I am new to Ubuntu. I installed an Ubuntu version 11.04, 32 bit on 64 bit CPU. I downloaded Google Chrome, Chromium and Firefox and I can't install Flash Player on any of them.

I went to YouTube and when asked to install Flash Player I followed the link.

For Google Chrome:
- I tried choosing ".deb for Ubuntu" and I get "wrong architecture 'i386'"
- I tried "apt for Ubuntu 9.04+" - the Ubuntu Software Center loads. I install but no success in playing Flash later.

On Firefox I also downloaded the .deb file and got the "wrong architecture" error. I also downloaded flash square plugin 64 - but I got a tar.gz with libflashplayer.so that doesnt automatically open in any software.

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    uname -a says what? – Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams May 6 '11 at 8:57
  • Thanks.it says : Linux ubuntu 2.6.38-8-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Mon Apr 11 03:31:24 UTC 2011 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux – Bick May 6 '11 at 8:58
  • This means you have the 64-bit version of Ubuntu (AMD64 aka x86_64). Historically there have been a few problems with Flash on 64-bit Linux (i.e. Flash has worked better on 32-bit). – boehj May 6 '11 at 10:46

You did not install 32-bit Ubuntu. Get the 64-bit Flash Player, if there is one. Or install a 32-bit browser.

  • Install Google Chrome. Get the 64-bit .deb. The advantage here is that Flash is bundled and Google tend to be quicker at fixing bugs in Flash Player than Adobe! It won't solve your Firefox Flash issues mind you. – boehj May 6 '11 at 10:50

You should be able to install a working Flash plugin automatically with apt-get (or aptitude if you prefer - I do).

A simple:

sudo aptitude install flash-installer

should do. If that doesn't work for you, you may try using this repository: https://launchpad.net/~sevenmachines/+archive/flash

You will find the instructions on the linked website. I haven't tried it myself because the default Flash version works fine for me (Kubuntu 11.04 64 bit on a Core i5 Sony laptop), but I've read on various forums that this sometimes solved issues for other users.

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