4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2013 9:47 AM by Texas Mac Man
Mallory Partridge Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I wonder if people are having the same problem as me?

 

Video content on sites such as the BBC will not play anymore on my iMac (OS X 10.5.8). 'Wrong version of Flash Player'.

 

I have a G5 (PowerPC) iMac & it appears although there are Adobe updates, they are for Intel Macs not for G5 versions.

 

Does anyone have a way of getting around this? I see that some people recommend using Google Chrome.

 

Any ideas would be welcomed.

 

Thanks

 

Mal


iMac G5 17 2.0 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
  • 1. Re: Flash videos will not play on Safari (Mac OS X 10.5.8)
    Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (44,505 points)

    It's complicated!

     

    Part 1:

     

    You can check here:  http://www.adobe.com/products/flash/about/  to see which version you should install for your Mac and OS. Note that version 10,1,102,64 is the last version available to PPC Mac users*. The latest version,10.3.183.23 or later, is for Intel Macs only running Tiger or Leopard, as Adobe no longer support the PPC platform. Version 11.4.402.265 is for Snow Leopard onwards.

     

    * Unhelpfully, if you want the last version for PPC Macs, you need to go here:  http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14266.html  and scroll down to 'Archived Versions/Older Archives'. Flash Player 10.1.102.64 is the one you download. More information here:  http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/838/cpsid_83808.html

     

    You should first uninstall any previous version of Flash Player, using the uninstaller from here (make sure you use the correct one!):

     

    http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/909/cpsid_90906.html

     

    and also that you follow the instructions closely, such as closing ALL applications first before installing. You must also carry out a permission repair after installing anything from Adobe.

     

    (If you are running a PPC Mac with Flash Player 10.1.102.64 and are having problems with watching videos on FaceBook or other sites, contributor Texas Mac Man suggests the following solution which fools the site into thinking that you are running the latest version:)

     

    Download this http://www.steelbin.com/FPforFBPPC.zip to your desktop, unzip it, and replace the current Flash Player plug-in which is in your main/Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder, (not the user Library). Save the old one just in case this one doesn't work.

     

    Part 2:

     

    I am in the same boat. I cannot watch flash videos on the BBC website or on BBC iPlayer, although all other flash videos (YouTube for example) are fine.

     

    For reasons that passeth all understanding, they work with the PPC version of Firefox, called TenFourFoxG5.app, once you have anabled plug-ins, as it does not natively support Flash.

     

    You can download TenFourFoxG5 from here:

     

    http://www.floodgap.com/software/tenfourfox/

     

    Now for the interesting bit: TenFourFox, like Firefox, does not support most plug-ins. Unless you are prone to headaches (in which case don't) you can read about that here:

     

    http://code.google.com/p/tenfourfox/wiki/PluginsNoLongerSupported

     

    But there is a workaround!

     

    Open TenFourFox and type in the address bar: about:config (no spaces) and click return. This gives you a warning that it might harm the application. Ignore that and click on 'I'll be careful, I promise' and you get the config file that you can edit - with great care.

     

    Look/search (scroll down) for: tenfourfox.plugins.enabled

    Set it to true. (Double click it to toggle it)

     

    Now close TenFourFox, open it again, and Flash will now work, as it now uses the plug-ins that Safari has stored.

     

    I am using Flash 10.1.102.64 in TenFourFox and it works just fine.


  • 2. Re: Flash videos will not play on Safari (Mac OS X 10.5.8)
    Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,855 points)

    christopher rigby1 wrote:


    Here is the link and the information :

     

    Download this http://www.steelbin.com/FPforFBPPC.zip to your desktop, unzip it, and replace the current Flash Player plug-in which is in your main/Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder, (not the user Library). Save the old one just in case this one doesn't work.

  • 3. Re: Flash videos will not play on Safari (Mac OS X 10.5.8)
    kryptoUnderdog Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you for your complex response.  This will hopefully convince all rational folks never to use Flash.

  • 4. Re: Flash videos will not play on Safari (Mac OS X 10.5.8)
    Texas Mac Man Level 8 Level 8 (45,825 points)

    Flash Player version 10.1.102.64 is the last version available to PPC Mac users. However, this Flash version won't work for many videos on Facebook, YouTube and other sites. Adobe's latest version, 11.x or later, is only for Intel Macs. Adobe will not provide a newer Flash version for PPC Macs.

     

    The message requesting that you download Adobe Flash Player takes you to Flash Player requiring an Intel processor. Doesn't work on a PowerPC processor. I found a hack, installed it & it works with Firefox, TenFourFox & Safari.

     

    Download this http://www.steelbin.com/FPforFBPPC.zip to your desktop, unzip it, and replace the current Flash Player plug-in which is in your main/Library/Internet Plug-Ins folder, (not the user Library). Save the old one just in case this one doesn't work.

     

    Hack Allows PowerPC Macs to Access Flash 11 Content

    http://lowendmac.com/ed/royal/12sr/flash-11-and-powerpc.html

     

    If you use the modern browser TenFourFox, it has plugins disabled by default, meaning Flash is not there. This can be enabled easily by doing the following: In the TenFourFox address bar type about:config and press Enter/Return. Look for tenfourfox.plugins.enabled (currently set to false) and set it to true (double click the line to change). This will enable Flash. The developers advise against this as it may cause an instability issue, but if you need Flash then you have no option.

     

     Cheers, Tom