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August 15, 2009 at 3:00 am #591918
What is the problem I’m having with Adobe Flash/ActiveX and WSB? Is it a Vista thing? It “encounters a problem” and shuts down browser.
It doesn’t happen on my XP, but lately I’ve been using a different machine a bit and it happens a lot, and only on WSB. I’ve uninstalled and reloaded Flash a few times with no change. Anyone???
Edit to add: it just happened again (25 minutes later) and to clarify, it says it’s Internet Exporer that’s encountering the problem, if that helps.August 15, 2009 at 3:35 am #674787
Switch to Firefox much better than IE8 there were a bunch of Microsoft updates this week could be something didn’t install correctly.
JimAugust 15, 2009 at 4:14 am #674788
Thanks, Jim. Maybe the updates made it worse (just happened again), but it’s been going on for longer than that.
I’d have to get the okay for Firefox, since it’s my son’s laptop ;) but always a possibility.
I’m trying to get used to Vista since I don’t have it myself, but I really sort of hate it.August 15, 2009 at 4:25 am #674789
GenHillOne: The wonderful world of Mac OSX is calling you. It’s saying “GenHillOne……GenHillOne……come into the light!” Simply trying to read the WSB should not be something that involves frustration and the downloading of drivers. :-)August 15, 2009 at 4:35 am #674790
Typical Mac response ;)
It’s not killing me, because I’m sitting here watching the M’s more than anything, but it would be nice to figure it out!August 15, 2009 at 4:43 am #674791
I have not been able to see any embedded videos on WSB (or any other website) for about 2 months now and it’s driving me crazy. I’ve have troubleshooted everything possible to troubleshoot, and nada. Fortunately, I can just be patient and look at it at the office.August 15, 2009 at 5:16 am #674792August 15, 2009 at 6:08 am #674793
jim, all I get is an outline of a box where the video should be, with some tiny little logo or something in the upper left corner (so small I can’t see what it is). If I go to YouTube the videos are fine and I can watch them. I can watch videos of TV shows that networks put online. But if somebody puts a video (YouTube, Vimeo, wherever) on another website, I get the blank box.
BTW, I just fixed it by downloading Firefox. Now everything is just fine. Screw IE. :)August 15, 2009 at 6:37 am #674794
Hooray Sue. Now you can go back and look at some of my video segments on local restaurants and see what you were missing.
I think I read the other day that there is a growing movement (and even a petition) among web designers to kill IE because its existence is literally thwarting the advance of web design. And at this point it is apparently one of the slowest and clunkiest browsers out there.August 15, 2009 at 7:00 am #674795
I only keep IE on my machine because it is the only way you can get the microsoft updates without just letting microsoft automatically do the updates.
glad it is fixedAugust 15, 2009 at 8:51 am #674796
I have been using firefox for a long time and up until today I have had few problems. Today is crashed alot but after installing the new update no crashing. The only time I use IE is when I am on Mom’s machine and that is only because I haven’t switched her over to firefox.August 15, 2009 at 12:58 pm #674797
May or may not be the actual cause in your case. I have seen several vista related cases of bizarre damaged or missing system files, some seem to be related to virus or malware caught and removed by commercial AV programs. But the damaged files or reg entries remain.
BTW christopherboffoli, I am posting this from a $500.00 pc running osx 10.5.2.August 15, 2009 at 4:16 pm #674798
Ken, not sure if you were referring to me or to Celeste’s problem, but I’m still running XP – I’ve refused to upgrade to Vista. My laptop is 5+ years old now and in need of upgrade. For the first time I’m actually considering Mac. I never did because in the legal field (my work) “everyone” uses PC and Microsoft Office, and I needed to be able to run those and be proficient in them. But now that you can run MS Office on a Mac, it opens up new options. Honestly, I’ve been so out of the loop on Macs that I had no idea until recently that MS Office was even possible to run on them; I guess if you only use PC, you don’t have to care. :) My Mac-loving brother will be doing flips when I tell him I’m considering it.August 15, 2009 at 4:23 pm #674799
speaking of, is there a new format to the main page or is there something wrong with my computer? If it’s a new format, I don’t like it.August 15, 2009 at 5:08 pm #674800
Ken: Nicely done. Many of the newest Apple unibody laptops are virtually works of art in terms of their build-quality but I’ve heard from a few friends who have successfully installed OS X on PCs and it seems to be running very well for them. Conversely I know others who are running Windows XP on Mac hardware and they say it runs faster/smoother on the Apple machines than it does on their PCs.August 15, 2009 at 5:14 pm #674801
Sue, you can even set up Windows to run in parallel on a Mac, though I haven’t done this yet. However, there are a few applications that aren’t available for Mac that I’d like to use.
My husband got me a MacBook for Christmas and I’m pleased with it. The navigation took some getting used to but I’ve had no major problems.
(I only use IE when testing website updates at work, because about half my university still uses it. Personally I prefer Firefox.)August 16, 2009 at 12:00 am #674802
Jen, we had bad code in the Hussein Khazaal memorial story. Many browser/OS combinations ignored that bad code, including the three in our household (certain combos of FF/Mac, Safari/Mac, FF/Vista). However, some did not, apparently yours and five other people who sent us notes in fairly rapid succession suddenly around 1 pm today. We diagnosed and fixed the problem fairly quickly, but it’s a reminder that we appreciate getting notes because the Interwebs have that pecularity … something can look great to us and to 80% of others but 20% are seeing something on fire. Sorry ’bout that.
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