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Photos not displaying in Google Earth Linux Mint 64-bit — 42 Comments

  1. Well, son of a b***h! After probably 2 years of trying similar type of "fixes" your procedure actually works. I'm not going to try to understand the whole thing, especially the need to replace the default "adobe-flashplugin" package with the ""flashplugin-installer" package and the need for "gufw" (just a front end for "ufw" and not even enabled) unless it's for the "dependencies" of each package but what the heck. It works and that's just grand.I can't imagine how you were able figure this out, I gave it up after two years worth of trying, but many thanks. You'd think Google would have figured this out by now since all of the employees at Google are supposed to be geniuses or something.
     

    • Sorry for the belated response – I just discovered there was a problem with the mail system on this site!

      I found the solution somewhere and noted the steps down as I tried them.  Now I can't remember where I found them so can't attribute them.  Whatever the peculiarities of the method, it works and that's the main thing.  It was one of my (few) complaints about using Linux – the fact that Google Earth just didn't work properly – so this solution is a major breakthrough!

      • In my own hunt for a solution there were several similar "solutions" from different sites and forums that I visited over the year or so I looked. What I mean by similar is that each of these "solutions" (which never worked) contained parts of other "solutions" that I found. Then, when I got close to putting the pieces-parts of these solutions together so they almost worked, Google Earth for Linux was updated and the I had to start all over again. I finally gave up.Now, your solution seems to contain all the pieces-parts I found (more or less) plus  two odd ones as in installing one Flash package over another as well as installing gufw, leaving the (ufw) firewall disabled. But it works and that's the main thing.On the 7th step:sudo wget https://googledrive.com/host/0B2F__nkihfiNalQzN0ZmcjBPTGs/ge7.1.1.1580-0.x86_64-new-qt-libs-debian7-ubuntu12.tar.xzDo you know whose Google Drive account that is or is it yours? Just wondering.

  2. Sorry about the lack of paragraphs. It seems to include them automatically but it removes them upon publishing. Hopefully they'll come through this time if I double paragraph like I used to have to do on HR (I think you fixed that). Hope it looks better this time. 

    In my own hunt for a solution there were several similar "solutions" from different sites and forums that I visited over the year or so that I looked. What I mean by similar is that each of these "solutions" (which never really worked) contained parts of other "solutions" that I found. Then, when I got close to putting the pieces-parts of these solutions together so they almost worked, Google Earth for Linux was updated and the I had to start all over again.

    I finally gave up. 

    Now, your solution seems to contain all the pieces-parts I found (more or less) plus  two odd ones as in installing one Flash package over another as well as installing gufw, leaving the (ufw) firewall disabled. But it works and that's the main thing. 

    On the 7th step: sudo wget https://googledrive.com/host/0B2F__nkihfiNalQzN0ZmcjBPTGs/ge7.1.1.1580-0.x86_64-new-qt-libs-debian7-ubuntu12.tar.xz Do you know whose Google Drive account that is or is it yours? Just wondering.

    • Just added some paragraphs to your comment myself!  It seems something is radically broken at the backend of the site.  Damn!

      I don't know who owns the Google account – presumably the person who originally wrote the fix.  Just in case the account became unstable, I took a copy of the files and stored them locally.  It might be an idea to upload them to my own account?!

  3. I receieved the latest update to GE myself and also noticed the Panaramio images were "broken" again. But since I had already run the commands in your post once already, meaning everything that needed installing was still installed except the previous version of GE, I tried running only the 3 commands which worked like a charm (which reinstalled the alternative QT libs):

    cd /opt/google/earth/free

    sudo wget https://googledrive.com/host/0B2F__nkihfiNalQzN0ZmcjBPTGs/ge7.1.1.1580-0.x86_64-new-qt-libs-debian7-ubuntu12.tar.xz

    sudo tar xvf ge7.1.1.1580-0.x86_64-new-qt-libs-debian7-ubuntu12.tar.xz

    Anyway, I kept the latest version of GE and got my images back as well. Now we wait until the next update screws it up?

    • This was deliberate!  They know I have published a fix so are purposely trying to break it again!!

      Many thanks for that.  I just updated to the latest, applied the three lines and am back in business.

      I suppose this means they'll have to publish another update very soon to break it again?

      • "I suppose this means they'll have to publish another update very soon to break it again?"

        Ah, but of course. I wouldn't worry about it too much. Google updates GE once every other blue moon. It's a wonder they haven't dumped it altogether in favor of their Google Maps considering that GE is basically nothing but a Google maps/satellite image browser?

  4. Linux Mint 17.2. Worked for me for both GE versions, from 2013 (all commands), 2015 June (3 commands starting with cd….).

  5. In July I used your latest fix to enable photos on GE. It worked great. Went on GE today and I can no longer get photos again. Does anyone else have this problem or is it just me? If it's not just me, does anyone have a fix?

    • I just did a reinstall of the OS, and then installed GE from the repository.  I then used steps 5, 6, 7 and 8 above and everything is working fine.

      Try those steps and things should work?  (You can skip the reinstalling the OS bit though! 😉 )

  6. After the GE update I execduted steps 5 to 8. However, now when I click on a panoramio picture, the picture is blank and then GE craches and closes. 

  7. I'm running Ubuntu 14 and I tried this and it worked which is great, but I have to run it from the terminal which comes up with a list of errors such as:

    [1030/175617:ERROR:nss_ocsp.cc(581)] No URLRequestContext for OCSP handler.
    If I try to launch it from the taskbar nothing happens. Any idea as to where I've went wrong?

