Due to the lack of official info both from Adobe and from Mozilla, I did some research on this and here's what I found out as a solution:
- I navigated to http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ and the reported version was 10.1.99.0
- I navigated to about:plugins and the listed flashplayer plugin was Gnash and not Adobe Flash plugin
- In Firefox I uninstalled the flash player plugin
- In the Synaptic Package Manager, I uninstalled Gnash and Gnash Plugin
- In a terminal window I issued <bash>$ sudo apt-get autoremove && sudo apt-get autoclean
- In the Synaptic Package Manager I unistalled the adobe-flashplayer plugin and, then, re-installed it
- Back in Firefox I navigated to about:plugins to verify that it listed the Adobe Flash Plugin
- Navigated again to http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about/ to make sure version 18.104.22.168
After that all flash sites (not only FB games were affected) came back to normal operation.
Hope this helps someone else
I am having the same problem with internet explorer 7 , Im using windows XP Cant play farmville through facebook and cant play farmville on www.farmville.com either. HELP Thousands are having this problem. Why cant anyone fix it? Just give us a button to push, all this stuff is confusing.
You're welcome, @kfrancist. I'm glad I could help.
I have no idea why it happened.
I have two FB profiles (one for gaming and another one for social sharing). I usually have two browsers opened all the time - FF for gaming and Chrome for sharing. I noticed the issue for the first time when still using Ubuntu 11.04, after an adobe update. At that time I thought it was some kind of isue with the plugin itself, so I reversed the use of the diferent browsers while waiting for a solution in a future update. Fortunately, it solved itself with the upgrade to Ubuntu 11.10, but it happened again and I decided to look for a faster solution.
Being a member of a number of open source communities, I'm used to sharing this kind of information. That's why I dicided to post it here.