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could not find flash.ocx

Jul 30, 2006 7:27 PM

For the past few days, I've been getting an error "could not find the file 'flash.ocx.'" There is a button for OK and nothing else.

I recently upgraded to flash 9 so I could run a game, and have been receiving the error ever since.

I've tried uninstalling and restarting, then re-installing and restarting. I've looked at websites all over the internet hoping to find some sort of fix but couldn't find many other people having the same issue, and couldn't find an answer. I found a registry fix but running that did not work. I even tried installing flash 8, and it still was giving me the error. I found that the error was showing up every five minutes and only when the computer was idle, never when I was doing something. It also seemed to disable my screensaver, which I assume uses flash. My screensaver, apparently, is the program trying to access this and failing. Sure enough, going into my screensaver options and chosing to preview this particular screensaver showed me the error. I deleted and re-installed this screensaver (from an official website, it's the stargate atlantis official screensaver) and still am receiving the error.

Changing my default screensaver to a windows XP one works fine. Now that I've worked around it, it's not a big issue but I'd still like to know if anyone knows what could be wrong. Could there be something wrong with my version of flash, could it be corrupted somehow, or is it the actual screensaver? Could the screensaver be looking for something in an earlier flash version and not playing well with flash9? I just don't want this to become a problem in the future, and I hope it helps a few out who are having this issue as well.
 
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    Aug 2, 2006 5:55 PM   in reply to starstealinggirl
    I've got the same error on XP SP2 (fully patched) with the offical Ford Mustang screensaver. Also, none of the flash/javascript on MLB.com works.

    Solutions would be great.
     
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    Aug 3, 2006 7:22 AM   in reply to starstealinggirl
    ERROR "could not find the file Macromedia Flash"

    I am having the exact same problem and it is driving me nuts! I've uninstalled, reinstalled you name it. The screen saver I'm using is the blank screen so there is no need for flash there. Every time I reinstall Flash 9 is says it has been installed successfully and even has the flash display, yet when I go to some sites it tells me I need to install flash. I don't know and no one seems to have a solution......PLEASE HELP!!!!!
     
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    Aug 3, 2006 10:05 AM   in reply to Nikki_Tatts

    I believe I have figured out the solution. Go to this "Uninstaller Link"and click on "download the windows uninstaller."
    Follow the prompts and completely uninstall the player and Active X. Once this is done go to download Flash Player 9 and it will install the complete version instead of the updates which have been problematic.
     
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    Aug 4, 2006 6:44 PM   in reply to Nikki_Tatts
    i've gone through all the steps above plus about 30 others with no success and i still get the same "flash.ocx" error. i've uninstalled flash player and shockwave and reinstalled them both repetedly. i've finally given up on trying to run anything other than a Windows® screen saver becasue this new player upgrade is clearly sub-par and can't handle the simple opperation. what i don't understand is why there is a "flash9.ocx" file in C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash. is that the replacement for this missing file that isn't communicating with the older applications like the flash screen savers that everyone's having a problem with? adobe needs to rethink their upgrades before releasing them, especially if they aren't much of an "upgrade" at all. ANY help to solve this issue would be much appreciated.
     
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    Aug 6, 2006 10:38 AM   in reply to vèédub
    I think I solved the problem.

    I went to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash and copied "Flash9.ocx" and then pasted it back in the same directory. This created "Copy of Flash9.ocx" which I then renamed to "Flash.ocx." (Thus I had "Flash.ocx" and "Flash9.ocx", both the same file with a different name in the same directory.) Everything in IE seems to be working normally now; I'm not sure yet about my screensaver, but time will tell.
     
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    Aug 6, 2006 3:56 PM   in reply to svtdragon
    genius! i tried renaming the file from "flash9.ocx" to "flash.ocx" but it wouldn't let me because it is a read-only file. never thought of copying it and renaming though. worked perfectly. my screen saver worked in the "screen saver preview," now i just gotta wait 5 minutes to see if it really works. thanks for the help.
     
