Flash Player Has Failed for the Last Time Emperor

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So I have had this problem that has been bugging the crap out of me. For some reason I went to a website that wanted a newer version of flash player so I installed it and ever since then anything flash has not worked on the powerbook. So I have tried the Uninstaller and the Installer from Adobe’s website to solve this issue since that is all that their help had to offer. But the plugin would never show up in the list of plugins in Safari or Firefox. It didn’t work in Opera either but my experience with that software is rather limited.

So I searched Google and Forums and nobody was really offering any feedback that was anything that I hadn’t already tried. So last night I thought I would power through this problem because I had some free time and there were some e-mails with youtube video links. For a temporary fix I was taking the youtube links and pasting them into vixy.net and creating a quicktime file to download. Which was rather time consuming but hey sometimes you just need a laugh.

So I wanted to see where the plugins were installed on the Mac. So I found out they had a filename that went like this.

<name>.plugin

So I used spotlight to run a search for that plugin file name and found they were located under the following directory tree

/Library/Internet Plug-Ins

And I found a few flash player files so I deleted those. Since it is in a rather scary directory I had to type in the admin password for the device. That is one thing I love about Mac’s it won’t let you fuck it up unless you are really trying to on purpose.

So I deleted those and then tried to install flash player again. It was throwing me an error that I don’t have enough permission to do so. So I tried to run the installer from the command line using sudo which wasn’t really getting me anywhere.

So I figured that I needed some more permission so I loaded up Quicksilver and used it to launch NetInfo Utility. Went looking for users and found my username. I was assigned a UID and GID (User and Group ID) of 501. So I changed it with this utility to 0 which is the root user UID.

Doing a little research I found out a simple command in terminal could have fixed my issue for changing UID as well

sudo niutil -createprop . /users/userName uid XXX

This does create one issue with changing file owners but I didn’t think about that at the time. So after the change was made I logged out and then logged back in. Installed flash. Launching the NetInfo Utility and changed my UID and GID to 501 again and then logged out and back in again.

After I log back in I find that all of my desktop settings have changed so that took a little brain time to figure out how to change how everything was displayed but that was quickly resolved and youtube is working again. Which prompted a twitter update.

I know this is rather technical and most people will just blow this off but I thought I would share my experience in case a future google search user runs into the same problem I had where flash player just stops working.

So nice being able to see that Kitty Kat Finally Dance

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  1. // Reply

    you could just go to http://www.videocodezone.com/conversion.php.
    Specify the URL and output type(my favorite is MP4 for IPOD of course)
    and it spits out that file. Pretty cool. Only thing is they support
    YouTube and DailyMotion only at this point so hopefully they will have
    more video sites in future.

    Vixy is a good tool but videocodezone allows you more conversion formats
    as well as support more sites that YouTube.


  2. // Reply

    you could just go to http://www.videocodezone.com/conversion.php.
    Specify the URL and output type(my favorite is MP4 for IPOD of course)
    and it spits out that file. Pretty cool. Only thing is they support
    YouTube and DailyMotion only at this point so hopefully they will have
    more video sites in future.

    Vixy is a good tool but videocodezone allows you more conversion formats
    as well as support more sites that YouTube.


  3. // Reply

    I have no idea what you just said.

    But that video always makes me laugh, even if it’s the dorkiest thing EVER. I’ll bet my cat does that when I’m not home.


  4. // Reply

    I have no idea what you just said.

    But that video always makes me laugh, even if it’s the dorkiest thing EVER. I’ll bet my cat does that when I’m not home.


  5. // Reply

    And what part of Alaska were you looking at for the 80 degree temps? Definitely not Anchorage. It’s been in the low 70s. Should be sprinkly and 60s when I’m there.

    But it’s 80 here in P-Town today!


  6. // Reply

    And what part of Alaska were you looking at for the 80 degree temps? Definitely not Anchorage. It’s been in the low 70s. Should be sprinkly and 60s when I’m there.

    But it’s 80 here in P-Town today!

  7. Michelle
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    Tristan that same thing happened to me except I didnt change my UID or GID and I had it working in like 5 minutes so next time you have a problem just ask me for help you know how good I am with these things… 😉

  8. Michelle
    // Reply

    Tristan that same thing happened to me except I didnt change my UID or GID and I had it working in like 5 minutes so next time you have a problem just ask me for help you know how good I am with these things… 😉


  9. // Reply

    Michelle: I didnt know you ran Unix or OS X. Windows is a different realm. They make things rather interesting. I see you havent ditched AOL.

    Junniper: I was looking on the Weather channel on my Nintendo Wii. Probably not the best weather resource.

    Blog commenting on my Mobile Device =)


  10. // Reply

    Michelle: I didnt know you ran Unix or OS X. Windows is a different realm. They make things rather interesting. I see you havent ditched AOL.

    Junniper: I was looking on the Weather channel on my Nintendo Wii. Probably not the best weather resource.

    Blog commenting on my Mobile Device =)

  11. Michelle
    // Reply

    LMAO!!! You know me I love the AOL! Thats the only thing I understood out of your reply….

  12. Michelle
    // Reply

    LMAO!!! You know me I love the AOL! Thats the only thing I understood out of your reply….


  13. // Reply

    I love how AOL users get to my site with their “speed boost”

    AOL comes and caches my site. Then when an AOL user connects they get a “speed boost” to look at the cached page. So you are seeing my site on a bit of a time delay.

    Gotta love the horrid proxy of AOL. Get a real ISP and ditch AOL. Save yourself from yourself and AOL.


  14. // Reply

    I love how AOL users get to my site with their “speed boost”

    AOL comes and caches my site. Then when an AOL user connects they get a “speed boost” to look at the cached page. So you are seeing my site on a bit of a time delay.

    Gotta love the horrid proxy of AOL. Get a real ISP and ditch AOL. Save yourself from yourself and AOL.

  15. Jen
    // Reply

    You really do have some sick fascination with speaking foreign languages don’t you?

    How about this, I just don’t install things. I do nothing online so why install?

    Well, I guess at least I don’t use AOL any longer. I do however just use hacked cell phone internet or free wireless at bars.

    That reminds me, I drink too much. You should visit the good old midwest again to drink so beer.

    Yep I ramble.

    That dancing cat is just bizarre. But then again I’m not a cat fan so perhaps it would be funnier if I didn’t dislike cats so much. Although, I do have to laugh at my sister’s cat quite often. That creature is not only dumb but it hides really often. My favorite is when it plays what I call “road kill kitty”, I’ll send you some photos sometime. Odd creature.

    1 week until that beer fest thing in Seattle. It should be fun.

  16. Jen
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    You really do have some sick fascination with speaking foreign languages don’t you?

    How about this, I just don’t install things. I do nothing online so why install?

    Well, I guess at least I don’t use AOL any longer. I do however just use hacked cell phone internet or free wireless at bars.

    That reminds me, I drink too much. You should visit the good old midwest again to drink so beer.

    Yep I ramble.

    That dancing cat is just bizarre. But then again I’m not a cat fan so perhaps it would be funnier if I didn’t dislike cats so much. Although, I do have to laugh at my sister’s cat quite often. That creature is not only dumb but it hides really often. My favorite is when it plays what I call “road kill kitty”, I’ll send you some photos sometime. Odd creature.

    1 week until that beer fest thing in Seattle. It should be fun.

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