Crash blame: Mac OS X Lion compatibility with Adobe Flash

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The issues sounding the new Mac OS X Lion and Adobe Flash are starting to really annoy Apple users, not only are we getting reports of issues with Flash heavy sites, which leads to the Mac CPU running extremely hot and a laptops battery life running out fast, but also problems with Dreamweaver are being reported. This article looks at the issue with Creative Suite 5.5 and OS X Lion 10.7, although we haven’t had problems with our version of Dreamweaver 5.5 but the Lion installation is not without problems.

Watching YouTube videos on the first generation MacBook Air was known for increasing the fan speed, but on the 2011 MacBook Air this is not a problem, until you install OS X Lion. We’ve visited a few sites that run flash advertisements, which have caused our 2011 iMac to completely lockup apart from the mouse pointer. We reported this issue to our readers a few days ago, since then things have become more evident. Each time the computer sleeps and then wakes up again, you can count on a lockup by visiting YouTube or most types of flash content. Having to force the iMac to shutdown can hurt hard drives so we, and our readers are not happy with Apple or Adobe, which leads us to the question: Who should we blame for the freezing on OS X Lion, Adobe or Apple?

The problems we’ve had and our readers have reported are directed heavily towards Adobe flash, and also include the player under OS X 10.7. Have you had enough of crashes on Lion, which until this version has been known as a solid operating system? Apple if you’re listening, get that patch live NOW and if it’s an Adobe issue, then we’d like to see some sort of press release on this. Let us know in the comments if you’ve had issues with Lion, and who is to blame in your opinion.

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  • Iseedeadpeoplelookin

    Works like a charm!

  • Show me some proof….

    Where is your proof that this is a problem for more than a few users.? Show us some numbers to backup your claim.

    • http://twitter.com/Ms_Whitney WhitneyWoolstenhulme

      I downloaded Lion, installed it, and discovered that many of the websites that I visit just weren’t functioning the way they used to. I went to download Adobe Flash thinking maybe my iMac somehow uninstalled it, and the first thing I see is a message stating that Flash and Lion have been experiencing compatibility issues. It’s clear that more than just a few people are experiencing problems.

    • Sandip Davda

      We have a problem when we use Reliance Net connect Broadband with Lion, it will crash within 1 hour (sometimes within few minutes) and this is happening with all my team mates(almost dozens of them). I know it might be some compatibility issue, but then atleast OS should not crash due to flash not working or Net card having some issue,

    • Sandip Davda

      We have a problem when we use Reliance Net connect Broadband with Lion, it will crash within 1 hour (sometimes within few minutes) and this is happening with all my team mates(almost dozens of them). I know it might be some compatibility issue, but then atleast OS should not crash due to flash not working or Net card having some issue,

  • 131crashlogsandcounting

    OSX Lion crashes rampantly for MacBook Pro machines with an nVidia card in them – Flash, No Flash – it does’t matter

  • Anonymous

    Well, I have problem on play youtube videos on my updated Lion, freeze!!!
    And at last found some tips from ifunia, upgrade my flash player and Java’s  “Enable applet plug-in and Web Start applications”, now seem to be able to play YouTube videos with no problem. 

  • Cam Cross

    I have had this problem and have had to manually shut down my computer some 7-8 times in the 2 weeks since I bought my brand new iMac. It’s so upsetting to spend a lot of money on a computer and then run the risk of ruining it just because of what seems like an easily fixed patch problem. This is such a fail for Apple to release Lion without making sure it can be compatible with Flash, since Flash is so widely used…

  • Dghhf

    apple should just except flash content, it would make their devices a lot better

  • Anonymous

    I uninstalled Flash and started using Chrome to do all of my flash viewing in Chrome… although I like Safari better it seems to fix all the problems… and given that google some how got flash to work leads me to believe this is Adobe’s fault… would like to hear if this fix works for anybody else

  • Anonymous

    I uninstalled Flash and started using Chrome to do all of my flash viewing in Chrome… although I like Safari better it seems to fix all the problems… and given that google some how got flash to work leads me to believe this is Adobe’s fault… would like to hear if this fix works for anybody else

  • Daniel

    As much as I like Apple products – I do not understand how and application can bring an OS to a halt. Interestingly, iTunes music is still playing in the background after the system “crashed”. I can’t imagine that this happens only to a few – and I do not get why their is still no solution, neither from Apple nor from Adobe.

