Solved

IE 7 won't play SWF files

Posted on 2008-10-28
5
5,559 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-08
I am trying to play a SWF file in IE7(XP SP3) from the locat C drive. I enter c:\test\.swf into IE7, the progress bar at the bottom goes white for a second or two but when it is finished IE7 only displays a white page. This same file plays properly in Firefox and Safari. I have uninstalled Flash player and reinstalled it but the results are the same. Any ideas what settings I need to change?
thanks,
pat
0
Comment
Question by:mpdillon
5 Comments
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:jazzIIIlove
ID: 22825063
Hi there,

Have you uninstalled / reinstalled your IE flash?
What about shockwave? install/uninstall process?

or use the follo1wing:

manually uninstall the ActiveX control
Quit Internet Explorer, if it is open.
From the Start menu, choose Search> Files or Folders and search for flash.ocx (if you are removing Macromedia Flash Player 6) or swflash.ocx (if you are removing Macromedia Flash Player 5 or earlier).

Note: The name of the ActiveX control changed with version 6 to "flash.ocx". See Windows XP error installing Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX control (TechNote 16178) for details.

Note the path to the file. The path is typically:
C:\Windows\System\Macromed\Flash on Windows 95, 98 or WinME;
C:\WinNT\System32\Macromed\Flash on Windows NT or 2000;
C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash on Windows XP.

If more than one copy of the file is found, note the paths to all copies of the file.
Select Start> Run.
In the Open field, enter the following command:

regsvr32 {path} \ {filename} /u

Replace {path} with the path to the filename noted from step 3.
Replace {filename} with the filename noted from step 2.

For example, if you're uninstalling the Macromedia Flash Player 6 ActiveX control on Windows 2000, the path would be:

regsvr32 C:\WinNT\System32\Macromed\Flash\flash.ocx /u
Click OK. You should get a RegSvr32 dialog box stating that the executable succeeded. If it failed, double check the path and file name for your system.
Select Start> Find Files or Folders and enter flash.ocx (if you are removing Macromedia Flash Player 6) or swflash.ocx (if you are removing Macromedia Flash Player 5).
Right-click on the found file and choose Delete from the context (right-click) menu. If more than one copy of the file exists, delete each one.
Search for swflash.inf using Windows Find utility (Start > Find > Files or Folders). This file is used during the installation of the Macromedia Flash Player ActiveX control.
Right-click on the file and choose Delete.
Restart the machine.

Best regards...
0
 
LVL 50

Accepted Solution

by:
jcimarron earned 500 total points
ID: 22825135
mpdillon--Concerning c:\test\.swf see here
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Languages/C_Sharp/Q_20608026.html
Maybe do not worry about that test.
But your main concern probably is to play .swf files.  What happens if you just click to play the .swf file? Error messages?
You can  test your Flash and Shockwave installations here
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/welcome/
Do you have the latest?  Flash is up to v10 and Shockwave is up to v11.
Is this something new?  If so you could try a System Restore to a date prior to the problem starting.
0
 
LVL 16

Expert Comment

by:Gyanendra Singh
ID: 22825211
Try toggling the option

Allow active content to run on files in My Computer*

(in Options, Advanced tab, Security section)

Note that the asterisk means that a restart of  IExplore.exe  is required
before any testing of the new setting will be valid.

FWIW  no  .swf  files work either locally or via direct URL for me
unless that option is  _unchecked_.    This seems backwards
to me according to the label of the option but seems to make
a bit more sense under the covers in relation to a ControlFeature
called  LocalMachine_LockDown.
0
 
LVL 12

Expert Comment

by:jazzIIIlove
ID: 22826578
jcimarron has the right start...After that BondinASP...Mine may be later than my friends...

Best regards...
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:mpdillon
ID: 31510894
Going to the adobe.com/shockwave/welcome page fixed the problem.
0

Featured Post

How your wiki can always stay up-to-date

Quip doubles as a “living” wiki and a project management tool that evolves with your organization. As you finish projects in Quip, the work remains, easily accessible to all team members, new and old.
- Increase transparency
- Onboard new hires faster
- Access from mobile/offline

Join & Write a Comment

I recently found myself in a Corporate Situation where the client had requested blocking access to any and all websites except his own Domain? Easy? I am sure this would be your answer but their requirement was, this has to be done without using…
SSL stands for “Secure Sockets Layer” and an SSL certificate is a critical component to keeping your website safe, secured, and compliant. Any ecommerce website must have an SSL certificate to ensure the safe handling of sensitive information like…
This Micro Tutorial will demonstrate how nuggets on the Web are formatted by using Chrome Developer Tools. These tools would not only view the site's CSS but it can also modify it and save the CSS to use on your own site.
How to create a custom search shortcut to site-search Experts Exchange using Google in the Firefox browser. This eliminates the need to type out site:experts-exchange.com whenever you want to search the site. Launch your Bookmark Menu: Press 'Ctrl +…

757 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

21 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now