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Adobe Flash Player 11.2  -  Bug 3164063

Created on Thursday, April 12, 2012

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[Platform_Linux]Red palette is replaced with Blue


Problem Description:
Red palette is replaced with Blue
Steps to Reproduce:
No, idea. I found the problem when watch vids on youtube.
I make screenshots with that video.
Actual Result:
Expected Result:
Any Workarounds:

Switching on/off hardware acceleration does not do anything. Also no significance if vid is play on full screen or not.

Test Configuration

Flash Player version: LNX 11,2,202,228
Debug Player: No

User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:11.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/11.0

Browser Version: 5.0 (X11)

Browser Name: Netscape

App Language(s) English
OS Language(s) English
Platform(s) Linux
Browser(s) Firefox All

Notes (73)

  • bz79xfy

    3:17:59 AM GMT+00:00 Nov 13, 2013

    This infuriating bug is still present for many Flash users. Could it be a deliberate attempt to manipulate the market away from open source towards MS and Apple? I wouldn't put it past any of the big corporations to collude in this way.

  • Sunloge

    12:04:22 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 3, 2013

    I confirm the problem on Ubuntu 12.04. Fix it please.

  • yura.kuchinskiy

    9:17:01 PM GMT+00:00 Mar 2, 2013

    Problem also detected on ubuntu 10.04 64 bit edition. Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M.


    5:05:37 AM GMT+00:00 Feb 1, 2013

    Still broken in

  • dmitrigg

    10:08:57 AM GMT+00:00 Nov 15, 2012

    Problem also detected on ubuntu 10.04 64 bit edition. Nvidia gts360m.

  • FixFlashInLinux

    5:00:14 PM GMT+00:00 Nov 10, 2012

    The only way to avoid reproducing this is to install google chromium with integrated flash, and not use the flash plugin. vdpau + flashplugin = blue faces. I've had several versions of nvidia on this machine, currently using:
    nvidia 304.64-2

  • theangel28

    1:17:01 PM GMT+00:00 Nov 8, 2012

    Adobe have washed their hands of this bug report.
    As I type this, the "state" of this bug has been closed, the status "withdrawn" and the reason is (quote) "CannotReproduce"!

    Back in September I wrote a separate bug report stating EXACTLY how to reproduce the blue discolouration in Flash videos (copy, paste and enter this link):

    Please vote for that bug and hope Adobe can fix this problem for people who don't want to use Google Chrome in Linux. If you don't use Google Chrome, you will be stuck with Flash 11.2 series, but you will still receive the security updates only.

  • AmmarkoV

    2:07:16 PM GMT+00:00 Nov 3, 2012

    Confirmed , LUbuntu 12.04 64bit / NVidia 295 GLX card it is definately an Adobe flash player issue , libvdpau works fine for smplayer , vlc ..
    Someone has offset one byte more and the colors are gbr instead of rgb ..

  • Bradasim2

    3:46:14 PM GMT+00:00 Oct 31, 2012

    I confirm the problem on Ubuntu 12.04. Fix it please.

  • wj89zgh

    5:09:15 PM GMT+00:00 Oct 23, 2012

    Still broken in

  • theangel28

    11:10:57 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 20, 2012

    Has anyone tried the latest version of Google Chrome (yes Chrome, NOT Chromium or any other web browser)? The newest Flash releases are only included with the Google Chrome web browser (I have no idea why Adobe has made this decision?). If you use any other web browser, the Flash version will stay at 11.2-x.x, but still get security updates only, until a certain time (when?).

    It's obvious that Adobe have not tested the 11.2 series of Flash player in other web browsers on Nvidia hardware with the libvdpau1 acceleration. Until (if?) Adobe fixes this bug, then best thing to do is embarrass Adobe and punish them. If you work for one of their competitors, do your best to expose Adobe and improve HTML5 to include the equivalent "features" of Flash, but without the security holes and continue to make HTML5 fast to really show people how evil Flash really is! Apple inc. does just this on their website:

  • bordiew

    9:00:23 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 18, 2012

    I confirm the problem on Ubuntu 12.04. Whish this was fixed.

