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    13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    Anyone able to get Amazon Instant video running in either Firefox or Chromium on 13.04 64 bit? I've tried numerous things, including downgrading flash from .280 to .275 to .243. The video player loads, says updating flash. Then the movie starts and runs for maybe a second or two and then a error pops up saying I need to upgrade my flash.

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    Re: 13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    Quote Originally Posted by aaronrumple View Post
    Anyone able to get Amazon Instant video running in either Firefox or Chromium on 13.04 64 bit? I've tried numerous things, including downgrading flash from .280 to .275 to .243. The video player loads, says updating flash. Then the movie starts and runs for maybe a second or two and then a error pops up saying I need to upgrade my flash.

    I'm in the exact same situation. Amazon worked fine untill I upgraded from 12.04 to 13.04. I did the terminal command "sudo apt-get install hal," and tried an older flash version. I even recently reinstalled the entire OS, but nothing worked. The only option i've seen around the internet is to run firefox and adobe flash on a windows emulator like Wine 1.5. Which I really dont want to have to do!

    Hopefully somebody out there is working on a real solution!
    Last edited by jzakary; April 29th, 2013 at 09:30 PM.

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    Re: 13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    ....and very odd since Amazon is all over Ubuntu search. Really makes one want to turn that feature off.

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    Re: 13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    Yeah, this ultimately forced me to uninstall 13.04 and reinstall 12.10. We watch a lot of Amazon videos as well as Google Play movies and I could not get either of those to work at all. I tried both chrome and firefox and did the usual things I had to do to get it up and running in 12.10, but nothing worked. Reinstalled 12.10 and they work just fine (after installing hal). Really bummed because I was looking forward to 13.04. I saw that there was a bug reported in an earlier version of 13.04 here, but other people claim that it works for them now. I have 13.04 running in virtualbox with the hopes that I can somehow get it working, but so far, no luck. Maybe I'll try 32 bit.

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    Re: 13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    I have the same problem here, but with 32-bit. It was working fine on 12.10 for me, and now, I can't get it to work with the normal changes (hal, and disabling pepper flash) that worked for me before. It sounds like I'll be moving back to 12.10 pretty soon.

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    Re: 13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    I've had the same problem. Upgraded from 12.10 to 13.04 (32 bit, Kubuntu). Was working before, now not working. The thing is, I am not sure hal is working properly. On one machine that I have it working (12.10, Kubuntu), I see hal processes in the background. On the one that is not working, no hal. I have installed hal (removed it completely using synaptic, reinstalled it, removed hal and flash-plugins completely/resinstalled both, with and without wiping the .adobe directory in ~ ). Maybe this is a hal problem...

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    Re: 13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    Yeah, I just noticed that as well...hal does not seem to be running in the background, even though it's installed. Here is what I get if I try to start hal manually.

    sudo /usr/sbin/hald --daemon=no --verbose=yes

    13:02:43.542 [I] hald.c:672: hal 0.5.14
    13:02:43.542 [I] hald.c:673: using child timeout 250s
    13:02:43.542 [I] hald.c:741: Will not daemonize
    13:02:43.543 [I] hald_dbus.c:5444: local server is listening at unix:abstract=/var/run/hald/dbus-81sVuox6FO,guid=734ba2444a74b35032c3b96f51814ab3
    13:02:43.547 [I] hald_runner.c:304: Runner has pid 11134
    Runner started - allowed paths are '/usr/lib/hal:/usr/lib/hal/scripts:/usr/bin'
    13:02:43.551 [I] hald_runner.c:184: runner connection is 0x9ab2728

    ** (process:11133): WARNING **: Failed to add monitor on '/etc/hal/fdi/preprobe': No such file or directory

    ** (process:11133): WARNING **: Failed to add monitor on '/etc/hal/fdi/information': No such file or directory
    13:02:43.624 [I] mmap_cache.c:126: Regenerating fdi cache..
    Run started hald-generate-fdi-cache (60000) (0)
    ! full path is '/usr/lib/hal/hald-generate-fdi-cache', program_dir is '/usr/lib/hal'
    13:02:43.726 [E] create_cache.c:551: Cannot scan '/etc/hal/fdi/preprobe': No such file or directory
    13:02:43.726 [E] create_cache.c:709: Error generating fdi cache
    pid 11136: rc=1 signaled=0: /usr/lib/hal/hald-generate-fdi-cache
    13:02:43.727 [I] mmap_cache.c:104: In regen_cache_cb exit_type=0, return_code=1
    13:02:43.727 [E] mmap_cache.c:153: fdi cache regeneration failed!
    13:02:43.727 [I] mmap_cache.c:156: fdi cache generation done
    13:02:43.727 [I] mmap_cache.c:278: cache mtime is 1367279160
    *** [DIE] mmap_cache.c:di_rules_init():70 : Unable to open cache /var/cache/hald/fdi-cache

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    Re: 13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    Well, I "think" I got hal running now, as a daemon. I manually created the two missing directories:
    /etc/hal/fdi/preprobe
    and
    /etc/hal/fdi/information
    And now, I'm able to start up hal and see it running:
    ps -ef |grep hald
    114 11781 1 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/hald --daemon=yes --verbose=yes
    root 11782 11781 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 hald-runner
    root 11813 11782 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-input: Listening on /dev/input/event4 /dev/input/event3 /dev/input/event0 /dev/input/event1
    114 11853 11782 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-acpi: listening on acpid socket /var/run/acpid.socket
    root 11860 11782 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sr0 (every 2 sec)
    brian 13678 9642 0 14:04 pts/2 00:00:00 grep --color=auto hald

    The problem is...I still have the problem of not being able play amazon streaming videos.

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    Re: 13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    Have you removed local configuration files for the flash plugin? On the adobe support site (or Amazon, I don't remember which), there was some advice to rename the flash directory within the ~/.adobe directory (~/.adobe/Flash_Player). I am not at the problem machine now, but I'll try on mine when I get there.

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    Re: 13.04 64 bit Amazon Instant Video

    I have also fixed hal on a different machine that is running 13.04 32 bit and started it up with
    /usr/sbin/hald --daemon=yes --verbose=yes
    and at least on this machine Amazon video is working as it should!

    Thanks enigmaniac23!!!

    I will post when I check my other machine.

    Quote Originally Posted by enigmaniac23 View Post
    Well, I "think" I got hal running now, as a daemon. I manually created the two missing directories:
    /etc/hal/fdi/preprobe
    and
    /etc/hal/fdi/information
    And now, I'm able to start up hal and see it running:
    ps -ef |grep hald
    114 11781 1 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 /usr/sbin/hald --daemon=yes --verbose=yes
    root 11782 11781 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 hald-runner
    root 11813 11782 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-input: Listening on /dev/input/event4 /dev/input/event3 /dev/input/event0 /dev/input/event1
    114 11853 11782 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-acpi: listening on acpid socket /var/run/acpid.socket
    root 11860 11782 0 13:38 ? 00:00:00 hald-addon-storage: polling /dev/sr0 (every 2 sec)
    brian 13678 9642 0 14:04 pts/2 00:00:00 grep --color=auto hald

    The problem is...I still have the problem of not being able play amazon streaming videos.

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