Having Chrome 10 Flash problems?

Having Chrome 10 Flash problems?

Summary: Just got an email from a reader saying "Are you guys aware of the disaster that Google's Chrome 10 is rapidly developing into? I haven't seen any publicity about it as yet.

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Just got an email from a reader saying "Are you guys aware of the disaster that Google's Chrome 10 is rapidly developing into? I haven't seen any publicity about it as yet. Essentially the Flash plugin is constantly crashing, causing many to abandon Chrome like rats fleeing a sinking ship" and pointing me to this Chromium bug report which does indeed have plenty of pain inside.

Normally, I'd make a note, perhaps have a google around and add it to the mental radar - the trigger threshold for investigating stuff is a bit high at the moment, due to stuff overload. But I'd been having the same problems (Ubuntu 10.04, Chrome 10), although I'd put them down to me tinkering with video drivers.

In my case, the Chrome crashes seemed to be related to having more than one Flash instance going simultaneously and then stopping one (watching iPlayer, pause, watch B3ta video, close B3ta window, crash). Nothing clears the problem except a browser restart. Which is dull.

So I googled and found a thread in the Chrome support forum covering the same ground, also with heavy traffic. That included a response from 'Toni' (Googler), an otherwise anonymous Google employee, who said: "[...]we're looking into this and tracking this issue [...] this issue is only for those who have been experiencing constant crashes since the new update to 10.0 Stable."

The thread also includes a 'works for a bit' fix - "Within Chrome, go to "Options" then "Under the Bonnet". Click on "Content settings" under the Privacy. Then under "Plug-ins", click on "Disable individual plug-ins..." Click "Details" (top right) I have 2 files, version 10.2.154.18 and 10.2.152.32 so I disabled the newest one and refreshed the web page with previously had the error and it works like a charm."

It also contains the magic phrase "WAKE UP GOOGLE" from those who've tried the fixes and are still peeved. They are also pointing out that Flash works fine in Firefox, and IE 9 is out round about now.

Google might wake up if it does a search and finds that "WAKE UP GOOGLE" has "About 2,280,000 results (0.24 seconds)" on the web. But if two million wake-up calls haven't done it yet...

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  • Great news it's not just me either! Thought I had done something to Chrome. Found and tried the fix you listed with very temporary success then finally had to resort to using IE again which is a shame as I prefer Chrome.
    Purrsil
  • March 18th 2011/ Chrome updated to 10.0.648.151 and FlashCrash now worse than ever! Been with Chrome since the start, but beginning to lose faith- come on Googlers, do something....(Win 7)
    rsumner
  • I've found a (rather rubbish) workaround solution: Flashblock for Chrome!
    https://chrome.google.com/extensions/detail/gofhjkjmkpinhpoiabjplobcaignabnl

    This way you can block all annoying Flash movies and make sure you only have one flash movie playing at a time.
    Jake Rayson
  • Don't dump chrome - dump Flash! Plugins are for the lame.
    p_nikdo
  • I have had no problems with this at all. Maybe it is your pc or laptops and you have something on them that is not agreeing with Chrome, just a thought. I am on windows 7 Ultimate on the pc. On my mac laptop I also have no problem using Chrome so I don't think it is as wide a problem as that. It is probably scare mongers out there as IE 9 is now out and they are trying to get their share of the market back, and very strange but it is very much like Chrome. I am suspicious of the main shouts on this problem. I had this problem with firefox though but Chrome is so much better and faster. Stick with it people's and update everything. I would suggest to remove flash completely all of the updates in your programmes (Add Remove or Programs and Features) in your Control Panel and then restart your computer then download the up to date flash. I have had IE9 for weeks now and there has been lots of problems but it is now stable. I still find Chrome faster though.
    196494
  • Sorry matey but I'm not a chrome nay sayer just want to use my favourite browser and can't. IE and firefox are both fine with flash it's just chrome. If you check their site we're not alone. Disabled all the internal updated plugins and tried going back to the standalone version and still nothing. Very disappointed that Google haven't fixed this yet.
    Purrsil
  • @p_nikdo: "Plugins are for the lame"

    Have you tried building a web page without firebug?!?
    Jake Rayson
  • I googled "WAKE UP GOOGLE" and sure enough get 2 million+ hits, but which have nothing to do with this issue. I binged it too, just to be sure. Why the propaganda?!
    Jimbaloid
  • I have the same problem with chrome trying to display PDF files... always have to revert to Safari for that... as well as the flash crash problem.
    1000220273
  • The OS is very nice and I can see great things for it on more powerful machines. However, Flash video play is almost unusable. Youtube videos on the lowest setting work at a barely acceptable rate but anything else is terrible. In fact I have abandoned use of the CR-48 for any video watching. I know this is only the Beta testing phase, but this really needs to be worked out by Google/Flash.


    Flv Player
    anonymous
  • I've had no problems with the stable version of Chrome on Windows(Dev channel has lots of flash problems, tho). I'm having lots of trouble with Chromium on Ubuntu, tho :(
    anonymous
  • Chrome ver 15.0.874.121 m - Flash is still crashing chrome - happens at least once a day.
    krish61-26d79
  • Hello,
    i have been looking for this. i also faced this problem many times but after reading this article i fixed it. Thanks for sharing this post. i also got some help from this article google chrome crash , hope someone might get help from this article.
    glenn drew
  • Hello,
    i have been looking for this. i also faced this problem many times but after reading this article i fixed it. Thanks for sharing this post. i also got some help from this article chrome flash crash , hope someone might get help from this article.
    glenn drew
  • Quick-Fix

    Well, I noted that there are conflicts with two different versions of Shockwave Flash. You have to disable either version to get rid of Google Chrome crashes. You can do so by opening "about:plugins" in the Address Bar and disabling either version.More info: http://chromecrashes.com/
    JohnMicro420