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    Aug 7, 2006 6:19 PM   in reply to vèédub

    I've uninstalled Flash9 and not reinstalled it but still I have the "Can not find Macromedia Flash" pop up when idle which is driving me mad !! I don't have a C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\Flash9.ocx anymore to try the above workaround as obviously I've unstalled, but I did find a c:\program files\common files\aol\flasha.ocx ? Is anyone else with this problem also running AOL ?

     
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    Aug 7, 2006 6:57 PM   in reply to hexagon4
    quote:

    Originally posted by: hexagon4

    I've uninstalled Flash9 and not reinstalled it but still I have the "Can not find Macromedia Flash" pop up when idle which is driving me mad !!
    wouldn't the first step to trouble shooting be to reinstall it? i mean, logically speaking...
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    Originally posted by: hexagon4

    I don't have a C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash\Flash9.ocx anymore to try the above workaround as obviously I've unstalled
    reinstall it
    also, this is not an AOL problem, as it is occuring on your desktop at idle. the problem, as mentioned before, is on your C:\ drive. completely uninstall ALL flash player software, reboot, and reinstall flash player 9. then do the previously mentioned fix.
     
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    Aug 7, 2006 7:31 PM   in reply to vèédub
    Hi vèédub,

    Yes I've already tired uninstalling and then reinstalling, at the moment I'm trying leaving it uninstalled but it obviously doesn't remove itself completely as the error message still pops up when my PC is idle

    I only suggested it maybe connected to AOL as flasha.ocx is in the AOL program files folder. I don't know, I'm running out of ideas of things to try without hacking the registry to death !!

    Steve
     
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    Aug 8, 2006 4:55 PM   in reply to hexagon4
    http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/knowledgebase/index.cfm?id=tn_14157 go here for the uninstaller, assuming you had flash 8 player prior to installing the flash 9 upgrade. have you tried copying "flasha.ocx" and pasting a copy in the same folder as it's original location but renaming it to "flash.ocx?" that might solve your problem. go through all the steps of COMPLETELY removing flash and reinstalling it and go from there. if that doesn't solve your problem, try contacting adobe directly. good luck.
     
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    Aug 8, 2006 7:05 PM   in reply to hexagon4
    "at the moment I'm trying leaving it uninstalled but it obviously doesn't remove itself completely as the error message still pops up when my PC is idle"



    As was said above, in order to fix it you're going to need to reinstall it. You can't leave it uninstalled unless you want to try to uninstall whatever app is trying to access it as well, because either way, the problem is that the app isn't finding Flash, not that Flash isn't there.

    It doesn't even matter if you've uninstalled it correctly; just reinstall over what you have.

    The problem is not the flash player itself when you get a "not found" error. The problem is that whatever program you have that's looking for flash is looking for it as "flash.ocx" and not "flash9.ocx". There was just a stupid renaming on Adobe's part as of the upgrade.

    By REinstalling Flash 9 and then copying and renaming the file, you're giving whatever app that's trying to access Flash (and isn't having any luck) something to find and work with. So if you want to stop getting the error message, either reinstall it and do the above fix, or try going into start->run->type "msconfig" and hit enter, go to the startup tab, and start unchecking stuff one/a few at a time to see what's trying to access it (by process of elimination). Of course, since it's on idle, it could very well be your screensaver so try disabling that first.

    I'd recommend just reinstalling flash 9, and doing the copy/rename.
     
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    Aug 9, 2006 11:29 PM   in reply to starstealinggirl
    Copy & Rename "flash9.ocx" to "flash.ocx"... Has anyone experienced the issue with Flash9 not recognizing IE when installing , but automatically registers Mozilla? Then when you browse for IE and slect the directory for plug-ins (which Macromedia asks for) it dislays the message plug-ins not found in the directory (although the folder is clearly there). Why is it that ver.7 works in Mozilla, but not IE and version 8 will not even attempt to install on IE?
     
