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Flash 10.1 crashes Safari, how to remove and reinstall

11 August 2010 9,273 views 6 Comments

Earlier today Adobe updated Flash, which promises improved security and radically better video playback performance for newer Macs. However, for this user at least, installing the new version of this ubiquitous and almost equally despised plugin led to repeated hard crashes in Safari that required me to force quite the browser — hello, frustration and lost data.

Flash Player, in addition to patching three vulnerabilities described as critical, takes Flash hardware accelerated video playback out of beta and makes it mainstream. That said, H.264 acceleration is available only to owners of new and recent Macs, specifically:

• MacBooks shipped after January 21, 2009
• Mac Minis shipped after March 3, 2009
• MacBook Pros shipped after October 14, 2008
• iMacs which shipped after the first quarter of 2009

After installing Flash Player on my 2007 iMac with ATI X1600 graphics running OS X 10.6.4, I experienced repeated hard crashes in Safari 5.0.1 that required me to force quit (Command + Option + Escape) the browser. Thankfully, Adobe offers a Flash uninstaller, which alleviated the immediate problem.

I re-installed the June golden master release of Flash 10.1 and that returned everything back to the insecure normal that is Flash.

Having troubles with Flash? If you’ve got a better workaround for Flash Player crashing, leave us a note in the comments.

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