How to get past the “flashplugin-nonfree is already installed” error on Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon (7.10)
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Google Query: flashplugin-nonfree is already installed
If you have built a new Ubuntu system recently like I have you may have run across this annoying error. If you go to a site like YouTube, Firefox prompts for you to install the flash plugin. I always choose the adobe plugin (flashplugin-nonfree). When I did this yesterday, I ran into a problem where the flash video would not load and Firefox asked me for the Flash plugin again. When I tried to re-install the plugin I got the above error.
The problem is that if you are not viewing the output of the “flashplugin-nonfree” installation, it looks like everything went well. However, if you look at the output you will see the following error:
md5sum mismatch install_flash_player_9_linux.tar.gz
The Flash plugin is NOT installed.
I finally found the solution to this problem at the Ubuntu Forums. There is a thread for this exact bug.
I downloaded the fix as a binary package for 32-bit and installed it.
You can also download the fix for 64-bit.
I hope this helps some of you with this frustrating error. Happy YouTube Watching
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