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I am having major choppy flash video playback issues with Ubuntu 11.04. The issue only occurs while playing flash video. It works fine in regular video playback (divx/xvid).

I have and have tried the following:

  • ATI Radeon 4200 (integrated graphics)
  • Using Latest ATI/AMD Proprietary Driver FGLRX
  • Ran Update Manager
  • AMD X4 630 CPU
  • Played flash video in 360 quality
  • Latest version of 64-bit flash beta installed
  • Flash-Aid installed on Firefox
  • Tried in both Firefox and Chrome, but still laggy.
  • Attempted to make a new user account, and tried it on there, but still doesn't work.


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it's flash, what did you expect?! – Alvar Jul 21 '11 at 18:40
@AsianXL - is it just youtube flash you have issues with? Have you tried youtube html5 videos ? – fossfreedom Jul 21 '11 at 19:00
fossfreedom - Thanks for the prompt response. I am actually not having any video playback issues on Youtube, rather I am having problems playing flash video on other video sites. – AsianXL Jul 21 '11 at 19:07
I guess I would say there is a reason for get-flash-video. – user606723 Jul 21 '11 at 19:14
get-flash-video doesn't work on the video site that I am watching from. – AsianXL Jul 21 '11 at 19:57
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Try disabling hardware acceleration in flash. Worked for some YouTube videos for me on my ATI HD3000 series graphics card. HTML5 is the way to go though

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Thanks, I'll try that on other videos. It didn't appear to work on the site that I'm having problems with. – AsianXL Jul 23 '11 at 19:44

Try using gnash instead of Flashplayer. To install gnash sudo apt-get install gnash . I have used it for over a year and gnash seems to work better than flash.

If you feel better uninstalling flash then installing gnash you can do this by opening terminal

sudo apt-get purge flashplugin-nonfree flashplugin-installer gnash gnash-common mozilla-plugin-gnash swfdec-mozilla

sudo rm -f /usr/lib/firefox-addons/plugins/

sudo rm -f /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

sudo rm -f /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

sudo rm -f /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/npwrapper*flash*so

rm -f ~/.mozilla/plugins/*flash*so

sudo apt-get install gnash

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Is entering that code all I need to do? Any other settings I need to tinker with? – AsianXL Jul 23 '11 at 19:42
thats all you need to do gnash will play flash sites instead of flash player – freebird Jul 24 '11 at 3:51
Do I need to uninstall flash too? just incase it interferes? – AsianXL Jul 25 '11 at 21:08
no sir you shouldn't need to uninstall flash – freebird Jul 30 '11 at 3:48

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