I have Windows 98 and my "Netscape"-type browsers (i.e., non-IE) are Firefox 188.8.131.52, Netscape 184.108.40.206, and Opera 9.64. I don't have KernelEx, etc. installed (and I don't want to have it installed, since I am a complete novice, I'd be way in over my head, and I don't want to run the risk of totally messing up my computer -- which, with my luck, that's what would happen).
By the way, this is my first real message post here, and I'm totally impressed with the level of skill and breadth of knowledge that forum members display.
I recently spent about a month on the Adobe Flash Player forum in many discussions trying to get Flash Player 9 to work on YouTube with my "Netscape"-type browsers.
During this time, I did much reading on my own and finally found some info on the Firefox forum which basically said:
# 1) Flash Player version 220.127.116.11 (and all earlier versions) will work on YouTube and on other Flash sites; and
# 2) the next newer version of Flash Player, version 18.104.22.168 (and all versions newer than this) will not work on YouTube at all, and this version will exhibit unpredictable behavior on other websites with Flash content (i.e., it will work great on some sites while, on other sites, the browser will crash or a computer hang or crash will result).
I tried this and, indeed, I also found that Flash Player 22.214.171.124 was the "cut-off" version for successful results.
Also, each and every time the browser crashed when I used Flash Player 126.96.36.199 -- and newer versions -- I got the identical dialog-box message for all three of my "Netscape"-type browsers:
"This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down." Under "Details" it said, "The browser executed an invalid instruction in module NPSWF32.dll." This module, of course, is the Flash plugin.
Also, in my reading, I found some info where someone said, basically, to copy NPSWF32.dll from C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash to C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins and Flash Player 9 would work. Many others on the web page tried this and found that this was also the solution for them.
For my Windows 98 system, the Flash Player installation folder for Firefox is C:\Windows\System\Macromed\Flash not System 32. When I suggested trying the "copy and paste" of the NPSWF32.dll from the Flash folder to the plugins folder, the person helping me on the Adobe Flash forum advised me against it, saying it might make matters worse. I never tried it, since I respected this person's expertise.
But, I couldn't understand what could be the risk.
It seemed to me that if Flash Player 9 didn't work -- after the copy and paste -- all you needed to do to restore things back to the way they were was to delete the NPSWF32.dll from the plugins folder. I never got an answer to this question.
Does anyone here know if you could create big problems with such a copy and paste ?
I have been doing quite a bit of reading on this site, and interestingly enough, I found a message at
post # 16 by diskless says:
I now have Flash Player 9.0.262.0 installed successfully.
I manually copied NPSWF32.dll and flashplayer.xpt from
the installation folder (\Windows\System\Macromed\Flash) to
the Firefox plugins folder (\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugins)
then FF recognized the plugin the next time it was started.
In my case, even though NPSWF32.dll was not in the Firefox plugins folder (it was in the Macromed\Flash folder), Firefox still recognized it as shown by typing "about:plugins" in the Firefox address bar.
Diskless' approach, of course, is similar to the above-discussed copy and paste of only the NPSWF32.dll file.
I do not mean to question Diskless' expertise, but is it safe to copy and paste NPSWF32.dll and flashplayer.xpt to the plugins folder and then try Firefox with Flash Player 9 ?
It won't mess up my registry or anything will it ?
It seems to me that if it doesn't work for me, all I need to do to restore everything back to normal is just to delete these two files from the plugins folder. As you can tell, I am a novice at all this. I would greatly appreciate any help and answers to my questions.
The person helping me at the Adobe Flash forum was fantastic, but I couldn't get all my questions answered there. That is why I decided to come to this forum.
# 1) Why is Flash Player 188.8.131.52 the "cut-off" version for success on YouTube ?
# 2) What do I need to do to get the latest version of Flash Player 9 -- version 9.0.280.0 -- to work on YouTube ? (Again, I don't want to go the KernelEx, etc. route to achieve this.)
# 3) Is it safe to copy and paste NPSWF32.dll and flashplayer.xpt -- or just NPSWF32.dll -- from the Flash folder to the plugins folder and then try Firefox with Flash Player 9 ?
Many thanks in advance for whatever assistance I can get.
This post has been edited by larryb123456: 14 August 2010 - 12:09 AM