flash player causing lock up?

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  1. caucasion

    caucasion New Member

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    ive been having this problem for about 2 months now. whenever i load any site with a flash video, such as google video or myspace, it freezes up my computer. it takes about 30-45 seconds for the cycling to stop and then im able to start surfing the site until i reload it, in which the same thing happens. any ideas?
    ive tried reinstalling, uninstalling completly and tried different browsers.
     
  2. Nacho

    Nacho Fancy words here.

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    It's happening to my friend's computer as well. But his locks up the browser completely.
     
  3. splanky

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    which browser are you using?
     
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    Nacho Fancy words here.

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    On my friend's, it happens in both IE6 and FireFox 2.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    I refuse to install flash player on one of my computers.

    I always hated their aggressive marketing tactics, with their
    bogus "security alerts".

    Plus, I read where they are developing super tracking cookies that work with flash player.

    The flash videos that don't play in ie don't get played.

    Most of them do play though, because I use a recent version
    of kazaalite codec pack and classic media player.
     
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    my problem happens with IE and firefox
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Or you could uninstall the flash player altogether, and
    just use media player classic with the newest codec pack.
     
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    how does that work? set media player to control swf files?
     
  9. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, that's actually a fairly critical point.

    There's a lot of file types that are not set by default in MPC.

    So you have to go in there and turn them all on.

    And also, you need to turn off all the settings in any other media players you may have running.

    I'm using kazaalite codec pack v. 2.8 and it plays everything that I can think of including google videos and youtube.
     
  10. R-Type

    R-Type The Bydo Empire must die!

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    iirc, the flash player uses the overlay buffer of the video card to to help accelerate rendering. If the whole machine appears to freeze whenever flash initializes, it might be the video card driver. Try upgrading it to the latest release. To verify that this is the problem, you could also try setting the video acceleration slider in the 'Troubleshoot' panel from full to none (or the lowest that will still play flash at all) and see if the problem goes away. If it does, then it's most likely the drivers. You can get to that troubleshoot panel by right clicking the desktop->properties->settings tab->advanced button->Troubleshoot.

    either way, flash is still a piece of shit and should be avoided, or at the very least, corralled with a browser plugin that lets you 'click-to-play.' Having a dozen flash instances playing across multiple browser windows can tax a machine...especially if it's got low end components.
     

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