YouTube and Flash Video Fix in Google Chrome for Mac

All right. I had a weird problem today. I fired up my version of my new favorite browser, Google Chrome for Mac, and went to YouTube…only to find that none of the videos were working. Instead of seeing the video content, all I could see was a big black box.

Video not working

So, after searching the interwebs, I found a fix.

Step 1

Open up a new tab in your version of Chrome and type:

about:plugins

Type “about:plugins” in a new Chrome tab.

Press Enter.

Step 2

You will be faced with a list of plugins, and you need to choose “Details” on the right-hand side.

Choose “Details” to expand the details for each plug-in.

Step 3

Now you just need to find the Shockwave Flash plug-in section and disable one of the plugins.  For me, it was the first one that was the culprit.  You may find something different.

Disable one of the Flash Plugins

It should change colors…like this

…and it should (hopefully) start working…like this.

Summary

And that’s it…at least it was for me.  I hope this fix is as simple for you as it was for me.

Please note, I have no idea what the long-term effects of disabling this plugin is going to be.  It may be that other Flash-dependent items around the web will stop working, and I’ll end up enabling/disabling as needed.  Thankfully, it’s not very difficult.

If you have anything to add to the conversation or know why doing this fix is a horrible idea, please let everyone know in the comments.

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About Luke

My name is Luke, and I’m the Online Media Manager for a technology company, photographer, husband, and father. You can see a snapshot of some of my work at LukeCoburn.com. I cheer for the Red Sox and am completely in love with my wife and four little princesses.

3 Responses to “YouTube and Flash Video Fix in Google Chrome for Mac”

  1. Chuck February 2, 2013 at 12:13 pm #

    Thanks, Luke! I had the problem (antique iMac currently running 10.5.8 although I have the 10.6 upgrade on order—finally). I had the problem, Googled for a solution, got this page, tried the fix and it worked perfectly!

    • Luke February 6, 2013 at 9:34 am #

      Thanks, Chuck. I’m glad to hear that it worked for you.

  2. Erin May 20, 2013 at 11:19 am #

    I’ve tried disabling both of the flash plugins but neither of them fixed my problem. I still have the black box with only audio.

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