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    Sep 7, 2006 12:08 PM   in reply to Nikki_Tatts
    quote:

    Originally posted by: Nikki Tatts

    I believe I have figured out the solution. Go to this "Uninstaller Link"and click on "download the windows uninstaller."
    Follow the prompts and completely uninstall the player and Active X. Once this is done go to download Flash Player 9 and it will install the complete version instead of the updates which have been problematic.



    I did this and it still did not work for me.

    I uninstalled the screensaver and downloaded a new one, works fine now!
     
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    Nov 17, 2006 4:00 AM   in reply to covergerl
    I had this same issue. Which I noticed when my screensaver tried to start.
    It started after Microsoft did one of their usual upgrades (or downgrades in this case!).

    I tried everything... and nearly gave up.
    In the end, this worked.
    1. uninstall the screensaver
    2. uninstall flash (using the adobe uninstaller mentioned in one of the above posts)
    3. reinstall the screensaver

    Job done.
     
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    Nov 17, 2006 4:43 AM   in reply to starstealinggirl
    Hhhmm.. well job "was done", but straight afterwards, MS updated AGAIN and created the same fault.
    Typical MS.
     
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    Jan 13, 2007 7:29 AM   in reply to starstealinggirl
    Had the same problem here - "Error - Can not find the Macromedia Flash". I was using LCARS System47 screensaver from mewho.com. It's an excellent and stable screensaver, and the best free one I've found with dual-monitor support. Adobe auto-updated Flash after I'd installed the screensaver, and that's when I started getting the error. So I thought maybe System47 was using Flash. I went back to mewho.com, got the latest install, installed over the existing, and my problem is solved. My kudos to Adobe and mewho.com for staying on top of things. (Adobe may not have replied to questions in this forum, but how could they know? It would be impossible for them to test every one of the possibly millions of real-world scenarios. But their products are always top-notch and well-supported.) Hope this helps.
     
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    Feb 23, 2007 7:57 PM   in reply to vèédub
    quote:

    Originally posted by: vèédub
    genius! i tried renaming the file from "flash9.ocx" to "flash.ocx" but it wouldn't let me because it is a read-only file. never thought of copying it and renaming though. worked perfectly. my screen saver worked in the "screen saver preview," now i just gotta wait 5 minutes to see if it really works. thanks for the help.


    I would like to second this opinion! Genius might just be an understatement! I did everything Adobe said to do first with no success at all. Then I tried this technique and viola it is now perfect!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For anyone out there having the same problem, try this! It will save your sanity!!!
     
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    Feb 24, 2007 8:37 AM   in reply to pelinaca1
    quote:

    Originally posted by: pelinaca1
    quote:

    Originally posted by: vèédub
    genius! i tried renaming the file from "flash9.ocx" to "flash.ocx" but it wouldn't let me because it is a read-only file. never thought of copying it and renaming though. worked perfectly. my screen saver worked in the "screen saver preview," now i just gotta wait 5 minutes to see if it really works. thanks for the help.


    I would like to second this opinion! Genius might just be an understatement! I did everything Adobe said to do first with no success at all. Then I tried this technique and viola it is now perfect!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For anyone out there having the same problem, try this! It will save your sanity!!!



    I have to agree with this... It seems awfully "hacky", but it works! (so far, anyway). I find it pretty amazing that Adobe has not fixed this bug in an update. Most likely it would only require fixing one line of code. I wondered what might happen to Macromedia's stuff after the big buy-out... perhaps this is a side effect? Maybe some things are not being watched as closely as they once were?

    veg
     
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    Apr 13, 2007 3:38 PM   in reply to vegtabill
    Try this it worked for me...

    Flash">http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html[L=Flash player 9 debugger version
     
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    Apr 20, 2007 4:48 PM   in reply to svtdragon
    From one dragon to another, Thank you Svtdragon! All fixed, annoying message is gone and everything is working fine!

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    Originally posted by: svtdragon
    I think I solved the problem.