     

      • Googling it tells me it's a windows error which requires a system restore sadly. It isn't just the one error, there are pages of them while google earth is running. It does work and the photos are available, so I suppose it's an improvement.

  8. I found that after many hours of trying to get a newer version of GE to show Panoramio pix (though they would show place pix!), my only recourse was to downgrade to the last stable version that is also in the repositories, 6.02. It works and panoramio does too. Not as pretty as 1.1.4 but it works!

    http://google-earth.en.uptodown.com/ubuntu

  9. Hello,

    Do you know a solution for LMDE? This solution works fine for Linux Mint 17.x, but in LMDE 2 Betsy it  doesn't work. I still cannot see Panoramio photos in GE 🙁

    Thanks in advance.

  10. Just wanted to say thanks!  I implemented this fix awhile ago and it worked wonderfully.  Found it broken again and ran steps 5,6,7 and 8 to fix, awesome!  Using Mint 64  17.3.

    • Hi Ralph. I hope you can help me. I'm computer illiterate. Do I type in these fix lines in the window that says Terminal? If yes, do I press enter at the end of each line I type in? Thanks

      • You're on the right track.  Copy and paste the lines into Terminal and press enter after each paste.  You'll be asked for the Admin password after the first "sudo" but the rest will go in smoothly.  It will do a bit of downloading and installing, but after it's finished, just run Google Earth and everything [should] work.

        • I forgot to ask if this will work if I'm using Linux Mint 32 bit? If not, is there anything I can change in these lines to make it work? Thanks again.

          • Ah!  No. They are a fix for 64 bit.  I'm afraid I can't help on that, and I doubt changing 64 to 32 would help much!  Sorry.

  11. If you find you can't click on the other pictures in a box with multiple pictures, try using middle-click instead.  For some reason it works and doesn't close the box like left click does.  (using KDE Mint 17.3)

  12.  Will this fix work if I'm using Linux Mint 32 bit? Has anyone tried it? If not, is there anything I can change in these lines to make it work? Or some other solution. Thanks

      • Thanks for your reply. However I'm an old fart and I hate to admit it but I'm quite computer illiterate. Could you please repeat what you just said in real simple easy to understand wording. Any way to can tell me what to do step by step. Thank you so much

        • Sorry for my bad English.

          1.- Download GoogleEarth  from https://www.google.com/intl/ca/earth/download/ge/agree.html

          2.- Double click on the download file google-earth-stable_current_i386.deb to install it.

          3.- Download libQtWebKit.so.4 from https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B3r830sqX0kJYmZya21ZcWpBdU0 extract it.

          4.- Copy libQtWebKit.so.4 from point 3, then go to /opt/google/earth/free and delete or rename libQtWebKit.so.4 and paste  libQtWebKit.so.4 from point 3. (To do this you must need root access).

          That's all. It works fine on Debian 7 and 8 32 bit.

           

          • Thanks for that Pere!  [just edited the link slightly as it was giving a Page not found]

            @Patrick – If it's any consolation, I'm an old fart too.  Linux is great for keeping the old brain alert……..

            Incidentally, the simplest way to copy the file into a root folder is to right-click on /opt/google/earth/free and then select “Open as Root”. That will open the folder in a new window and you then paste into it without running into permissions problems.

          • Thanks Pere. I must seem like a pain in the butt. I don't know if I can do this. I understand and can do up to the end of step 3 except for what "extract it" means. I have no idea what to do. Also on point 4 I understand how to copy but what is "from point 3" (do you mean step 3)? I have no idea what to do. Also I don't know what root access is. Can you or anyone else out there help me with a very detailed step by step process I might be able to understand. I might have to find someone with the knowledge to do this for me. Thank you.

            • Heh!  This will take a bit of typing……

              Go to the page linked in Pere's point 3 above.  You'll see a little download icon at the top of the page.  Download the file.  By default it will probably end up in your Downloads folder.

              The file is called "Debian7_ 32_libQtWebKit.so.4.tar.gz" and the .tar.gz bit means it's compressed and has to be uncompressed, or extracted.  Double-clicking the file will launch an extractor.  Give it the go-ahead and it will extract the file – libQtWebKit.so.4   Copy that file [Control + c will do it quickly!]

              In your File Manager, click on File System.  That will bring up a list of folders that look very unfamiliar [!].  Double click on "opt".  Do the same for "google" and then on "earth".  You should now see just one available folder – "free"?  Right-click on that and select "Open as Root".  This will ask you for your password and then will open a new window [which will probably have a red banner saying "Elevated Privileges"].

              In that new window, what I would do is find LibQtWebKit.so.4 in the list of files, right click on it and select "Duplicate" [which will create a copy just in case….].  Then do Control + v to paste in the file which you copied earlier from the download.  You'll be asked to confirm the overwriting of the existing file.

              That should do the trick?

              When Linux is installed it basically creates two users – yourself and Root [or Administrator].  The idea is that normally you can do anything you want around the computer such as create, modify and delete files.  However, some actions can really mess up the system [which tends to annoy Linux] so to play around in the "delicate" areas you need what's called Root or Elevated Privileges.  To access them you just enter your password when prompted as a reminder that you are heading into rocky waters.

              Let me know how it goes!

               

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