installation/changes completely defunct

Asked by Iman on 2008-03-29

pls halp the newb-
I cannot install anything to completion, it seems. I've tried small things, like the flash player - using add/remove programs and the synaptic package manager- but each time i restart firefox it still tells me i'm missing the plug-ins. When I click to install the plug-ins it says they are already there. Figuring an open source os might get angry with proprietary plug-in's like adobe, i tried the open source gnash player- same result.
I tried other things as well, like the vlc player. Nothing seems to be working for me.

Also- I can't get it to recognize/install drivers for my wireless pc card. I've only been able to get ubuntu to work as much as what was default to the installation- anything new i've tried to add in terms of drivers, hardware, or software is being rejected/ just not working.

Is this a permissions issue? I've got admin permissions on my account. any advice for the newly initiated?

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You're probably doing something wrong. Try to type on the terminal:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

This will install support for flash, dvd, java, mp3 and some other proprietary formats. Substitute the word ubuntu for the flavor you have: e.g. kubuntu-restricted-extras

Bhavani Shankar (bhavi) said : #2

Hello Iman

Make sure you have enabled all the required repositories first...

Refer this link for the same:

after getting all the required repositories enabled

Type the following command in a terminal (applications -> accessories -> terminal)

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras

This will install some codecs which are restricted to play formats like mp3 and so on

More on restricted formats here:

and to check out the packages installed on your system give the following command in a terminal:

dpkg --get-selections

which will list the packages installed on your computer in alphabetical order..

Hope it helps

Bhavani Shankar.

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