I don’t know about you, but for the past year and a half or so I’ve been experiencing problems with YouTube and similar video suppliers. Actually, it’s a problem with Adobe Flash. It’ll play for about two seconds and then stop. No matter how many times you reload the image, it keeps happening. Even if you try to open up different videos. The only thing that fixes it is restarting the browser. Happened on all of my computers, so I knew it wasn’t an installation or hardware issue.

It was one of those pandrip things that I worked around for the longest time and just tolerated up until recently when for reasons I won’t get into I couldn’t just close and re-open my browser. Then I figured that there must be someone out there experiencing the same problem. Turns out a lot of people are. A whole lot of people. It seems that Adobe has been letting this crap go on for an absurdly long time. I looked at one solution after another trying to figure out how it could be fixed but it seemed that everyone conquered it a different way and then many reported that the problem returned anyway. Eventually I determined that it had something to do with Version 9 of the software. The problem is that if I tried to install v8 it wouldn’t let me. Holy cow was I greatly angered by this development.

So my only choice was to go up to Version 10 Beta. I don’t like Beta testing when I’m not being paid for it, so I resisted. Finally, after a couple days I said to myself “What’s the worst that could happen? It won’t work right? It doesn’t work right now and it hasn’t worked right in so long that I can’t remember when it did.”

So long story short, I upgraded to v10 and have had no problems either with the freezing or anything else. So if you’re experiencing that problem, I recommend an upgrade to 10.

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3 Responses to Experiencing Problems With YouTube/Flash?

  1. Barry says:

    Wow, I’ve been having the exact same problem with YouTube – freezing after exactly 2 seconds. Thanks for the tip!

  2. Webmaster says:

    The problem is actually with Flash 9 improperly saving and registering itself. The solution is actually copying NPSWF32.dll to your Firefox plugins directory, where it’ll be seen directly.

    I have no doubt Adobe fixed this in 10, though.

  3. trumwill says:

    I have no doubt Adobe fixed this in 10, though.

    They should have fixed it in 9. The more I think about it, the more ridiculous it is and the angrier I get.

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