Flash Player Freezes with Firefox - Fixed

  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 07, 2015 5:06 AM GMT
    Is any one else experiencing a lot of browser freezing with flashplayer ... kill flashplayer process and browser works fine again ... I found the following two links to block flash player and use HTML5 Video player. Has anyone tried this and how difficult is it to implement if you have done this.
    Thanks in advance.

    http://trisquel.info/en/wiki/play-videos-without-using-flash

    http://www.itworld.com/article/2762948/networking-hardware/go-flash-free--how-to-browse-the-web-and-watch-videos-without-adobe-flash.html


    EDIT: Don't try the blocker it works but you can't disable or uninstall without searching the OS and manually deleting it.
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    Mar 07, 2015 8:55 AM GMT
    Are you using the latest versions of Firefox and Flashplayer?

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    Mar 07, 2015 9:50 AM GMT
    I cannot confirm for Firefox as I am using WaterFox, its 64-bit version, and it crashes so often that I switch to Chrome, instead. Oddly, IE, optimized for touch screen, also crashes frequently, but a little less than WaterFox does.
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    Mar 07, 2015 4:18 PM GMT
    the updates for this have been fast and furious. New update every few days. Think they broke the code and cant get it up again.
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    Mar 07, 2015 4:53 PM GMT
    It's happening to me a lot lately too. Always asks to send one of those fake crash reports (that I assume do absolutely nothing). Lots of updates from Mozilla and still experiencing the issue. Flash and Java versions are all up to date.
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    Mar 07, 2015 4:58 PM GMT
    I've been getting some freezing on my Mac's Safari browser the last week, too. Not a total freeze or crash, just a lengthy stall. Never had that before.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 07, 2015 5:44 PM GMT
    I went out to the flash player site and downloaded and installed again. I seem to be getting a lot less freezing, or the freezes don't last as long. I tried Chrome before down loading flash player and installing, but it seemed worse than fire fox and was freezing then crashing the tab. I'll have to keep an eye out for new updates, hopefully they'll fix the issues.
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    Mar 07, 2015 7:27 PM GMT
    pellaz saidthe updates for this have been fast and furious. New update every few days. Think they broke the code and cant get it up again.

    Ah, so all those updates I was accepting were for real. I wasn't keeping an eye on the version numbers and assumed that their updater was messed up and I was reinstalling the same version.

    According to my browser (firefox) my flash was last updated 6 February.

    Tumblr has switched to html5. I wonder when youtube will make the switch? I thought flash wasn't supported on tablets, so how does youtube work on tablets?
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    Mar 07, 2015 7:28 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidI've been getting some freezing on my Mac's Safari browser the last week, too. Not a total freeze or crash, just a lengthy stall. Never had that before.

    I used to have a Mac, both at home and at work. Constant freezes and hangs. Life is too short to be spending half of it rebooting my computer.
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    Mar 07, 2015 7:30 PM GMT
    Happens w/ Chrome, too, and the fix is only temporary.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 07, 2015 10:52 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    pellaz saidthe updates for this have been fast and furious. New update every few days. Think they broke the code and cant get it up again.

    Ah, so all those updates I was accepting were for real. I wasn't keeping an eye on the version numbers and assumed that their updater was messed up and I was reinstalling the same version.

    According to my browser (firefox) my flash was last updated 6 February.

    Tumblr has switched to html5. I wonder when youtube will make the switch? I thought flash wasn't supported on tablets, so how does youtube work on tablets?


