Normally, I watch Amazon Prime from a different computer that is hooked up to the TV. Every once in a while, I want to try to watch from my laptop. Just recently, I discovered that my old trick of just installing hal didn’t work. Thanks to WebUpd8, it ended up being pretty simple anyway…
We have enjoyed watching many of the Amazon Prime videos in the past. Unfortunately, on the last few machines that I have rebuilt, they wouldn’t play. It just said to upgrade the Flash Player. The usual tricks didn’t work.
Update: I found a different but easier solution for Ubuntu 13.10. See this post.
Thanks to Ask Ubuntu and Aaron, I found the solution. In summary, here are the commands that got the job done:
sudo apt-get install hal sudo mkdir /etc/hal/fdi/preprobe sudo mkdir /etc/hal/fdi/information /usr/sbin/hald --daemon=yes --verbose=yes rm -rf ~/.adobe
Here are the steps…
This is the second time this has happened. I keep getting:
Sorry we were unable to stream this video. This is likely because your flash player could not be updated.
I had just reinstalled my media laptop with Linux Lite OS (a flavor of Ubuntu), and I was trying to watch a video from Amazon. It was one of the Prime Instant Videos.
To fix the issue, I followed McDougall’s instructions. Basically, it was just installing the “hal” package and deleting the .adobe and .macromedia settings directories:
sudo apt-get install hal rm -r ~/.adobe ~/.macromedia
Finally, I rebooted and retried. It all worked fine after that.