Suddenly, or perhaps since a recent upgrade to Firefox 25.0 on Ubuntu 13.10, I can no longer play the web-based, (Shockwave Flash) game, "Multi-player Pool" on miniclip.com website. I have tried starting Firefox in safe mode, and also the reset Firefox option. Both to no avail. I have reluctantly resorted to using Google Chrome Browser to continue playing the game online, but would prefer to use my chosen and favoured Browser - Firefox. There are other games on Miniclip that have never worked as they obviously don't recognise the version of Flash, but they state this when you try to play them. There are also different pool games on the site which do work, but they are not the games I want and have always played. Does anyone have a solution other than the usual ones I have tried?
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It seems the problem is with the site updating their 8-Ball games and perhaps others, and therefore without Adobe support for Linux there's no solution. Unless of course, Miniclip.com address the problem themselves.....
It looks like you're running an older version of Shockwave Flash that is known to have some issues. Please start by updating your plugins and see if the problem goes away. To do this, go to the Mozilla Plugin Check site.
Once you're there, the site will check if all your plugins have the latest versions. If you see plugins in the list that have a yellow Update button or a red Update now button, please update these immediately.
To do so, please click each red or yellow button. Then you should see a site that allows you to download the latest version. Double-click the downloaded file to start the installation and follow the steps mentioned in the installation procedure.
Many thanks for your suggestion SMoziller, I followed your instruction and as I expected the "Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202" was marked as vulnerable and had a red "Update now" button. I clicked and was takedn to the Adobe download page where I was given a choice of versions to download. 1) YUM for Linux (YUM); 2) .tar.gz for other Linux; 3) .rpm for other Linux, and; 4) APT for Ubuntu 10.04+
I selected No. 4 which opened up the Ubuntu Software Centre. I installed the software, restarted Firefox, and tried the game site again. Guess what - no change! I then repeated the process as the Mozilla Plugin Check Site was still reporting Flash to need updating. This time, I added all the optional extras that were listed and restarted - still no change I'm afraid. I have also logged out of and back in to the system, restarted the computer etc. Still no change. Please tell me there is some other, updated version of Flash that I can use that may solve the problem. I believe the game site has updated the particular game recently, but I have no real way of knowing. Thaks for your help, any more would be appreciated of course.
It's been a while since I've used Ubuntu so I'm rusty on the install specifics and latest versions. Take a look at this page to see if your installation is working properly: Test Adobe Shockwave
Under Adobe Shockwave Player, there is a box stating that a plugin is needed to display this content. No hint as to where to get said plugin though :-(
Shockwave Player FAQ was of no help really I'm afraid. I'm stumped! And rather annoyed that I have to use Chrome to play the one and only game I play on computer!! Lol!
Sadly, I think you may only have two options due to the lack of Adobe support for Linux.
Neither of these are ideal in my opinion. Possibly another contributor will have a trick up their sleeve. There are numerous articles on this issue at Ask Ubuntu that you might find helpful.
Hmmm.....you may be right. Thanks for trying though. I'll wait to see if anyone else picks this up and persevere with Chrome, though I don't see why Chrome should work since they're both running on Linux, begging the question "Is it lack of Adobe Linux support?"
Chrome is working for you on Ubuntu because it has Adobe's Flash player completely built in by default. There are of course pros and cons to Google's choice of delivering it this way.