Flash 10 in 64-bit F9: does it work?

Brennan Ashton bashton at brennanashton.com
Sun Nov 9 02:24:34 UTC 2008

On Sat, Nov 8, 2008 at 3:07 PM, Orcan Ogetbil <orcanbahri at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- On Sat, 11/8/08, Chris Adams  wrote:
>> It is working for me on F9/x86_64.  I didn't do
>> anything special; I have
>> the Adobe repo in my yum config and got
>> flash-plugin-
>> with a yum update.
>> --
> I also got the same version of flash-plugin from the Adobe repo. It works but there is this infamous "grey rectangle bug" on 64 bit systems that drives me insane. I read very many discussions about this but there is no known solution (to me).
> Basically when I go to a website that makes use of flash, sometimes the flash content is replaced with a grey box. Left- or right-clicking on the grey box doesn't do anything. The page needs to be reloaded (some times a large number of times) until it shows properly. Sometimes it turns to grey in the middle of a flash video that I'm watching (this is the most annoying case since some flash players don't have time-seeking feature, I have to watch everything over). The bug happens more often when I have multiple tabs/windows open that display websites with flash content.
> The issue is reported on different linux systems (Ubuntu, Fedora...). Some say that it broke during a minor update in the 9.0.x series. I can't verify this because I couldn't find copies of old versions of flash plugins. 10.0.x series didn't fix the problem.
> Typically when the grey rectangle bug happens I get messages in the system log, such as
> npviewer.bin[18365]: segfault at 13 ip 1493db7 sp ff9b3964 error 4 in libflashplayer.so[def000+951000]
> npviewer.bin[13560]: segfault at 13 ip 1493db7 sp ffbb3364 error 4 in libflashplayer.so[def000+951000]
> npviewer.bin[810]: segfault at 13 ip 1493db7 sp ffaaea64 error 4 in libflashplayer.so[def000+951000]
> npviewer.bin[15403]: segfault at 13 ip 1493db7 sp ffdd0d84 error 4 in libflashplayer.so[def000+951000]
> npviewer.bin[4703]: segfault at ff9d1e4c ip ff9d1e4c sp fffd45dc error 14
> npviewer.bin segfaults are there in every single case. If someone knows of a solution or workaround, I'm all ears.
> -Orcan

This all rolls back to this "bug" in pulseaudio
http://www.pulseaudio.org/ticket/267  note that I put bug in quotes
because pulseaudio says it is a flash issue.  You can find a lot more
information about it in these bug reports, some have a lot of good
information. The Ubuntu one has some well though out ideas about how
to resolve this problem.  The pulseaudio bug was submitted 8 months
ago, something needs to be done.


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