Wednesday, September 16, 2009

G4 Users: Downgrade Flash Player for better performance

If you have an older, slower Mac and have updated to Flash Player 10, you may have experienced some degradation of web browser performance after the update. You might be able to get some of that performance back by downgrading to version 9. Adobe wants you to use version 10 in Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, but version 9 is just as good. What's more, version 9 has kept up with all the security updates, so you'll be no less safe using it.

Go to and select 'Macintosh OS X 10.1 - 10.3' from the popup menu. You can then proceed to download Flash Player 9.

You'll be downloading 'install_flash_player_9.dmg'. When the download completes, double-click the image file; a volume will be mounted and a window will open that looks something like this:

Quit your web browser. Drag the items on the left to the folder aliases on the right. You may be asked whether you wish to overwrite existing files. Yes you do. You may be asked for an Administrator password. Give it. That's all there is to it!