You just found that Youtube video that you and your friends have been raving about. You know, that one about the history of Lego? So, off you go back home and load up Chrome and search for that Youtube video. At the same time, you are having a lovely voice call with your girlfriend over Google Talk. After a while, the video loads. 10 minutes into watching it, suddenly you received the “oh-so-familiar” window:
And trust me, this isn’t the first time that it has happened to me. It occurred countless times recently, but not previously. What hit me in the head was that somewhere along the usual daily updates, something was installed. Thus, began my quest to find the culprit of all this.
What I did was some Googling, and stumbled upon an interesting post about a similar problem that I faced. So, I attempted to try the same on my box:
- In your Chrome’s address bar, type the following:
- Here, you are presented with a list of plugins that are installed on your Chrome browser. Notice the existence of not one, but two Flash plugins:
- What really happened here is that there are a clash of plugins, as Chrome does not know which plugin to use for Flash applications. We need to disable one of them.
- Judging from the list, the one installed in the
/opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so location looks like the one that is embedded to the Chrome browser, and it interferes with the Flash plugin that is embedded within the OS. We need to disable one of them, and we should disable the one that is embedded in the Chrome browser.
- Click on Disable on the plugin that is installed in the
- Restart your Chrome browser, and everything would be back to normal again!
In summary, the cause of this problem is the new PepperFlash library file that comes with Chrome 20. Performing a Google search returned me about 7,720 results of users facing similar issues with this plugin. I hope Google fixes this soon.
In the meantime…
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