Saturday, May 24, 2008

Firefox crashing on Youtube in Ubuntu Hardy

If you've been surfing Youtube a lot using the default configuration of Ubuntu Hardy, chances are you've experienced an unusual amount of crashing. An absurd amount, in fact. It has been driving me crazy! I've finally been able to cobble together a solution from suggestions here and there on various forums (with special thanks to the works of Conn in these forums):

  • Download the new Flash 10 beta player from here to your home directory and unzip it.
  • Remove 'flashplugin-nonfree' and 'libflashsupport' using Synaptic
  • Using the command line: mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins/ (if it is not already there)
  • cp ~/install_flash_player_10_linux/libflashplayer.so ~/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so
  • Using Synaptic, make sure you have the latest of the following installed: 'alsa-base', 'pulseaudio', and 'libasound2-plugins'
  • Then create and edit ~/.asoundrc and add:
pcm.pulse {
type pulse
}
ctl.pulse {
type pulse
}
pcm.!default {
type pulse
}
ctl.!default {
type pulse
}

That should do it! Restart your browser and see if you still get all those crashes!
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Anonymous said...

Don't you think there should be some credits, at least Conn's forum thread and the Ubuntu launchpad entry (also a lot of analysis done by Conn there) deserve it:

HOWTO: PulseAudio Fixes & System-Wide Equalizer Support (Hardy Heron)

firefox crashes on flash contents when using libflashsupport

um said...

Fair enough - I've made the proper attributions in the post. I didn't mean to take any credit for any of this work other than bringing it all together in one place for easy reference (in fact, I hadn't even come across the first link you mentioned).

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Anonymous said...

This worked great for me. Thanks for posting the summarized recipe. (The launchpad bug comments and even ubuntu forums tend to have low signal-to-noise ratios.)

Anonymous said...

this is not a future proof fix, you should consider ammending it. a better solution would be to non uninstall flashplugin-nonfree and just replace the current flash plugin in /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree.
then when ubuntu devs update the package users get the new ubuntu approved flash plugin instead of the (now old one) sitting in their home directory

Martin said...

I followed your instructions and it seems to fix the absurd amount of firefox crashes.

So thanks for that.

However after having made all your proposed changes, I realized that my sound isn't working any more when using wine. Diablo2 for example doesn't have any sound after creating ~/.asoundrc.

Only after configuring wine with Apps -> Wine -> Configure Wine, deactivating the ALSA Sound driver and switching on the OSS driver, sound is working again.

Any tips on how to fix that?

And what about the last comment with that "future proof" argument?

I think anonymous is right when he says that we won't see when the devs update the flash plugin.

What do I have to change to install it in the way anonymous described after finishing your instructions?

Any help is appreciated. :)

Cheers
Martin

mike said...

worked like a charm, but now flash does not accept keyboard inputs. I can no longer use the keyboard to play any flash games!

Anonymous said...

to do what i wrote above:

replace instructions:
# Remove 'flashplugin-nonfree' and 'libflashsupport' using Synaptic
# Using the command line: mkdir ~/.mozilla/plugins/ (if it is not already there)
# cp ~/install_flash_player_10_linux/libflashplayer.so ~/.mozilla/plugins/libflashplayer.so

with:
# sudo cp ~/install_flash_player_10_linux/libflashplayer.so /usr/lib/flashplugin-nonfree/libflashplayer.so

then when flash upgrade, your custom installed flash player 10 will be replace with the ubuntu distributed one

Anonymous said...

I can confirm that Flash doesn't accept any keyboard inputs after upgrading to Flash 10.

Sotiris said...

Thanks for the post.That worked for me.

Keith Watanabe said...

Got a question. Are the crashes people encountering complete system lockups? My Dell Inspiron 600M uses Hardy with a downgraded Firefox 2.0.0.14 along with a hand installed Flash 9 plugin, but I experience no crashes nor system lock ups there. Also, I have a Desktop SD30G2 Shuttle breadbox with an NVIDIA card with the downgraded, hand installed Firefox 2.0.0.14 with Flash 10 Beta (again hand installed) which has experienced numerous system lockups. I can definitely say part of the culprit is Flash. In my experience, these system lock ups seem to occur whenever multiple audio sources attempt to be in use (for instance, a flash site and mplayer running).

It's pretty annoying so I ended up just removing flash altogether at least until a permanent workaround is found.

Anonymous said...

Do you think that this would work under OpenSuSE 10.3, but with the Zypper package manager?

Ted said...

Worked like a charm, thanks! My Virtual Box Windows XP guest had been causing FF on the host to hang when running flash.

Nico said...

Kind of a dumb question, but I'm very much a newcomer to Ubuntu. How do I create ~/.asoundrc?

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