How to install Flashplayer for Firefox including bugfix : Ubuntu (6.06.1 / 6.10)

By | 2006/11/22

I recently posted about how to install Flashplayer 9 (beta) for Firefox. I wanted to follow this up with a few more detailed instructions, including how to fix the bug causing Firefox to crash when certain flash sites are loaded.

Install FlashPlayer for Firefox
To install the Firefox flashplugin use the following command (or see my previous post, How to install FlashPlayer 9 for Linux).

sudo aptitude install flashplugin-nonfree

sudo update-flashplugin

You can also try the Gnash (GNU Flash Player substitute) by installing the package:

sudo aptitude install libflash-mozplugin

You will need to restart Firefox for either of these to take effect.

Bugfix #1 – Flash causing Firefox to crash
Now, if you’re one of the unlucky souls that has trouble with Firefox crashing on Flash intensive (or non-intensive for that matter) websites you can try the below fixes for added stability. I have not had this problem on my personal machines, but this has worked on others machines.

sudo gedit /usr/bin/firefox

..and add this to the LAST LINE OF THE FILE:


Bugfix #2 – Flash playing without audio
There is another bug that occasionally causes audio to crash within Flash related websites. You can also try the following to cure this bug as well.

Install the fix package using the following command:

sudo aptitude install alsa-oss

Afterwards replace FIREFOX_DSP=”” to FIREFOX_DSP=”aoss” by editing the file using the command:

sudo gedit /etc/firefox/firefoxrc

At this point you should have a stable and audible version of Firefox. If you do continue to experience bugs please report them to Malone.

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