    I went to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash and copied "Flash9.ocx" and then pasted it back in the same directory. This created "Copy of Flash9.ocx" which I then renamed to "Flash.ocx." (Thus I had "Flash.ocx" and "Flash9.ocx", both the same file with a different name in the same directory.) Everything in IE seems to be working normally now; I'm not sure yet about my screensaver, but time will tell.


     
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    Apr 25, 2007 2:25 PM   in reply to Jadegreendragon70
    Same problem! I am not downloading any more updates from a company that that has screwed up my computer so many times.
     
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    May 28, 2007 7:28 PM   in reply to svtdragon
    I tried your solution, and it worked! Thanks!
     
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    Aug 7, 2007 8:22 AM   in reply to vegtabill
    Thanks to all. This seemed to work thus far!!!
     
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    Oct 28, 2007 10:31 AM   in reply to al234
    AWESOME!! works!!

    quote:

    Originally posted by: svtdragon
    I think I solved the problem.

    I went to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash and copied "Flash9.ocx" and then pasted it back in the same directory. This created "Copy of Flash9.ocx" which I then renamed to "Flash.ocx." (Thus I had "Flash.ocx" and "Flash9.ocx", both the same file with a different name in the same directory.) Everything in IE seems to be working normally now; I'm not sure yet about my screensaver, but time will tell.



    I had the same problem after Flash9 player upgrade. Was thinking its some virus..
    but anyways, your solution worked for me.. I didn't have Flash9.ocx but had Flash9b.ocx and Flash9c.ocx, with the C version 0.01mb larger in size. I duplicated the C version and renamed it to Flash.ocx, and now the same screensaver works just fine!! :)

    thanks.. you rock!
     
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    Nov 24, 2007 4:44 AM   in reply to svtdragon
    "Originally posted by: svtdragon
    I think I solved the problem.

    I went to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash and copied "Flash9.ocx" and then pasted it back in the same directory. This created "Copy of Flash9.ocx" which I then renamed to "Flash.ocx." (Thus I had "Flash.ocx" and "Flash9.ocx", both the same file with a different name in the same directory.) Everything in IE seems to be working normally now; I'm not sure yet about my screensaver, but time will tell."

    I tried this and it still did not work :-( this was one of the first tricks I tried, then I went through my entire regedit file and removed all references to flash that did not pertain to anything system related, and still had it come up when I rebooted.
     
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    Dec 13, 2007 7:20 PM   in reply to svtdragon
    Thanks ; Its working ; great ideas always accepted .
     
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    Dec 15, 2007 9:58 AM   in reply to sanjumc27
    Downloaded screensaver from Moet Chandon website last week. No problems until a couple of days ago, when I got the ugly "cannot find Flash.ocx file" box! Checked out the comments on here, so decided to revert to previous screensaver I was using (from 'My Pictures' file). Eureka!! No more error box now.

    Thanks guys for the info!

     
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    Dec 20, 2007 6:38 PM   in reply to svtdragon
    Hey you!!!
    After looking and loooking I found this...and it worked for me!!!!!!

    Go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash and copy “Flash9.ocx” (may be named a little different) and then paste it back in the same directory. Rename the copied one “flash.ocx” and everything will be cool!

    Hope it works, and if it does, spread it out!!!!!

    Regards

    Feibian
     
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    Feb 25, 2008 11:30 AM   in reply to hexagon4
    Hola:Descagué macromedia flash9 y se instaló bien pero ahora surge una ventana con el mensaje"Could not fin macromedia flash". Flash está instalado en windows/system 32/macromed/Flash 9..S.O. Windows XP.POr favor,necesito una solución a este entuerto.Gracias.
     
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    Jul 14, 2008 8:17 AM   in reply to rmum
    Go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash and copy “Flash9.ocx” (may be named a little different) and then paste it back in the same directory. Rename the copied one “flash.ocx” and everything will be cool!

    Ve a Go to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash y copia “Flash9.ocx” (puede tener un nombre un poco diferente) y copialo (copy). Luego haz una copia (paste) en el mismo directorio. Re-nombra esa copia (rename)
    con el nombre de “flash.ocx” . Vas a tener dos files iguales pero con nombres diferentes (“Flash9.ocx” y “flash.ocx” ). Esto te resuelve el problema.

