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I've finally got round to installing some plugins for firefox on suse but as soon as I hit any web page with any flash in it whatsoever then firefox just closes instantly.
I've tried using the flash plugin from yast, I've tried removing it and using the "install plugins" dialogue in firefox and I've even tried copying the flash plugins from fedora and ubuntu but I get the same result.
All other plugins work fine.
I've also tried disabling then uninstalling all themes, extensions and other plugins one by one and I've tried creating a new profile with just the flash plugin and no themes, extensions or other plugins and it's still the same.
I'm using firefox 1.5rc3 but I've also tried switching to ff 1.0.7 from yast and from the firefox website. Still no luck.
I'm having some problems with ubuntu at the moment so I've switched to suse as my stable os but the missus visits a lot of sites with flash content so removing the flash plugin altogether isn't good enough.
With the exception of this firefox/flash problem, absolutlely everything is working perfectly in suse at the moment so it would be a shame if I can't solve this problem.
And before anyone suggests it, I don't want to use opera, konqueror or any other browser, I want to use firefox and I want flash to work please.
Install the package flash-player-188.8.131.52-1.2 or newer
After that create links in the Firefox plugins directory:
cd <plugins directory>
ln -s /usr/lib/browser-plugins/libflashplayer.so
ln -s /usr/lib/browser-plugins/flashplayer.xpt
This works with version 1.0.7 and 1.5
You can also manage the visibility of the Flash messages during browsing, with the Firefox extension named Flashblock
with it you may choose to see or not a Flash animation.
You could also try using the GNU Debugger. It may give you more insight on what is internally going on with firefox when it's crashing. Try 'man gdb'.
btw, you could try running firefox in safe mode to make sure you really have no interaction between the themes/extension. /path/to/firefox --safe-mode is easier and might make it less frustrating than having to uninstall your extensions manually.
I tried running in safe mode and it still crashed. I've also already tried using gdb but it wouldn't run firefox, something about the executable not being recognised. I've now tried removing firefox 1.0.7, 1.5rc3 and flashplayer. I deleted my .mozilla folder and anything left over in /opt/MozillaFirefox, moved the browser plugins directory to another location then re-installed firefox from (1.0.7) and flashplayer from yast. I let firefox create a new profile, tried macromedia's test flash player page and another 5 sites I know have flash content and as usual it crashed on every single one instantly. Is there something I'm supposed to edit or anything else I'm meant to do with firefox or flashplayer to get it running on suse? I'm assuming flash works ok for other people so there must be something I've missed or some library or something I'm missing.
[EDIT] I just noticed firefox in suse is 1.06, not 1.07. Is that as high as it goes in suse or do I have a repo missing or something? Either way, I want to use 1.5rc3 anyway, I'm only installing from yast to figure out the flash problem.
Last edited by fannymites; 12-14-2005 at 11:38 PM.
OK. I finally got this fixed. I remembered when I first started using linux I had some issues with flash crashing firefox on debian and it was something to do with having shadows enabled.
I never actually use shadows/transparency in suse, but I do still have it enabled in xorg.conf in case I fancied messing around with it.
So I commented out the composite section
and now flash is working fine again in firefox.
Does anyone else have flash crash firefox with composite enabled?
It isn't really any major loss since, like I said, I never use shadows/transparency in suse.
There is actually another way to fix the firefox flash problem and still be able to use shadows/transparency.
sudo kwrite /usr/bin/firefox
Then look for this part -
#uncomment for debugging
(This is based on firefox 1.5 from the mozilla site so it may look slightly different depending on what version you are using).
Nex, add export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1
So the section looks like this -
#uncomment for debugging
Obviously this will have to be redone after any updates to firefox but if you like shadows and still want flash to work it's not really much hassle.
I am relativly new to linux, have only been using it for roughly two months but I think I may have found a solution to flash crashing firefox. It worked on my system anyhow.
After reading many sites, forums and umpteen google searches I found that none of the solutions worked. Including disabling shadow/transparency.
So, I tried using Konqueror and notices that flash had no sound (but it was playing fine). I went into the control center and in the 'sound & multimedia' under Sound sytem and the hardware tab I changed the 'select audio device' option and changed it from 'Auto Detect' to the OSS open sound system.
Firefox/flash has not crashed once since I changes these settings.
Hope this helps others.
Note: I am using a Knoppix 4.0 installation (not the live CD) which I believe is a debian distro
I realize I'm resurrecting an ancient thread but... I need help
I'm pretty sure that I have narrowed my FF crash problem down to an issue with flash. I have searched google, I have scoured LQ and other forums -- all I can find is stuff that is at least a year old. I am pulling my hair out over this...
I have updated to the latest version of FF (184.108.40.206). I have updated my flash plug-in. I have updated my java plug-in. I have updated my real player plug-in. I have un-installed and re-installed FF. I have deleted my .mozilla file. I have changed the sound setup. I have made sure that certain lines were commented out in /usr/bin/firefox. And a few other things I can't recall now.
It seems likely that there's some compatibility conflict with the flash plug-in and the version of FF that I'm using, but I have no clue what goes with what.
This is what my about: plugins page looks like (formatting a little off):
Can ANYONE provide some insight? This is not a mission-critical thing for me (not a developer), but it is quite the annoyance to be surfing around and POOF!... no FF. Or every time I logout of my email... BAM! The wife is even more annoyed than me, and because computers is allegedly my thing, it's making me look bad. I can't have that.