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Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby Coolboy81 on Sat Dec 13, 2008 12:00 pm

Flash mp3 players and video players (like YouTube and similar sites) works fine for the most part but very often, the players are replaced by a blank box and there's no sound. It makes me have to close down Firefox (and often save my browsing session) and re-open it for Flash to work properly again. It's been more frequent recently and it's getting extremely annoying. Is this happening to anyone else? I am running Mint Elyssa btw.

Any tips on what I need to do to prevent the blank spaces from replacing the flash players? Thanks in advance!
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Re: Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby Husse on Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:08 pm

Unfortunately my advice is to turn off Compiz (Appearance > Visual effects > None)
Compiz and flash are known not to like each other
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Re: Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby Tithis on Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:07 pm

Flash is known to be unstable in Linux, there is really very little that you can do as far as I've seen.

The recently released flash for 64-bit Linux seems to be much more stable from what I've experienced and I've yet to seen it crash.
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Re: Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby rivenought on Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:08 pm

I agree with Husse and want to add that if you click the "reload the current page" button in Firefox, oftentimes that will fix the gray box issue. Try it and see if that method works for you instead of closing and reopening Firefox. I have gotten good results that way.
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Re: Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby mockturtle on Thu Dec 18, 2008 11:03 pm

I had a similar problem in Elyssa. I just did a fresh install of Felicia (Main Edition) and things are now slightly different.

First, instead of a blank grey box, I get a box that replaces part of the original Flash video frame and has one of those spinning updating GIFs in the middle.

Second, and more importantly, the blanking out is occurring MUCH more often. When I was on Elyssa, Flash videos would turn into grey blank boxes if I'd been using Firefox for too long or had too many Flash videos open at one time. Now on Felicia, nearly every video I look at dies at least once while I'm watching it. I just installed an update to the flashplugin-nonfree package today hoping it would help, but no dice. :(

Any advice on how to make Flash more stable in Felicia (or Linux in general) would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you!
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Re: Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby McDuck on Thu Dec 25, 2008 12:52 am

Coolboy81 wrote:Flash mp3 players and video players (like YouTube and similar sites) works fine for the most part but very often, the players are replaced by a blank box and there's no sound. It makes me have to close down Firefox (and often save my browsing session) and re-open it for Flash to work properly again. It's been more frequent recently and it's getting extremely annoying. Is this happening to anyone else? I am running Mint Elyssa btw.

Any tips on what I need to do to prevent the blank spaces from replacing the flash players? Thanks in advance!


I had the same problem, but fixed it by removing and reinstalling flash per the instructions here:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=766683


Code: Select all
sudo apt-get purge flashplugin-nonfree gnash gnash-common libflashsupport mozilla-plugin-gnash nspluginwrapper swfdec-mozilla && sudo apt-get install flashplugin-nonfree


Hope this helps.
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Re: Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby Husse on Fri Dec 26, 2008 8:00 am

The solution given by McDuck is one that seems to work for a lot of people
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Re: Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby hotweiss on Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:56 pm

I too had a problem with Flash. I will have to try this later.
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Re: Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby Eesaurus on Fri Jan 02, 2009 11:50 am

Husse wrote:The solution given by McDuck is one that seems to work for a lot of people


Yes, it works. At least for me. Had problems occasionally with Flash-videos, now i don't. Cool. 8)
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Re: Unstable Flash in Firefox

Postby alkastan on Tue Jan 06, 2009 9:38 am

Hi, I confirm that install of Flash 10 resolved pbs also on my laptop ASUS F5N now cpu is only running at 25% and no kernel panic pfuuuuuuu

Computer is not an exact science ;-)
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