trouble with video play, downloading and saving in version 10.10

Asked by Cary Devlin on 2011-07-20

I am running medibuntu 10.10.
  I changed to that version from Ubuntu 10.10 because of the problem I have had continuously with video playing from web sites, i.e. espn, youtube, you name it.
I though Medibuntu's focus on multi-media might magically fix the problem, nope.
 Nice graphics, no play "em video.
HTML web pages I can view, download, save and cannot watch video or download it even the downloads are free.
  With windows I did not have these problems.
If i had any problems with viewing or downloading videos, i could switch from Media Player to Quick Time and get it done.
   DVD play is not too bad and not the best.
Main issue is video will not play from sites it should play from.
I tried switching browsers, no luck.
I use mozilla primarily.
  I downloaded, as a suggested remedy restricted media software from the software manager site, no luck.
I tried to download Flash and it will not download, yet I believe mozilla has the flash plug in.
  It was recommended to download Gnash and something else for an immediate fix.
I am waiting for an answer here before I make any more potential gaffs.
  I have a dell 1520 inspiron laptop/64 bit, with medibuntu as the only OS.
I had windows partitioned, the computer crashed, I do not have the original install disk (in storage) so wine is an option and i am not familiar enough with wine to know what windows applications, drivers etc I need to get video.
  Once again, I am sure there is some simple answer to this issue and I the result I want is to be able to have a web video or whatever come up and when it does, I would like for it to play and if it is downloadable, it would be nice to do that.
  ESPN video play back has worked on occasion and there is a service I subscribe called Traffic Geyser I.E Traffic Geyser .net and there are all kinds of tutorial videos that when I click on them, the screen sometimes acts like the video wants to start and then I am left with a blank video screen, text but no video play button, nothing.
The screen will flash briefly or i was getting an error message saying text error and all kinds of weird flashing in the background.
Just an overall instability.
   Thank You,
Cary Devlin

Question information

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Status:
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Ubuntu flashplugin-nonfree Edit question
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Solved by:
Eliah Kagan
Solved:
2011-07-21
Last query:
2011-07-21
Last reply:
2011-07-20

Please open a Terminal window (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run this command (by pasting it into the Terminal and pressing enter):

dpkg -l | egrep 'flash|gnash|swf|lightspark'

Then select all the text in the Terminal (Edit > Select All), copy it to the clipboard (Edit > Copy), and paste it here.

Cary Devlin (crdevlin1) said : #2

gary@gary-laptop:~$
gary@gary-laptop:~$ dpkg -l | egrep 'flash|gnash|swf|lightspark'
ii browser-plugin-gnash
0.8.8-5ubuntu1 GNU Shockwave Flash (SWF)
player - Plugin for Mozilla and derivatives
ii flashplugin-installer
10.3.181.34ubuntu0.10.10.1 Adobe Flash Player plugin
installer
ii gnash
0.8.8-5ubuntu1 GNU Shockwave Flash (SWF)
player
ii gnash-common
0.8.8-5ubuntu1 GNU Shockwave Flash (SWF)
player - Common files/libraries
ii mozilla-plugin-gnash
0.8.8-5ubuntu1 dummy package for renaming
to browser-plugin-gnash
gary@gary-laptop:~$
I hope this helps.
  A brief update.
Now, I cannot even get video to play on ESPN.
I use that site as my default to see if video will play as well as something
like youtube.
 The thing is, I happened to get re-directed to a site that had a youtube
video and it played.
I went to ESPN, nothing would play.
 I went to the site Traffic Geyser.net which I pay money for every month
click on a video, I get a brief flash and then back to blank screen where
the video should be loading.
  According to the terminal I am sending you, I have the correct plug ins
and again, I am not the expert here.
  Thank You for responding and you can help

On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 6:26 PM, Cary Devlin <
<email address hidden>> wrote:

> New question #165395 on Ubuntu:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/165395
>
> I am running medibuntu 10.10.
> I changed to that version from Ubuntu 10.10 because of the problem I have
> had continuously with video playing from web sites, i.e. espn, youtube, you
> name it.
> I though Medibuntu's focus on multi-media might magically fix the problem,
> nope.
> Nice graphics, no play "em video.
> HTML web pages I can view, download, save and cannot watch video or
> download it even the downloads are free.
> With windows I did not have these problems.
> If i had any problems with viewing or downloading videos, i could switch
> from Media Player to Quick Time and get it done.
> DVD play is not too bad and not the best.
> Main issue is video will not play from sites it should play from.
> I tried switching browsers, no luck.
> I use mozilla primarily.
> I downloaded, as a suggested remedy restricted media software from the
> software manager site, no luck.
> I tried to download Flash and it will not download, yet I believe mozilla
> has the flash plug in.
> It was recommended to download Gnash and something else for an immediate
> fix.
> I am waiting for an answer here before I make any more potential gaffs.
> I have a dell 1520 inspiron laptop/64 bit, with medibuntu as the only OS.
> I had windows partitioned, the computer crashed, I do not have the original
> install disk (in storage) so wine is an option and i am not familiar enough
> with wine to know what windows applications, drivers etc I need to get
> video.
> Once again, I am sure there is some simple answer to this issue and I the
> result I want is to be able to have a web video or whatever come up and when
> it does, I would like for it to play and if it is downloadable, it would be
> nice to do that.
> ESPN video play back has worked on occasion and there is a service I
> subscribe called Traffic Geyser I.E Traffic Geyser .net and there are all
> kinds of tutorial videos that when I click on them, the screen sometimes
> acts like the video wants to start and then I am left with a blank video
> screen, text but no video play button, nothing.
> The screen will flash briefly or i was getting an error message saying text
> error and all kinds of weird flashing in the background.
> Just an overall instability.
> Thank You,
> Cary Devlin
>
>
> --
> You received this question notification because you asked the question.
>

