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i can't watch flash content in firefox. can someone please help me?

I am sorry if this has already been addressed, but i have visited numerous forum posts and tried several different things.

My computer is a compaq presario 2195US. The processor is athlon xp 2500+ OS is lubuntu, 13.10. I had to install it via the alternate installer because for some reason the normal lubuntu installer didn't work. I had a black screen with the little thing going around and around forever.

Once i installed lubuntu, i opened firefox and tried to watch flash stuff on youtube. The page loaded but the player did not show up...that part of the screen was blank.

I then tried watching a youtube video which i knew was html 5, and that worked. (vihart pi rant)

So I installed lubuntu-restricted-extras.

After that, i couldn't watch any youtube videos at all, not even html5.

Then i tried installing flash directly, using the terminal (same way i installed the restricted extras) and it said could not find the specified flash package, and then i tried it a different way and it said the flash package was already installed. I guess that was due to the restricted extras which i had already installed.

I then tried installing chrome 19, but that did not work...it said failed to satisfy dependency libuv0 or something. SO i installed libuv0 from some link, and tried to install chrome again, and then the installer just crashed.

Then i went to https://support.mozilla.org/en-US/questions/964567 and tried following the instructions. It was weird because it told me to put the .so file in usr/lib/mozilla /plugins but i didn't have such a folder

my user name is herb, and i did not have a /herb/lib/mozilla/plugins folder either...so, i made /herb/lib/mozilla/plugins and put the .so file in there (with the name of the file changed as they recommend)...still couldn't play flash though ...btw i did use ctrl+h when looking for that folder

as you can see i am very confused. Your help would be much appreciated by me and my 5-year old daughter. I am doing this so she can do her kids educational websites like starfall, which requires flash. However, i am also doing this because it's fun! I think i am close to being able to do what i want.

BTW, before lubuntu i had ubuntu 12.04 on here. I just switched so it would be faster.

Another random fact: the computer was shutting down randomly, but i think it was because i was accidentally blocking the intake vent for the processor fan. Now that i am not blcoking it anymore, it's not shutting down randomly.

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Chrome 19 is very old. The current version is Chrome(ium) 32. Also, in the Mozilla instructions, it was referring to the folder named usr, not your user name, –  saiarcot895 Mar 21 '14 at 11:57
thanks saiarcot895...i didn't understand the directory tree...now i see the folder it's talking about, although it won't let me put the .so file in there, said permission denied...maybe i'll try it via the terminal...oh never mind, i can use tools-open current folder as root –  user260501 Mar 22 '14 at 9:15
Wow! thanks saiarcot...once i pasted it in, flash started working...you people rule! i am totally stoked...i have been working on this for weeks (also took a long time to install ubuntu due to a bad cd drive) and i finally can do what i want! with a free OS! yay!!! –  user260501 Mar 22 '14 at 9:32

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Follow this method to solve your problem:

  1. Open LXTerminal window.
  2. Type this following commands at your LXTerminal window:

    sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer -y

  3. Wait until the installation process is finished, if the process is finish. Close your terminal window and try tested the plugins at Chrome or Firefox

Note: If this method won't work, try this commands and repeat my method:

sudo apt-get install lubuntu-restricted-extras
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Thank you FirstStrike for your assistance. I ran that command, then closed the terminal and launched firefox. I went to youtube and i still can't watch any videos, html5 or not. I tried speedtest.net and starfall as well. The first time I launched firefox and clicked a youtube video after running your command, i did get a popup that said there was a problem with firefox. But the next time i openedfirefox i did not get the popup but i still couldnt watch any videos. That part of the screen is just blank. I would try chrome but i had trouble installing it...should i try gnash or lightspark? Thnx –  user260501 Mar 22 '14 at 8:04
@user260501 I edit my answer –  FirstStrike Mar 24 '14 at 1:30
@user260501 And please mark this answer as accepted answer if my method is work –  FirstStrike Mar 24 '14 at 3:36

Go into your terminal (Ctrl + T)

And type the following:

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

After this, type the following:

sudo apt-get update

When that is complete, you should have flash player. If not, there are tons of alternatives you can refer to and install within terminal.


Preston Cammarata

  • Computer and Software Engineer
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