I have begun having some odd problems playing Netflix, Amazon VOD, Hulu, Youtube and other flash videos. The videos play slightly faster than they should (seems to be 50% faster) and they have no sound. This happens in Chrome and Netflix-Desktop (using a specialized wine and firefox combo), http://www.compholio.com/netflix-desktop/

However, video works perfectly fine under Firefox (except for netflix-desktop, since it is a program installed on the computer under wine).

Any help will be appreciated.

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Regarding the netflix-desktop issue: It is a known bug with pulseaudio and netflix-desktop. You should restart the pulseaudio server, by

pulseaudio -k

Restarting the pulseaudio server may even solve your flash problems with Chrome, so try this first. Or you can find in that bug report a link to a website with another solution.

Chrome uses it's internal flash plugin, whereas Firefox uses the system-wide plugin. If Chrome behaves badly, but firefox not, then most likely it is a problem with the internal plugin. Please look here for other answers.


For anyone visiting this question in the future, this is what I did.

First off, I found out that Chrome had a version of Flash that didn't work well with pulseaudio and had issues over-riding HTML 5. My solution was to use Chromium instead. I was already undecided on which I liked better, and switching fixed the problem like a charm. Another solution was to install ALSA, but I didn't want to mess around with my audio system that was working fine other than Chrome.

Then, there was the problem of netflix-desktop. My solution was to use pipelight, which is a browser plugin that provides Silverlight functionality. The guide is here: http://www.webupd8.org/2013/08/pipelight-use-silverlight-in-your-linux.html

Be sure to follow the entire guide. At the bottom is a step about spoofing netflix so it appears your running Firefox under Windows. Otherwise, Netflix will flag you as using an unsupported browser.

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