I have an older Mac PowerPC running OSX 10.5.8. I never had any problems playing online games but recently it now says : "You are trying to install Adobe Flash Player on an unsupported operating system." Apparently 10.3 is the latest but it won't run on my machine because it is NOT an Intel. I currently have 10.1.82.76 installed and I'm using Firefox. How do I get the Flash Player to work again? Help!
Hi, The latest FP vs for the PPC is 10.1.102.64. Following are instructions:
Here are the instructions:
*Flash Player for PPC Macs*
Adobe's last release of Flash Player for PPC Macs was in November, 2010 with release 10.1.102.64 Subsequent releases are for Intel based Macs only. To update you should download:
Flash uninstaller: [http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/865/cpsid_86551.html#prob1=uninst,os=m10.6,] Make sure you get the right one.
Flash installer 10.1.102.64 [http://fpdownload.macromedia.com/get/flashplayer/installers/archive/fp 10.1.102.64_and_9.0.289.0archive.zip] Open the archive to reveal yet more archives and multiple files. Select: flashplayer101r102_64_ubmac.dmg
1) Run Disk Utility and verify your hard drive. If the hard drive reports errors then it will need repairing first (another topic). If it verifies, run Disk Utility's repair permissions.
2) Back up your hard drive, ideally to a bootable clone. A bootable clone will allow you to restore your hard drive to its original state should something go wrong.
3) Quit all applications to ensure nothing is actively using Flash. You can even do the next step while booted to Safe Mode to make sure.
[Mac OS X: Starting up in Safe Mode|http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107393]
[What is Safe Boot, Safe Mode? (Mac OS X)|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1564]
[Safe Boot takes longer than normal startup|http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107394]
4) Run the uninstaller application. Adobe says, "Adobe recommends that you restart your computer before you install a different version of the player."
5) Run the installer application from the .dmg file you got from the second download.
6) Use Disk Utility to repair permissions on your computer. this is important when installing anything from Adobe.
7) Restart your computer.
This info came from the Apple Forum.
About the time Flash Player hits 10.6, it's going to be next to impossible to view flash content with 10.1 and sadly, your PPC Mac will become obsolete for web content made with Flash for 10.6. I was a PPC user for eight years, but there is no avoiding it; sooner or later you'll have to bid farewell to that PowerPC and get an Intel Mac.
eidnolb's post is still the "right" answer as far as I know, I'm just adding links here for posterity (because this link keeps coming up in Google searches).
Third-party confirmation that 10.2 (Initial release Feb. 2011?) was the first release to stop supporting PPC: http://lowendmac.com/ed/bashur/11db/powerpc-flash-support.html
Adobe's archived Flash versions page: http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/142/tn_14266.html#main_Archived_versions
According to that archived page, 10.1.102.64 is indeed the last version that supports PPC.
@I_Know_Nothing_at_all: Your stated opinion, while true, does nothing to address the original poster's question. It's applicability is somewhat questionable too (who said anything about Flash 10.6? I'm assuming that you don't mean Mac OS X 10.6, as that was released in 2009.)
Paraphrasing Wheaton's Law: Don't be a jerk, man.
Hi josh.butcher, I appreciate your support. It would have been helpful had cliffdog40 had replied back and had said that the instructions worked for them. Marking the thread as answered would help others that still use the PPC, which are more than one would think. I just finished another thread yesterday, which was a little more complicated but it was on the PPC:
I did bring up Google and only found one Adobe Forum link for the PPC and it wasn't the best in my opinion.
The other link was interesting, thanks. I do think that Apple made the decision on the PPC support:
Like Technology itself, always moves forward:-) Same with XP, it is getting left behind also, although MS is providing support thru April/2014. Regarding the PPC, my understanding is that there is no support from Apple, just the Safari browser updates.
I don't use Mac, but try to keep up with Apple since we have many users that post to the Flash Player Forum.
Thanks for you input,
I would like to thank eidnolb for the great detail instructions for installing the appropriate Flash Player for my iMac G5 PowerPC using OS X 10.4.11. I had experienced many problems with getting any version Flash Player to install after it had stopped working several weeks ago. I followed the instructions step by step and now I am up and running again. The only deviation I made was when the link for the Flash installer came up with an error message indicating that the 10.1.102.64 was not available at that site. I just went to the archived versions of Flash Player and found the same version listed and was able to install it from there. I did not install using the safe mode and everything worked fine. Once again, thank you for taking the time to post your instructions, because without them I would still be totally frustrated.
eidnolb, you are the greatest. You saved my life with the above intsructions. I can now view videos again even using Tenfourfox which I found to be a better and faster browser for my Mac than Firefox itself. Although I by-passed the safe mode part everything works great. I am on an iMAC G4 PowerPc 20" flat panel running Leopard 10.5.8 and 1.25 GB of memory. How much longer do you think we will be able to use these features without being forced to go to an intel proccesor? Thank you again for your help. No longer frustrated.
+ this is useful too http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/909/cpsid_90906.html (to first uninstall before reinstall). And I'm adding a few words for search engines to find eidnolb's solution : Flash for Apple iBook G4 PPC running 10.4.11 in Firefox 3.6.24 or Safari 4.1.3 ;-)
So your solution is to take a perfectly good PowerPC computer and let it rot in a landfill because the people at Adobe are refusing to support it? That's a horrible solution. I can't think of a worse way to run a society. My powerPC is perfectly good. It does everything it needs to do. I use it for music composing and editing. I don't have thousands of dollars and weeks of time to replace it. But more importantly, even if i did i'd rather spend it on something more productive. It's truly pitiful that our society has come to this. I greatly despise anyone who thinks this is how we should run our world, building endless supply of stuff that becomes useless after just a few years. My powerPC is absolutely fine. The only problem with it is Adobe. They're the ones that are breaking it.
If your on a mac 10.5.8 PPC and you want your Flash Player to work in Safari. Uninstall flash player, restart your mac ( Very important it clears buffer), then install Flash Player 10.1.85.3, this version only, any other 10.1 version will get stuck in buffer mode. Will not work.
You can find it in Archives at Flash Player web site. All the best!
Will not work on facebook. Download the browser "TenfourFox" it is designed for
Mac PowerPc's that does not have intel. Although it may not open any links on
facebook.......but you can go directly to the link such as youtube and it will
open music videos, etc.... Hope this helps!!!!
This post was for getting the music player in Mysace to work. Yes
your right, they updated facebook and the video's no longer work for
flash Player 10.1. But if you use Safari, you can highlight the script,
go to youtube, paste it in, and the video's will play. All the best.
Thanks myadobe22, I usually right click & open in a new window. But now I've had problems on websites where I can't watch videos at all. If you have a PPC could you try the video on this webpage Lotus Cars - Lotus Esprit & let me know if it worked for you. I get a dim message "click here to install Flash Player"
ps I'm not sure what you are referring to about the music player in myspace, maybe you meant to answer a different post
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Mark & everybody else, I found this fix on youtube, I tested the above page Lotus Cars - Lotus Esprit and on facebook & it worked. Go to Flash Player fix for Mac PPC - YouTube then click where it says "Show more" below the video & click on the link or click here to download http://www.steelbin.com/FPforFBPPC.zip
Vincent, that Tenfourfox maybe fast but, won't let any plugins work with their browser.
Hope this helps,
IF YOUR STILL HAVING FLASH PLAYER ISSUES ON YOUR POWER PC GO TO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCrAKhv3R_c
Watch his video he has a fix and it WORKS BEAUTIFULLY ON MY mac (I'M RUNNING OS X 10.5.8)