where to get flashplayer

February 18, 2009 at 09:02:51
Specs: Windows 98 se, 1.495 GHz / 255 MB
Hi, I was recently given an old computer (tower only) that has windows 98se on it. I have never used 98 as am more familiar with xp. I have managed to get it up and running by removing trojans with Avast. I am unable to use a lot of sites because of the lack of flash player and ability to run javascript. Since M$ doesn't support 98 anymore and I am unfamiliar with it, where can I get at least flash player 8. Also,how do I enable javascript? I googled and searched the archives here, but everything is out dated.

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#1
February 18, 2009 at 09:14:48
www.adobe.com for the flash player. What version of IE are you running? That's where you'd enable java and scripting.

"So won’t you give this man his wings
What a shame
To have to beg you to see
We’re not all the same
What a shame" - Shinedown


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#2
February 18, 2009 at 09:37:52
Thanks for the reply. I looked at Adobe but could not find it for 98. I am unable to determine what version of IE I have. When I check the "about IE" the information is not listed. This machine belonged to an older gentleman, and heaven knows what he did to it since I found a lot of junk on it. He couldn't find the discs for it either. I am using it right now. I believe I have java and scripting enabled. I did update to java 1.5.0_17. Also tried in Netscape 9 as well.

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#3
February 18, 2009 at 10:23:23
Netscape 9 is somewhat outdated (and no longer supported). Last version of Firefox that works with '98 is 2.0.0.20. There should be a version of flash that works with it still available. IE6 was the last version of exploder to work with '98.

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#4
February 18, 2009 at 11:28:44
Of the "Big 3" web browsers for PCs (IE, Firefox, Opera) only the current version of Opera will still run on Win98SE. And even with Opera you should get an updated msimg32.dll (you can find it by searching on the web, just try and find what you feel is a reliable source), but the current Opera will run without it, a few things just won't display quite right. I use this version of Opera on Win98 and don't have any trouble using a current version of flashplayer.

As for the flash .flv files, which are what all the youtube and other online videos are, there is also a free, stand alone .flv player from Sothinkmedia.com which will run on Win98. It will allow you to download videos of interest and then just play them back on your computer.


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#5
February 18, 2009 at 11:30:09
When I looked in program files on my C drive, I did find references to IE6. There was a readme txt and a license txt that were about IE6 sp1. The reason I mentioned Netscape was that it was on there as well so I tried it too.

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#6
February 18, 2009 at 18:45:43
You don't have to hunt down a particular flashplayer version. Just go to:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

and it'll tell you what is available for your system. Most likely it'll say you can install 9.0.124.0. That's what I've got on my 98 machine.

Also you can check what version you have now by going to:

http://kb.adobe.com/selfservice/vie...


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#7
February 19, 2009 at 18:08:56
I really like this browser & opera, when I install 98 or Me

http://www.majorgeeks.com/K-Meleon_...

http://www.filehippo.com/download_f...

just installed Me this weekend on my nieces computer, quite an education, trying to find the latest stuff that will run. These 2 sites were very usefull.

larry


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#8
February 20, 2009 at 14:24:10
I did manage to get adobe flash 9 version 1.0.20 installed but it didn't seem to help. That was the best I could get. I still get the message that I need to have adobe flash installed even though I do. I do not have any of the install discs so I can't even try to fix IE. As I stated earlier, using Netscape doesn't work either. Tried to get the version of Opera that was suggested, but it was discontinued in December for 98.

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#9
February 20, 2009 at 16:13:27
I've noticed that for some unknown reason you sometimes have to do the flashplayer install twice.

I'd recommend that instead of trying to fix your existing 98, you just format and reinstall. Since the PC is new to you, you don't necessarily need to keep any of the previous owners stuff. If you don't have one, a 98 cd should be fairly cheap.


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#10
February 20, 2009 at 17:20:30
I'm not trying to promote any particular software over any other, people should use whatever they want for whatever reason, but I do want to correct disinformation on the thread.

"Tried to get the version of Opera that was suggested, but it was discontinued in December for 98."

That is not correct.

