[SOLVED]: flashplugin Controls not Working in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala


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UPDATE Nov 2, 2009: If you want to make flash work normal in 64-bit Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, the following commands shall help. So start your terminal and get going:

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-installer flashplugin-nonfree swdec-mozilla mozilla-plugin-gnash
cd /tmp
wget http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/libflashplayer-
tar xf libflashplayer-
sudo mv libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/

and restart firefox. If this does not work or you want to keep track of what has happened here, read on.

UPDATE Nov 2, 2009: The problem persisted for me even after I upgraded to the latest version. Using 64-bit flash plugin from Adobe Labs helps for me now. For this you will need to download the latest plugin from http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html and extract it to /home/YOUR_USER_NAME/.mozilla/plugins or /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins. If you intend to extract it to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins then you will need root privileges. One way of getting root privileges is launching nautilus as “gksu nautilus /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins” in the Run Application dialog (Alt+F2). Then copy the extracted libflashplayer.so in that directory and restart Firefox.

UPDATE: I had problems with swfdec-gnome also. When I used to close any tabs with active flash content, firefox would simply crash. I removed it and installed flashplugin via flashplug-installer (in synaptic) and now it is working fine. I disabled some plugins and maybe thats what worked. Not sure. Anyone came up with whats actually happening?

ORIGINAL POST 10 Aug, 2009: I recently installed Karmic Koala (Ubuntu 9.10) alpha 4 amd64 version and have been facing problem with flashplugin for Firefox 3.5. The flashplugin is a large download (as it depends on 32 bit libraries.. they have 32 bit version of the plugin now in amd64 too) and does not work well with YouTube videos, the flash applications do not respond user clicks. I have removed flashplugin via Synaptic Package Manager and installed swfdec-mozilla instead (firefox restart required after you do). This one has worked fine for me till now.

Hope this was helpful. Hope this is solved in the stable release.

Thanks to “Fatal Toenail Infection”.

  • Fatal Toenail Infection

    I was struggling with this problem recently, and although I was not able to get the flash plugin in the repositories to work, I did solve the problem by downloading the 64-bit flash alpha prerelease from adobe’s site: http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html Just remove all existing flash plugins and extract to ~/.mozilla/plugins/

    • rajesh

      It works perfectly. But after completing the steps, go to Manage content plugins in Tools menu and select the Flash plugin version 10.1

  • admin

    ^yes, I faced the problem again (sometimes it would work and sometimes not) and I solved the problem by downloading and extracting the file to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/. ~/.mozilla/plugins will also work for the current user though.

    To save to /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/, you will need to launch nautilus (Alt+F2 > gksu nautilus) as root or use sudo to cp.

  • I had the same problem with Flash-players not recognizing my clicks. But I accidentally found out that it works fine when holding the Shift key while clicking. (With the original flashplugin-installer)

  • venkat

    I had the same problem after upgrading 9.10 64bit, even after placing libflashplayer.so in /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/. ~/.mozilla/plugins. It was working not working some times. Installing ndiswrapper solved my problem.

    Still i am not getting sound in my mythtv, i have to see whats happening. Let me know if any of you guys faced this problem.

  • admin

    ^installing ndis-wrapper did not help me. I have updated the tutorial and it works.

  • I was struggling with this problem from Karmic alpha 6. thanks for your solution, that is really useful!! I will post it in my blog, and cite this article, thanks again! 🙂

  • adi

    Awesome, that worked! Thanks for the post!

  • adi

    Actually, I had to go back to the original flash plugin. This one was crashing firefox when using gmail 🙁

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  • NQ

    Doesn’t work for me. I install the flash plugin mentioned and firefox just crashes when viewing any flash video. Weird.

    Using Firefox 3.5.4. Ubuntu 9.10

  • d4nii

    It also crashes for me =/

  • admin

    @NQ and d4nii
    make sure you are using 64bit version of Ubuntu.

  • Andrew

    Doesn’t work.

  • This didn’t work for me. Still can’t pause videos. I’ve tried with the flash plugin that’s installed with the restricted extras stuff, and then I tired the terminal stuff you listed. Same results.

    I’ve long since learnt that nothing is truly free.

    Thanks for posting this though. There don’t seem to be many people offering solutions to these kind of problems.

    • admin

      I understand your frustrations pete. But since adobe does the development for their plugin and since their plugin is not free (“free” as in “free speech”…so it has been named flashplugin-nonfree in repository), we can barely do a thing about it.

