FLV files don't work

If FLV files do not appear in the Wimpy AV playlist, or do not play in Wasp, you may need to contact your server administrator in order to get your server to recognize the FLV file format.

The FLV file format is relatively new (2003 ), so older servers may not be configured to recognize the file type properly.

You can test to see if your server is recognizing FLV file properly by entering the URL to the FLV file directly into a browser.


If you receive an error "404 Not Found"


404 Not Found
The requested URL /wasp/example.flv was not found on this server.
Additionally, a 404 Not Found error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.
Apache/1.3.34 Server at Port 80


The page cannot be found

The page you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.
Please try the following:

This means that the server is not recognizing the FLV file and / or doesn't know how to handle FLV files.

To correct this problem, your server administrator must add the FLV mime type to the server configuration settings so that your server will know how to handle FLV files.

The issue basically hinges on the FLV extension not being recognized as a MIME type, hence the server doesn't know how to handle the file.

The proper mime type for FLV video is:


See the following for more information:


If your browser displays a "406 Not Acceptable" error similar to:

406 Not Acceptable
An appropriate representation of the requested resource
/wasp/example.flv could not be found on this server. (note we are using Mod_rewrite)
Apache/1.3.34 Server at Port 80

There is a very good chance your host has installed mod_security with its basic set of rules, which can cause problems. mod_security can be a good thing, but when it stops your website from working its not. mod_security was popularized during the phpbb sanity worm attacks (that I am aware of), since then tons of hosts just install it and have no real idea how to configure it. The following code will allow you to disable mod_security and have Wimpy operate normally again.

Make or edit an .htaccess file and add the following code:

<IfModule mod_security.c>
SecFilterEngine Off
SecFilterScanPOST Off

If you're not familiar with, or don't know how to create an .htaccess file, consult you web site administrator.


If your browser starts displaying garbally code, similar to:

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This is actually good!

Double check that you used the proper URL to the FLV file when using the Customizer tool. Also, be sure that you are using a full URl to the FLV file.










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