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Working around the 10.7 Lion Flash Player settings bug

Oct 21, 2011 11:09 AM

Tags: #settings #lion #mac

Here's some steps that should help:

 

Settings UI - Display Tab


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You should be able to modify the hardware acceleration option when Flash Player is in full screen mode. Try the following steps:

  1. Open a YouTube video in the browser.
  2. Expand to full screen mode.
  3. Right click on the video to invoke Flash Player Context menu, then click on ‘Settings’ to invoke Flash Player settings UI. (Note that you may need to do this twice if Settings UI is not invoked by the first click.)
  4. The settings UI should be clickable in fullscreen mode. Go to the Display tab and try enabling/disabling hardware acceleration. Click the ‘Close’ button to close Settings UI. (Note that this should be done while the YouTube video is playing.)
  5. Switch back to window mode. If you invoke the Settings UI again, you can verify that your previous setting in step 4. has been applied.

 

 

Settings UI - Privacy Tab


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Settings on this Tab can be worked around by using the Flash Player native control panel's Camera and Microphone tabs.  See this video for more details.

 

 

Settings UI - Local Storage Tab


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Most settings on this tab can be worked around by setting them in Flash Player's native control panel's Storage tab, except for setting the local storage limit.  One common case you may encounter is the "Local Storage" pop-up window that will appear if a website is requesting to store information on your computer.


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Unfortunately, due to the current bug that effects some iMacs you're unable to click the Allow or Deny buttons. To temporarily avoid this pop-up window, we can do the following steps in Flash Player's native control panel (NCP)

  1. Click on the ‘Storage’ tab in the NCP
  2. Select 'Allow sites to save information on this computer' if you want to allow the website to store information on your machine.
  3. Close the NCP and reload the website in browser.  No pop-up window should appear.

To change local storage settings by site do the following steps in the NCP:

  1. Click on the ‘Storage’ tab in the NCP.
  2. Click on the 'Local Storage Settings by Site…' button, a dialog will appear that allows you to specify local storage settings for individual sites.
  3. For each website in the list, you can set ‘Storage Access’ to Allow or Block.

To change the local storage limit we can use the Website Storage Settings panel.fpsettingsmanager.png

  1. Click on a specific website where you'd like to change the storage limit, for example, my.adobeconnect.com
  2. Move the slider to set storage limit for this website.
  3. Refresh the ‘Website Storage Settings panel’ in the browser for the settings to take effect.

Settings UI – Microphone
9-25-2011 6-41-10 PM.pngYou should be able to modify the microphone options when Flash Player is in full screen mode.  Here’s an example using Google Talk (you should be able to do this with any full screen Flash content).

  1. Initiate a Google Talk session.
  2. Switch to full screen chat mode.
  3. Right click on the chat area to invoke Flash Player Context menu, then click on ‘Settings’ to invoke Flash Player settings UI. (Note that you may need to do this twice if the Settings UI is not invoked by the first click.)
  4. Now the Settings UI should be fully clickable.
  5. Exit from full screen mode. If you invoke Settings UI again, you should see you settings have taken effect

Settings UI – Camera
9-25-2011 6-41-26 PM.pngYou should be able to modify the camera options when Flash Player is in full screen mode.  Here’s an example using Google Talk (you should be able to do this with any full screen Flash content).

  1. Initiate a Google Talk session.
  2. Switch to full screen chat mode.
  3. Right click on the chat area to invoke Flash Player Context menu, then click on ‘Settings’ to invoke Flash Player settings UI. (Note that you may need to do this twice if the Settings UI is not invoked by the first click.)
  4. The Settings UI should be fully clickable.
  5. Exit from full screen mode. If you invoke Settings UI again, you should see you settings have taken effect
 
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