13 Replies Latest reply: Apr 25, 2012 4:29 PM by BDAqua
KICKTOKILL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I have a Mac G4 10.4.11 and (for some unknown reason) as of today i cannot view any videos online... just black rectangles... sometimes nothing at all.  I'm running Flash Player 10.1.102.64 (the latest compatible with 10.4).

  • 1. Re: Not able to view videos online
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Which sites?

     

    The last really supported Flash for PPC was 10.1.102.64, but if it's for like Facebook or such, people have been fooling FB to think they have a leter version installed.

     

    Texas Mac Man's Flash hack/post...

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3599648?tstart=0


     

    Flash player 11.1 hack on PowerPC - https://discussions.apple.com/message/16990862

  • 2. Re: Not able to view videos online
    KICKTOKILL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Which sites... all of them; if i click enough times on the place where the video is supposed to be i can get it to go fullscreen but doing this is ridiculous.  I just don't understand why vids were appearing yesterday and today gone!?

  • 3. Re: Not able to view videos online
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    Can you give us a link to one of these problem sites/videos to test?

  • 4. Re: Not able to view videos online
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,435 points)

    Which browser and version?

  • 5. Re: Not able to view videos online
    KICKTOKILL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi

     

    Firefox 3.6.28

     

    I don't know what else i can do, i have the latest version of FF and Flash for this G4 PPC?

     

    Thanks

  • 6. Re: Not able to view videos online
    KICKTOKILL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi

     

    Its literally every video that isn't appearing youtube, vimeo, jw player, you name it... even quicktime mp3 stream pages??

  • 7. Re: Not able to view videos online
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,435 points)

    I use Firefox and the latest official (non-hack) release from Adobe and every site I have tried still works for me.  So, you either have some general problem with your computer, or something specifically wrong with software component(s).

     

    First, just restart your computer. It's surprising what that clears up.

     

    Have you done the usual? Verify your hard drive with Disk Utility, repair permissions?

     

    Have you installed items such as NoScript, Flashblock?  I use those and every video comes up black square until I specifically say I want to play it.

     

    Tried re-installing Flash?  It's a tedious mess but the only way to find out what is wrong on your system is to test components one by one.

     

    *Flash Player for PPC Macs*

    Adobe's last release of Flash Player for PPC Macs was in November, 2010 with release 10.1.102.64 Subsequent releases are for Intel based Macs only.

     

    To check your installed version of FlashPlayer - http://www.adobe.com/software/flash/about

     

    To update you should download:

     

    Flash uninstaller: [http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/865/cpsid_86551.html#prob1=uninst,os=m10.6,] Make sure you get the right one.

     

    Flash installer 10.1.102.64 [http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp_10.1.102. 64_and_9.0.289.0_archive.zip]  Open the archive to reveal yet more archives and multiple files. Select: flashplayer10_1r102_64_ub_mac.dmg

     

    To install:

     

    1) Run Disk Utility and verify your hard drive.  If the hard drive reports errors then it will need repairing first (another topic).  If it verifies, run Disk Utility's repair permissions.

     

    2) Back up your hard drive, ideally to a bootable clone. A bootable clone will allow you to restore your hard drive to its original state should something go wrong.

     

    3) Quit all applications to ensure nothing is actively using Flash. You can even do the next step while booted to Safe Mode to make sure.

     

    [Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode|http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107393]

     

    [What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode? (Mac OS X)|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564]

     

    [Safe Boot takes longer than normal startup|http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107394]

     

    4) Run the uninstaller application. Adobe says, "Adobe recommends that you restart your computer before you install a different version of the player."

     

    5) Run the installer application from the .dmg file you got from the second download.

     

    6) Use Disk Utility to repair permissions on your computer. This is important when installing anything from Adobe.

     

    7) Restart your computer.

     

    Notes:

     

    Adobe installs things all over your computer. Simply dragging a file or two to the trash won't ensure you have uninstalled all old file components.

     

    Comments about Flash and Shockwave. [http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=2769507]

     

    Flash player 11.1 hack on PowerPC - https://discussions.apple.com/message/16990862

  • 8. Re: Not able to view videos online
    KICKTOKILL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Great, thanks very much!

     

    I think there is something badly wrong with my computer... it got knocked a few weeks ago so this may be the reason for all of my problems,  it has been ok since but the past couple of days has gotten a lot worse.  Today most applications won't open, Firefox will but Safari won't and it won't even uninstall Flash Player so maybe its on its last legs. 

     

    Just one more question... do you think it's worth erasing and installing OS X or is it most likely the hard drive is pooped?

  • 9. Re: Not able to view videos online
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,435 points)

    I guess it depends upon what exactly was going on when it got knocked. Was it running? Was this a gentle nudge or did it fall to the floor from a height of 1 meter?  If at the more violent end of the spectrum it may have sustained hard drive damage.  A gentle nudge may not have done anything. 

     

    I woul make sure at this stage that you have valuable files backed up.

     

    Testing for physical integrity of the hard drive is tricky.  I don't think there are any free tools that do this on a configured drive.  Intech Speed Tools or maybe TechTool Pro might.  Otherwise if you completely wipe the drive with Disk Utility with write zeros once it would force testing the drive.

     

    Verify the drive with Disk Utility and see if it reports issues.  If it does you will have to repair them with your computer booted to another drive or the installer disc.

  • 10. Re: Not able to view videos online
    KICKTOKILL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks very much for your help it's appreciated!

  • 11. Re: Not able to view videos online
    Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (38,435 points)

    Open Disk Utility and select your drive on the left. Go to File > Get Info.  At the bottom is should say SMART verified.  If it is not verified then it means our drive is on its way out (or you have a really old drive).

  • 12. Re: Not able to view videos online
    KICKTOKILL Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ok so SMART is verified... i also clicked on verify disk and i got this:

     

    Picture 6.png

     

    Do you think an erase and install would remedy my problem?

  • 13. Re: Not able to view videos online
    BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (116,475 points)

    "Try Disk Utility

     

    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at the top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

    Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.

    3. Click the First Aid tab.

    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.

    5. Click Repair. Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."

     

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106214

     

    Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.

     

    (Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)