Firefox 2.0b2 crashes when loading anything with Flash

Bug #63570 reported by EricIndieRocks on 2006-10-02
2
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Mozilla Firefox
Confirmed
Unknown
firefox (Ubuntu)
Undecided
Unassigned

Bug Description

It seems that firefox 2.0 browser crashes whenever a site using flash is requested. See www.youtube.com www.pitchforkmedia.com as examples.

EricIndieRocks (ecason2) on 2006-10-02
description: updated
Mateusz Drożdżyński (matid) wrote :

Thanks for your bug report. Are you using any extensions to your browser? I can't reproduce your problem on my Edgy install, flash sites are working just fine.

Changed in firefox:
status: Unconfirmed → Needs Info

Firefox extensions:
Adblock Filter.G Updates
Adblock Plus
Chatzilla
CustomizeGoogle
DownThemAll
Firebug
firefix
fireftp
ForcastFox
Gmail Manager
GooglePreview
Image Zoom
PDF Download
Stumble Upon
VideoDownloader
+ Others disabled due to version conflicts with Bon Echo 2.0b2

Things I've Tried:
installed flash-mozilla package
I've downloaded all the updates for Edgy
reinstalled flash-nonfree package

I'm using Kubuntu on a Toshiba Satellite 2450 Laptop, with the standard
nvidia driver package if that is an issue

Mateusz Drożdżyński wrote:
> Thanks for your bug report. Are you using any extensions to your
> browser? I can't reproduce your problem on my Edgy install, flash sites
> are working just fine.
>
> ** Changed in: firefox (Ubuntu)
> Status: Unconfirmed => Needs Info
>
>

Mateusz Drożdżyński (matid) wrote :

The package you should have installed is 'flashplugin-nonfree'. Please make sure it's there.

I also suggest trying to open the websites you've mentioned in the Safe Mode with all extensions disabled. You can open the browser in Safe Mode it by starting it with:
 firefox -safe-mode

Thanks in advance!

EricIndieRocks (ecason2) wrote :

flashplugin-nonfree is installed
disabled plugins
in konsole firefox -safe-mode
clicked on all the boxes
chose continue in safe mode
(later chose save &restart, no difference in outcome)
went to site
crashed! (D'oh!)
here is the printout from my console

eric@eric-laptop:~$ firefox -safe-mode
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 169
  Major opcode: 147
  Minor opcode: 3
  Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 169
  Major opcode: 147
  Minor opcode: 3
  Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
/bin/sh: /usr/bin/esd: not found
The program 'Gecko' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)'.
  (Details: serial 118 error_code 8 request_code 146 minor_code 3)
  (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
   that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
   To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
   option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
   backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)

Mateusz Drożdżyński wrote:
> The package you should have installed is 'flashplugin-nonfree'. Please
> make sure it's there.
>
> I also suggest trying to open the websites you've mentioned in the Safe Mode with all extensions disabled. You can open the browser in Safe Mode it by starting it with:
> firefox -safe-mode
>
> Thanks in advance!
>
>

Plareplane (plareplane) wrote :

I seem to be running into the same problem. Firefox crashes whenever I visit any site using flash. I'm currently using the latest versions of firefox and flashplugin-nonfree in the Edgy repo. I tried to run in safe mode, then visit a flash-using website, and this is the result:

plareplane@navi:~$ firefox --safe-mode &
[1] 14083
plareplane@navi:~$ ** Message: plugin_get_value 1 (1)

** Message: plugin_get_value 2 (2)

** Message: plugin_get_value 1 (1)

** Message: plugin_get_value 2 (2)

** Message: plugin_get_value 1 (1)

** Message: plugin_get_value 2 (2)

** Message: plugin_get_value 1 (1)

** Message: plugin_get_value 2 (2)

** Message: plugin_get_value 1 (1)

** Message: plugin_get_value 2 (2)

The program 'Gecko' received an X Window System error.
This probably reflects a bug in the program.
The error was 'BadMatch (invalid parameter attributes)'.
  (Details: serial 118 error_code 8 request_code 146 minor_code 3)
  (Note to programmers: normally, X errors are reported asynchronously;
   that is, you will receive the error a while after causing it.
   To debug your program, run it with the --sync command line
   option to change this behavior. You can then get a meaningful
   backtrace from your debugger if you break on the gdk_x_error() function.)

[1]+ Exit 1 firefox --safe-mode
plareplane@navi:~$

waustin (waustin) wrote :

This has been a problem with me as well. I have my resolution set to 16bpp so that my video card has enough memory for a dual-head setup. I've heard that the flash plugin requires 24bpp at least to work, or it causes a crash.

The same thing happens in Galeon, incidently, but not in Epiphany. The current beta of Flash9 doesn't help matters either.

Plareplane (plareplane) wrote :

Changing my color-depth to 24-bit seems to stop Firefox from crashing as well.

EricIndieRocks (ecason2) wrote :

If you use the GPL Flash packages you can view pages that use older versions of flash, and other sites will tell you to update your flash. It's not a fix, but it makes it better. You still get a lot of random crashes, but that could be due to other issues.

EricIndieRocks (ecason2) on 2006-10-23
description: updated
Raeff (raeff) wrote :

I can confirm that 16 bit color-depth crashes Firefox (for me this happens silently and reproducibly). Changing back to 24 bit solves this issue.

billflu (foostuff) wrote :

I started with a clean install of Edgy and loaded flash and NVidia drivers. FF kept crashing when I want to pages with flash, but I changed to 24 but color-depth and it solved the problem for me also.

EricIndieRocks (ecason2) wrote :

Um, maybe I'm ust blind or something, but I don't see an option to
change my color depth anywhere in my system settings. I'm using a
Toshiba satellite laptop with a nVidia Gforce4 420 Go, which already
required me to change a bunch of stuff in my xorg.conf to get it to
work. Here is part of my xorg.conf. Even though it says the default
is 16, my monitor doesn't look 16, it looks 32.

Section "Monitor"
    Identifier "Generic Monitor"
    HorizSync 28.0 - 70.0
    VertRefresh 43.0 - 60.0
    Option "DPMS"
EndSection

Section "Device"
    Identifier "NVIDIA Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 420 Go]"
    Driver "nvidia"
EndSection

Section "Screen"
    Identifier "Default Screen"
    Device "NVIDIA Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 420 Go]"
    Monitor "Generic Monitor"
DefaultDepth 16
Option "ExactModeTimingsDVI" "TRUE"
Option "ModeValidation" "DFP-0: NoEdidDFPMaxSizeCheck, NoVesaModes"
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth 1
        Modes "1400x1050"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth 4
        Modes "1400x1050"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth 8
        Modes "1400x1050"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth 15
        Modes "1400x1050"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth 16
        Modes "1400x1050"
    EndSubSection
    SubSection "Display"
        Depth 24
        Modes "1400x1050"
    EndSubSection
EndSection

Michał J. Gajda (mgajda) wrote :

Oops! Gave a link to Xorg's NOTOURBUG record instead of Mozilla's record.

It seems that the bug occurs if you have both composite and 16 bit depth enabled in the xorg.conf.

To fix this bug, you can hide composite visuals from Firefox by setting the environment variable read by xlib:

export XLIB_SKIP_ARGB_VISUALS=1 ; firefox

At least the fix works for me.

Changed in firefox:
status: Unknown → Confirmed
Launchpad Janitor (janitor) wrote :

[Expired for firefox (Ubuntu) because there has been no activity for 60 days.]

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