Extended FAQ/Legacy

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This page contains questions and answers related to old Flashpoint versions, most of which were previously included in the Extended FAQ.

General questions about the project

Q: Will Flash games disappear from the Internet when December 2020 hits?

A: They won't disappear by themselves. However, once Flash support is removed from browsers, most people won't be able to use flash content unless they downgrade their browser version. In addition, they will have to downgrade their Flash version to one that does not contain the kill switch. In that situation, the sites that are hosting the games might decide to remove the Flash games because the vast majority of people won't be able to play them anymore. As we cannot rely on the assumption that sites might stay up, we're working hard to grab as many games as possible while they're still here. For more information on the road map for Flash's End of Life, see Flash EOL.

Q: I heard that Flash Player will block all Flash content from running after 2020. Will Flashpoint also stop working?

A: No. Flashpoint will continue to work in 2021 and beyond. The Flash plugin and projectors that we use do not contain the "kill switch"; this was added in a later version of the plugin.


Q: I disconnected from the internet and now games don't show up! How do I fix this?

A: Click the Config tab of Flashpoint Launcher, then uncheck the "On Demand Images" box. Then click "Save and Restart." When Flashpoint Launcher re-opens, the problem will be fixed.

Q: Some Unity games ask to update the plugin and will not play the game! What's the fix?

A: Follow the steps below to fix the problem:

  1. Open your Flashpoint folder and navigate to the FPSoftware\FlashpointSecurePlayerConfigs folder.
  2. Extract this file into the folder, confirm to replace files.
  3. Restart Flashpoint.

Q: Why can't some games open in my old Flashpoint Infinity while others are downloaded fine?

A: Check if the first requested file was downloaded in the Logs tab; if so, it is possible any file was incorrectly saved and needs to be redownloaded by clearing htdocs. If the file was not downloaded, it is very likely its location and Launch Command were moved between versions, commonly because it was stored in an improper location such as localflash.

Q: I accidentally marked a game as Broken (in Infinity), and it disappeared! How do I find it again?

A: Follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Flashpoint folder.
  2. Open the preferences.json file in a text editor such as Notepad.
  3. Find the line that says "showBrokenGames": false, and change false to true.
  4. Save the file and restart Flashpoint.

Q: I'm using Flashpoint 8.2 Ultimate, and Unity Web Player games won't work! Is there a fix?

A: This issue was fixed in Flashpoint 9.0. You can follow the steps below to fix the problem:

  1. Download and unzip this file.
  2. Cut and paste the autoupdate-revision.unity3d.com folder into Flashpoint's Server\htdocs folder.
  3. Replace the existing files/folders when prompted.

Q: I'm using Windows 7, and when I try to launch Flash games, I get the following error message:

Flashpoint Proxy: Connection could not be established with the remote host.

A: There is a known bug in Flashpoint 8.0 Ultimate that prevents Flash, PopCap Plugin, and some 3DVIA games from working in Windows 7.

A patch is available to correct this problem. To apply the patch, follow these steps:

  1. Download the patch from here: https://bluemaxima.org/flashpoint/Flashpoint_Proxy_Patch.zip
  2. Open the downloaded folder. Inside of it, you will see another folder called FPSoftware.
  3. Click on this FPSoftware folder from the download to highlight it, then press Ctrl + C. This will copy the folder.
  4. Navigate into your Flashpoint folder. You'll know you're in the right place because there will be four folders called Data, FPSoftware, Launcher, and Server.
  5. Once you're in the right place, press Ctrl + V. This will paste the folder.
  6. If asked to overwrite any files, click Yes.

You may now Start Flashpoint and the issues should be resolved.

Q: I am trying to play a Flash game in Basilisk, and the keyboard controls don't work! What's the fix?

A: This problem was fixed in Flashpoint 8.0. To fix this problem in Flashpoint 7.1 and below, follow these steps:

  1. Type about:config in Basilisk's address bar and press Enter.
  2. Search for dom.ipc.plugins.flash.disable-protected-mode.
  3. Double-click the entry to set it to True.

