I've tried hunting through other forum posts, tutorials and
being abused by bitter Middle Eastern 'web helpers' in chatrooms -
and still no joy... maybe you know the answer! My level of
knowledge with Flash is fairly good, but limited when it comes to
Well i've built quite a weighty SWF that has buttons that
play audio, and it's to be embedded in a web page. I need a
preloader for it, but from investigation i've found out that it'd
need to be an external one as the main SWF is so big. I'd ideally
like it to be a simple one using the Flash components (oh, i'm
using Flash 8 - and my end users will hopefully need Flash player 6
I thought i'd solved it as the test movie and publish work a
treat, but when it's in the real web page, the bar doesn't move,
then the main movie eventually loads anyway, and both graphics are
You can see what happens at the moment with this link -
you're looking for the blue box just on the left hand side, just
Now, either 1 of 2 things would have happened - and this is
where the confusion arises!
ONE - The above issue (bar doesn't movie, then movie loads and you
see it all at once).
TWO - It works fine! I see it not working at my home PC, but works
fine at work! Is this to do with the IE update with the ActiveX
controls ho harr? At home i'm running the latest IE update, but i
don't think work are - they're on Ver. 6.0.2600
To get around the IE update issue of that grey box appearing
around the Flash movie, i'ved added the following script into the
But one thing i noticed when the page seemed to operate
properly on my work pc, is that even though the 2 boxes of buttons
(the "VOICES" on the left and "MUSIC" on the right) are roughly the
same file size, the MUSIC set (with no preloader yet) actually
loads much quicker, and the VOICES seems to take much longer now!!
So, my questions...
1) What happens when YOU clck on the link? And do you have
any idea why there may be a difference in what the user
2) In the case where the preloader DOES work, is there
anything that can be done to quicken up the loading?
3) In the case where the preloader DOESN'T work, what could
be done to fix that? Is it something you've come across before?
I know i've rambled on a lot here, but i wanted to give you
as much info as possible first. If you need anything else to help
you better understand the issue - like the action script i've used
in the preloader etc, please let me know.