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I was thrilled to finally get Ubuntu installed on a powerpc G3, but have found with much research and trouble shooting there is not a flash player made by Adobe for the powerpc. I have attempted to use gnash and swfdec, but neither work very well. Almost everything on youtube comes up with a black screen, but does not display video. This is the case for most flash sites. I either get blank boxes, or messages that flash is loading. I am guessing I have hit a road block here, but am hoping someone has found a way to overcome this issue, maybe by using wine, or a browser built with a working flash player, etc... I tried the fire fox add-on for downloading flash trailers, or videos, but nothing I have plays the video, including vlc, which crashes every time I try to open a file.

Hoping someone has some good news here :)

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Hmm, if you just need to view the videos on youtube, then most videos should be as FLV format or F4V(MP4) format.VLC Player should work, please give me a link to the youtube video you downloaded that do not work.
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VLC crashes any time I try to play a video. It does this for all videos on youtube. This prevents me from downloading and playing any flv videos. Maybe there is another player that will work. Totem plays mp4, but without sound. Mp3s play fine. Ultimately, I want some sort of flash player to view flash sites and content. Not sure if that is possible here.

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Oh, there is actually a Flash Player for Linux to what I know. Go and get it here, http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/
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Those will not work for the powerpc
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Hmm, sorry I didn't read that you are using a PowerPC. Anyway, have you compiled Gnash by yourself or you downloaded a unofficial compiled versin elsewhere?

Otherwise, there is a way to run x86 (32-bit) code in a PowerPC.

See the link here: http://en.opensuse.org/PowerPC_Flash_Player

I will recommend you try that way first and if it does not work try compiling Gnash by yourself and try it out (if you haven't done it already). Otherwise, let's see what we can do.
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This looks promising. I will work on it tomorrow.
Thanks for the follow up
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I have poked around for an hour or more on this and cannot find nspluginwrapper for a powerpc. Any idea where I can find it, with instructions?
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FYI I am using Ubuntu server 8.10 with gnome and X installed. I could not get any desktop solutions to install without errors.

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The main site for nspluginwrapper seems to be down, sadly.
I tried to find alternatives but I can't find them

So please take a look at:
http://www.linux.com/archive/articles/55380
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=476924

Yes these are just some information to help you.

The only thing you can do now is use qemu instead, qemu is actually used by nspluginwrapper. However nspluginwrapper simplifies things.

http://www.qemu.org/

Luckily the documentation is well-documented so please take a look at that and you should be able to get Flash Player to work.
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I finally was able to get qemu installed on the powerpc, but I cannot find the documentation that shows how to install Flash now. I am continuing to look, but hoped you had a good doc on this.
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Sorry I don't have a good documentation for this. However, I know that you must make sure you have the x86 subsystem installed. Run that subsystem, and install the flash player there.

nspluginwrapper would be way easier, but I just couldn't be sure which link will work for you.

Anyway, here's a link I found for nspluginwrapper, I'm not sure whether it will work for you though. It's not the newest version I believe but I just can't access the official site.
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/nspluginwrapper/1.2.2-0ubuntu6
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I cannot find nspluginwrapper for the powerpc, and have no idea how you run the x86 subsystem., so I can install flash player.
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Unfortunately I have no prior experience with qemu, I don't have Ubuntu or Mac installed either. I also don't have a PowerPC. All I have is Windows, and all I know is these are how you do it, I'm not exactly sure how you do it because I also don't have qemu installed.

I know the documentation
http://www.qemu.org/qemu-doc.html#

mentions enough to get your x86 subsystem to run.

Perhaps when I find some time I might poke into this using my Windows machine, you should try out the commands individually first, perhaps you might have some luck.
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compiling gnash from source allowed me to view most flash sites. To play youtube videos I use the one click download addon for firefox and the Kaffeine player. VLC, Totem, and mplayer all crashed on the powerpc, but Kaffeine is working great
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