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Solutions: Settings manager should fix Adobe Flash player problem

When a video comes up in a website Adobe Flash player has a box that shows in the middle of the video asking to allow a website to gather info. The box has two options: allow and deny. I cannot get the box to leave even when hitting the deny option many times. I have to leave the video. This happens most of the time.

First, go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer and make sure you have the latest Adobe Flash Player installed. Then proceed to the Adobe Flash Player Settings Manager at http://tinyurl.com/SPTSolutions10 and check your default settings for Global Security Settings. There is information on that page that details what the various settings control and what your choices are.

I have been using Windows 7 with Internet Explorer 8 for a long time. I upgraded to IE9 and found that my Open Office Suite would accept only a few keystrokes and then lock up. The only thing that I had done was install IE9, so I went back to IE8 and everything worked fine, including Open Office. A couple of weeks ago, IE8 stopped connecting to the Internet. At first it was intermittent and now it won't connect at all. I get the "Internet Explorer cannot connect to the web page" message. If I start Firefox, it connects immediately. I use IE because one of my email accounts is JUNO, and it uses IE as its browser. I contacted answers@micorsoft.com and gave them the above information. They suggested that I download IE from their website again. I tried that and got the message that IE8 is not supported by my operating system, which is Windows 7. I have tried this several times with the same result. I don't want to change to IE9 because of the incompatibility with Open Office.

Try this: Click Start, Control Panel, Programs and then click Turn Windows features on or off. Scroll down and make sure Internet Explorer 8 is checked (you don't need to re-install it). Next, again click Start, Control Panel, Programs, Network and Internet and then click Internet Options. Click the Advanced tab. Click the Reset button.

Follow the prompts to complete this action. Reboot and try things again. The Open Office Suite/IE9 problem is a known issue and appears to be video driver related. Some solutions were through Internet Options, Advanced tab, checking (turn on) the "Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering". Also make sure your video drivers are up-to-date (check the vendor's site).

I have an old keyboard that has the typewriter feel and it works fine. Is there a key stroke to simulate getting to Windows as the newer boards have with a key that has the Windows logo?

If you're asking if there is any way to simulate the Windows key exactly, I don't think that's possible. You can, however, use the the Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/goglobal/bb964665) to create customized key shortcuts.

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Solutions: Settings manager should fix Adobe Flash player problem 12/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 7:49am]

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