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    Unhappy ie7 not playing swf files (any ideas)

    Small issue with IE7 opening swf files

    I have Flash and shockwave installed (which i believe are browser plugins)

    All flash shockwave enabled websites work perfectly.

    some of our teachers have .swf file resources that when they double click them the system asks what they want to open the file in (no association).

    Fixed this by using an old verson of the player and reassociated to that exe in the program files folder. this works for now but i would like them to open in ie7 by default

    My problem lies with IE7 if i use the open with internet explorer they will not load all i get is a white screen with a triangle in the bottom left hand corner.


    Has anyone come across this or fixed this problem.


    IE7 has been so bad for us here no end of problems.

    OS is Win xp pro with sp 3
    latest flash and Shockwave plugins


    am i missing something so simple
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    We had problems with this - mainly on our TS - last year
    Something to do with the way Flash/Shockwave was being installed
    It required admin rights to install, but then only runs if you have admin rights
    IIRC, there was a Reg Hack to solve it - but afraid i cant remember where I found it

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    i know wht you mean you spend hours looking for a fix and you know you should file these things in a safe place but we are just so relieved to fix the issue.



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    lol yeah tell me about it!

    Anyway - think this is how i resolved it last time.. Problems running Flash Player 8.0.24.0 ActiveX control after installation when logged in as Restricted User on Windows

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    I will give this a try on monday Thanks for the fast reply (its a bit sad on saturday night i am doing stuff for work) I think an hour on call of duty 4 might be called for..




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    I'm always getting a row from my wife about doing work at night and weekends! lol
    Hope it works on Monday!

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    Odd question, did you guys who had a problem deploy the MSI package via group policy? I had the same problem when deploying flash by group policy. It would install ok but not work in IE. To sort the problem i had to deploy using a startup script.

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    TBH, I cannot remember now, but yeah we probably did...
    If it starts acting up again, I'll need to manually install Flash..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gatt View Post
    I'm always getting a row from my wife about doing work at night and weekends! lol
    Hope it works on Monday!
    me too i never know when to switch off.......

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    Quote Originally Posted by FN-GM View Post
    Odd question, did you guys who had a problem deploy the MSI package via group policy? I had the same problem when deploying flash by group policy. It would install ok but not work in IE. To sort the problem i had to deploy using a startup script.
    I installed manually as part of a fresh image.

    just looks like it does not have permission to run swf via IE white screen with error sign at the bottom left

    (changed to allow activ x to run etc in security settings) still no joy.

    will try the reg fix posted earlier on monday.

    if it works i will post results.

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    revisiting this one

    New findings

    if i copy a swf file to the local machine it will run in internet explorer
    if i run it from a network share it just gives me a white screen.

    i cant get my head round this (its something simple) what have i missed

    Looked at intranet security and nothing jumped out at me or am i looking in the wrong place.

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    The 'white screen' issue is caused by restrictions imposed by Flash Player's sand-boxing feature (which is a very good thing from a security point of view). These were introduced in Flash Player v8.0. Basically, SWFs can access either local data (i.e. the local file-system) or remote data (Internet/network-based content), but not both at the same time.

    There are several ways around this however...

    1) Host the SWF-based resources on an Intranet. For some software packages this is really easy, particularly ones which are just html/swf files.
    2) If you only have a few SWFs you could convert them into Flash projector files which embed a copy of the standalone Flash Player with the SWF. If you require more control over how the projector looks and functions you could use SWF Studio ($49).
    3) Associate SWFs with the standalone Flash Player. The latest version is always included in the Flash Player Update for Flash CS4 Professional.
    4) Add the folder(s) containing the SWFs to the 'local-trusted' sandbox via the Flash Player Settings Manager or a .cfg file located in the 'FlashPlayerTrust' folder.

    In your case, I reckon options 3 or 4 may be the best/easiest.

    Detailed info on Flash Player security can be found here...
    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flashpla...9_security.pdf (Page 20 in particular)
    http://www.adobe.com/devnet/flash/ar..._security.html
    http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security/

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    i did associate the the files to the standalone player just to get them working and thanks for the links i am going to sit down today and get my head round it all.

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    Hi Round2it,

    Don't know whether you've sorted this yet, but if not, hopefully this will help Error message when you try to open an ActiveX control-based MIME handler in Windows Internet Explorer 7: "Invalid character"
    Worked for us here when we had the same problem.

    Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuarte View Post
    Hi Round2it,

    Don't know whether you've sorted this yet, but if not, hopefully this will help Error message when you try to open an ActiveX control-based MIME handler in Windows Internet Explorer 7: "Invalid character"
    Worked for us here when we had the same problem.

    Cheers!
    i will have a look at it today

    Thanks for the tip

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