When Adobe Flash Settings Isn’t Clickable On Ubuntu 11.10

Adobe Flash Settings always worked fine back when I was still using Ubuntu Natty Narwhal in that whenever a Flash application needs permission to access my laptop’s camera and microphone, I can click on the Allow/Deny options. On Ubuntu Oneiric Ocelot Flash settings is unclickable and it will eventually hang and crash whenever it asks to access the camera and microphone. I don’t know if this happens on all the sites, but on one site I’m working on, this happens all the time. The browser does not matter, at least for the ones I use. It will crash on both Firefox and Chrome.

Note that I am trying to run Flash apps through a Red5 video streaming server on a VPS with CentOS 6. Please do not confuse this issue with Flash not working entirely because it does. The issue only arises when a Flash app needs to access the cam and/or mic.

The work around for this problem is to explicitly set that particular site to have permission to access my laptop’s devices. It can be done in 2 ways:

1) Adobe site’s Flash Player Settings Manager found at this location: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager06.html

2) Adobe Flash Player Preferences. This is the app that comes with the Adobe Flash installation on your Linux distro. On Ubuntu 11.10 this app can be accessed through Dash and typing in the word “adobe”.

Remeber to Add the website if it is not yet in the list.

As of this writing the latest Adobe Flash version is

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Notice: This article was published on February 21, 2012 and the content above may be out of date.