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Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

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Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

Sometime ago i was looking for help with the Flash Plugin crashes. The problem was eased by uninstalling the flash player on the pc and relying on the one built in with Firefox, so that only plugin-container was running. Today, the Flash Player update program appeared and i assumed it was something to do with Firefox. It installed the latest version but then Flash Player Plugin 11_***_*_*_*_** appeared in Task Manager using up loads of memory. Has something changed ? I've tried resetting Firefox and reinstalling it but i cannot get Flash Player without installing the software from Adobe. Windows Vista 32x. Firefox 13.0

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Re: Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

Firefox does not have a flash player built into it, so you've been using the Adobe one all along most likely. There are some issues with Flash right now (after their newest update). You can try to reset Firefox and see if that helps. Refresh Firefox - reset add-ons and settings

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Re: Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

Yes, there certainly are issues with Flash right now. But no-one at Adobe has put out any notices, explanations, or apologies about this. I am using a VAIO with 4GB Ram and an Nvidia 230M card. For the last month videos have worked only by disabling hardware acceleration. Even then they are incredibly jerky. I have expert household management and the machine is fast, as is the wifi connexion. This really is not good enough. I appreciate this is not a Firefox problem, but it would be useful for Firefox users to be alerted before they start tinkering needlessly with their setup.

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Re: Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

In your Tools > Add-ons (or Firefox > Add-ons) do you have RealPlayer Browser Record or do you use any other similar tools that download videos from the web?

If so, can you disable them and restart Firefox to see if that helps. If not, try disabling Protected Mode in Flash with the following steps: http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1018071?tstart=0

We are working with Adobe right now to find out what exactly is happening.

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Re: Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

That was a bizarrely quick reply. Do you see me typing in real time by any chance?! I'll check out what you have suggested. Thanks.

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Re: Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

I can't see you typing, I'm just lightning fast Smiley Wink

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Re: Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

Hi Matt. I do not have the plugin you mentioned. The problem is only with streaming video. I rewrote the cfg file as instructed and note the following. 1) Hardware acceleration still has to be turned off in order to prevent the 'green line of death' (oh, and incidentally I have the latest graphics driver). 2) The jerkiness I spoke of before was intermittent, so although videos are playing OK right now I cannot guarantee that they will do so tomorrow morning. I'm off to bed now (2am here in Europe) so I'll try again tomorrow and let you know. Many thanks for help so far. Alex

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Re: Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

@Tylerdowner

I had uninstalled Flash Player and i don't have it now. I have downloaded and copied two files , Flashplayer.xpt and NPSWF32.dll , into the plugins folder and now i can view Flash videos again and there is no flash plugin visible in Task Manager. The only Flash videos not working are on the BBC News website, which states i do not have the correct version.

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Re: Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

One common problem with Flash Player :

Watching videos on Youtube and at the end of every video, links appear to other videos. At this point, Firefox often stops working and the " Not Responding " graphic appears. Plugin-Container will then use more and more memory until i have to end the process in Task Manager. A similar problem transpires if i have been watching a video and then try to navigate away from the page.

Since Plugin-Container was introduced, the problems with Firefox have increased enormously, although i think much of this is due to Flash being such a greedy piece of software.

Never used to have these problems a few years ago

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Re: Problem with Flash Player plugin has materialised Firefox 13.0

I have this problem too; I've noticed that instead of the Flash Player running only in the plug-in container it's now using three processes - plug-in container, and two applications of the Flash Player. If I end any of the three processes the plugin crashes. It was weird. Oh, and the player sucks up processor power like a hummer guzzles gas and the plugin container isn't doing anything at all.