Flash related issues arise due to the frequent updates which change different components of Linux operating systems. It can be quite tricky to be able to install the right Flash Player version for a Linux distribution, as users often end up installing unstable beta versions of Flash which cause functionality issues. Lately, we came across a script known as Flash Doctor which attempts to fix these problems. It automatically fixes Flash related problems, installs flash safely on your Linux operating system such as Ubuntu and, provides an advanced flash control panel to perform differnet Flash specific actions, including, assetcachesize, disable device font enumeration, disable product download, etc.
You can install Flash Doctor in Ubuntu by entering the following commands in the Terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:lkjoel/flash-doctor
sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install flash-doctor zenity wget
Once Flash Doctor is installed, launch it by using the following command:
This will open the GUI interface to resolve flash issues by following a simple wizard. In the first step, select a flash issue which you want to resolve. The available options include Fix Sound, Fix Video, Install Flash fully and safely, and Run the Advanced Flash Control Panel.
If you choose to fix sound or video related errors, a wizard will guide you through the steps to fix the respective issue.
Once the issue is resolved, you will be prompted to restart your browser for the changes to take effect. Likewise, you can select the “Install Flash Fully and Safely” option to resolve all known and unknown flash issues by installing the right flash version.
The Advanced Flash Control Panel option provides you with a list of useful features which allows you to:
- Reset the flash settings
- Disable auto updates for Flash
- Schedule flash updates after a specified number of days.
- Disable full screen in Flash on YouTube and other websites.
- Stop flash applications from being able to read any file on your HD
- Disable flash from grabbing any sockets from your computer
- Set space for flash applications
Since Flash Doctor is in alpha, you may encounter some bugs and interface specific glitches. You can find out more about Flash Doctor from the developers website link given below.