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    HOWTO : Install Adobe flash for Firefox and fix sound issues (Ubuntu Dapper 32-bit)

    Important notes :

    edit :
    Most of the information in this guide can also be found here:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...1c7d296cf971c3
    You should try installing Flash using that guide first.

    This HOWTO is meant for the 32-bit version of Ubuntu Dapper. I cannot garantuee it works for other versions of Ubuntu.

    I assume you use the default Ubuntu version of Firefox. If you have another version make sure you know the installation path.

    I use the manual method to install Flash. Installing the flashplugin-nonfree package never works for me. You should uninstall it before using this HOWTO.


    Before installing

    Make sure you have enabled universe/multiverse repositories : HOWTO

    Update you system :
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
    Flash requires 2 fontpackages to be installed :
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install gsfonts gsfonts-x11
    Dowloading and installing Adobe Flash

    Download the latest installer from Adobe :
    Code:
    wget http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz
    Extract the files from the archive :
    Code:
    tar -zxf install_flash_player_7_linux.tar.gz
    *** You have to close your browser for the next 2 steps ***

    Run the installer :
    Code:
    sudo install_flash_player_7_linux/flashplayer-installer
    When asked to enter an installation path enter the path where you browser is installed (/usr/lib/firefox by default)
    Code:
    Please enter the installation path of the Mozilla, Netscape,
    or Opera browser (i.e., /usr/lib/mozilla):/usr/lib/firefox
    The installer should complete without errors. To confirm that the plugin is installed correctly start Firefox and type the following in the navigation bar :
    Code:
    about:plugins
    You should see something like this :
    Code:
    Shockwave Flash
    
        File name: /usr/lib/firefox/plugins/libflashplayer.so
        Shockwave Flash 7.0 r68
    
    MIME Type 	Description 	Suffixes 	Enabled
    application/x-shockwave-flash 	Shockwave Flash 	swf 	Yes
    application/futuresplash 	FutureSplash Player 	spl 	Yes
    If you dont see it you probably installed the flash plugin in the wrong path.


    Fixing (sound) issues

    Most issues I had with Flash are related to sound. Possible issues are :
    - Firefox freezing/crashing while/after viewing a flash movie
    - No sound in flash
    - Very bad syncing
    - Movies on Youtube or Google video stop playing afer 1/2 seconds

    The most common fix is this one :
    Code:
    sudo ln -s /usr/lib/libesd.so.0 /usr/lib/libesd.so.1
    Flash expects /temp/.esd to exist, to fix this type :
    Code:
    ln -s /tmp/.esd-1000 /tmp/.esd
    To prevent having to retype this everytime you start your computer you could add the above command to rc.local :
    Code:
    sudo gedit /etc/rc.local
    If the sound still isn't working properly you could try the fix discribed here

    Another fix is discribed here

    end of HOWTO

    I hope this helped you to get Flash working correctly. If you have any additions/corrections to this guide please let me know. I'd also like to know if it worked for other versions of Ubuntu and/or other browsers.
    Last edited by epennings; October 12th, 2006 at 12:04 PM. Reason: added link to official guide

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    Re: HOWTO : Install Adobe flash for Firefox and fix sound issues (Ubuntu Dapper 32-bi

    It is important to note that you should first attempt this wiki:
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Re...1c7d296cf971c3
    Every time you install Jaunty, a kitten........ wait sorry what year is this again?
    Please don't PM support questions, post a thread so that everyone can benefit
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    Re: HOWTO : Install Adobe flash for Firefox and fix sound issues (Ubuntu Dapper 32-bi

    The sound problem can be fixed by simply making firefox/Flash use AOSS for sound. Takes about 2 seconds

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    Re: HOWTO : Install Adobe flash for Firefox and fix sound issues (Ubuntu Dapper 32-bi

    do these instructions work for Opera? Firefox is way to slow on my P MMX 266mhz 128mb ram running Xubuntu. Opera just flys. I was able to install Adobe Reader from scratch, next gonna try flash but was wondering if I should follow this? Thanks for any suggestions.

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    Re: HOWTO : Install Adobe flash for Firefox and fix sound issues (Ubuntu Dapper 32-bi

    The installer is compatible with Opera, just install it in the right path.
    I'm not sure your computer has the minimum requirements for Flash, it will probably run a bit choppy.

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    If you encounter flas sound problems with opera start opera with this argument
    "aoss opera"

    you may need to install

    * alsa-oss

    Further instructions can be found here

    http://wiki.ubuntuusers.de/Opera/Multimedia
    and here
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Op...b7629458c6f32f

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    Cool Re: HOWTO : Install Adobe flash for Firefox and fix sound issues (Ubuntu Dapper 32-bi

    I manually downloaded flash version 9 beta for linux and manually installed in correct folder and it looks beautiful and acts more predictably than the version 7.

    No probs and no issues.

    NOTE-you need to do this with Firefox off, not open.

    -SE
    If at first you don't succeed - just buy the company and tell them to make the one you want.

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    Re: HOWTO : Install Adobe flash for Firefox and fix sound issues (Ubuntu Dapper 32-bi

    OK, I will probably not get a reply because I just have to vent.. I am new, totally new and after installing Adobe Flash I have no sound at all! I am trying not to get frustrated but I will admit that I think I am losing the battle. I have tried this fix and no dice.

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