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Chrome and Flash issues [solved]

Postby zer0ed on Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:49 pm

I have something that is completely beyond me, I can't figure out what is going on.
I'm currently running Mint 14 and latest version of Chrome stable but none of my flash plugin stuff is working as it should. Anything using flash (youtube, etc) shows a "couldn't load plugin" error. It was working fine earlier today and I've changed nothing.

Figuring something must have gone funny with a config, I deleted ~/.config/google-chrome and ~/.cache/google-chrome directories and then reloaded chrome.
I did not setup my google account so it wouldn't sync anything and everything worked... for about 3 minutes then the plugin errors started again.

I repeated the above, checked about:plugins url in chrome and it lists 10 plugins. I loaded youtube, it works fine.
A few minutes goes by (where I let the chrome sit idle) and flash problems again and youtube doesn't work. I check about:plugins again and the data has changed.. only 3 plugins are listed.

What is changing this plugins list? I have disabled sync and deleted user data files a few times and it still happens.
I've even created a new user account, logged in cinnamon as that user, loaded chrome and watched it happen all again.

I checked my apt logs to see if I've updated chrome, and yesterday I did so I rolled back to the older chrome version located in /var/cache/apt/archives.
It does it with older chrome versions also so I'm unsure what is going on.

I've even removed all flash plugin packages to see if there was some incompatibly issues with chrome's built in flash.. still problems!!

Anybody have any ideas, I'm all ears!
Last edited by zer0ed on Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:25 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby BAlGaInTl on Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:09 pm

I'm having this same issue.

Just installed 64-bit Mint.

Installed the 64-bit chrome and immediately noticed the issue.

The default Firefox install is working fine.
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby zer0ed on Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:12 pm

Interesting, it was working earlier today. can you check your about:plugins and see how many are listed..

I'm wondering if something in the plugin list is "pushed" from the google end of things. Maybe it's something that they changed upstream today.
I just noticed it stopped working in the afternoon here (eastern standard time).

Very curious.

Edit: I'm also using 64 bit Mint and Chrome
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby BAlGaInTl on Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:22 pm

Three are listed:

libpepflashplayer
Chrome PDF Viewer
Adobe Flash Player
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby tdockery97 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:31 pm

Disable libpepflashplayer and everything will work fine.
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby BAlGaInTl on Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:33 pm

tdockery97 wrote:Disable libpepflashplayer and everything will work fine.


That worked like a charm.

Care to elaborate why that works?
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby tdockery97 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:40 pm

Not sure. There must be a conflict with both shockwave flash and Chrome's pepper flash trying to run at the same time. Anyway, I can't take credit for the solution...I found it on the web.
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby zer0ed on Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:42 pm

It does seem to work, thanks for the workaround!

Youtube warns at the top of the site where a video banner is supposed to go "You need to upgrade your Adobe Flash Player to watch this video" but it seems to work elsewhere fine for now.

Curious as to how my plugin list is being changed.. I'm going to disconnect from the net and see if chrome is getting something pushed to it via internet.. which I assume.
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby zer0ed on Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:25 am

Apparently it's a problem for many users of different distros. I've just checked the official Chrome forum and there is a few posts all recent today.

One solution is to delete the pepperflash directory in ~/.config/google-chrome
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby mockturtl on Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:27 am

zer0ed wrote:I'm wondering if something in the plugin list is "pushed" from the google end of things. Maybe it's something that they changed upstream today.
I just noticed it stopped working in the afternoon here (eastern standard time).
It shouldn't re-enable itself. That's a regression. (#150596)

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$ ls -alh .config/google-chrome/PepperFlash/
... Feb 1 20:41 11.5.31.138/
$ grep chrome /var/log/dpkg.log.1
2013-01-30 22:31:39 status installed google-chrome-unstable:amd64 26.0.1397.2-r179372
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby caf4926 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 12:51 am

zer0ed wrote:Apparently it's a problem for many users of different distros. I've just checked the official Chrome forum and there is a few posts all recent today.

One solution is to delete the pepperflash directory in ~/.config/google-chrome

Yes, I did see this
Guess a fix will get thru eventually

In the mean time, Chromium is fine
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby av8r0023 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:01 am

I'm also having this problem. I disabled the libpepflashplayer and everything seems to be working again, but... Now it's running an older version of flash, 11.2.202.243. The only reason I switched to Chrome over Firefox is flash updates. So confused? Guess I'll have to take up my beef with Google.
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby caf4926 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 3:58 am

av8r0023 wrote:I'm also having this problem. I disabled the libpepflashplayer and everything seems to be working again, but... Now it's running an older version of flash, 11.2.202.243. The only reason I switched to Chrome over Firefox is flash updates. So confused? Guess I'll have to take up my beef with Google.


You'll all want to re-enable pepper flash
I just renamed .config/google-chrome/PepperFlash

Now I seem to have
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Adobe Flash Player (2 files) - Version: 11.5.31.137
Shockwave Flash 11.5 r31
Name:   Shockwa
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby braankoo on Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:04 am

same problem here.
everything worked fine until today :/

just disable libpepflashplayer and its working fine
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues - worked fine earlier

Postby zer0ed on Sat Feb 02, 2013 10:25 pm

Solution from a Google Dev which I've been using since yesterday

"Hey folks,

Thanks for your reports. If you are seeing this issue on a Linux machine, please follow the steps below. If you are on a non-Linux machine, please start a different discussion thread.

Linux users, please try deleting the following file, and let us know if it helps:
~/.config/google-chrome/PepperFlash

We are investigating this specific Linux issue on our public issue tracker, and will continue to post updates there (and also here). "

Sources:
http://productforums.google.com/forum/# ... 5-false%5D
https://code.google.com/p/chromium/issu ... 173790#c31
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues [solved]

Postby mjones41 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:15 am

I renamed the folder;

~/.config/google-chrome/PepperFlash
to
~/.config/google-chrome/old PepperFlash

and it now works. It seemed safer than deleting. Hopefully a real fix coming soon.
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues [solved]

Postby av8r0023 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 2:59 pm

I am now able to play flash videos with the libpepflashplayer with the latest update of Google Chrome.

1. update to the newest version of Chrome (24.0.1312.69 and above)
2. go to chrome://plugins/
3. click on "+Details" in the top right-hand corner.
4. scroll to Adobe Flash Player and enable the latest vesion (11.5.31.139 and above) and disable the 11.2 version. only one version can run at a time.
5. restart Chrome
6. test it out by playing a flash video, right click the video and see which version number pops up

Hope this helps.
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Re: Chrome and Flash issues [solved]

Postby rmh291 on Sun Feb 17, 2013 6:41 pm

I just installed Mint lisa 32 bit yesterday and Adobe flash plug in wouldn't work in Firefox or Chrome. I tried various things all day today and finally hit pay dirt with - see below- both Chrome & Firefox works now: (I chose Y at the end and it installed)

sudo apt-get install flashplugin-installer
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
The following packages were automatically installed and are no longer required:
gecko-mediaplayer unshield gstreamer0.10-plugins-bad-multiverse
gnome-mplayer libmjpegtools-1.9 libquicktime2 mint-flashplugin-11
Use 'apt-get autoremove' to remove them.
The following extra packages will be installed:
libnspr4 libnspr4-0d
Suggested packages:
msttcorefonts ttf-xfree86-nonfree xfs
The following packages will be REMOVED:
mint-flashplugin mint-meta-codecs
The following NEW packages will be installed:
flashplugin-installer libnspr4-0d
The following packages will be upgraded:
libnspr4
1 upgraded, 2 newly installed, 2 to remove and 403 not upgraded.
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