Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Video and Audio Flash Chat Users

The questions here are more technical in nature. Please refer to the chat room footer for more details rules and regulations.

1. What kind of browser do I need to use the video chat rooms and how do I get Flash?

  • For the best speed and compatibility with the chat client, we recommend you download the latest version of Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome.
  • AOL users: It may be necessary to access the chat rooms from an external browser, such as Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox, rather than the built in AOL web browser.
  • Downloading Internet Explorer: Go to Microsoft for the latest version of Internet Explorer.
  • Downloading the latest FLASH: The old chat used Java, now these new flash chat rooms are a combination of Flash and Java. The end users will require Flash in order to participate. If you do not have flash a link should show up in the chat room box where you can download the latest version. Otherwise you can try the searching Google for the latest Adobe Flash Player compatible with your browser or clicking this link:
    flash download link
  • To install FLASH please follow the instructions below:A) Installation of Macromedia Flash Player may require administrative access to your PC. It is recommended that you close all other open browser windows before continuing with the installation.B) Click the Install Now button that will automatically download and install the Flash Player into Microsoft Internet Explorer or Firefox. You will not have to install the Toolbar option for it to work. Simply uncheck the box to disallow installation of that toolbar onto your computer.
    warning

    C) Depending on the security settings set in your browser, you may see a Security Warning dialog box. Click Install to install the ActiveX control.

    active x

    D) When the installation is complete, you will see the Flash Player logo and text.

    2. Sometimes the chat won’t load and/or an SWF file is downloaded onto my computer. What is going on?

    This will occur due to some browser security restrictions preventing Flash from launching. It is an easy fix. Simply find out which browser you are using and follow the instructions set forth:

    Mac Safari Users:1) Open Safari, and select Safari > Preferences

    safari preferences

    2) Select the Security Tab and ensure that the “Enable JavaScript” and “Allow Plug-ins” boxes are checked. Click “Plug-in Settings”.

    security tab

    3) Select Adobe Flash Player on the left side.

    adobe flash

    4) Under the “Allow websites to use this plug-in with the settings below:” make sure chat-avenue.com is selected as ON. Click “Done”.

    You may also be prompted if you want to use Flash. Click the flash player button first and on the second prompt, click “Use Every Time”

    desktop safari flash

    use every time button

    For Firefox Users:

    1) Go to Tools, and select Add-ons

    firefox tools

    2) In the list of Add-ons, try to find “Shockwave Flash” and make sure you change the settings to “Always Activate”.

    always activate

    3) After downloading the plugin, you may see a black screen where the chat is. To solve this, you will see a little icon in the top left corner to allow Flash to be used. Make sure you click it and then allow.

    For Chrome Users:1) In the address bar at the top, type chrome:plugins to open the Plug-ins menu

    chrome plug-ins

    2) Find the Adobe Flash Player option and make sure to “Enable” it.

    enable chrome

    3) Click the “Always allowed to run” box

    always allowed to run

    For Internet Explorer Users: (Version 10)1) Click on the Tools menu in the upper right hand corner of Internet Explorer and then select “Manage add-ons”

    IE add ons

    2) Choose the “Shockwave Flash Object” and make sure you enable that. Close the window

    enable flash

    For Internet Explorer Edge Users:1) Click on the “…” in the upper right hand corner of Internet Explorer Edge menu.

    edge menu

    2) Click Settings

    enable flash

    3) Scroll all the way down to Advanced Settings and click “View advanced settings”

    edge settings

    4) Find “Use Adobe Flash Player” and make sure you toggle the switch to ON in order to enable it. Refresh the entire browser.

    edge settings

    3. Do I have to register to participate?

      • No, you can participate as a “Guest” user. If you are a frequent visitor to our chat rooms, you may wish to register your particular user name. This allows you to keep the same identity on the forums ONLY. The names on the forums cannot be used to log into the chat rooms. Go the the

    #1 Chat Avenue Forums

       to sign up your username. UPDATE: In the future we may have the forums usernames integrated with the flash chatrooms.

    4. How do I login and logout?

  • For ALL users: There is no need to register an account. Simply enter a screen name and then click the “Chat Now” button.
  • For mobile and tablet users: Also, as simple as clicking the CHAT NOW found on the chat room page.

There is no need to logout but you may click the Logout or Exit buttons inside the chat room. Please note that some rooms have an auto-boot feature whereby if you stay idle for a certain length of time without any actions, you will be disconnected.

5. Im connected, how do I send messages?

After connecting to the video chat, you can type a message in the input text field near the right middle of the chat window. You can hit “enter” on keyboard or the button “send” to send the message out. Your message appears on the chat screen following your screen name. Press “new line” to start a new line.

6. I cannot type a whole paragraph? Why? Also, sometimes i type quickly and it stops me.

This a security features that prevents flooding or typing long messages. Please wait a few seconds before each message. The maximum characters you can type is also limited. Simply start on a new line. Any users attempting to flood will be kicked out or banned.

7. How do I ignore another user or why does someone not respond when im talking to him/her?

If there is any repulsive chatter in the room, simply select his screen name in the user-list and click “Block” from the menu that will automatically appear on the left. Every message the chatter posts to you, whether private or public, will not appear on your screen. If you change your mind, you can select this user and click “Unblock” to disable the ignore feature. If you continued to post message to someone but got no response, you probably is ignored by him or her, that means you had better watch your behaviours and words.

8. How do I private chat and/or video chat with someone?

You will be able to private chat with someone by clicking on their screen name and then clicking “Private chat”. This will open a new window where you can chat one on one with another user without being disturbed. You can adjust the private chat window by placing your mouse over the bottom right corner and adjusting the size accordingly. To video chat privately with the other user, simple click the cam icon on the private chat window.