    Suerte!!!
     
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    Jul 30, 2008 7:30 AM   in reply to svtdragon
    Hi svtdragon, I was having exactly the same problem. Testing the screen saver gave Can not find the Macromedia Flash. I copied the Flash9f.ocx, renamed it to Flash.ocx and my screensaver from Breitling workes again, but my desktop pic disappeared. Less problem though than the other. Now I will have to wait and see if I got rid of the very irritating Can not find ... Thanks for the solution. Bill Cody, 7/30/08
     
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    Jul 30, 2008 7:54 AM   in reply to starstealinggirl
    Hi svtdragon,
    I started having the Can not find ... after visiting a TV broadcasting site, where I was prompted to upgrade my Flash. To fix it, I copied Flash9f.ocx, as you said, and renamed it Flash.ocx in the Flash directory. Voila, my Breitling screensaver works again and no more Can not find the Macromedia Flash signs. Good Indian medicine. Thanks. It has to be a Stetson!
    Bill Cody, 7/30/08
     
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    Aug 1, 2008 3:08 PM   in reply to Bill_Cody
    I have the same problem, butt the error message says can't find SWFLASH.OCX.....can i do the same thing? Copy and then change the Flash9f.ocx to swflash.ocx?

    I have another problem, in the "Add and Remove Programs" list, the Adobe Flash Player 9 disapear, i just have Adobe Flash Player ActiveX. What can i do?
     
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    Aug 5, 2008 6:25 PM   in reply to svtdragon
    svtdragon - You are a genius TY so very much!! My moms computer was doing the same thing and you helped me fix the problem!!
     
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    Jan 29, 2009 10:58 PM   in reply to starstealinggirl
    Hey I just wanted to tell you how to fix your problem...Ok, first do this go to (local dick C.) then locate windows next locate file system 32 now if you done correctly you should be able to find macromedia it is a file which contains flash files once in this file check to see if you have this file Flash9.ocx if not you will have to download if you don't have it see if you have this file Flash.ocx.Now Flash.ocx is basically an old version of flash if you download Flash9.ocx you can simply replace it and rename it flash.ocx here I will make it simple for you...

    To do this:
    1. Browse to the C:\Windows\System32\Macromed\Flash folder.
    2. Locate the flash9.ocx file and right click it and select copy.
    3. Right click in a blank spot of the same folder and select paste.
    4. You will then find you have a file called Copy of Flash9.ocx in the folder.
    5. Right click the new file and select rename and rename to flash.ocx


    If you need a good place to find a download for Flash9.ocx use CNET.com simply put in the Flash9.ocx name and you should see a list you will have to download a what seems to be a registry fixer and that should fix your problem!!!!
     
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    Mar 19, 2009 12:08 PM   in reply to svtdragon
    I was getting the Can not find the Macromedia Flash (something like that) dialogue when my screensaver attempted to activate. Uninstalling/Re-installing the flash player per Adobe's instructions did not solve the problem, but svtdragon's work-around below (as well as similar posts) did. In my case, it was Flash10b.ocx (on Win XP SP2) that needed to be renamed. Thanks, svtdragon!

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    Originally posted by: svtdragon
    I think I solved the problem.

    I went to C:\WINDOWS\system32\Macromed\Flash and copied "Flash9.ocx" and then pasted it back in the same directory. This created "Copy of Flash9.ocx" which I then renamed to "Flash.ocx." (Thus I had "Flash.ocx" and "Flash9.ocx", both the same file with a different name in the same directory.) Everything in IE seems to be working normally now; I'm not sure yet about my screensaver, but time will tell.
     
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    Mar 19, 2009 3:58 PM   in reply to starstealinggirl
    Your screensaver is calling flash in a way not compatible with the latest update. Go back to a screensaver shipped with windows. There is nothing wrong with Flash or your computer.
     
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