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Jun 242012

I’ve been using my new (shiney) Windows 7 laptop for a day or so now, not really in earnest just yet.  I’m still getting to grips with the stuff I’ve installed, and thinking about the stuff that I might be missing!

Well, today, one of the intriguing issues was playback of Flash video.  I noticed it on places like BBC News Website, and Youtube.  At first I couldn’t fathom quite what was wrong, as I was getting different results with different browsers.

Here is an example of what it looked like :

Broken flash video playback


Eventually the penny dropped.  Flash Player.  I disabled it in Google Chrome so it would use HTML5, and all of the videos played just fine.  I tried to use an older version of Flash Player, but it wouldn’t let me.  I thought I had hit gold when I tried the Shockwave player, but then discovered that I had ‘fallen back’ to HTML5 which I knew worked anyway.

Finally I stumbled on a couple of other posts on the internet from people suffering the same issue, for example this one:


The ‘solution’… right click on any currently playing Flash video, and bring up ‘Settings’.  Turn off the hardware acceleration:


Refresh the webpage, and now all is good!  And it is a setting which is remember across browsers, and sessions, so you only need to do it once.

Fixed flash playback
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