[olug] Linux, Firefox, and Flash Video problems...

charles.bird at powerdnn.com charles.bird at powerdnn.com
Sat Aug 8 20:21:12 UTC 2009

Speaking of, my ex gf(who has a suse/kde4) box I gave her was asking me about .ashx images on myspace and why they don't show up in FF3.XX

Anyone know of any easy fix?
Not a big deal to me, just curious

-----Original Message-----
From: Dan Linder <dan at linder.org>

Date: Sat, 8 Aug 2009 15:14:27 
To: Omaha Linux User Group<olug at olug.org>
Subject: [olug] Linux, Firefox, and Flash Video problems...

For a long time we've fought the battle of the incompatible/buggy
plug-ins to support various video formats used on some web pages.
I've been fighting it so much that I've almost given up trying to get
some sites to work in all Linux installs I play with.

I was trying to view the TWiT live stream (http://live.twit.tv/) - of
course it works beautiifully on Windows7+Firefox, but Ubuntu+Firefox
wasn't working...as was par for the course.

As chance would have it, I saw someone mention in the chat room that
they were getting some lag in their Linux browser and were trying to
debug it.

What?!? I thought...

I decided that I was tired of watching this on my Windows box so I ran
firefox from the command line with the "-safe-mode" option:

    dan at titan:~/$ firefox -safe-mode

When I did that, the video worked perfectly (in that and many other sites too).

I then restarted Firefox and selectively disabled a handfull of the
add-ons (Tools -> Add-ons).  In my case the "Adblock" plug-in (not
"Adblock Plus") was the thing killing the video.  (I left "Adblock
Plus" installed - maybe the other Adblock add-on was out-dated...)

Just thought I'd share this with anyone else fighting to get some
basic functionality in their Linux world.


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