      Why don’t you try out alternatives like swdec-mozilla or mozilla-plugin-gnash to see how they work for you.

  • Brendan

    Thank you very much sir, my problem is solved!

  • Vancouverite

    This process didn’t work for me. If you are having problems running firefox, try starting it from the terminal and you will get error messages if/when they are generated.

    For me, installing the flash plugin from macromedia make firefox crash with a segmentation fault when loading gmail. Particularly the chat feature.

  • Vancouverite

    This bug has been noted in launchpad and they have some other workarounds. Please visit, read the first post with the workarounds, and use the “This bug affects me too” link.



  • Reg

    The workaround above worked for me, but the latest version of the Flash plugin is now:

    Just use this url instead at the 3rd line of the instructions.

  • A workaround that worked for me with the buttons that can’t be clicked is just right click in the flash window and after the menu appears do a double left click in whatever button you want to click.
    Another workaround that seems to work is disabling compiz and changing the visual effects to none.
    i’m working with an ubuntu 9.10, amd64, firefox 3.5 also works in chrome.

  • Beerboy

    Solution works for me, quick and easy!

    This was such a pain, thanks 🙂

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  • Nimesh

    Worked for me finally a more enjoyable experience

  • vinan

    Hi there

    I installed this wonderfull guide and it woked fine until, regular ubuntu update.
    afterword firefox shows blank video frame in youtube.
    i mange to fix it with

    1. sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree
    2. http://download.macromedia.com/pub/labs/flashplayer10/libflashplayer-

    extract and replace with gksu nautilus /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins


  • Richard

    Thanks works a treat…….

  • Thank you, it really worked.. I’m so glad I don’t need to install windows as my boss asks because of that player 🙂

  • mvcaraiman

    Thank you . It is working ! My config : FF 3.5.8, Ubuntu 9.1, IntelCore 2 Quad Q6700

  • spaced-cadet

    Brilliant – thanks for solving this.

    I had an issue in FF3.5.8 where the iplayer website would not play streamed content on Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit.

    Your commands didn’t work for me initially, but after scrolling through the comments I re-ran them with the latest Flash plugin version (thanks, Reg). After restarting FF the content streamed.

    Many thanks for your efforts.

  • modified

    FF3.5.8,Ubuntu 9.10 64-bit, make sure if you have FF Extension Flashblock installed, that it is DE-activated before you install the Flash plugin; otherwise, it seems to fail with any Flash download, even !! After Flash is loaded and running, you can turn Flashblock (here then all is back to normal!

  • [Brazilian]

    It worked very well under ubuntu 9.10 X86_64. Thanks for the script.

  • worked perfectly for me on first try. Ubuntu 9.10 x64. thanks!

  • armel

    Dear Khattam,
    Thank you so much for your post ! I have spent several evenings trying to fix the no sound problem on youtube and daily motion videos on Ubuntu10.10. As many posts on the ubuntu sound issue with youtube videos, your give a workaround, but this one is not destructive and more…its works !!
    Of course it should be adapted. i have downloaded from the macromedia site the last Flash player (currently level, the 32 bit install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz, using the generic “linux” type. Once downloaded, it’s easy to move the extracted libflashplayer.so to the /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins directory, as you show it.
    Btw, before implementing your fix, i had thru synaptics deleted gnash, adobe-flashplugin, browser-plugin-gnash, swfdec-mozilla and flashplugin-installer (this last one was not deleted thru synaptics but thru the Applications menu).
    I hope the sound will be permanent, even after a system reboot,
    best regards
    armel, Paris

  • armel

    About the no sound issue in youtube videos with ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat (finished?)
    After reboot, it occured to me that though i downloaded the Adobe version, the plugin version used by firefox 3.6.13 remains 9.0.115. This can be check by typing “about:plugins” in the URL area of firefox or by right clic on any (mute) youtube video.
    The solution is given on the support.mozilla.com site. There’s a page about “flash doesn’t work or cannot be updated”. (sorry the link is in french, i make a rough translation).
    We should remove the old version of libflashplayer.so (#9) in /home/usr/.mozilla/plugins and replace it by the new libflashplayer.so version (#10)
    Now, when i visit the “about:plugins” page, the listed file of flash is 10. If i right clic on any video, Adobe 10 appears and of course, there is sound !
    Thanks again to Khattam for showing the way and to support.mozilla.com for perfecting the solution.
    kind regards
    armel, Paris