  • droog77

    11:21:15 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 14, 2012

    Linux (Ubuntu 12.04)
    GeForce GT220M, Nvidia drivers 295.40, libvdpau1 installed.
    Adobe Flash Player renders blue videos in Firefox and Chromium

  • steph(an)

    6:54:24 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 12, 2012

    Further to my last post, it turns out that disabling hardware acceleration results in random crashes.

  • steph(an)

    9:40:31 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 11, 2012

    Thought I'd add my voice to this, as I've been a lifelong Linux user and I'm dismayed that Adobe has dropped support. Particularly because it's used by so many web developers.

    Problems x 2.

    System 1: Gentoo. Flash 11.2.202. Asus 9600 GT graphics card. Nvidia drivers 295.71. Flash has the blue "smurf" effect. Corrected if I disable hardware acceleration.

    System 2: Lubuntu. Flash SiS 600 graphics card (onboard probably - it's an old laptop). Probably SiS 900 driver. Flash crashes (hence unable to access settings). Works if I forcibly downgrade to 10.3 (I avoided 11.1 because of I heard it has security holes).

  • ratavuloira

    7:21:04 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 11, 2012

    Linux Mint 13 XFCE (based on Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit)
    GeForce 8800 GT, Nvidia drivers 295.49, libvdpau1 installed.
    all flash videos was blue on firefox, chrome / chromium, opera.

    THE ONLY WAY to solve the problem is explained on

    I have followed all the info, now flash is working, except for Opera.
    All the flash video under Opera are still blue ! (and I don't know why)

    Nvidia is working for a patch; the new libvdpau 0.5

    will solve the problem.

  • theangel28

    3:18:31 PM GMT+00:00 Oct 9, 2012

    To add to my previous comment below this one, I have created a more detailed bug report about this problem in relation to Google Chrome not being installed. That bug report is still "unverified" as I'm typing this message Here's the bug report; you can copy and paste the link into a new tab or window in your web browser:

  • theangel28

    5:06:08 AM GMT+00:00 Sep 15, 2012

    Just wiped-off Ubuntu 12.04 and re-installed it clean, this time with Google Chrome - not Chromium. It seems to have solved this problem and it could explain why Adobe cannot reproduce this bug - maybe they have ONLY tested Google Chrome and not any of the other web browsers e.g. Firefox, Chromium, Opera etc.?

    You could try installing Google Chrome and if that does not work, try wiping-off Ubuntu, re-installing Ubuntu again and then install Google Chrome without installing Chromium at all. Yes it takes a very long time, but it may resolve this bug because Adobe may have failed to test Flash Player properly on Nvidia hardware using different web browsers? I get the impression that Flash Player for Linux (and maybe FreeBSD?) - from now on - will only be supported under Google Chrome? Don't forget you will have to download Google Chrome from Google directly, not use the "Software Centre" in Ubuntu - because it will install Chromium instead.

  • teuteuteuteu

    12:41:44 AM GMT+00:00 Sep 1, 2012


    1. Get a 30 euro nvidia display adapter
    2. connect it to a computer
    3. install latest ubuntu lts
    4. enable nvidia binary driver
    5. go to online video store, try to play a video.

    How hard can it be? 7 months and counting.

  • codywohlers

    10:32:45 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 23, 2012

    I experience this problem as well. There's an excellent write up in Ubuntu question 117127 that explains the cause, and know workarounds.(

    See also Adobe Flash Player bugs 3077076, 3097844, 3109467, 3120888, and 3136745.

    My System:
    Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (Linux 3.2.0-29-generic x86_64)
    GeForce GTX 550 Ti (driver version 304.37)

  • ANogin

    2:13:27 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 21, 2012

    I see this problem under CentOS 6. Turning HW acceleration off solves the problem - just have to make sure to open a new window afterwards (problem remains in the original window - I guess the preference setting does not take effect on the window already opened).

