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Where Is Opera Plug-ins Database?

  • Thanks again to all.

    @burnout426, the plugin-ignore.ini procedure worked; it keeps Opera from using Flash DLL v14. However (and this is my original question), I cannot edit the path where Opera points to a different Flash DLL - it is not editable within Opera ("Alt + p -> advanced -> downloads"); in fact, that text box is now blank since I told it to ignore v14.

    Version 10 of Flash DLL sits on the hard drive in:

    C:\Program Files\Opera\program\plugins

    and Opera's config/User Prefs/Plugin Paths points to that directory, but the "Use Plugin" pull down list inside Opera is still empty after a restart.

  • C:\Program Files\Opera\program\plugins

    That's weird in that Opera should scan that path by default. You can try this though. Close down Opera and edit operaprefs.ini and remove the Plugin Path line so that Opera uses its defaults for that setting. Then, delete handlers.ini. The start Opera up and see if anything changes.

    the plugin-ignore.ini procedure worked; it keeps Opera from using Flash DLL v14.

    Awesome. Hopefully the entry for that filename isn't blocking all npswf... files. Just to make sure, remove your entry from plugin-ignore and rename/move the v14 dll so Opera can't find it. If Opera then picks up the v10 dll, maybe the entry in plugin-ignore is blocking both v10 and v14.

    Just to be clear though, is this on your WinXP machine or on a Vista/7/10 machine? Also, is your OS 64-bit or 32-bit. If 64-bit, are you running the 64-bit version of Opera? The reason I ask is that you said Opera is installed at "C:\Program Files\Opera\opera.exe", which is the spot for the 64-bit version of Opera on a 64-bit Windows OS. If you're running the 32-bit version there, there's a small chance that something with the paths Opera uses for the plugin path list is getting mixed up with the 32-bit/64-bit path translation. Unlikely, but...

    On another note, what if you put the v10 flash dll in the system folder where the v14 version is, but block the v14 version via plugin-ignore.ini. Does Opera find the v10 version that way?

    If you don't have handlers.ini on the machine you'r dealing with, you could close down Opera and rename operaprefs.ini. Then, you can start Opera and change the settings for at least one file type in download preferences. The swf type should be fine. Then, I think you'll have a handlers.ini where you can then set the path in there explicitly to see if that works. I forget if you tried that.

  • Okay, it took me a while to get to try this, and there was a lot to try. Thanks again for your help.

    Removing the Plugin Path line from operaprefs.ini had no effect (and there is no handlers.ini on the entire machine).

    I fiddled with the .DLL versions inside plugin-ignore.ini and on the hard drive; Opera is not blocking all of them indiscriminately.

    Everything is 32-bit: the CPU, the OS, and Opera itself.

    I fiddled with the .DLL versions inside the system folder where the newer Flash DLL is, it will only pick up the newer .DLL. If I tell it to ignore the newer .DLL, then it uses nothing.

    I tried renaming the operaprefs.ini as "handlers.ini"; no luck there either.

    The only thing that comes close: I renamed the v10 .DLL to the one that Opera seems to seek out, and that tricks Opera into using the v10 .DLL. The only problem with that approach is that Firefox is trying to use that same .DLL (registry?). Again, I was hoping to get one browser to use one Flash version and the other browser to use a different Flash version, since some Flash versions play videos better than others, and vice versa.

    I really appreciate your help, but I am thinking of throwing in the towel and trying a different browser. I'm usually very persistent, but I know I am fighting a losing battle as I try to keep this single-core 3 GHz machine going for my folks. You would think 3 billion operations per second would be enough to watch some web video, but not if Adobe's bloated software has anything to do with it, apparently (BTW, I am a programmer). I have been an Opera fan from so long ago, that I actually PAID ($40?) to have its built-in ads removed (version 4 or 5?), so I was interested in hanging on but there's only so much time an adult can dedicate to "the trivial". Thank you all for your posts, especially @burnout426.