If you go to this link:
http://www.opera.com/download/
and then click on the "System Requirements" link, in the minimum requirements for Opera9:
"Any system running Windows 95 (or later)"
and the recommended requirements have:
"Windows 98 or higher"
This was posted from a Win98 machine running Opera 9.52, and it works just fine.


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#11
February 20, 2009 at 18:32:17
when you do get flash working, enter the bios setup & increase the amount of ram allocated to the graphics.
255 mb, indicates it may be set to 1mb.

larry


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#12
February 21, 2009 at 08:59:38
Thank you all for your replies. This is just something that I wanted to experiment with. It is an old Gateway tower from around 2001 that I have pieced together with other branded keyboard, mouse and monitor. As I stated before, I am not familiar at all with 98 because I started my computing expierience with XP and that is all I have ever used. And I am not that great with that either.(lol) I don't intend to spend any money on this. I just thought it would be interesting to see if I could get it running half way decent as a learning expierence. Thanks to all of you I have learned quite a bit already.

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#13
February 21, 2009 at 09:34:20
Larry, You may have just hit upon something. I didn't realize that the specs shown in my original post are for my XP machine that is in my profile. This machine has only 128 mb of ram. Bluejay

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#14
February 21, 2009 at 12:12:15
Update, pyrolitic, The link you provided worked fine. Don't know why I couldn't find it the other day except maybe I didn't go down the page far enough. Got Opera and things are working rather well. Takes a bit of getting used to though. In response #4 you mentioned msimg32.dll. I get that message that mine is missing or too old when I open Opera. I did search the web that day for it but was overwhelmed by all the info about it. Do you know of a reliable source to get this file, and how to put it in my system directory as it says I need to? Also I am not sure how to enter the bios on this system. Thanks for now. Bluejay

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#15
February 22, 2009 at 02:39:36
Running javascript has nothing to do with your operating system; it's been around since at least Windows 95, so rest assured that a Win98 PC will run it. I own and use a PC with Windows 98SE. :)

You need to tinker with your browser's settings to enable javascript. Here's how to do it in an older version of Internet Explorer:
http://gsaauctions.gov/brow_details...

In a browser like Opera, I think in the latest version that you need to hold ALT and press the P key, to open your preferences dialog. There are lots of options available (it's very customizable!), and one of them will allow you to enable javascript.

As for flash player, it can be a royal pain. Sites like YouTube will run if you have at least Flash 7 installed. Here's where you can find Adobe Flash Player:
http://www.adobe.com/shockwave/down...

Hope this helps!


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#16
February 22, 2009 at 17:14:39
Did you manage to get the msimg32.dll file?

If not I have a copy of the correct one, which is version 5.0.2218.1

If you want to me to send it to you, let me have your email address via the "Private Message" feature (the spammers engines will attack it if you just post it on here as is). Alternatively disguise your email on here somehow, so that I can work out what it is but a machine can't.

some other bloke...


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#17
February 22, 2009 at 19:16:33
Yes, it is confusing at the different sites which offer "free dll upgrades" and such, and it's not very comfortable either. I don't remember which site I finally downloaded it from, but it hasn't been a problem. It's the version used in Windows ME, if that's any help. All I've ever done is 1) copy the msimg32.dll which is currently in your C:\Windows\System directory to somewhere else as a "backup" in case something doesn't work, then just copy the new msimg32.dll that you find to the C:\Windows\System directory. That'll overwrite the version you backed up and it'll just work. That's all I did and the next time I opened Opera there was no more complaints about msimg32.dll

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#18
February 24, 2009 at 09:33:24
"You don't have to hunt down a particular flashplayer version. Just go to:

http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/

and it'll tell you what is available for your system. Most likely it'll say you can install 9.0.124.0. That's what I've got on my 98 machine."

actually DAVEINCAPS, latest version of Flash Player supported for Win98/ME is 9.0.151.0.


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#19
February 25, 2009 at 08:17:23
Sorry, been away awhile. I have the latest version of flash the 151.0 one. I managed to get IE 6.0.2800.1106. Also my java is version 1.5.0_17-b04. One of the sites that I like to watch tv shows on (TVLand.com), needs flashplayer 10.0 or higher. Works fine in Opera, so I guess that's what I will have to use. IE works for alot more things now.

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