Attention all Gamers - I Found a Pro Tip for Chrome!

OMFG - why did it take me so long to find this!?  

First of all, I love Google Chrome as a web browser, for so many reasons, and I'm not going to go into all of those here.  I was a Firefox fan before, {and would still recommend Firefox to people as an alternative to I.E.}  but I fell in love with Chrome last year because of its speed and the little "extras" {like Google Translate}  that already come built-into it and don't require any additional "plugins" -- which, btw, are the subject of this post, because I discovered this morning that a particularly popular plugin, the Adobe Flash Player, can totally throw Chrome into a state of confusion and cause it to become slower & more unstable than it would normally be.  The reason for this is that Chrome comes "pre-packaged" with its own Flash player plugin; which is just as good as Adobe's, and some say better.  The problems start If  {or when}  you install or "update" Adobe's popular Flash program after you get Chrome.  Adobe's installer will add its own Flash plugin as an extension to Chrome by default - even though Chrome doesn't need it - which then creates a conflict between the 2 plugins.  Whenever you go anywhere on the web after that which uses Flash, {which is almost everywhere these days, even here, lol}  you are not going to be operating at Chrome's normal and original efficiency, because both of the Flash plugins are going to be running at the same time and they will often "bump heads".   Older & slower computers especially will often receive error messages because of this conflict, such as "The following plugin-in is unresponsive: Shockwave Flash.  Would you like to stop it?"  Accompanied by a browser lockup, of course.

The solution?  Disable one of the Flash plugins so that only one is handling Flash content in the browser - and that is quite a lot of stuff these days, btw.  It includes most video, advertisements, and games that you will encounter on the web. As of this writing, I recommend disabling the Chrome version called PepperFlash and using Adobe's Flash.  PepperFlash is supposed to be more secure, but many people are reporting audio delays and temporary lockups with it. 

It's quite easy to do if you are even slightly familiar with computer related stuff, at all; but if you decide to disable Chrome's PepperFlash, {recommended,} you'll have to do it more than once, because Chrome re-enables it every time it updates itself, {which is quite often.}  A few details can be found in this article here:

Shockwave Flash Crashes In Google Chrome

And, you're welcome!  :-)  

If you play games and watch videos a lot on the web, like I do, this fix will be like a Godsend for you and you will want to send me money or something -- which is fine.  lol

For graphically intense games, it also helps to temporarily disable other browser extensions that you may normally use, and to close other programs {and browser tabs}  that you may normally keep running, like messenger programs, etc. -- but you probably already knew that.  heh

Chrome has a built-in Task Manager, btw, if you didn't know, which allows you to view all of the processes it is running.  This can be very useful sometimes to spot which of your tabs is giving you troubles if the browser starts slowing down, and to close only that tab without restarting the entire browser itself.  You can find it under the Tools menu and it just says "Task Manager".

Also, if you have been experiencing problems on YouTube lately with the videos there freezing up on you and tabs not working right, it is because they switched to HTML-5, and you may find this short video informative and helpful:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBgUIeUIv4c 

We are using HTML-5 here on I-Power, too, btw.  Ning upgraded to it last year.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTML5

Extra Trivia:  70% of I-Power members use Google Chrome; and 18% use Firefox.  

An Additional Reference Link:

How To Fix Shockwave Flash Crashes in Google Chrome

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Comment by Nathan Davies on May 23, 2012 at 2:53pm

Excellent post Shiz. I'd forgotten all about Chrome's built in flash.

Comment by SparTom007 - Tom on May 24, 2012 at 9:23am

Or simply play flash applications in projector :P

Download Flash Player 11.2 Projector is the current link :) All free ofc


Also let's you record flash stuff with FRAPS :)

Comment by S on June 2, 2012 at 7:24am

Well, I'm part of the 18% who use Firefox, but now I'm a step ahead if I ever do decide to abandon my loyalties and switch to Chrome. :)

Comment by The Shiznit on October 13, 2012 at 3:44pm

Post updated to mention issues with PepperFlash and to recommend disabling it.

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