9. I am getting annoyed with some users private messaging me. How do I disable that feature?

Simply block the user. Please see #6 for instructions.

10. I cannot connect. It says I am banned from the chat. How long is the ban for?

For less severe actions, the minimum ban is 2 hours. For more severe cases, it is a lifetime ban.

11. How do I broadcast my A/V?

In order to start broadcasting your Audio and/or Video you will need to first turn it on. To do this click on the webcam button in the top corner panel.

audio and video chat

The first time you do this you will be asked to grant permission to use your Mic and Webcam. The dialog box will look like this,

webcam settings

After you grant permission the AV will start. You will be able to see your own feed in the ‘Me’ area.12. I saw a person nude on his/her webcam? What should I do and is that allowed?

Absolutely NOT! You will be banned and possibly reported to your Internet Service Provider if you are caught. If you do see someone on webcam nude, please report that to a moderator or administrator immediately.

13. Which chat rooms currently use this chat software?

Right now all of our chat rooms utilize the latest version 123FlashChat. You can access them from the main page.

14. I am trying to connect to the chat rooms but it just hangs and does not fully load (i.e says page is 80% done loading..)?

Try to clear your browser cache and refresh the page. If that does not work you can temporarily try to use another browser such as Chrome or Firefox.

15. How can I turn off the sounds from the chat?

Simply click the wrench icon in the top right corner and select “Turn Off Sounds”.

sound settings

16. I was suddenly disconnected from the chat rooms after several minutes?

We encourage our users to participate in the chat. Those that are just idling around watching will be disconnected after 15 minutes of inactivity. If you do not want to speak that is fine, but try to do some action such as checking out a users profile or simply moving your mouse around.

17. I am on my desktop computer yet i am seeing the mobile version of the chat room..why?

This may be due to the resolution (or screen size) of your desktop computer. If it is set too low the website automatically detects that as a smaller device, and will show the mobile version of the website instead of the desktop version. To resolve this problem, simply turn up the resolution on your computer screen or use a larger screen.

18. Do you allow VPN or Proxy IP addresses to access the chat rooms?

No, we do not. We do have some exceptions but those come with a lot of paperwork. Therefore, we suggest you to not use any sort of Proxy and VPN service to hide your real IP address.

19. I have a question that was not answered on this page. Where can I ask this question?

Send an email to SUPPORT to ask your question. If it is asked enough, it will be added to this page.

Chat History

What is Chat?

A chat is a casual conversation. The term has now become associated mostly with online chat services or computer programs. Chats allow users to converse in real time rather than posting through emails or forums which can result in a delayed response. The history of chat has really evolved over the years.

What kind of chats are there?

There are various types of chatrooms on the market. The types are seperated depending on its programming language. Talkomatic was one of the most primitive forms of chat communication born in 1973. It was very limited when compared to today’s standards as only five users could chat with eachother at the same time with single letters being displayed each time a user typed. This was used primarily for education purposes and did not reach mainstream usage. From there, the birth of Compuserve came. It acted more as a commercial service for users to interact online. It even lead to the first marriage as a direct result of meeting online. IRC (Internet Relay Chat) was one of the original types. It was originally written by a man named Jarkko Oikarinen in the year 1988. Since starting in Finland, it has been used in over sixty countries around the World. It was designed as a replacement for the “talk” program. IRC is a multi-user chat system, where people convene on “channels” (a virtual place, usually with a topic of conversation) to talk in groups, or privately. IRC is constantly evolving. Another chat language which has flourished in recent years is Java. It is a programming language utilized to create applications that allow many users to connect in the same environment (chat session). The reason for its widespread use is that it is more stable and customizable than the older Internet Relay Chat systems. Outside of IRC, there were many mainstream chat room programs that flourished including AOL around 1992, Prodigy in 1992, and Yahoo which came out in 1997. One other chat technology is developed from Flash language. Flash allows for further customization and stability than Java chats. It is also known to be more secure than the Java chat rooms. In recent months, a new and more modern “add-on” to user chat sessions are the uses of video chat applications. This allows a user to use normal text based chat, but also add a webcam to the conversation to allow for live feed of the person who they are interacting with. Lately, due to some security issues, many chat software has been moving away from Flash and back into Java with further enhancements through cross platform technology such as “Node.js”. This allows for a more pleasant chat experience.

Other types of chat systems?

There are many other ways besides chat programs to communicate with other individuals over your computer. The most popular are Instant Messaging systems. They allow users to create a contact list and be able to connect directly through their Instant Messaging application to the individual they are talking to. (the other user must have the same application installed). Some examples of the most popular ones include MSN Messenger, Google Talk and AIM (AOL Instant Messaging) which formed in 1997 and had about 19,000 chat rooms by 1997.

Why are chat rooms set up?

Chat rooms are set up to provide the interaction that users require in a live text based (or video chat) format.

Paid or Free chat rooms?

Most chat rooms on the Internet are provided for free. There are some exceptions, however. Some charge a monthly or per usage fee.

Other types of chat features?

Chat rooms now utilize an array of features including webcams, voice chatting, integration with social media websites such as Facebook or Twitter, games, emoticon usages and even gift type systems to help make the user experience better.

Where are chat rooms going?

Chat rooms currently do not have the mainstream use that they had in years past. With the introduction of platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Friendster and Myspace, many people have gone away from chatroom usage. However, there are still many people who prefer the anonymous protection that chat rooms give and a loyal following still exists today.