Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Chrome issue: The following plug-in has crashed : Shockwave Flash

Very frequently the new Google Chrome Web browser displays a beige message banner across the top of the page with the message "The following plug-in has crashed : Shockwave Flash." I also notice that there are solid black rectangles where various ads usually appear and they have a little frowning face superimposed on a jigsaw puzzle piece in the middle of those black holes. I sometimes (but not always) see the same message on the Google News Web page which does not have any ads. I did a Web search for this message and see that others have encountered it, but there is no clue as to the nature of the problem or how to fix it. There is actually a Chromium issue page for the problem (Issue 530), but it sheds no light and merely concludes "Status: WontFix." Hmmm... OTOH, if the "bug" simply causes embedded ads to "break", I suppose that is a "problem" that I can live with. I find it ironic that Google with its financial dependency on advertising would allow such a bug out in the wild. OTOH, these are not Google ads that are blocked (I think, since they are dynamic display ads), so maybe there is something more sinister going on.

I did just recently upgrade to Windows XP SP3 and Windows Media Player 11, but neither should have any impact on Shockwave Flash.

In any case, the Web pages seem to function properly otherwise, so for now this is only a minor issue and annoyance for me.

-- Jack Krupansky


At 3:04 PM EDT , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the same problem -and it seems ads are not the only thing being affected by this bug. Webinars, Web Conferences are also not working.. so this minor issue is a major one if you are trying to use Chrome for more value-added activities.
Any word from Google on this?

At 9:04 PM EST , Anonymous The flash template designer said...

Even paypal's website got this problem it tend to happen on index pages but when you browse to another page and come back to the main page it's alright.

Another problem for which no fix is is the continues freezing of I.E when you run AVG.

It starts to look that the browsers / anti virus software are getting a bit out of control, and these guys are not able to fix things anymore


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