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With the recent Adobe Flash Player update(11.2) in Linux, there seems to be a major color glitch in flash videos for users using Nvidia graphic cards. When viewing flash videos, a user experiences the colors being reversed/altered like you’re watching a negative slide of a film. Imagine, watching a red Ferrari in stark blue & the skin tones of humans being transformed to that of folks from the movie Avatar. Yes, its really frustrating. Updating the Nvidia drivers to the latest won’t work.

To fix this colour glitch, unfortunately one needs to disable hardware acceleration for videos. To disable hardware acceleration, open up a youtube video, right click in the video area & select settings. In the first tab(Display) itself, you should get “Enable Hardware Acceleration” option with a checkmark in the radio box. Simply uncheck this & now try playing a video. If everything goes well, you should be able to view colours accurately.

Another option is to rollback to Adobe Flash 11.1, if you prefer not to disable hardware acceleration. I hope Adobe issues an update on this soon.

Installing Flash Player in Arch Linux

Flash is often used on the web in form of videos, games & other flash based web applications. Love it or hate it but you can’t escape it atleast for now.Thus it becomes necessary to install flash plugin on your system in order to make sure all those flash content work flawlessly in your web browser. Here I’ll guide you to install flash plugin on your Arch Linux system(32 Bit & 64 Bit).

First, you’ll need to edit the pacman configuration file of Arch Linux i.e. ‘/etc/pacman.conf’. This can be done by issuing following at the shell;

vi /etc/pacman.conf

Once the file is loaded in the shell, scroll down & find the repository section. Under repository section enable the ‘Multilib’ repository by deleting the ‘#’ symbol from front of it. This is known as uncommenting. It should look like this after uncommenting.

[multilib] Include = /etc/pacman.d/mirrorlist

After the above is done, issue the following command to refresh & sync the enabled repositories.

# pacman -Syu

Now that we have repositories refreshed, its time to install the flashplayer like any other software using pacman. For that issue,

# pacman -S flashplayer

Now the 32 bit flashplayer is installed on your system. Verify it by typing ‘about:plugins’ in address bar of Mozilla Firefox. Try loading a youtube video or any flash site and it should work without any issues.

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