Youtube videos will not play.

Asked by frank7581 on 2009-01-21

You tube videos won't play.Videos play in VLC and Movie maker, but not on the browser web page. I checked for installed Adobe flash plug in, and it is listed in the firefox browser.Was wondering if I should attempt to uninstall +re-install of Adobe flash player.
I have read alot of info on this subject but keep running in circles. Thank you.

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Béné
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2009-01-23
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2009-01-23
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2009-01-22
Best Béné (bene-d) said : #1

Hey Frank7581,

Does Youtube display that dreadful "either you have javascript turned off or you forgpt to install the flash player" message, or do you get a different message?

Go ahead and try to reinstall the flashplayer.

Launch the "Synaptic Package Manager" ("System" > "Administration"), look for "flashplugin-nonfree", select "delete with all config files" from the right click context menu and click apply.
Then go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ and download the .deb package they provide. See if that installs and works.

Good luck!

frank7581 (fjr7581) said : #2

Hi , thank you for taking time to answer my question. I did what you said and at the same time I marked for removal all of " Gnash" ( I read that Gnash was also the problem ).Ran a test of a Youtube video with great results. I typed " about:plugins" in firefox but the Adobe flash plugin did not show up.
I do see,..." Shockwave Flash , File name: libflashplayer.so Shockwave Flash 10.0 r15" but thats not the Adobe flash player that you recommend . Does this mean that the videos work via Shockwave?
Prior to asking my question, I had downloaded .deb file numerous times. I could try another download but at this point at least it is working .

frank7581 (fjr7581) said : #3

Thanks Béné, that solved my question.

Béné (bene-d) said : #4

Hey Frank7581,

I'm glad it's working for you!
I did some research about the Flash - Shockwave thing. I had always been thinking that Flash and Shockwave were the same thing - turns out they really aren't. Shockwave seems to be a different framework for multimedia web content, which isn't supported on linux though. So I don't know, why the Flash plugin has the word "shockwave" in it. Weird.