Adobe's Flash software allows users to create movies, animations and interactive games for the Internet and stand-alone applications. Before a Flash movie can be viewed, however, the viewer must have the free Flash Player software installed on his computer. Making sure that your computer meets the minimum requirements for Flash Player 10 ensures that your Flash viewing experience won't be interrupted by buffering or computer slowdown.
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On Windows and Linux computers, Flash Player 10 requires a minimum of a Pentium 4 processor running at 2.33 GHz or an Athalon 64 2800+ processor. Mac OS X computers require an Intel Core 2 Duo processor running at 1.33 GHz, and computers or servers running Solaris require a Sun UltraSPARC IIIi running at 1600MHz. Third-party processors that are the equivalents of the named options may be acceptable, as are processors that outperform these options.
Windows computers require at least 128MB of RAM to run Flash Player 10 effectively. Mac OS X computers require at least 256MB of RAM, while Linux computers require a minimum of 512MB or RAM. Computers or servers running the Solaris operating system require significantly more RAM to add Flash Player; a minimum of 2GB of RAM is required for Flash Player to run effectively on Solaris-based machines.
Graphics RAM is separate from system RAM and is installed on the computer's video card along with the dedicated graphic processing unit. A minimum of 128MB of graphics RAM is required regardless of the operating system that Flash Player is installed on. Nevertheless, having more graphics RAM or a more powerful GPU can have a significant positive impact on Flash games and movies, as they reduce the strain on the computer's RAM and CPU caused by the Flash Player.
Most modern browsers can support Flash Player. Flash Player 10 is supported by Internet Explorer 6.0 and above, Firefox 3.0 and above, Google Chrome and Safari 4.0 and above. Flash Player 10 is also supported by Opera 9.5 and above, AOL 9.0 and above and AOL Desktop for Mac 1.0 and above. Other browsers based on the source code of these browsers may be supported as well. Flash Player 10 doesn't support 64-bit versions of these browsers, though beta versions of Flash Player which are compatible with 64-bit browsers are available.
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