2

    Thanks for cutting short my agravation.

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    Re: How do I get flash running on an old pc?

    Very INTELelesting. So a P4 is the earliest possible processor capable of current flash. I suppose that applies to flv audio as well. My oldest XP box is a P4, with only 1.5GB RAM, and it has a very weak old AGP graphics card and it actually starts to "blacl out" when overstressed with video and other simultaneous threads. it will simply go black screen for a second or two until it recovers. However it can capture five or six (or more), simultaneous flv audio steams with no problem. I sometimes use QT portable browser when I want to view a balky flash video that won't play on FF flash plug-in with a lot of secutity restrictions. I do all my Win / FF browsing in SandboxIE and erase the accumulated detritus regularly. VERY infection free method.

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    Re: How do I get flash running on an old pc?

    Hi, I have a Ibm Mpro p3 1gb dual processors with 1gb of ram.
    I'm new to the linux world. I would like to get flashplayer going but on youtube some links play some don't . Are they any other flashplayer alternatives if this route is impossible? Please let me know.
    This is just a second desktop pc I have as a backup to the other.

    Thanks.


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    Re: How do I get flash running on an old pc?

    If you want flash just for a few popular video sites such as Youtube or Vimeo, you don't need flash really. Install gecko-mediaplayer from the repo, install the greasemonkey addon for Firefox https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/fir.../greasemonkey/

    Then open firefox and install the script Viewtube. http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/87011

    Now go to a supported site such as Youtube and you will be able to watch the videos and with higher resolution that you would with flash because it is less taxing on your old hardware.
    Last edited by monkeybrain2012; June 3rd, 2013 at 10:41 PM.

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    Re: How do I get flash running on an old pc?

    Many thanks for the suggestion, monkeybrain2012.

    Our main daily use is for watching video clips on the BBC news pages.
    For longer programmes, we use BBC iplayer for instant viewing, or get-iplayer, and save them for later viewing. (Fairly slow broadband speed here )

    Would your solution be still appropriate ?
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    Re: How do I get flash running on an old pc?

    Unfortunately doesn't work for the bbc.

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