Q: When I open Flashpoint I see the following error:

Error with proxy: Error reading original system proxy settings. Make sure you have registry read permission. Error code: 12178
Games may not work until the error is fixed. Close Flashpoint and open it again once the error is fixed.

A: This error means that the WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service is disabled. Follow these steps to re-enable the service:

  1. Open a Command Prompt as Administrator
  2. Run this command: reg add "HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Services\WinHttpAutoProxySvc" /v "Start" /t REG_DWORD /d "2" /f
  3. Restart your computer.

If Flashpoint still does not work after following those steps, the service may have somehow been removed from your system. Follow these steps to add the service back:

  1. Open this list of default Windows services.
  2. Press Ctrl + F to search the page. Search for WinHTTP Web Proxy Auto-Discovery Service and download the linked .reg file.
  3. Double-click the downloaded .reg file to add it to the registry. Click "Yes" on any UAC prompts that appear.
  4. Restart your computer.

Q: Shockwave games that open in Basilisk won't load, even though other Shockwave games are working. What's the fix?

A: If Shockwave games won't show up in Basilisk, that means you need to install the Visual C++ 2010 x86 Redistributable, even if you already installed the 2015 version. When you install the Visual C++ Redistributable, make sure to install the x86 version, even if you're on a 64-bit machine!

Q: I downloaded and extracted the Logos & Screenshots upgrade, but they still don't show up in the launcher. Did I do something wrong?

A: Make sure whatever program you used to extract the 7z file didn't create an extra folder with the name of the 7z (e.g. FP71-stage3) inside your main Flashpoint folder. If you see such a folder, simply move the content of that folder out of it into your main Flashpoint folder (both Data folders will merge).

Q: Why can't I install the upgrades for Flashpoint Infinity?

A: There is a known issue with Flashpoint Launcher that sometimes prevents it from installing the upgrades. Try downloading the upgrades manually by following the steps below:

  1. In your Flashpoint folder, open the Data folder
  2. Open the upgrade.json file in a text editor like Notepad.
  3. Find and copy the URL for the upgrade ZIP file that you want to install.
  4. Paste the URL into a download manager like Free Download Manager. Wait for the file to finish downloading.
  5. Extract the file directly into your Flashpoint folder using 7-Zip.

Q: The Flashpoint window won't show more than 250 entries at once. Can I fix this?

A: Yes, look in the Config tab for "Search Limit", and change "250 Results" to "Unlimited".

Q: Most games are working, but when I launch a Flash game such as Super Mario Bros. Crossover, it crashes on a black screen! What's the fix?

A: If you're experiencing this issue with Super Mario Bros. Crossover, follow the steps below to fix the problem:

  1. Open your Flashpoint folder and navigate to the Legacy\htdocs folder.
  2. Delete the data.explodingrabbit.com folder.

Or if this issue is occurring with a different game, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click the game and click "Open File Location".
  2. Delete all of the files inside the folder that opens.

Finally, clear the cache by following these steps.

Work & Curation

Q: After I type a URL or filename into the cURLsDownloader window, it immediately closes! Am I doing something wrong?

A: This bug is fixed in the latest version of cURLsDownloader. You can find the download link on the Helpful Tools page.

Q: My curation works fine in Flashpoint Core, but when I import it into Infinity, it doesn't work anymore! Is there a problem with my curation?

A: Probably not. For Infinity, files need to be placed in the cgi-bin folder, following the same structure as they would in the htdocs folder, if they meet one of these criteria:

  • The file has a PHP, PHP5 or PHTML extension. These files are always loaded from cgi-bin.
  • The file doesn't have one of these extensions, but does have a PHP script in it that you intend to run.

This restriction exists because it would be unsafe for Infinity to download and execute PHP on demand.

If your curation does not include any PHP scripts and it still isn't working, clear the cache and try launching the game again.