Ubuntu – Google Chrome 20: How to workaround poor performance with Flash?

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After the update to "Google Chrome 20.0.1132.47" google-chrome started to lag. It gets stuck for couple of seconds and then it resumes. The issue seems to start after I enter any flash site

Running google-chrome from terminal results in following errors:

ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:957:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) The dmix plugin supports only playback stream
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:957:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) The dmix plugin supports only playback stream
ALSA lib pcm_direct.c:980:(snd1_pcm_direct_initialize_slave) unable to install hw params
ALSA lib pcm_dsnoop.c:623:(snd_pcm_dsnoop_open) unable to initialize slave
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:957:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) The dmix plugin supports only playback stream
ALSA lib pcm_direct.c:980:(snd1_pcm_direct_initialize_slave) unable to install hw params
ALSA lib pcm_dsnoop.c:623:(snd_pcm_dsnoop_open) unable to initialize slave
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:957:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) The dmix plugin supports only playback stream
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:957:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) The dmix plugin supports only playback stream
ALSA lib pcm_direct.c:980:(snd1_pcm_direct_initialize_slave) unable to install hw params
ALSA lib pcm_dsnoop.c:623:(snd_pcm_dsnoop_open) unable to initialize slave
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:957:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) The dmix plugin supports only playback stream
ALSA lib pcm_direct.c:980:(snd1_pcm_direct_initialize_slave) unable to install hw params
ALSA lib pcm_dsnoop.c:623:(snd_pcm_dsnoop_open) unable to initialize slave
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:957:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) The dmix plugin supports only playback stream
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:957:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) The dmix plugin supports only playback stream
ALSA lib pcm_direct.c:980:(snd1_pcm_direct_initialize_slave) unable to install hw params
ALSA lib pcm_dsnoop.c:623:(snd_pcm_dsnoop_open) unable to initialize slave
ALSA lib pcm_dmix.c:957:(snd_pcm_dmix_open) The dmix plugin supports only playback stream
ALSA lib pcm_direct.c:980:(snd1_pcm_direct_initialize_slave) unable to install hw params
ALSA lib pcm_dsnoop.c:623:(snd_pcm_dsnoop_open) unable to initialize slave

Firefox does not have any problem. Can you suggest a workaround to get Google Chrome to work as it previously did?

Best Answer

I'm having the same problem when using the Chrome version of Flash Player. Temporary workaround:

  1. Install the adobe-flashplugin package
  2. In Chrome, go to: chrome://plugins/
  3. Disable the /opt/google/chrome/PepperFlash/libpepflashplayer.so instance of Flash Player
  4. Restart Chrome
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