Adobe Flash only works sometimes

Craig White craigwhite at
Mon Aug 25 06:49:15 UTC 2008

On Sun, 2008-08-24 at 16:23 -0700, Lonni J Friedman wrote:
> Greetings,
> I've got a few Fedora9(x86) systems with Adobe's flash plugin
> installed.  For most websites, the flash plugin works just fine
> (Youtube, etc).  However, there are some websites where flash doesn't
> work at all.  When I end up at a website where its not working, I have
> a big white square where the flash content should be, or sometimes, I
> get a nasty error that I need to install Flash.
> >From what I can tell, this appears to be due to some mime-type
> handling retardation in Firefox3.  If I go to Edit -> Preferences ->
> Applications, there are two different entries for Flash, "Flash video"
> and "SWF file".  The "SWF file" entry is auto-populated with "Use
> Shockwave Flash", however the "Flash video" entry keeps defaulting to
> "Movie player (default)", and Shockwave Flash isn't even a choice in
> the menu.
> I've (re)installed Firefox-2.x for debugging purposes, and the same
> exact flash plugin works perfectly there, so this has to be something
> specific to firefox 3.
> Anyone run across this?
that seems fairly normal though you might want to install totem-xine
package and then you can register xine as backend with 'totem-backend -b
xine' command.

(my setup registers totem-web-browser-plugin as the player for the mime
type video/flv)


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