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JavaScript disabled, cannot load or use Flash Player, what is the problem?

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Ever since installing the latest version of Firefox on my Mac (OS X 10.8.4), I cannot watch or download any Flash Player videos. Here is some of the background to the problem:

1. I have the Java Applet Plug-in Java 7 Update 25 installed and activated. 2. I also have NoScript 2.6.7.1 activated. If I am on a web page with Flash material I want to download, I do what I used to do with the previous version of Firefox, which is to click "Temporarily allow all this page" from the "Options" menu. 3. If I try to stream or download, I get the error message "To view this video, you need the latest version of Adobe Flash Player.", and a Download button. 4. The button takes me to the Flash Player page, where I am told "JavaScript is currently disabled in your browser and is required to download Flash Player." 5. In the "about"config" settings, Javascript.enabled is set to "default" and "true".

At this point, I am baffled. Can anybody please help?

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My thanks to everyone who responded, The solution was in fact provided by FatMac on the Mac forums, and was unsettlingly simple; he suggested I download Flash from here , the Adobe Flash Player Distribution page, rather than from the Adobe download page which Firefox sends you to when you don't have the plugin. As far as I can tell, either that Adobe page is bugged and can't tell that JavaScript is actually turned on, or Firefox has a problem communicating the fact. In either case it's disconcerting.

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Further background:

On first opening a page with an embedded video, I find the plug graphic and the message "A plugin is needed to display this content". Clicking on "install plugin", I get the message "No suitable plugins were found".

I don't remember any of this being a problem with earlier versions of Firefox.

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Make sure you have scripts enabled in Noscript too, as that is seperate.

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Does this page report that you need to enable JavaScript?

http://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer/otherversions/

If so, could you try it in Firefox's Safe Mode? That's a standard diagnostic tool to bypass interference by extensions (and some custom settings). More info: Diagnose Firefox issues using Troubleshoot Mode.

You can restart Firefox in Safe Mode using

Help > Restart with Add-ons Disabled

In the dialog, click "Start in Safe Mode" (not Reset)

Any difference?

Modified by jscher2000

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Chosen Solution

My thanks to everyone who responded, The solution was in fact provided by FatMac on the Mac forums, and was unsettlingly simple; he suggested I download Flash from here , the Adobe Flash Player Distribution page, rather than from the Adobe download page which Firefox sends you to when you don't have the plugin. As far as I can tell, either that Adobe page is bugged and can't tell that JavaScript is actually turned on, or Firefox has a problem communicating the fact. In either case it's disconcerting.