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    Safari Not Playing YouTube Videos
    I have been using safari for as long as i've had a mac and have never encountered any issues until now. When i log onto YouTube and try to watch a video, it says that I need the latest flash player or that I have Java turned off. I have installed Adobe Flash Player six times and have checked to make sure that Java and Java scripts are turned on. Help?

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    Check your configurations, any firewalls or antivirus that might be causing this issue, or another program

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    As a test, does YouTube work through say Firefox ?.

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    delete -> [username]/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist

    this will reset your settings like home page but not your bookmarks, cookies or saved passwords.

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    On mine. Firefox works, but safari does not. Does not tell me I need flashplayer; it just gives me a black box where the video should be and does nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shervieux View Post
    On mine. Firefox works, but safari does not. Does not tell me I need flashplayer; it just gives me a black box where the video should be and does nothing.
    I have the exact same problem..would really appreciate a response.

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    There are a couple threads on this. We have been back and forth about what it could be. After 2 visits to the genius bar, 1st solution: add the click to flash extension through Safari (I didn't like that), the 2nd most recent solution (as of today at the genius bar) is to turn back to 32 bit from 64 bit. Apparently Youtube and a few others will be updating their entire system to 64 in the near future. For now, leave it on 32 and it will not affect anything.

    I was in the same boat. It was working fine then all of a sudden it stopped. I switched my safari back to 32 bit and no problems.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MTLREP1 View Post
    I have the exact same problem..would really appreciate a response.
    Hi MTLREP1. Someone suggested above to delete the safari.plist file. However, I found it did not exist on my computer. Other people suggested this, and that seemed to work for them:

    applications -safari-more info- click to: open in a 32-bit mode.

    What worked for me:

    To delete Safari's icon cache using the Finder, open your user folder, navigate to ~/Library/Safari/ and move this file "webpageIcons.db to the Trash

    If you google around - you will see that this is a problem that started with safari in the beginning of February. Even a google employee noted it. The good news. Google is trying to find a permanate fix for safari users. The bad news - all they came up with so far are temporary work-around solutions. It appears it may be related to the switch from flash to HTML5.

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    I bet if you did a search, you'd find a really good, recent thread that has the fix for all this....

    Just saying...
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    Google messed something up
    I had the exact same issue.

    I was able to resolve it in 2 manners: either change the user agent in Safari to something other then default - I used Safari 5 Windows - or as mentioned earlier run Safari in 32 bit mode. It seems to be an issue on Google's side, hope they fix this soon.

    edit:
    Actually it seems to be an issue with Adobe:
    http://forums.adobe.com/thread/793304?tstart=-1

    Google is trying to use Adobe's new API for Stage Video, this seems to causing issues with some 64 bit Safari installations on older Macbooks. GMA 945 and GMA X3100 especially.

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    YouTube works on my Imac, but the iPad won't play them most of the time. It says to update the flash player, but when I try to do that, it says the update won't work on my device. That's pretty sad because I like You Tube, my kids post videos of my grand kids there.

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    Macs should not have any problem playing flash videos, but iPads did not originally support flash and will probably have problems with YouTube unless you're watching a video in HTML5.

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    Apple needs to step up to the plate with the iPad. People paying $500.00 to $1000.00 for an iPad are going to want to watch videos on it I would think.

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    Who's paying $1000 for an iPad?

    And I have absolutely no problem watching videos on my iPad, I do it all the time.
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