    Youtube on my Google Android Tablet works great, I don't think it uses flash player. I had to re-install the OS because of really long hangs on that too and did not need to install Flash Player. The newer version of lollipop was totally hosing it and found an article indicating flashing the factory image should fix it and it did. When I first got my android tablet it came without any video player so I had to download flash player to watch and videos. I'm thinking the newer OS versions use there video software.
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    Mar 07, 2015 11:34 PM GMT
    AMoonHawk said
    Lumpyoatmeal said
    pellaz saidthe updates for this have been fast and furious. New update every few days. Think they broke the code and cant get it up again.
    Ah, so all those updates I was accepting were for real. I wasn't keeping an eye on the version numbers and assumed that their updater was messed up and I was reinstalling the same version. According to my browser (firefox) my flash was last updated 6 February. Tumblr has switched to html5. I wonder when youtube will make the switch? I thought flash wasn't supported on tablets, so how does youtube work on tablets?
    Youtube on my Google Android Tablet works great, I don't think it uses flash player. I had to re-install the OS because of really long hangs on that too and did not need to install Flash Player. The newer version of lollipop was totally hosing it and found an article indicating flashing the factory image should fix it and it did. When I first got my android tablet it came without any video player so I had to download flash player to watch and videos. I'm thinking the newer OS versions use there video software.

    There's the standalone youtube app on Android which is what I normally use. But I had this vague memory that I could open videos in the Android Chrome browser. I just tried it and if you haven't set a preference it gives you that Open With dialog and I said Chrome and it plays movies. I also tried it with Firefox for Android and it also plays them on the youtube web page. With that Firefox I was able to click and hold and got it to tell me that it's using html5. Makes me wonder why the firefox browser on my PC is using flash; I suppose I could install Flashblock on my PC's firefox and see what breaks.
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    Mar 07, 2015 11:47 PM GMT
    Hmph, Flashblock hosed youtube. It starts with the option enabled to block html5 as well as flash so I turned that off but youtube was still broken. I decided to see what happens when I uninstall flash and I uninstalled flashblock as well since it won't be needed. Youtube at least now works, dunno what else might break; we'll see.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 08, 2015 6:28 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidHmph, Flashblock hosed youtube. It starts with the option enabled to block html5 as well as flash so I turned that off but youtube was still broken. I decided to see what happens when I uninstall flash and I uninstalled flashblock as well since it won't be needed. Youtube at least now works, dunno what else might break; we'll see.

    Here is what worked for me.
    In youtube there is a page the lets you select to use HTML5
    https://www.youtube.com/html5

    In firefox select add-ons from the menu in the upper right
    (the icon of 3 horizonal lines)
    In 'Get Add-ons' section search on 'Video WithOut Flash'
    or here is the direct link
    https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/video-without-flash/?src=search
    and install it.

    Uninstall Flash Player.
    There were two on mine, one for active-X and another I forget what it was, it was some initial. I uninstalled both.

    So far it seems to be working fine.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 08, 2015 7:51 PM GMT
    Been using this for a whole day now and still no issues. As a matter of fact some of those annoying ads that use hang the browser or just start playing on their own appear to have a ceased, or I haven't gone to a site that has them yet, and if I have, I didn't miss anything icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 08, 2015 9:44 PM GMT
    Thanks for the Video without Flash link; I've installed it.

    A video porn site that someone posted earlier here still doesn't work but that's no big deal for me; I get my video porn from email lists I'm on.
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    Mar 08, 2015 9:52 PM GMT
    Urk, I installed the Videos without Flash plugin and used the youtube url to specify HTML5 and then youtube stopped working. Disabling the Videos without Flash plugin fixed youtube. I think I'll continue with it this way.
  • AMoonHawk

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    Mar 09, 2015 2:33 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidUrk, I installed the Videos without Flash plugin and used the youtube url to specify HTML5 and then youtube stopped working. Disabling the Videos without Flash plugin fixed youtube. I think I'll continue with it this way.


    DAMN Flash Player icon_evil.gif
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    Mar 09, 2015 2:36 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk said
    Lumpyoatmeal saidUrk, I installed the Videos without Flash plugin and used the youtube url to specify HTML5 and then youtube stopped working. Disabling the Videos without Flash plugin fixed youtube. I think I'll continue with it this way.
    DAMN Flash Player icon_evil.gif

    Flash is and was not installed. I only had the Videos without Flash thing installed. I think I'll be able to survive without flash, but we'll see.