Flex app causing weird browser crash

April 16th, 2008 by Adrian

This afternoon I stumbled across Kaushik Datta‘s blog post ‘Toyota’s Model Selector in Flex‘ where he mentions a new Flex site for Toyota. So I thought I’d take a look.

Initially it looks very nice, but after a short play with the sliders my Firefox browser crashed and displayed a weird error message. It was not an error message I have ever seen before.

Windows XP, Firefox Error Message: Illegal Operation in Plugin

Illegal Operation in Plugin

I restarted Firefox and tried it again, but the same thing happened. It is 100% repeatable.

So then I thought I’d give it give it a whirl in Internet Explorer (IE 7.0.5730.11) and, bingo, another new error message.

Windows XP, IE Error Message

Internet Explorer Error Message

The version of the Flash Player I have installed is WIN 9,0,115,0 (Debug player).

You can check your player version here.

And then finally the whole browser would die.

Toyota Model Selector

Take a look at the site and see if it crashes your browser too!

It also crashed Opera 9.24 on my Windows XP machine.

NOTE: It doesn’t crash in Firefox or Safari on my MacBook.

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Crash Flash CS3 in just two lines

March 28th, 2008 by Adrian

I’ve just discovered two lines of code that can crash Flash CS3 on both Mac and PC.

Save any other work (FLAs) you may have open before proceeding!

  1. Create a new Flash File (ActionScript 3.0)
  2. Put the following two lines of code on the first frame.
  3. Test Movie
var ts:TextSnapshot = new TextSnapshot();
var c:int = ts.charCount;


Adobe Flash CS3 has encountered a problem and needs to close.

You can download the FLA from here.

UPDATE 14/08/09: It doesn’t crash in Flash CS4, instead it gives you the following error message …

ArgumentError: Error #2012: TextSnapshot class cannot be instantiated.
at Untitled_fla::MainTimeline/frame1()

Posted in ActionScript 3.0, Flash | 5 Comments »