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Tech Idea Thursday: Cure For Green Garbled Flash Videos


This is the story about a garbled video and finding its cure.  If Google sent you over here, I’m guessing you’re having some video trouble.  Does this screen shot look familiar?  If so, you’re in the right place for a solution.

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Back-story:

I follow @TotusMel  on Twitter.  Her tatting work is amongst the best I’ve ever seen and a lot of it is nicely steam punky.  I’m not as involved with the steam punk scene as I’d like to be, and I don’t create as much steam punky stuff as others, but I do drool.  Drop by and visit her blog and if you’re a steam punk fan, check out her wunderkamer too.  I totally recommend her work, blog and all.

Anyway, she posted the link of an awesome project video from Air Pirates the other day.  If you’re into Sci-Fi and steam punk, go check them out.  They need our help to save the world!  (Hmmm… wonder if the t-shirt comes in women’s…)

Since @TotusMel always has interesting things to post, generally if she posts a video, I’m pretty sure I’m going to enjoy it.

I clicked on over to watch the video and then it happened.

I got this:

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This same kind of garbled video appeared on my screen earlier this week too, while trying to watch a video on meditation.  The picture was all garbled, but not the sound.  Confusing, but I figured it was some sort of file corruption on the video itself.

However, when I tried to watch the Air Pirate video, here I was seeing it again. Garbled video, but the sound was fine.

It was confusing at first, because in this case, the fictional audio script indicated that “someone from the future” was trying to contact the past and it was written to include the idea that the characters were having trouble with their video feed!  (I’ll say!)

I played the video a few times, same thing.
A garbled mass of pixelated goo.

However, it just didn’t seem right not to be able to see anything.  I tried other videos and didn’t have a problem seeing most of them, but then certain ones – yep, all green and garbled.  Something’s going on here, and I suspected it had something to do with Adobe after the recent update.

Turns out it was the Flash player.  And I discovered a fix.  It’s simple, quick and doesn’t require a reboot either.  So if you have experienced this, read on so you can get back to watching those videos.  NOW!

First, right-click on the offending video.  You can pause the video, or not.  Doesn’t really matter.  It should bring up an Adobe Flash Player window that looks like this.  Click on “settings.”

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After clicking on “settings” it will bring up a window that looks like this.

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Un-check the box that says “enable hardware acceleration.”  Then click “close.”

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Lastly, refresh your page and voilà: you’ll be in business and get to see what you’ve been missing!

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Save the Air Pirates! Go to http://AirPirates.org!

Now you’re ready to go!  I can’t post videos directly on my blog hosted here at WordPress.com, or I would totally embed the Air Pirates video in my post (they have the code on their site to share).  But if you’re curious, head over to their website, enjoy the fun and support their cause.

Later y’all!

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Tech Help For Crafters In A Left-Brain World: IP Address Conflict


Tech Ideas For Right-Brainers

Alright, I know I’m not the only one who works with computers, yet doesn’t always understand the problems that can arise.  It’s actually pretty common in the artistic, right-brain type worlds – after all we’re wired for music and art, not necessarily programming.  But we all know by now that we have to market and connect by using computers, even if we aren’t computer experts ourselves.  So I’ll try to share tips and fixes as I experience and come across them, in layman’s terms.

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Today’s insight comes from personal experience: when a little bubble pops up on your screen and tells you that your computer has an IP address conflict with another computer on your network.  What to do?

This didn’t become an issue for our family until the kids acquired wireless laptops for the ever-increasing demand for their school work.

Suddenly, we had fatal printing failures popping up every where.

Now if you’re like me, when a message like that appears, you’re wondering what the heck is up, you’re worried if someone has hacked into your computer and you have no idea what to do.

I just want my computer to work when I turn it on.  I didn’t know what the heck to do about a technical address.

Well, it took some doing, but I did find a fix and from my research it’s my understanding that unless you are using a wireless network, this probably doesn’t affect you much.  But in our case, where every family member has a computer, and everyone prints wirelessly to the only printer in the house AND they all connect to the internet wirelessly through our router, when that message pops up, someone is going to suddenly be unable to print their documents at all.  Not fun when homework is due the next day.  Not fun when a work deadline is due either. And especially not fun when none of the computers run on the same version of Windows either.

I came across a lot of ideas on fixes, ranging from rebooting to hand typing a new address (which I never did find out where that would be done anyway).  I found no solutions that were straight forward and made sense and worked for us.

Until I came across the simple command based type solution.  That makes sense to me.  It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s logical and it’s simple to understand.  And I come from the era of learning to program Atari computers in Basic and the world of PROFS when I worked at IBM (administrative), so yeah work with me – typing commands DOS style makes sense.

This fix was found in the recesses of Microsoft.com’s discussion areas (go figure).  I have since cleaned my caches and lost the link to it, or I’d share it with you.  Luckily I made myself notes in a Word file for reference, so here it is for your reference:

The fix at least for a PC:

First get an idea which computer(s) on your network probably have the conflict. If everything’s fine until dear daughter turns on her laptop, it’s a clue.

1. On the offending computer, open your start menu.  This is usually a button on the lower far left corner that says start, or displays a Microsoft flag on it.  Click it.

2. Then click on run.

3. Type “CMD” (with no quotes) and press enter.  This will open a black command box.

4.  At the command prompt type:  IPCONFIG/RELEASE.  Press enter.
(This releases the IP address your computer is currently using.  It’s possible this will take a few seconds for your computer to process.)

5. Then at a new prompt type: IPCONFIG/RENEW. Press enter.
(This will assign a new IP address to your computer.  It is possible this will also take your computer some time to process.)

And that’s it!  Done.  Works!  Isn’t it simple?  Doesn’t it make sense?  Once the command is carried out and your black screen shows you the new IP address, close the black command window and you will be back in business.  You don’t even have to restart your computer.

The why’s of how this IP conflict happens? Well, I’m not that technically educated in the matter, but from what I gather, our computers are generally set up to automatically assign each one a unique IP address to use while working on the wireless network.  This way each computer can be told apart as they all connect and print and do their things on the same network.  But occasionally, an IP address is duplicated.  When this happens, it causes computer confusion on the network as it looks like the same computer exists in two places.  And we all know from our sci-fi movies that this eventually leads to breakdown.  I don’t know all the ins and outs, but hey, I got this much and it seems to be a fairly common, yet benign problem.

So there you go, a not-so-easily-found quick little fix, for apparently a fairly common problem.  And no it won’t hurt your computer.  Hope you find this helpful and stay tuned for future tech ideas for the right-brain focused! Please remember to thumb this post up and share if you found it helpful!

So until next time… see you then! 😀

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