Youtube videos will not play.

Asked by frank7581

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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Best Béné (bene-d) said :

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 and download the .deb package they provide. See if that installs and works.

Good luck!

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frank7581 (fjr7581) said :

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: 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 .

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frank7581 (fjr7581) said :

Thanks Béné, that solved my question.

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Béné (bene-d) said :

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.