shockwave flash sometimes fails on Vista

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Bob, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. Bob

    Bob Guest

    I work the crossword at

    http://games.latimes.com/index_crossword.html?uc_feature_code=tmcal

    Some days, the crossword loads fine and others, it never loads, just leaves
    a blank area on the page. It worked fine today (Sunday 21 Sept) but failed
    yesterday. Under the puzzle, there's a calendar that lets you go back to
    earlier puzzles. After I worked today's puzzle, I tried going back to
    yesterday's puzzle, but it still wouldn't load it. There are usually two or
    three days a week when the puzzle won't load.

    On XP, the puzzle always loads. There are other websites I visit where
    Flash works on XP but not on Vista, but this is the best example site
    because you can switch from one day to another and see it sometimes work and
    sometimes fail.

    If I right-click on the missing puzzle, Flash pops up its usual menu with
    about twelve items on it. Play and Loop are both checked. If I right-click
    when the puzzle displays properly, I get the same menu, but Play is not
    checked.

    There are never any error messages.

    I uninstalled Flash yesterday and re-installed it. I'm using version
    9,0,124,0 -- same as before I uninstalled it. I have Vista Home Basic,
    fully up to date with Microsoft updates, IE7.

    So, what's going wrong with Flash on Vista?

    Thanks,
    Bob
     
    Bob, Sep 21, 2008
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  2. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Just what I was hoping for, an advertisement for Firefox.

    Some guy who doesn't have a clue about the problem, just has a compulsion to
    advertise Firefox regardless of whether it's relevant.

    Get a life, gerooky.
     
    Bob, Sep 21, 2008
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  3. Download and run the Adobe Flash Player uninstaller:
    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_14157

    or direct download:

    Adobe Flash Player Uninstaller:
    http://download.macromedia.com/pub/flashplayer/current/uninstall_flash_player.exe

    Close all IE windows and run the Flash Player Uninstaller.

    Then visit:
    http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/download/download.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash

    and click on "Install Now".

    Troubleshoot Adobe Flash Player installation for Windows
    http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/viewContent.do?externalId=tn_19166&sliceId=2


    --
    Carey Frisch
    Microsoft MVP
    Windows Desktop Experience -
    Windows Vista Enthusiast

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    I work the crossword at

    http://games.latimes.com/index_crossword.html?uc_feature_code=tmcal

    Some days, the crossword loads fine and others, it never loads, just leaves
    a blank area on the page. It worked fine today (Sunday 21 Sept) but failed
    yesterday. Under the puzzle, there's a calendar that lets you go back to
    earlier puzzles. After I worked today's puzzle, I tried going back to
    yesterday's puzzle, but it still wouldn't load it. There are usually two or
    three days a week when the puzzle won't load.

    On XP, the puzzle always loads. There are other websites I visit where
    Flash works on XP but not on Vista, but this is the best example site
    because you can switch from one day to another and see it sometimes work and
    sometimes fail.

    If I right-click on the missing puzzle, Flash pops up its usual menu with
    about twelve items on it. Play and Loop are both checked. If I right-click
    when the puzzle displays properly, I get the same menu, but Play is not
    checked.

    There are never any error messages.

    I uninstalled Flash yesterday and re-installed it. I'm using version
    9,0,124,0 -- same as before I uninstalled it. I have Vista Home Basic,
    fully up to date with Microsoft updates, IE7.

    So, what's going wrong with Flash on Vista?

    Thanks,
    Bob
     
    Carey Frisch [MVP], Sep 21, 2008
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  4. Bob

    +Bob+ Guest

    I had an answer for you, but I don't think I will post it. Gerooky
    posted a sincere and correct reply: having more than one browser
    installed is a requirement these days as bugs crop up in one or the
    other. He even took the time to point you at the proper location to
    make sure flash was installed. If it wasn't an exact fix, it was still
    sound advice and a solid work around.

    But, you are either MS biased to admit that MSIE might not be the
    worlds answer to all browsing needs, or too foolish to realize when
    someone is trying to help you.

    Best of luck with your issue. Be sure to post the fix here when you
    find it so you can show us all how sharp you are.
     
    +Bob+, Sep 21, 2008
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  5. Bob

    Bob Guest

    Thanks for the info.

    I re-ran the uninstall and re-install using the links in your message. The
    crosswords that wouldn't display before still wouldn't display.

    I checked the troubleshooting webpage. It said to use a security level of
    "Medium: Default Level". On Vista, the default level is "Medium-High:
    Default Level", so I lowered the security level to Medium. That had no
    effect. I ran the utility

    C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash\FlashUtil9f.exe

    as administrator. The disk light on my computer flickered some, but that
    was the only indication that a program had run. On this troubleshooting
    webpage, after saying to run this utility, it says:

    * Follow the steps to complete the Flash Player installation

    If this meant the utility was supposed to display some steps to follow,
    well, it didn't display anything at all. And nothing changed with the
    crossword puzzles.

    But in any case, thanks for posting this collection of links, it's just the
    kind of information I hope for when I resort to usenet.

    Bob
     
    Bob, Sep 21, 2008
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