Plug ins



  • I doubt if anyone has an easy answer for me but here goes. I have recently changed from Chrome to Vivaldi and was very impressed initially. But then I came across problem number one that I mentioned in a previous post, that there is clearly no solution to, and that is the fact that the browser cannot support casting to the Google Chromecast. As so many people use that these days to watch stuff on the tv that's a pretty big minus! Now I come up against another problem, I have tried watching some videos online and it tells me that I need to install Flash Player. I thought that was odd as I must already have it installed to have been watching them before. So I go through all the hassle of installing it and then guess what it doesn't work! I have looked up on the forum and seen some of the stuff about plug ins not being of a certain type, then it tells you to go to tools then plug ins. I can't even find tools!! I'm not that tekkie I'm just an average guy and I need something to pretty much work straight out of the box or I'm goosed. I didn't have all this hassle when I switched to Chrome from IS, it all just worked automatically. Unless someone can give me some simple steps I can take to get this browser to do all the normal stuff with no hassle then it looks like I am back to Chrome. Thanks



  • If you do not have the menu showing, then click on the V icon (top left of browser).
    This opens a drop down menu with Tools as (4 th) option.
    Under Tools you should find the option "Plugins page"
    There you should see Flash Player listed.

    If not, go to http://www.adobe.com and get Flash Player (for Google Chrome) - be sure to untick the option for any extras (such as Mcafee or Google Chrome in the second "tile") you don't want them just now :)

    If that doesn't get your videos playing. it would be useful if you gave us the address of the site as it may be a different problem.



  • @mikethebike:

    … the browser cannot support casting to the Google Chromecast. As so many people use that these days to watch stuff on the tv that's a pretty big minus! ...
    I have tried watching some videos online and it tells me that I need to install Flash Player. I thought that was odd as I must already have it installed to have been watching them before. ... I have looked up on the forum and seen some of the stuff about plug ins not being of a certain type, then it tells you to go to tools then plug ins. ... Unless someone can give me some simple steps I can take to get this browser to do all the normal stuff with no hassle then it looks like I am back to Chrome. Thanks

    @TbGbe has given you some "simple steps". I can give you some background.

    The Google Chromecast issue, as noted in the other thread, exists because that is a proprietary feature of Google's browser and is likely to remain so. All those folks using Chromecast are using Google's browser to do it. Think in terms of "patents"… if a company owns a patent, others can't use it unless they pay royalties to do so (which are often intentionally set quite high). There are other 'casts', but only one Google Chromecast.

    The Flash player issue occurs because the underlying framework on which many browsers are now built (chromium/Blink) will only accept a newer design of Flash player (PPAPI) that's highly restricted in what it can do to your system files, compared with the older NPAPI kind of Flash players. This is intended to provide improved security to your system, since coding flaws in Flash have long been one of the biggest single avenues for malicious software to exploit in hacking into your system. The newer design is intended to better keep malware out of your system when viewing Flash material. Because the two kinds of Flash player are so different from each other, browsers must be designed to only work with one or the other.

    FYI, Adobe itself announced in November that they are moving away from the Flash concept, starting early in 2016; after that, while it will be supported for a time, it will no longer be feature-developed. The web is already moving away from Flash toward other video concepts, like HTML5 and H.264, that are/will be included in browser designs. Flash usage by websites has reportedly already declined to around 10%.


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