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September 7th, 2009, 04:41 PM
I've got my first install of Ubuntu on a netbook and I'm trying to make it utilitarian enough to be the family utility box. One of the requirements is to be able to view video, Youtube and Hulu are the common sites.

Unfortunately, I can't get flash to run in Firefox. On Youtube, clicking on a video brings me to the page for that video, but w/ no vido window. Clicking on the Watch Video in new window brings up a blank, black window. Picking a Hulu video brings up a blank, black window.

As far as I can tell on this forum and others, the pieces-parts are all there, so I'm stumped. The details of OS, Firefox version, Firefox plugin, dpkg, Synaptics detail, and a listing of the mozilla plugins directory follow.

Ubuntu 9.0.4, 2.6.28-15
Firefox 3.0.13
from about:plugins in Firefox

application/x-vlc-plugin VLC Multimedia Plugin Yes
application/vlc VLC Multimedia Plugin Yes
video/x-google-vlc-plugin VLC Multimedia Plugin Yes
application/x-ogg Ogg multimedia file ogg Yes
application/ogg Ogg multimedia file ogg Yes
audio/ogg Ogg Audio oga Yes
audio/x-ogg Ogg Audio ogg Yes
video/ogg Ogg Video ogv Yes
video/x-ogg Ogg Video ogg Yes
application/annodex Annodex exchange format anx Yes
audio/annodex Annodex Audio axa Yes
video/annodex Annodex Video axv Yes
video/mpeg MPEG video mpg, mpeg, mpe Yes
audio/wav WAV audio wav Yes
audio/x-wav WAV audio wav Yes
audio/mpeg MP3 audio mp3 Yes
application/x-nsv-vp3-mp3 NullSoft video nsv Yes
video/flv Flash video flv Yes
application/x-totem-plugin Totem Multimedia plugin Yes
application/x-shockwave-flash Shockwave Flash swf Yes
application/futuresplash FutureSplash Player spl Yes
callmecynic@callmecynic-wind:~$ dpkg --get-selections | more
acl install
acpi-support install
acpid install
adduser install
adobe-flashplugin install
callmecynic@callmecynic-wind:~$ ls /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
flashplugin-alternative.so libtotem-gmp-plugin.so
libflashplayer.so libtotem-mully-plugin.so
libjavaplugin.so libtotem-narrowspace-plugin.so

September 7th, 2009, 04:53 PM
I haven't read down the full plugin list cos it made my eyes go funny. In 99% of cases you need to do this to fix your problem:

1. In Synaptic install ubuntu-restricted-extras then
2. Cut and paste these Terminal commands for the other none free codecs: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu

September 7th, 2009, 05:12 PM

Check out Medibuntu too.


September 14th, 2009, 11:13 PM
I had the same problem and here is how I fixed it....

1) copy this tutorial to tomboy notes

2) download the tar.gz file to your desktop (save file not open) at..


3) extract it to your desktop

4) close firefox (very important)

5) open a terminal window (applications-accessories-terminal) and enter the following

sudo cp /home/USERNAME/Desktop/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/firefox/plugins

enter password

(make sure you replace your username for USERNAME. make sure Desktop is typed with a capital D.

6) open firefox click Tools----add-ons----plugins. this should have installed the new plugin called shockwave flash 10.0 r32

Have fun on hulu.com, smallworlds.com and other sites

Rob Maddison
September 14th, 2009, 11:31 PM
I've just solved my problem in the same vein.

I had too many flash installations conflicting so used the instructions in another solved flash thread here (http://http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1254328&highlight=flash)

Good luck whatever you try :-)

It seems there's as many solutions as there are problems you just have to find the one that works for you.

September 15th, 2009, 08:25 PM
Rob may not know this but when I clicked on the link in his post WOT (web of trust) alert me that the site is not trusted. Be careful, it might be nothing, but I usually trust what WOT rates the sites.