    Relevant RPMs:


    HW infor from lspci:
    05:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation GF108 [Quadro 600] (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 0835
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 32
    Memory at de000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
    Memory at d0000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
    Memory at d8000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=32M]
    I/O ports at c000 [size=128]
    [virtual] Expansion ROM at df000000 [disabled] [size=512K]
    Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 3
    Capabilities: [68] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    Capabilities: [78] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    Capabilities: [b4] Vendor Specific Information <?>
    Capabilities: [100] Virtual Channel <?>
    Capabilities: [128] Power Budgeting <?>
    Capabilities: [600] Vendor Specific Information <?>
    Kernel driver in use: nvidia
    Kernel modules: nvidia, nouveau, nvidiafb

  • Am Ellenbogen

    2:27:03 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 20, 2012

    As stated in a previous comment, libvdpau is used for presentation. An overlay is used.

    This is the most annoying thing since flash itself. The overlay color seems to be random - kind of. Often - much too often - it is black or white.
    So flash video shine through terminal windows etc. This must stop.
    Stop using vdpau in such an inappropriate way.

    (I'm not sure, but playing videos via vdpau - e.g. with mplayer or vlc - does not have the side effect of things shining through)

  • wj89zgh

    6:41:52 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 19, 2012

    Still broken in

  • mactavish2191

    11:34:54 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 17, 2012

    I have that blue smurff problem too with my firefox and opera browser but my chrome browser works fine .....
    Flash player version:

    I hope adobe should fix these issue

  • theangel28

    7:40:40 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 23, 2012

    To prove it *is* Flash Player at fault with Nvidia hardware acceleration, I have been testing PC-BSD 9.1 Beta and the same problem occurs - note that PC-BSD is *not* a Linux distribution - it uses FreeBSD, which can run most Linux software i.e. Flash Player in this case.

    This bug with Flash Player can be reproduced on Linux *and* FreeBSD with hardware acceleration enabled in Flash Player on Nvidia graphics cards.

    Try installing PC-BSD and if you have an Nvidia graphics card, the driver should be selected during installation. After installing PC-BSD, follow the steps on the PC-BSD website to install the Beta 9.1 updates. Now try Flash Player with hardware acceleration enabled and watch blue videos!

    How much more proof does Adobe need just to acknowledge that they have screwed up Flash Player?

  • PierreDumuid

    9:02:52 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 29, 2012

    Fails for me to! (Gentoo)

  • theangel28

    3:58:58 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 28, 2012

    Adobe - people who have paid a *lot* of money for your software, which creates Flash content, are affected by this problem too! Flash content created by Adobe's own expensive software is being displayed in the wrong colours on Nvidia cards under Linux and this problem is very widespread. Look how many people are posting comments here!

    Given that Flash was once 'promised' as being a cross-platform tool for viewing content in web pages in (almost) any operating system, you are breaking this promise and being worse than evil.

    Let's hope HTML 5 will kill Flash forever and force Adobe to treat their customers properly and not penalise those who use Linux, *BSD etc (actually PC-BSD apparently uses the older version of Flash).

    I hope when Chrome 20 is released that I don't have to painfully remove the 3rd party libvdpau1 patch - which solves this problem in Ubuntu for now.

  • ratavuloira

    10:17:37 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 28, 2012

    Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit
    GeForce 8800 GT, Nvidia drivers 295.40
    all flash videos are blue on firefox, opera, chrome/ium
    I have used the patch like explained on

    and now it's ok.
    I'm not a scientist or (better) an Adobe developer, but I can reproduce the bug.
    It seems that the new Chrome 20 solves the bug, so I think that it's not impossible for Adobe to solve also for flash 11.2
    But Adobe doesn't want to help poor Linux users, at least for free....

  • ratavuloira

    10:16:50 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 28, 2012

    Ubuntu 12.04 64 bit
    GeForce 8800 GT, Nvidia drivers 295.40
    all flash videos are blue on firefox, opera, chrome/ium
    I have used the patch like explained on

    and now it's ok.
    I'm not a scientist or (better) an Adobe developer, but I can reproduce the bug.
    It seems that the new Chrome 20 solves the bug, so I think that it's not impossible for Adobe to solve also for flash 11.2
    But Adobe doesn't want to help poor Linux users, at least for free....

