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by ssh49tn / December 31, 2011 6:38 AM PST

I play games on Facebook, & was using Google Chrome, but kept having flash crashes. I uninstalled my flash, because Chrome has it's own now, that apparently no one knows how to fix, but still had crashes. I uninstalled Chrome, & have installed Firefox, but now some of the games won't load. I re-installed Flashplayer 11. Any ideas??

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Only 2 ideas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2011 6:43 AM PST


2. Flash does not crash on over a dozen machines here. To me this sounds like a PC issue and not a flash or software issue.

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by ssh49tn / December 31, 2011 9:06 AM PST
In reply to: Only 2 ideas.

There are at least 100 posts at their site about it crashing, so it is definitely NOT a PC issue. Chrome has recently added their own flash to their browser, & if you have Adobe Flash installed, you really have a problem. And, it only happens on certain games on Facebook, & once in a while on a couple that I play on AOL.

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There are some millions of PCs out there.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 31, 2011 11:39 AM PST
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And you only found 100 posts about this.

Again, all good here so I'd try another PC. There are folk that can't get over this and will maintain that it's some browser, flash or "a simple software setting."

After meeting such folk I nod and help them as best I can hoping for them to catch on that it sometimes is something else like a dirty heat sink, bad fan or other infection.

-> Did you try the setting I noted?

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flash crash
by ssh49tn / January 1, 2012 4:27 AM PST

If this had been going on for a while, I would think it was a PC problem, but this just started a couple of weeks ago. And, their site also acknowledges that there IS a problem of some sort. I have uninstalled Google, & it is a lot better than it was. I haven't tried your suggestion yet, but will when I have time to actually mess with it. I have to work tonight, 3rd shift, so should have time to try it out.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 1, 2012 4:39 AM PST
In reply to: flash crash

I read your reply and it sounds as if you are unaware of the issue and setting I noted. It's a common thing you see at the shops so I wonder if you are not out there (that is, in the PC repair business.) That could explain why you didn't flip the setting at the first sign of flash troubles.

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by ssh49tn / January 1, 2012 4:53 AM PST
In reply to: Odd.

You're right! I couldn't find anything for the flash acceleration. LOL! I am not a complete dunce on computers, but also not a techie either. But, like I said, at Chrome's website, there are a LOT of complaints about the flash player. One thing is that Chrome has recently installed their own flash player, so of course, mine I had installed & theirs were not very compatible. I deleted my flash, but still had a few problems. I finally uninstalled Chrome completely, & installed Firefox Mozilla, & it is a lot better than it was. I had to reinstall my flash, of course. It only happens on some games that I play on Facebook, & once in a while, on some of my AOL games. Thanks for your input though!

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by ssh49tn / January 1, 2012 4:57 AM PST
In reply to: Odd.

Nope, I have no idea what that was, & couldn't locate anything like it on my laptop. While I'm not a complete dunce, (I know there's not an 'any' key, lol!) I am not a techie either. If you tell me more about this, how to find it, etc, then I'll try it, & see if it helps. Also, this ONLY happens on some games that I play on Facebook, & a couple of AOL games. Most others don't give me that 'flash has stopped responding.'

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Adobe Flash test
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 1, 2012 7:11 AM PST
In reply to: flash

Go to this site; to test your Flash browser plugin.

It should work, but the purpose of going there is this; right click the Flash display area and select Settings. Find, "Enable hardware acceleration" and disable it.

Of late a lot of problems with Flash players in browsers is down to this setting. That one setting should amend all the browsers you have installed, (its a one step solution and no need to repeat it), but if you install another browser and install Flash on that, you may have to change that setting in that browser.


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by ssh49tn / January 1, 2012 1:14 PM PST
In reply to: Adobe Flash test

Ok, I found it, & disabled it. I'll let you know how it works!

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No similar troubles here
by C1ay / January 2, 2012 12:33 AM PST

I use chrome on Linux (w/ XFCE and Gnome), Win2000, WinXP and Win7 because of the consistent behavior across platforms and haven't experienced any of your troubles on any of my boxes.

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Flash crash
by ssh49tn / January 2, 2012 3:26 AM PST

I had never had a problem with the flash until just about a month ago. Chrome did some kind of update to their flash or something, & that's when it started. I didn't even know they had their own flash. I use internet explorer some too, but with Facebook, some of the games don't work with I.E., just Chrome or Firefox. I tried the disabling the acceleration thing, & no crashes, but Facebook seems to be really slow now. And, not having problems is what one other guy said. But, at the Chrome site, when you type in flash player crashes, there are a LOT of complaints on there about it. I had said at least 100, but there may be more. Of course, in some instances, I'm sure it's a computer problem, but when you haven't had any problems at all with it, & then out of no where it starts, something has gone haywire somewhere. And, I just ran the AOL program that fixes your drives, registers, etc, & had any problems that my system had fixed.

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Chrome with Facebook sucks!
by Tyiarramarie / March 13, 2013 11:30 AM PDT

I dont have a PC issue but I do have a Flash Crashes with Chrome only when using Facebook. This has been an ongoing thing for over a year, their patches have NOT fixed their crashes and Im looking for a new browser that wont crash on facebook.

Ive read all the posts here, and I dont know about the first person that wrote in but my problem is not with the computer. I have 6 computers here ranging from a month old and year old, they all crash using Chrome when on facebook!! I run Windows 7 and 8 here, all my computers are up to date and clean.

I will let you know when I find a working browser!

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Here We Try Two Things First...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / March 14, 2013 12:18 PM PDT

1. Uninstall, then reinstall the latest version of Flash using the instructions below:

First, uninstall Flash by using the Flash Uninstaller at the link below..

After that's done, then download the appropriate manual Flash player installer from the link below. If running two browsers, you may need both installers.

Flash Player for IE 32& 64 bit:

Flash Player for Non-IE browser (Opera, Firefox etc):

2. If that doesn't fix it, then we disable Hardware Acceleration like this:

First, check if you can see the Flash animation (banner) without the system crashing at:

Don't worry, it's not a video, it shouldn't crash -- if it does, this won't fix your issue. If it works without crashing, right-click on the Flash animation (banner) and uncheck "Enable hardware acceleration" from the Settings panel. You should now be able to view the various Flash videos without crashing the computer.

And on Windows 7 computers, some folks are finding relief for your issue in Internet Explorer, by opening the Control Panel-Internet Options-Advanced tab.. Once there, place a CHECK mark in the box next to "Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering", then click on "apply", then OK.

Hope this helps.


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Opera. I was surprised
by ngophan / February 13, 2016 8:22 PM PST

I had the same problem. Switched to Opera for Facebook apps and no problems at all.

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Try Opera! I was surprised.
by ngophan / February 13, 2016 8:20 PM PST

I had the same problem, so I tried all of my Facebook apps on Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Opera. I skipped IE11. Opera won, hands down, I still use other browsers for other applications, but Opera for some reason seems to work best for Facebook apps.

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