YouTube won't play

Asked by johnseddon on 2009-04-20

I am a new user of Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid and find that YouTube videos won't play.It says "transferring data" but simply freezes.As a novice I'm not very savvy with how others appeared to have solved this.Can anyone provide a map of understandable instructions so I can navigate the solution?Thanks.John

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2009-06-03

can you please provide the output of

uname -a

Thanks

Tom (tom6) said : #2

Try following the Medibuntu guide one step at a time
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Medibuntu

If it didn't include adobe-flash player and/or youtube still wont play then the best version of Adobe is here
http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
the little drop down list in the middle has Ubuntu/Debian at the end

Usually, of course, the best versions of things are in your package manager and it's usually best to avoid hunting around the net for versions of things. Adobe is one exception though.

Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

If its a 64bit Ubuntu there is a better solution than the medibuntu one as the medibuntu uses the 32bit flash + nspluginwrapper which is unnecessary. Lets see what the uname output is eh.

Tom (tom6) said : #4

Perhaps you could describe how to get to a place where the command could be typed in.

The linux terminal or command-line interface is very powerful. Open a terminal via Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal (Gnome) or K-menu -> System -> Konsole (KDE).

johnseddon (john-seddon) said : #6

actionparsnip wrote:
> Your question #68066 on gnash in ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnash/+question/68066
>
> actionparsnip requested for more information:
> The linux terminal or command-line interface is very powerful. Open a
> terminal via Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal (Gnome) or K-menu
> -> System -> Konsole (KDE).
>
>
Actionparsnip,

I followed this path and when I opened the terminal I entered 'uname -a'
and got the following:

Linux john-desktop 2.6.27-11generic #1 SMP WED Apr 1 20:57:48 UTC 2009
i686 GNU/Linux

Is this the info we are looking for when you request uname?
I also have had no luck discovering K-menu-system-Konsole(KDE).

I'll try Tom's Medibuntu suggestion until you advise.Thanks.John

The medibuntu option is a decent thing to get anyway and the command you ran is perfect. It shows the name of the system (john-desktop) the kernel version (2.6.27-11generic) and the architecture (i686)

if you run:

Gnome:
  sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

KDE:
  sudo apt-get install kubuntu-restricted-extras

32bit and flash are easy to install (the i686 part of your output means it is 32bit)

If you still geno joyou can always us my own personal way, which is to copy the plugin file to ~/.mozilla/plugins

sudo apt-get installl flashplugin-nonfree flashplugin-installer; wget http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/current/install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz; tar zxvf ./install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz; mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins; cp ./install_flash_player_10_linux/libflashplayer.so ~/.mozilla/plugins; rm -rf ./install_flash_player_10_linux; rm install_flash_player_10_linux.tar.gz

all on one line in the same app you ran uname -a in (terminal / konsole), then close all firefoxes and then reopen it. Job done. I use this in a script but with minor changes as all my systems are 64bit. I added the apt-get pars at the start for completeness

Let us know how you crack on

Peace

Tom (tom6) said : #8

Hi :)

It's looking good i think? The medibuntu would be good. It's a little tricky if you read it through to understand it all but copy&pastes is great, just taking take to understnad enough about the issues rather than necessarily making sense of the commands. Depends which you understand more easily i suppose.

The 2 main choices are proprietary or non-proprietary. I went with proprietary to make life easier for now. Hopefully one day i will know enough to go completely OpenSource but until then i still want to be able to watch stuff, like YouTube. It's good to see that if i get that far then there is a clear guide on how to remove all the proprietary stuff. The choice and risk is up to each person but i definitely prefer this route to pirated Windows and stuff.

The other choice is about what type of Ubuntu and our i686 isn't in the 3 options offered. I went with the i386 and my setup is quite similar to yours in ways
Linux 804 2.6.24-23-generic #1 SMP Wed Apr 1 21:47:28 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
lol, i called my machine 804, partly after the bar in Enterprise (slightly wrong but close enough) but mostly because im using 8.04. Errr, i think that might have been a bad move though lol. Still i can change it easily enough and i haven't any links that would need changing afterwards, i think.

Anyway, good luck and regards from
Tom :)

Tom (tom6) said : #9

Hi :)

Just wondered if you have solved this problem yet or are you still having troubles? If you still need help then try re-posting the question in here when you are ready to try working through any suggestions
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+addquestion

or else post the question on a more general linux forum such as
http://www.linuxquestions.org

I hope all is going well
Good luck and regards from
Tom :)

johnseddon (john-seddon) said : #10

Tom,
Just got it to work a couple of days ago and seems to be fine now.After
following the suggestions and finding that the programs were indeed
installed but not responding,the only alternative was to do an uninstall
and start over.Must have been an original error that was blocking the
commands.Thanks for your tips as they eventually worked.Who knew?
John

Tom wrote:
> Your question #68066 on gnash in ubuntu changed:
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/gnash/+question/68066
>
> Tom proposed the following answer:
> Hi :)
>
> Just wondered if you have solved this problem yet or are you still having troubles? If you still need help then try re-posting the question in here when you are ready to try working through any suggestions
> https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+addquestion
>
> or else post the question on a more general linux forum such as
> http://www.linuxquestions.org
>
> I hope all is going well
> Good luck and regards from
> Tom :)
>
>

Tom (tom6) said : #11

Nicely done. Apparently sometimes it's possible to have too many flash-players and things installed and they clash a bit. Congrats on managing to fix this!!
Regards from
Tom :)

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