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After upgrading from Ubuntu 8.10 amd64 to Ubuntu 9.04 amd64 I was getting error messages from flash sites like Youtube telling me to install the latest Adobe Flash or to turn on javascript reinstalling the plugin from synaptic didn't solve the problem

Here we are posting different solution for the above problem any one solution might work depends upon your sitiation.

Solution 1

Remove your old flash plugin using the following command

sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-* --purge

Install the flash plugin using the following command

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

and restart browser works fine.

Solution 2

Your system may be using one of the open-source plugins (gnash or swfdec), which unfortunately don't work very well compared to Adobe's closed-source version.

sudo apt-get remove --purge swfdec-mozilla swfdec-gnome mozilla-plugin-gnash gnash

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

Solution 3

This could be an issue with compiz. Can be fixed by installing compizconfig-settings-manager using the following command

sudo apt-get install compizconfig-settings-manager

Afterwards, go to System > Preferences > CompizConfig Settings Manager

Click on General Options. Uncheck Undirect Full Screen Windows

Solution 4

Download flash player from here

Extract using the following command

tar -xzvf  libflashplayer-

Place it in the folder ~/.mozilla/plugins. If plugins doesn't exist create it.

Install Flash in ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty)

If you install jaunty from start you can use the following command to install flash player

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree

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55 Comments to “Fix for flash not working after Jaunty Upgrade (64bit)”

  1. Kardiac_Arrest says:

    Thank you!


  2. puppe says:

    Remember that flashplugin-nonfree -package is a transitional package to adobe-flashplugin (which is supported by Canonical).


  3. Arab Najjar says:

    Thanks man

    i would like to translate this great post to arabic
    and post it in linuxac.org

    you are great


  4. Maffiou says:

    I had this very problem: For some reason, upgrading to Jaunty installed gnash instead of the non free adobe plugin… Removing gnash fixed the issue.


  5. el_oscuro says:

    I just used synaptic package manager to reinstall flashplugin-nonfree. After that, it worked fine.


  6. apnerve says:

    It works fine for youtube and certain other sites but crashes firefox if we visit sites like mybrute.com Is there any other fix for tht?


  7. Fhernd says:

    Hi! Change <> first letter on uppercase… So long!


  8. Fhernd says:

    flash to Flash ( first letter on uppercase ).


  9. Jelle says:

    Awesome. I installed both swfdec and gnash after installing Jaunty, but they don’t work that well with all sites.

    I choose option 2) and then 1). All sites with flash are working again!


  10. Peter Hoeg says:

    If you follow the instructions given in this post, you will end up with the 32bit plugin which still does cause problems on some sites.

    Instead, you can download a proper native 64 bit plugin from http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/flashplayer10.html


  11. Steve says:

    FYI – I had issues with Flash running in Firefox with 32 bit Ubuntu 9.04. It appears swfdec (free clone of adobe flash) will take priority over adobe-flash non-free when both are installed and swfdec is installed by default. Removing swfdec via the package manager allowed adobe-flash to work as expected.


  12. My solution says:

    I tried these solutions and everything under the sun. My conclusion is that Mozilla completely clusterf**cked FireFox3 in regards to Flash.

    I could watch youtube vids but they’d lag and be choppy or freeze while the sound continued.

    The solution I found that finally worked is using SwiftFox browser instead. They have 64bit versions and deb pacakge installers on their site.

    Now Youtube, Hulu and even that “Brute” site mentioned above works without any hiccups, pauses or glitches. Seems a bit more repsonsive too.

    Really not a fan at all of FF3, too many glitches and all out crashes.


  13. James Dunmore says:

    Top Notch!!

    Removed all, did the compiz settings, installed nonfree, job done!

    thanks for that


  14. B/B says:

    Tried #1 but did not work. Then tried #2 it worked! Thank you! BTW using 9.04 32 bit.


  15. B/B says:

    ops want to get notified. :)


  16. sumant says:

    thanks a ton!


  17. Javich says:

    Tried solution 4 and got a Segmentation fault, the only thing I can use is the 32 version + nspluginwrapper but everytime I want to use fullscreen in youtube or whatever video site I only see a gray square where the original video was playing in the browser and noting else happens.

    Any suggestions.

    I tried solution 3, even disabling compiz but noting seems to help.

    Using Ubuntu 9.04 amd64 with latest NVidia driver.



  18. rclyde says:

    thank you so much!! it worked


  19. thanks – spent a day screwing around with FLEX install thinking I couldn’t get it up and running…then isolated it to this, and took about a dozen goog searches (and trial /error) to find yours


  20. dan says:

    Thank you very much for this!


  21. Mike says:

    I used solution 2 and it worked like a charm! Thanks very much for posting this!


  22. Francois says:

    Tried everything. Still no sound…


  23. Internet Strategist says:

    I had tried removing and installing flashplugin-nonfree numerous times with all the processes I could find. After reading this post I checked to see if I had gnash or swfdec installed.

    I did not have gnash but removing swfdec resolved my Flash problems. The main symptom was not being able to see Flash movies especially on the Google Analytics site. I could not change the dates there or see any of the graphs.


  24. kylie says:

    I still can’t fix it… T_T why?


  25. This is great! Now I have no problems with videos, it’s all rigth.

    Thak you very much!


  26. Gilma Souza says:

    Thanks, after uninstall swfdec-mozilla, it worked! :D


  27. David says:

    Thanks! 1st fix worked like a charm…


  28. carlton coutinho says:

    thanks very much..solution 2 worked for me


  29. Dalbir says:

    fantastic job, works now


  30. daniel says:



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