23 Mar 2013

What’s up with Flash?

Posted by dumpendebat

Last October, I got so frustrated with constant Shockwave Flash crashes that I had to quit using Google Chrome and go back to Firefox.

Now it looks like it’s happening again… The Flash plugin for Firefox is getting crashtastic, and since the latest update (yesterday), I can’t watch most embedded videos. They crap out after trying to load for one second or so, displaying an error: VE_FMS_CONNECT_FAILED.

What’s up with this?

UPDATE 2013/03/23, 14:12 EDT

Well, never mind, readers. Further investigation revealed that the problem had nothing to do with Firefox or Flash. The culprit was Symantec Norton 360, which had apparently gotten itself badly befuddled, several days ago, while trying to run a background task, and it had crashed (silently, of course, so that I had no clue anything was wrong with it). The problem persisted through at least one system reboot, so that Norton 360 was unable to start itself back up properly. I was also having problems with Google Drive for the past couple of days (I could access it through my web browser, but not from the Drive application on my computer), which should have been a clue to me that the problem was deeper than I thought, but I didn’t wise up until today. What a pain.

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