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Old 12-07-2008, 09:44 PM   #1
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Flash applications go blank (white)


Well, I can't figure it out, and so far, no luck searching (search for flash / blank / crash and you'll get a /lot/ of junk).

So I'm running Fedora (2.6.27.5-41.fc9.x86_64 currently), have flash-plugin-nonfree installed and working /mostly/ fine in Firefox 3.0.4, but here's my symptoms:

If I go to a site that's playing something in flash (game / video / doesn't matter), and I scroll around using the mouse wheel, there's about a 1 in 3 chance that the flash video will just turn white. Can't click on it after that, can't hear anything else ... it just freezes up.

This also happens on load a lot of time (while a video or game is loading), and also happens if I load up several tabs with flash playing in them.

I'm finally starting to get tired of it (workaround, of course, is simply reload the page ... there's a 2/3 chance that it'll work), and can't find a good solution. Any help would be appreciated.

Let me know what I should post as far as config files / logs if you've got ideas or anything else, and I'll be glad to.
 
Old 12-08-2008, 01:09 AM   #2
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Complain here
 
Old 12-08-2008, 10:21 AM   #3
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Complain here

Sooo... the idea is that this is a problem with flash in general? There's no real fix available yet?
 
Old 12-08-2008, 11:52 AM   #4
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Sooo... the idea is that this is a problem with flash in general? There's no real fix available yet?
For some time now there's been a problem with Flash on Linux, usually ending up in crashing your Firefox processes. In my experience this happens most often in Flash videos like YouTube, and crashes about 1 in 5 times. I haven't heard about a good fix yet.
 
Old 12-08-2008, 11:59 AM   #5
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Yes, I have blank (gray) screens when trying to see flash sometimes. But I think dev's are aware of the issue.
 
Old 12-08-2008, 06:25 PM   #6
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Well, thanks all for at least telling me there's no good fix yet. I'll just wait with baited breath for now .
 
Old 12-09-2008, 03:13 AM   #7
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Adobe FlashPlayer is proprietary, no source code is publicly available, so the only people who can help with bugs are Adobe.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 06:30 AM   #8
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Slim Chance.

Been playing with Kubuntu lately and had the same problem, but am not sure the solution would be the same. Check and make sure pulse audio is running first ( If you are using it ) and with kubuntu I had to install the flash from the repository and then download flash from the adobe site and install it to get it working properly.

Hope that helps. Not sure if it will work with Kubuntu vs Fedora though.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 09:48 AM   #9
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Been playing with Kubuntu lately and had the same problem, but am not sure the solution would be the same. Check and make sure pulse audio is running first ( If you are using it ) and with kubuntu I had to install the flash from the repository and then download flash from the adobe site and install it to get it working properly.

Hope that helps. Not sure if it will work with Kubuntu vs Fedora though.
Interesting. So you're saying you no longer get any freezes or white screens from flash applications?

I'm running pulse and got flash from the flash-plugin-nonfree (from the repository), and also tried downloading flash separately once they went to flash 10. Didn't change much, unfortunately, for me.

I'll have to try that on my wife's Ubuntu machine, though. She sometimes gets buffering errors and the video goes black.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 10:18 AM   #10
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Took a bit of tweaking but i got it working.

Kubuntu installed but did not enable pulse audio on my system and my firefox flash was turning white.. then firefox would crash.. or would crash randomly with flash videos.

I followed the instructions at:

http://pulseaudio.org/wiki/PerfectSetup

and installed and setup all the pulse audio server features ( lots of work here to get it to work on mine but the site tells you how to test as you set it up and make sure it works) and once that was done :
in pulse audio preferences, simultaneous output tab, enabled virtual output device. ( not sure what this did but it magically worked and I may have missed some steps but this is the general order of what i remember)

I got a few errors when setting up the pulse audio server, but a quick google pulled up looots of distro specific resources for Kubuntu.

Another thing with pulse audio that I did with kubuntu was install the 'flashplugin-nonfree-extrasound' (includes libasound for flashplayer and pulse audio but only a broken flashplayer 9) instead of the normal 'flashplugin-nonfree'. Then I installed flashplayer 10 from adobes site and it works with 0 problems now.

Keep posting as you go and maybe I will remember as you go and we can make a standardized fix for this. I should have written everything down but was not sure fully enabling pulse audio would fix the problem and am curious if the fix is repeatable.

Edit: Check on the fedora system ( never used fedora so use caution) and see if libasound is installed. libasound2 is the current version in Kubuntu 8.10. Just out of curiosity.

Last edited by Hern_28; 12-09-2008 at 10:25 AM.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 10:51 AM   #11
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Flash is a piece of crap so as long as websites use it, we're forced into it. As well as complaining to Adobe, it may help to complain to websites that use Flash and ask them to stop.
 
Old 12-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #12
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Agree.

Unfortunately almost betting it will get replaced with Silverblight (codenamed Silverlight (sigh)). Its Microsoft so its gotta be better right (shaking cramps out of hands from using microsoft and better in the same sentence... twice).
 
  


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