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    W7, IE or FF, I can access the collegehumor site, e.g., http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1937521, as found in today's Windows Secrets newsletter, but the videos won't play. Immediately I thought of my MVPS HOSTS file, went there and found one reference to collegehumor, deleted it, rebooted, but still no luck.

    No matter what video I click on, none will play. Failure occurs in IE 8 & Firefox 3.6.4, This is not new, just an annoyance I haven't bothered to post before today.

    Any ideas?

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    Check to ensure you have Adobe Flash player installed, if you do remove it and reinstall.
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    No luck. Uninstalled Flash Player and downloaded it and installed it again. The site's home page comes up okay, but the screen for displaying the video is black.

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    If this is a corporate computer you may be out of luck. Some companies block flash at the firewall.

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    No, personal home PC.

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    Did you use Clint's uninstall link?

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    You're not alone; they won't play for me either. It's not a Flash problem as the Adobe Flash test works fine and shows v10 installed properly. I think you're right about HOSTS, but I'm not sure it's worth the effort to figure out where exactly they're serving the videos from.

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    I found that the clips wouldn't run on the 64 bit IE, so dragged the 32 bit out of it's box & locked it on the tool bar next to the 64. worked fine then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Westlake View Post
    I found that the clips wouldn't run on the 64 bit IE, so dragged the 32 bit out of it's box & locked it on the tool bar next to the 64. worked fine then.
    If you run addins for IE you need to run 32-bit IE. Almost no addins, including Flash & Silverlight, have been upgraded to 64-bit yet.

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    I am running W7 64 bit, but never use IE. I use Firefox 3.6.6.

    I started IE 8 64 bit & IE 8 32 bit. Neither will play any collegehumor videos.

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    Did you make sure that with 32-bit IE8 Flash is installed?

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    How would that appear in Programs & Features? I see only this entry:

    Adobe Flash Player 10 Plugin (6.00MB, 10.1.53.64, 6/24/2010).

    As stated before, I do not use IE at all, except as noted above to try to see if I could get the darn videos at collegehumor.com to play. BTW, I can't view the video linked to in today's Windows Secrets newsletter. No surprise there, though, since I can't view any there. Also, I have no problem with Youtube.

    What is it about collegehumor?

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    I have the same problem. The problem is with your MVPS HOSTS file. The hosts file is blocking the trailer advertisement which prevents the actual video from playing. I have seen where the blocking of ad sites causes similar video problems on other sites as well. The fix would be to find which site College Humor is using for the video ads and remove it from the hosts file.

    To prove it is the hosts file, temporarily rename the file and flush your dns cache (Goto command prompt type "IPCONFIG /flushdns" ). You should then be able to view the videos. I would not recommend leaving the file renamed, too many security risks.

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