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16 September 2006 @ 05:04 pm
I'm at a loss. YouTube vid feeds have been making my browser (firefox) freeze up when I watch them. In a fit of trying to fix it, I uninstalled Firefox and reinstalled it fresh and did updates.

Now it freezes and crashes if I go to a page with a YouTube feed embedded in it at all.

I've gone and gotten the various upgraded plugins for quicktime and java and flash and yaddayadda, and it's making no difference at all. I can't even get back to where I *was*, which at least allowed me to *watch* a video before I crashed. (note: I appear to have gotten back to something resembling that point, wherein I can watch at least part of a video before I crash. Gosh. Yay.)

Every time I go to a page that has Shockwave Flash embedded in it, my browser tells me, "Shockwave Flash: This plug-in has performed an illegal operation. You are strongly advised to restart Firefox." This happens, for example, when I go to the Doonesbury Daily Dose page. If I click the 'don't tell me this again' box, the browser will continue to run for a while and eventually freezes up and dies.

Internet Explorer simply refuses to load anything Shockwave related, apparently. If I go to the Doonesbury page with it, I get 'errors loading page' and the shockwave app doesn't open. If I go to youtube, it tells me I'm either not running the latest version of shockwave (I am) or I don't have javascript enabled (I don't even know how to turn js off, much less on again). If I go to have it download and install the latest version of shockwave, nothing happens at all.

i'm running XP. So is Ted. Ted is not having this problem with his computer. I'm running Service Pack 1. I believe I haven't upgraded because Ted's experience with SP1 was that it totally horked City of Heroes. I haven't looked to see if that issue's been resolved. Is it possible upgrading to SP2 would help? If not, does anybody have *any* freaking clue what's wrong with my goddamned computer?

I know I was told earlier that Flash & Firefox weren't a good combination, but shit, it's not just FF, it's IE too. Any help would be hugely appreciated.
Current Mood: grumpygrumpy
Current Music: vitas: whatever this amazing song is called
Shoka RedEarsshoka on September 16th, 2006 04:30 pm (UTC)
How much ram do you have? I get similar results on youtube with SeaMonkey (the name of the Mozilla suite now) on a machine with only 3/4 of a gig.

Also have you run a memory test (I like http://www.memtest86.com/)? The illegal operation could be a result of bad ram.

If you are using this computer to connect to the internet, especially if you are connecting w/o a firewall between you and the net, I /highly/ recommend upgrading to SP2 and the latest patches.
kitmizkit on September 16th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC)
3/4ths of a gig, too. That never occured to me. *grumpy look* Ok, that's one thing nobody'd suggsted, so thank you. And I'll look at SP2..
Shoka RedEarsshoka on September 16th, 2006 05:08 pm (UTC)
For the ram usage, before going to youtube, do a control-alt-delete (press all three of those keys atonce). It will bring up the windows task manager. Click the'Performance tab'. The two boxes in the lower right tall you about your memory usage. Load up a youtube page and see if 'available' goes very low. If the page file usage history graph goes really high and stays high, that's also a sign of not enough ram for the task.
kitmizkit on September 16th, 2006 05:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've done that before, and it does. I just didn't think about it in terms of ram.
so_mercurial: firefox_can't take the webso_mercurial on September 16th, 2006 05:02 pm (UTC)
hmmmm, RAM was the only issue that i could think of as well... i run both flash and firefox and have never had any issues with the combination. i do, however, have 2 gigs of RAM.

kit: fireflymizkit on September 16th, 2006 05:18 pm (UTC)
Awesome icon. :)

*steals some of your RAM*
so_mercurial: firefox_can't take the webso_mercurial on September 16th, 2006 05:52 pm (UTC)
*steals some of your RAM*

like, whoa! now i've got 386'ish 'efficiency' happening here!11!!1!!one! <------------ *getting all eleventy on you*

if i give you cookies, can i have my RAM back? ;)

kitmizkit on September 16th, 2006 08:41 pm (UTC)
...it's a deal. :)
so_mercurial: omfg_cookiesso_mercurial on September 16th, 2006 08:50 pm (UTC)
oh you are *soooo in luck! [wrapping cookies carefully] i make the best cookies! tRulY! [securing the generous bundle with a purty ribbon] and these are fresh from the oven too! [attaching a handmade card] i think that you'll quite like these.. [tossing the bundle into cyberspace]...

[watching in fascination while the cybergremlins intercept and consume the cookies]

ooops. does this mean that i don't get my RAM back? *pouts*
The Angel of Vengeanceesmerel on September 16th, 2006 11:37 pm (UTC)
I don't have any useful suggestions, but flash and firefox for me generally play well. The most I get is that flash just doesn't do anything in firefox - they don't *generally* crash. I mean, it does happen, but not that often. But I've got a gig of ram or something, too.