Flash Player Problems


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Hi There...

I've just discovered that my girlfriend's PC won't play embedded videos from the likes of gametrailers.com, youtube.com, etc.

The site will ask for the AcitveX control to be installed, but upon choosing to install it, nothing happens. Further visits to the page results in the same behaviour - the site acts as if it isn't installed at all.

I've tried uninstalling IE7 and then reinstalling it.

I've tried using the Flash Player uninstaller from the Adobe website, then reinstalling it, all with reboots in between, but still no change.

Not really sure where to turn.

I can download the videos just fine, and play them in Windows Media Player.

Any idea what the problem is, or what things I can try to get it all working again, other than doing a full reinstall?

Oh, it's on XP btw.

Thanks in advance.


OSNN Newbie
Hi There...

I've tried both solutions you guys suggested, but I'm still in the same position.

Uninstalled then reinstalled Java, no change.

Ran the debugger from the Adobe site, no change.

Any other ideas?


OSNN Newbie
Hi There...

It seems that this has just sorted itself out - tried 2 users on the PC, and was getting the same results. The original first user (third one I tried) on the PC worked once Flash had installed. Subsequent attempts on the other 2 users then worked.

Odd. Very odd...
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I solved this problem for myself earlier today. What I did was this...

close ie7
go to c:\windows\system32\macromed\flash
double-click flashutil9b.exe
upgrade the flash player (though nothing actually updates)
restart computer

All flash videos work fine now.

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