I Upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangolin) and I ran into a problem. I have a 64bit machine, and Adobe Flash wouldn’t work in Firefox. I’ve run into this before with Adobe flash player and Firefox, so I wasn’t that surprised.
I tried traditional methods, but I didn’t have much luck. I reinstalled the Flash plugin via the software center – no joy. I reinstalled the Flash plugin via Synaptic – not happening. I installed Flash-aid (a Firefox plugin designed to solve any issues with flash) – nope.
I finally went to the Adobe website and downloaded the plugin tarball and manually installed it. Success! You can get the flash player here.
Here’s how I did it:
Download the tarball to the desktop and extract it. There will be a folder called install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64 containing libflashplayer.so, a folder called usr and a readme.txt. Follow the instructions there.
My new install removed my root user folder, so I can’t login as root anymore. I had to open a terminal and manually copy the files where they were supposed to go.
Here’s the terminal commands:
# su root (It will ask you for the root password. You have to be root user)
# cd /home/yourusername/Desktop/install_flash_player_11_linux.x86_64
# cp libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/mozilla/plugins/
(this should be the default location, but yours could be different)
# cp -r usr/* /usr
The last copy command surprised me as it copied the contents of my extracted usr/ folder to the root /usr/ folder while libflashplayer.so went in the plugins folder. No wonder the automatic methods didn’t work.
Restart firefox and it should work.
Adobe Flash player for Firefox has always been a bit finicky when it comes to 64bit installs and can take a little more work to configure. That hasn’t changed. Anyway, here’s a workaround that gets the job done.