Ubuntu 6.10 Beta Firefox and Flash Plugin Crash: a possible solution

After installing “Swiftfox”, an optimized version of Firefox 1.5, I discovered I still experienced crashes with the flash plugin. Clearly something else was wrong. So I ran firefox with strace on the CLI, and discovered the problem may be related to Xorg. Then I did some searching on the web and eventually discovered that Xorg on Edgy Eft has the composite extension enabled by default. Now I ask you, is that really a wise decision? Clearly not.
Anywho, if your system suffers from the same symptoms, just open xorg.conf in an editor like this:
~$ sudo gedit /etc/X11/xorg.conf

Then append the following lines of code:

Section "Extensions"
Option "Composite" "0"

The restart Xorg, try pressing CTRL-ALT-BKSP, or reboot, or dance a jig. Whatever works for you ;)
If all goes well, the Flash plugin should know work normally. Well, it does for me anyway.


14 Responses to Ubuntu 6.10 Beta Firefox and Flash Plugin Crash: a possible solution

  1. benzo8 says:

    That fixed it for me also – thanks a lot!

  2. Menzonius says:

    Sorry for the late reply, nice to see it helped! :-)

  3. Amit says:

    it worked for me too

  4. Kittiluver says:

    After hours of looking for a solution, in a few short seconds, it was working like there never a problem from your suggestion.

  5. kroyster says:

    Excellent! Thanks!

    I was having the same problem on Ubuntu 6.10 and FF2.0 – FF would crash immediately upon visiting a site with flash embedded. Your instructions worked perfectly, with the exception that reloading X caused lots of graphic artifacts and pixelation making the screen barely useable. But a full reboot quickly fixed that.

  6. Menzonius says:

    Glad to be of service! :-)
    @kroyster: Sorry about X restart not working. If you want to disable the possibility of restarting X like that, when it doesn’t seem to work anyway, you could add the following to the section “ServerLayout” (or “ServerFlags”) in xorg.conf:

    Option "DontZap" "1"

  7. Gil Freund says:

    Cool! works on edgy an ff 2.0 as well

  8. moret says:

    I had the same problem as kroyster and this solution worked fine to me too.

  9. Menzonius says:

    @moret: Your comments where incorrectly marked as spam by wordpress, but I have corrected the error. And I hope you don’t mind, but I deleted the first comment ;)
    Anyway, nice to see it worked for you too!

  10. Reniamo says:

    Great it is working for my egyd and ff2.0, you are my hero
    thanks a lot

  11. Solomon says:

    Can anyone give me ideas , i might get free time in the future and want to give it for wordpress …
    any idea ?
    i want idea from simple thing to mid … 1-2 hours –> 8-10 hours .
    post your ideas…

  12. Keaton says:

    Does anyone know the name of the wordpress plugin that creates a list of your posts in a category instead of just displaying them one after the other? I want it so that when someone clicks on a category they just get a list of posts from that category.

    I'm sure Ive seen one…and sifting through the WP site is a nightmare

  13. Maximilian says:

    What I want to do on my blog, is every few hours take the oldest post and move it to the
    front of the queue, all automatically. Anyone know if there is a plugin that can do this or
    a simple way to set up another plugin to do this (use my own feed perhaps)?

  14. Steve says:

    I had a problem with firefox crashing with the flash plugin as well – but in my case it turned out to be the onboard sound chip from Realtek. Disabling that and installing a separate sound card fixed the problem for me. More info can be found at http://bort.blogsome.com/2007/09/17/flash-9-player-crashing-in-linux-try-this/

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