Saturday, January 05, 2013

Flash problems in Chrome

After a bit of research, I finally corrected the problem in Chrome where Flash would stop working constantly. It seems that the Chrome version of Flash is unstable and buggy, so you want to disable that version and only use the Adobe version. To do this, type about:plugins into the URL line in chrome, then click on the button to the far right labeled "Details" This shows all of the plugins - look for the Flash group, here is what mine looked like :

Adobe Flash Player (2 files) - Version:
Shockwave Flash 11.5 r31

Name: Shockwave Flash
Description: Shockwave Flash 11.5 r31
Location: C:\Program Files (x86)\Google\Chrome\Application\23.0.1271.97\PepperFlash\pepflashplayer.dll
Type: PPAPI (out-of-process)

Name: Shockwave Flash
Description: Shockwave Flash 11.5 r502
Version: 11,5,502,135
Location: C:\Windows\SysWOW64\Macromed\Flash\NPSWF32_11_5_502_135.dll

See where I had two that were active?  I clicked 'Disable' under the first one, the one with the PepperFlash location, as that is Chrome's buggy flash plugin.  The second one is actually the official one from Adobe and should be the one you use.

Once I disabled the PepperFlash version everything worked correctly.