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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari Web Browsers
Tiger only hintRecently, when running Safari's Universal version on my Intel Mac, I was not able to see any Flash content. I would get a blank screen or window with a Quicktime Q and a ? in the middle of it. Viewing Flash was fine using Safari under Rosetta, but then page loads and navagation weren't as snappy.

I couldn't believe it was QuickTime, because QuickTime itself is also Universal. It was driving me crazy, because not everyone was having the same problem, but I finally discovered the fix. It has to do with how the MIME settings are configured. Apparently, configuring QuickTime to play Flash confuses it into trying to use the PowerPC version.

The solution:
  1. Open the QuickTime panel in System Preferences, select the Advanced tab, then click the MIME Settings button.
  2. In the sheet that drops down, click the triangle next to Miscellaneous.
  3. Uncheck 'Flash Media,' then click OK and close System Preferences.
That's it. You'll have to quit Safari and start it up again. Also make sure that you have 'Run in Rosetta' in Safari's Get Info panel unchecked. Enjoy!
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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: diamondsw on Feb 28, '06 08:06:39AM

Odd; I have no problems with Flash in native Safari. I did go back and prune any PowerPC Internet plugins from the folder (they had been migrated over by the Migration Assistant).



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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: argh128 on Feb 28, '06 01:50:28PM

This happened to a friend of mine with a MacBook.

He installed Flash 8, which overwrote the built in Universal flash provided with the machine.

If you accidently do this to your machine, grab a copy of pacifist (http://www.charlessoft.com/) and on the install CD there is a package... its some where in essential software I think.. I don't know for sure... for internet.. and the universal flash plugin is there.

It does not appear to be downloadable online.

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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: cj69collins on Feb 28, '06 07:23:05PM

I had Flash disabled in QT. Why did I need it when Macromedia supplied an plugin? I reinstalled from the 'Essential' installer package '/Library/Application Support/Macromedia/Shockwave 10/' and '/Library/Inernet Plug-Ins/', checked the unchecked 'Flash' checkbox in QT settings, and I am now able to view Flash natively, in its originAl form.

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Re: 10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: Uncle Asad on Feb 28, '06 02:58:49PM

This sounds like the problem that typically occurs after a QuickTime update, where Apple resets all the MIME types the QuickTime plugin claims to handle, including assigning Flash to the QuickTime Plugin. (This is despite the fact the QT plugin cannot handle any versions of Flash newer than about Flash 5, thus the "missing content" and "question marks" on pages.)

It seems odd that this occured in this case when running native Intel and not under Rosetta, but I'd still chalk this one up to Apple's stupid QT update policies rather than to any quirks of Intel/Rosetta environment.



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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: heymike on Feb 28, '06 05:31:54PM

For those of you that installed Flash 8 after purchasing and intel Mac, you'll have to reinstall it from the CD that came with the computer using Pacifist. This is also true of shockwave and java. The updates are not available from the Apple web site yet. They origionally come installed, but if you update it from the Macromedia site, it will break the origional install.
One more note, do not install any Apple Remote Desktop Software, as this will also mess things up. It is not available for intel Macs yet.



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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: chet on Mar 01, '06 11:02:23PM

I had the same problem viewing Flash content on certain websites (e.g. Macworld.com) on a Dual 2.0 G5 with Firefox. Safari and Camino worked fine. Thanks for the hint!

Chet



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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: Canuck on Mar 02, '06 07:12:23AM

Interesting: I reinstalled Safari and the plugins from the install disc using Pacifist, as per the thread, and unchecked the QT MIME type. This restored the ability to use Flash/Shock in Firefox, but I still can't see Flash and Shock in Safari. Is there some additional step I've missed? (Using Safari on an Imac 2.0 Duo)

Thanks.



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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: Canuck on Mar 05, '06 05:10:28AM

Interesting: I reinstalled Safari and the plugins from the install disc using Pacifist, as per the thread, and unchecked the QT MIME type. This restored the ability to use Flash/Shock in Firefox, but I still can't see Flash and Shock in Safari.

Is there some additional step I've missed??

Thanks.

(Using Safari on an Imac 2.0 Duo)



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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: kkinloch on Apr 09, '06 04:12:53PM

Yes - use the find feature of pacifist and you may find that you do not have the flash.plugin installed in your Internet Plung-Ins directory. Once you find the package using pacifist install it to the appropriate dir.

good luck



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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: liyanage on Apr 23, '06 11:42:44PM

Two quick notes, maybe it helps someone else:

1.) Adobe now provides the Intel Flash Plugin for download at http://www.macromedia.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=2dda3d81

2.) Installing the plugin from the above address restored my ability to play Flash, but when I bought QuickTime Pro and installed the license key, QuickTime took over and I did not know about this (seemingly well-known) issue with the MIME mappings. Like others here mentioned, I had to go to the QuickTime system preferences and uncheck the Flash media type.



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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: rowand on Aug 15, '07 08:03:55PM

I have had a persistent problem with Flash not working on Safari 3 Beta (PPC). The Enable Flash checkbox in Quicktime Settings did not have any effect. Reinstalling Flash worked a couple of times but the problem came back.

My solution:

Go into Preferences and open com.apple.quicktime.plugin.preferences.plist
Delete the entry for application/x-shockwave-flash under WebPluginMIMETypes.

This fixed the problem for me.



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10.4: Make Flash work in Universal Safari
Authored by: rowand on Oct 10, '07 12:54:31PM

Update on this. My flash installation just broke again. The culprit I think was an auto-install update of Firefox. Editing the plist again as described fixed it again.



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