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    Unhappy Flash player only works sporadicly.

    I am running Suse (64bit) and using Firefox as my browser.

    Every few days or so, Flash player (for news videos / YouTube) stops working.

    Sometimes restarting the browser gets it working again, sometimes reloading the tab and sometimes, like today the darn thing just won't work at all.

    If I load a youtube page, and in a terminal use :
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    ps aux | grep np
    over and over again, I do see the plugin starting to run:
    Code:
    USERNAME      10404  0.0  0.1  37420  3984 ?        S    13:49   0:00 /usr/lib/nspluginwrapper/i386/                                                        linux/npviewer.bin --plugin /usr/lib/browser-plugins/libflashplayer.so --connection /org/wrappe                                                        r/NSPlugins/libflashplayer.so/27088-63
    But then that stops showing up. perhaps it crashes? Is there a way to see that logged?

    I don't however see the 64 nswrapper thing load and the screen where the player should be is just a gray box


    Can someone please help me?

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    Default Re: Flash player only works sporadicly.

    Remove the flash-player through software installer and download the 64-bit Flashplayer. Extract the .so file in /usr/lib64/browser-plugins. That's it. Works great on all my 64-bit systems

    Good luck
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    Default Re: Flash player only works sporadicly.

    +1 to Knurpht's suggestion. The 64-bit alpha version of flash on a 64-bit system works just as well as the 32-bit version works on a 32-bit system. And there are no messy wrappers and additional layers to muck things up.

    It is also worth keeping in mind, though, that Flash on Linux has always been kinda iffy. From time to time I experience the same things as you, and I'm using the 64-bit plug-in. It doesn't happen very often, but it still happens.
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    Default Re: Flash player only works sporadicly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Remove the flash-player through software installer and download the 64-bit Flashplayer. Extract the .so file in /usr/lib64/browser-plugins. That's it. Works great on all my 64-bit systems

    Good luck

    Yup, it works great for me. There are no holdbacks to using the 64 bit OS now since both Java and Flash work great.
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    Default Re: Flash player only works sporadicly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Remove the flash-player through software installer and download the 64-bit Flashplayer. Extract the .so file in /usr/lib64/browser-plugins. That's it. Works great on all my 64-bit systems

    Good luck
    Thanks, I'll give that a shot.

    What gets me is the randomness of the whole thing. Today in order to get it working again, I had to restart my KDE session and it 'magically' started working again.

    In addition to the fix, I'd like to learn the 'why' of the whole thing.

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    Default Re: Flash player only works sporadicly.

    The reason is because the actual flash package is 32 bit and it's used with a 64 bit firefox (or any other web browser) through some kind of emulation which is not perfect. To be on the safe side you could always use 32 bit browser pulling some 32 bit dependencies.
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    Default Re: Flash player only works sporadicly.

    Do you get the tarball or the RPM?

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    Default Re: Flash player only works sporadicly.

    Quote Originally Posted by FlameBait View Post
    Do you get the tarball or the RPM?
    Doh.. the tarball, I wasn't think too well hehehe. Need more sleep.

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    Default Re: Flash player only works sporadicly.

    Ouch broken, taking this to my thread in Multimedia.

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    Default Re: Flash player only works sporadicly.

    Quote Originally Posted by Knurpht View Post
    Remove the flash-player through software installer and download the 64-bit Flashplayer. Extract the .so file in /usr/lib64/browser-plugins. That's it. Works great on all my 64-bit systems

    Good luck
    Adobe - Adobe Flash Player

    I only see one version and it does not specify 64 bit. Am I looking at the right thing?

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