  • Wsulax80

    I am greatly disappointed in Apple. I have been a loyal consumer of there products, and feel that they have let all of us down. I understand that at times things don’t quite work they way they are suppose to, but accept responsibility and tell your consumers that you are trying to address the problem. Not accepting responsibility nor publicly stating that you are looking into it, leaves a bad impression with your products and your company name.  I have addressed these issues through appointments via express lane, twice with no success in fixing the issue. I have a 27 inch iMac less than three weeks old, and there reply to the computer freeze ups (Youtube, iTunes, etc) are load Google Chrome, or trying to reconfigure
    my disk with no success, had a 9 o’clock appoint with Apple, and now at 12 o’clock I just had another freeze up which required a hard reset. I might have to go back to Snow Leopard, I’ve had enough of this. Too bad up to now, I was Apple’s greatest advocate.  I just had two friends ask me about buying Mac’s and I told them of the issues with my new iMac. The didn’t buy Macs after that. I hope Apple is listening because we their consumers are not happy.

    • Anonymous

      It is not apples problem… Myself and many other developers have been using the flash within Google Chrome(you must uninstall the regular flash plugin from adobe for this to work) and it works fine…. this is Adobe’s issue…. google some how find the time to update yet Adobe apparently didn’t …. Apple gave all developers 8 months of test builds …. it is called a “3rd party plugin” for a reason.

      I would also like to remind everybody that no smart person ever upgrades to a new version of Windows on their main computer until the OS has been out for at least 3 months

  • S8bayer

    I am about to down grade all our macs. We are a mainly adobe office that can’t deal with the crashes and long save time issues. We have the problems in Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, and Bridge. This is a huge, very disappointing issue for us. Almost feels like the US government… figure out how to play nice or I am going to PC and Corel draw… Give me Macromedia back. 

  • Rjm

    New CS5 on new MacBook with Lion, and Dreamweaver crashes so often that it is unusable.

  • Rjm

    New CS5 on new MacBook with Lion, and Dreamweaver crashes so often that it is unusable.

  • Rjm

    New CS5 on new MacBook with Lion, and Dreamweaver crashes so often that it is unusable.

  • Legalelliot

    New MacBook Air with i5 – Using Chrome and fan is going crazy playing Angry Birds through Chrome (I know, not the best use of my time). As soon as I go off of the Angry Birds game and to regular browsing, fan cuts off. This sucks – i didn’t see this problem with any of the demos in the store. I sure hope Apple corrects this problem. 

    • P S 1senior

      I have the exact same problem on my MacBook Pro i7. Playing Angry Birds on Chrome is the only time my fan starts up.

      • Pierrelecayun

        I have this problem also with Safari. My MacBook Pro heats up to hell. Evidently, ABirds have some incompatibility with the OS.

  • Hgug

    youtube videos are virtually unplayable,no matter how long you pause the video and let it load. i have a 25mb/s connection speed and cstill cannot watch any videos on youtube. quad core i7 27 inch imac,16 gigs of ram. this is ridiculous

  • Ash from Toronto, Canada

    I am a graphic designer and use mac for so many years. I upgraded the OS to Lion from Snow Leopard few days back and my nightmares started. I am thinking of down grade my mac to Snow Leopard. I work on Adobe softeners and is literally in tears because of the crashes, freezing and slow issues. I am having problems in Illustrator, Photoshop, Indesign, and Bridge and Real Player Downloader. I am very disappointed with APPLE. This company is moving backwards rather than moving forward with times. If this is the way they are going then dooms day is not far for APPLE.

    May be I switch over to PC with Windows 7. 

    Any suggestions for “How to revert back to Snow Leopard. I know APPLE is not going to refund my money for OS X Lion Download. 

    Thanks

  • Tmolenski

    I cannot run some Facebook Aps built on Adobe flash. I need to run them on my Windows Machine, not the iMac running Lion.