I’m browsing the internet from my G4 (or G5) Mac, and I get a message that I need to update my version of Flash. But when I go to the Adobe Flash download page, I can only download Flash for the new Intel-Macs… what can I do ?
The latest versions of Flash for PPC-Macs (like G4 and G5 Macs) are curiously hidden on Adobe’s website… Here’s how you can download & install :
– go to the regular Flash download page :
– then click on the line Different operating system or browser?
– if you would select anything here, you would see that there’s only versions for intel-Macs here, so click on click here (from the line “If your operating system/browser combination is not displayed, click here for older versions of Adobe Flash Player.”)
– If you scroll down that page, you’ll find a table that indicates which version of Flash is the latest one that’s compatible with your G4/G5-Mac’s version of OSX. At the moment I’m writing this, the latest version for “Mac OS X 10.4+ (Power PC processor)” is Flash Player 10.1.102.64, but for some curious reason you cannot download it straight from the list…
– you have to scroll down further on the page, though an enormous list of versions, to find “(Released 11/04/2010) Flash Player 10.1.102.64 and 9.0.289.0 (126 MB)”, which is just above the “Android Flash Player versions” chapter.
– then click on Flash Player 10.1.102.64 and 9.0.289.0 to download
– then open the download and unZIP it by double-clicking on it
– then open the folder “fp_10.1.102.64_and_9.0.289.0_archive”, and go to “Flash Player 10.1.102.64” —> “10_1r102_64” —> “flashplayer10_1r102_64_ub_mac.dmg” and double-click it
– in the window that opens, click on “Install Adobe Flash Player”, and follow the instructions to install… that’s it !
Note : judging from the fact that Adobe is now at Flash Player 11, and the latest version for G4/G5-Macs is Flash Player 10.1, one would assume that support of Flash on G4/G5-Macs is slowly, but steadily, fading…