[SOLVED] Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Install

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[SOLVED] Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Install

Postby codethulhu on Sat Apr 13, 2013 11:42 am

I'm running Mint 13 and I recently installed Netflix via the following commands:

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sudo apt-add-repository ppa:ehoover/compholio
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install netflix-desktop


Everything worked fine for a few days. Now when I start up Netflix and try to watch a video I get prompted to install a Silverlight plug-in. There's no option to ignore this if I want to watch the movie. The problem is if I install the plug-in via (what I assume is) Wine then it seems like it installs the plug-in but I still get prompted to install the Silverlight plug-in the next time I attempt to watch a video. I even tried removing Netflix with the following commands:

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sudo apt-get --purge remove netflix-desktop


Then installing Netflix again like I did in the first place. This, somewhat obviously, did not help. How do I get Neflix to start working like it did?
Last edited by codethulhu on Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:32 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Install

Postby Adelante on Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:06 pm

This is what I did. I don't know why it worked, but it did. I picked it up on Ask Ubuntu. Sorry I didn't keep the link.

In Terminal:

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sudo rm -Rf ~/.wine-browser


Restart Netflix Desktop.

There is also an update today for the ehoover/compholio PPA in Synaptic. Do that after above.

Good luck.
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Re: Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Install

Postby codethulhu on Sat Apr 13, 2013 12:31 pm

You're right. It worked. Thanks :D
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Re: Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Install

Postby Cussler on Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:13 pm

I was having a problem with Netflix after accidentally installing MS Silverlight. I found this post after a long day and typed:
"sudo rm -Rf ~/.wine-browser" in terminal without thinking and all of the files on my computer have disappeared. What have I done? Is there any way to recover from this? Did I really just delete every file from all of my folders?
Here is the operating system info:
Linux 3.2.0-23-generic (i686)
Linux Mint 13 Maya

Oh no. What have I done?
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Re: [SOLVED] Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Insta

Postby Adelante on Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:23 pm

I don't see how it could possibly be connected, but I'm no real expert. Did you make any other changes to your system? Sounds horrible. I hope someone here can give you good advice.

PS-FYI, I've used that code on Mint 13 Cinnamon, Lubuntu 13.04, and Ubuntu 13.04 to resolve the problem without any files disappearing.
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Re: [SOLVED] Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Insta

Postby Cussler on Mon Apr 15, 2013 9:38 pm

Thank you for letting me know that you've used the command before. It's strange because this is literally all I did and when I exited out of the terminal all of my files on my desktop, documents, downloads, etc.. were/are gone but programs like Netflix desktop are still there. I've searched for files with no results and when I check the status of the hard drive it seems I'm only using 6GB of space.
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Re: [SOLVED] Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Insta

Postby palo on Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:05 am

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sudo rm -Rf ~/.wine-browser


Cussler wrote:"sudo rm -Rf ~/.wine-browser"


Not too aware of path points but I would think you would not want to replace a tilde with a hyphen. Did you copy/paste the command?

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Re: [SOLVED] Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Insta

Postby bigj231 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 10:29 am

If you rm'd ~/_.whatever (with the underscore representing a space) you deleted your entire home directory. If you haven't done anything else, and you have a traditional magnetic hard disk, you might be able to recover most of your stuff using any one of the popular undelete utilities. It sounds like you did this if all of your files are gone. If you didn't have anything too important, just make a new user account and don't do it again.

If you didn't have that space, it just deleted the .wine-browser folder in your home directory. You should be able to recover from that.

The tilde (~) simply points to the current user's home directory.
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Re: [SOLVED] Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Insta

Postby Adelante on Tue Apr 16, 2013 12:35 pm

An unintended space makes a lot of sense, if that's what happened. Thanks for explaining.
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Re: [SOLVED] Netflix Prompting for Silverlight Plug-in Insta

Postby Cussler on Sat Apr 20, 2013 11:44 am

Thanks for the replies. I'm sure the extra space was the problem. I've since recovered many files using foremost, but I found the process challenging.
Thanks again for responding to my post.
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