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Old 11-08-2010, 02:17 PM   #1
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I have a dell inspiron running windows xp, I mainly use firefox. When I go to certain websites and try to watch videos they won't play. Most websites are totally fine - hulu, youtube, vimeo, etc, but specifically videos on espn.com, mlb.com and pbs.org will not play - they either show the first shot of the video with no way to make it play, or a black rectangle with no play button.

My flash is up to date as well as my browser. Going to the same sites with chrome yields the same results. help!

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Old 11-10-2010, 01:52 PM   #2
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If the videos play with IE, then you need a Mozilla plug in for the embedded "stuff". Some formats are IE specific.

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Old 11-11-2010, 10:07 AM   #3
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the videos won't play in ie either - additionally, when I've tried to watch these videos on a mac using firefox, they play just fine.
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You still need the right plug-in for the format used. Start with IE or FF or Chrome and delete any player plug-ins. Now download the ESPN latest plug-in from their website. This could get all the errant sites.
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Old 11-24-2010, 08:41 PM   #5
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ESPN uses flash player to play the videos. You need to download this application for the videos to work. You might also check your adblock plus and write an exception to disable it on all espn pages.
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I have been having the same problem and spent hours researching this. I finally played around with my flash settings in the specific video in ESPN I couldn't play and I almost feel silly for how easy the solution is.
At some point in the past year I restricted access to all websites so that they could not store any adobe flash info on my cpu. I adjusted my global settings and espn would still not run video. Same thing with many flash based gaming sites.
Here was my solution:
So I right clicked where the video or game should have been playing and realized I had the flash storage slider set at 0kb along with the box to never ask me again being selected. Once I adjusted the slider to 100kb and unchecked the box then the video began to work on the site. I did the same adjustment on the flash gaming site and it worked also. I only had to do this once per site.
Right click in the non playing video area and select settings, then things should look like this:


If your slider bar is down to 0kb and the Never Ask Again box checked then that is the problem. At least it was mine.

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