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Flash player "Settings" option greyed out in Red5 Sparkweb

On the offchance someone might know what’s going on here…

Installed and happilly running Red5 Sparkweb, however, on OpenSolaris and Linux 10.04 machines running Firefox 3.6.x, the Flash player “Settings…” option is greyed out specifically on the Sparkweb login and user interface screens, such that one cannot configure a camera and settings etc. See the attached for an example.

I’m running Flash player on the machines concerned, and if I go to another (in fact any other) Flash-enabled site, that option is indeed visible. I can also get to the Flash Global Settings site, but changes made there have no effect on the correct functioning of my local Sparkweb page. This leads me to believe it’s not a problem with the Flash player per se.

Bizarrely, I can launch the Red5 test page and view camera streams as well as twiddle Flash player settings there just fine.

Any ideas, anyone?

The culprit is in the Red5 Sparkweb index.html file, in this block of code:

else if (hasRequestedVersion) {
     // if we've detected an acceptable version
     // embed the Flash Content SWF when all tests are passed
               "src", "SparkWeb",
                  "width", "100%",
                      "height", "100%",
                      "align", "middle",
                  "id", "SparkWeb",
                  "quality", "high",
                  "bgcolor", "#869ca7",
               "name", "SparkWeb",
               "wmode", "opaque",
               "type", "application/x-shockwave-flash",
               "pluginspage", "http://www.adobe.com/go/getflashplayer"

Specfically, the line “wmode”, “opaque”, is what causes this behaviour. Removing it resolves the issue.