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Heimir Freyr
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 7:46 pm    Post subject: Firefox 0.9 and flash error Reply with quote

I just updated my Firefox to 0.9.1 and it keeps telling me I don't have flash installed. Most of the webpages I visit have flash content - but why, why does Firefox have to keep telling me I don't have flash? Flash doesn't exist on PPC so there's not much point in telling me that over and over again.

What can I do? This error message is driving me nuts.
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jaspal kallar
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had a similar problem with mozilla 1.6.
I emerged
Code:
swfdec


and so far it has solved the problem (similar to yours). Your milage may vary. Give it a try. You can always unmerge it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 02, 2004 10:15 pm    Post subject: Re: Firefox 0.9 and flash error Reply with quote

Heimir Freyr wrote:
I just updated my Firefox to 0.9.1 and it keeps telling me I don't have flash installed. Most of the webpages I visit have flash content - but why, why does Firefox have to keep telling me I don't have flash? Flash doesn't exist on PPC so there's not much point in telling me that over and over again.

What can I do? This error message is driving me nuts.

This one's quite simple: remove (or move to another location as a backup) the file
Code:
/usr/lib/nsbrowser/plugins/libnullplugin.so


That's all. You will not be bothered again with automatic plugin checks.

hth,
disk
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 03, 2004 5:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can try the solutions included in the two previous post or try to install
a x86-flashplayer working with qemu (search in this forum), your mileage may
vary, I am using it but I will certainly give swfdec a go.

Seriously firefox repeating it to you over and over again is not really its own fault.
The page test your installation to see if you have a flashplayer and
react accordingly. The piece of html code that does it, is given away free by Macromedia.
In consequence, it would probably be easy to try to detect it and turn it off, but that
would be a rather specific patch. I wish that firefox would get a plugin whitelist and
blacklist. That would take care of that kind of inconvenience on the platform
that are not supported by a plugin.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2004 8:15 am    Post subject: use adblock.... Reply with quote

adblock w/ the filter: "/\.swf$/" (no quotes) works, do that for extensions you don't like, replace the 'swf' with extension but I like flash sometimes and I can't think of any extensions that are that annoying, but this seems to work, you might need to set remove ads rather than hide them.

edit: was: "/.*\.swf$/" realized the ".*" is bad in this case
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 04, 2004 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks a lot, everyone! I at first thought I wanted to use the nullplugin solution, but tried the swfdec one and am very satisfied with the results. It seems that the flash-sites I go to are using old flash versions, so now I have flash! And this of course eliminates the errors windows.

Firefox however has a tendency to crash when displaying the flash (mozilla handles it fine) - but the error is gone!
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