Cary Devlin (crdevlin1) said : #3

A little more information for you.
  I went to a site called Gary Null.com.
He has videos posted on youtube.
The videos would play, though not well.
They would start out smoothly and then hesitate, the images would be
unstable for a brief moment and then the video would start again.
  Just more weirdness.
Thank you again for any help you can offer.

On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM, Cary Devlin <email address hidden> wrote:

> gary@gary-laptop:~$
> gary@gary-laptop:~$ dpkg -l | egrep 'flash|gnash|swf|lightspark'
> ii browser-plugin-gnash
> 0.8.8-5ubuntu1 GNU Shockwave Flash (SWF)
> player - Plugin for Mozilla and derivatives
> ii flashplugin-installer
> 10.3.181.34ubuntu0.10.10.1 Adobe Flash Player plugin
> installer
> ii gnash
> 0.8.8-5ubuntu1 GNU Shockwave Flash (SWF)
> player
> ii gnash-common
> 0.8.8-5ubuntu1 GNU Shockwave Flash (SWF)
> player - Common files/libraries
> ii mozilla-plugin-gnash
> 0.8.8-5ubuntu1 dummy package for renaming
> to browser-plugin-gnash
> gary@gary-laptop:~$
> I hope this helps.
> A brief update.
> Now, I cannot even get video to play on ESPN.
> I use that site as my default to see if video will play as well as
> something like youtube.
> The thing is, I happened to get re-directed to a site that had a youtube
> video and it played.
> I went to ESPN, nothing would play.
> I went to the site Traffic Geyser.net which I pay money for every month
> click on a video, I get a brief flash and then back to blank screen where
> the video should be loading.
> According to the terminal I am sending you, I have the correct plug ins
> and again, I am not the expert here.
> Thank You for responding and you can help
>
> On Tue, Jul 19, 2011 at 6:26 PM, Cary Devlin <
> <email address hidden>> wrote:
>
>> New question #165395 on Ubuntu:
>> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+question/165395
>>
>> I am running medibuntu 10.10.
>> I changed to that version from Ubuntu 10.10 because of the problem I have
>> had continuously with video playing from web sites, i.e. espn, youtube, you
>> name it.
>> I though Medibuntu's focus on multi-media might magically fix the problem,
>> nope.
>> Nice graphics, no play "em video.
>> HTML web pages I can view, download, save and cannot watch video or
>> download it even the downloads are free.
>> With windows I did not have these problems.
>> If i had any problems with viewing or downloading videos, i could switch
>> from Media Player to Quick Time and get it done.
>> DVD play is not too bad and not the best.
>> Main issue is video will not play from sites it should play from.
>> I tried switching browsers, no luck.
>> I use mozilla primarily.
>> I downloaded, as a suggested remedy restricted media software from the
>> software manager site, no luck.
>> I tried to download Flash and it will not download, yet I believe mozilla
>> has the flash plug in.
>> It was recommended to download Gnash and something else for an immediate
>> fix.
>> I am waiting for an answer here before I make any more potential gaffs.
>> I have a dell 1520 inspiron laptop/64 bit, with medibuntu as the only OS.
>> I had windows partitioned, the computer crashed, I do not have the
>> original install disk (in storage) so wine is an option and i am not
>> familiar enough with wine to know what windows applications, drivers etc I
>> need to get video.
>> Once again, I am sure there is some simple answer to this issue and I the
>> result I want is to be able to have a web video or whatever come up and when
>> it does, I would like for it to play and if it is downloadable, it would be
>> nice to do that.
>> ESPN video play back has worked on occasion and there is a service I
>> subscribe called Traffic Geyser I.E Traffic Geyser .net and there are all
>> kinds of tutorial videos that when I click on them, the screen sometimes
>> acts like the video wants to start and then I am left with a blank video
>> screen, text but no video play button, nothing.
>> The screen will flash briefly or i was getting an error message saying
>> text error and all kinds of weird flashing in the background.
>> Just an overall instability.
>> Thank You,
>> Cary Devlin
>>
>>
>> --
>> You received this question notification because you asked the question.
>>
>
>

You have more than one Flash plugin installed. They are probably interfering with each other. Run this command to completely remove all of them. You must copy it from https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/flashplugin-nonfree/+question/165395 because if you copy it from your email it will be incorrectly split into two lines.

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

Then run this command to install just one Flash plugin:

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer

Then close all web browser windows, go back into your browser, and see if Flash works. If it does, you can mark this question as Solved. If it doesn't, please post another reply here, and include all the text from the Terminal.

Cary Devlin (crdevlin1) said : #5

At least in mozilla the problem is solved.
Videos are playing perfectly.
i have not tried to download any yet and the fix defiinitely fixed things.
Thank You very much.