  • Y Leretaille

    3:10:27 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 12, 2012

    @Zhe Wang: This happens when HardwareDecode is OFF! Turning it on will fix the colors, but causes Flash to crash frequently. Everything is written here and you'll find detailed Informations all over the web. This Bug is affecting a lot of users and all you have to do is to swap two arguments somewhere in your code. This has to be fixed!
    My configuration is:
    Ubuntu 11.04 64Bit, Firefox, newest flashplayer
    Nvidia GTS450, nvidia driver and libvdpau installed

  • j_v

    9:26:52 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 11, 2012

    The libvdpau "patch" (or rather hack – it's a workaround for Flash Player's faulty behaviour anyway) can be controlled using the /etc/vdpau_wrapper.cfg file.
    Once Adobe releases a fix for this bug (like this will ever happen) you can easily turn off the plane swapping using the configuration file or revert to the official libvdpau version from Ubuntu repository.

  • theangel28

    10:28:25 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 9, 2012

    If (yes "IF") Adobe fixes this bug, how can the "patch" for VDPAU be removed? The patch can be obtained from entering these 3 lines into the Terminal, one by one:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tikhonov/misc
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install libvdpau1

    So if Adobe fixes this bug, the temporary patch will result in the wrong colours again.
    Please help!

  • wj89zgh

    9:23:24 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 9, 2012

    Problem still exists with 64 bit Flash player using the latest NVIDIA driver 295.53 on an MCP7A ION motherboard.

    Please recheck if you swapped the pointers to the Cr and Cb planes in the VDPAU calls.

  • theangel28

    4:23:34 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 5, 2012

    I have applied the workaround suggested on the "ask Ubuntu" page, using the patched libvdpau.
    Copy and paste links.

    With that patch installed, I can now have hardware-accelerated Flash. God knows why Adobe are sitting on the fence? Someone has already written a patch, long before Adobe staff (ever) get off their fat backsides and fix their own product!

    Read why Steve Jobs, former CEO of Apple, banned Flash Player on Apple mobile devices:

    Says it all really! Tell the world how bad Flash Player really is, edit Wikipedia pages about Adobe Flash and Adobe Flash Player, making sure you add lots of (true) criticism with citations as proof. Enough is enough Adobe!

  • Basmok

    8:49:51 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 4, 2012

    ubuntu 11.4
    firefox 12.0
    nvidia 8400Gt driver 270.41.06-0ubuntu with VDPAU
    i had fix the blue by using
    sudo mkdir /etc/adobe
    echo -e "EnableLinuxHWVideoDecode=1\nOverrideGPUValidation=true" | sudo tee /etc/adobe/mms.cfg > /dev/null

    But i having a lot of crashing in the flashplugin after that
    i tried to cancel by deleting the folder
    sudo rm -r /etc/adobe
    but no use
    you can see it on

  • theangel28

    11:32:57 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 3, 2012

    It wouldn't surprise me if Microsoft are paying Adobe to ignore Linux users!

    Adobe are refusing to acknowledge this bug - even if they did, the chances of it being fixed are virtually nil!

    If you try to change Flash Player settings in Ubuntu 3D before making the YouTube video fullscreen, you will have the settings "stuck" on the video until you close the tab or go to a different webpage.

  • j_v

    9:28:06 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 3, 2012

    @theangel28 No need to switch to Unity 2D, just open a YouTube video in full screen, the Settings window will be responsive then (sometimes it just takes two or three clicks to open that window).
    There are other (I'd say better) workarounds available, see
    But yeah, hacking libvdpau to switch colour channels coming from the Flash Player isn't even near to a proper fix by Adobe.

  • wmerrillholt

    10:36:03 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 2, 2012

    This is a bug in flash for linux systems with the nvidia graphics cards and hardware acceleration enabled.

  • theangel28

    10:30:59 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 2, 2012

    @louis3000 Are you using a recent version of Ubuntu? If so, a bug in Ubuntu (yes Ubuntu) prevents users from altering the Flash Player settings:

    When logging into Ubuntu, click the "circle" next to your username on the login screen and change the option to "Ubuntu 2D" and then try changing the Flash Player settings. If that doesn't help, go to the Software Centre and install gnome-panel (typed as shown, including the hyphen), Then logout, change the option to "gnome classic no effects" (again by clicking the "circle" next to your username) and then login again.

    @Serrano Pereira people have already edited Wikipedia with embarrassing truths about Flash Player. See the Wikipedia pages about Adobe Flash and Adobe Flash Player. The golden rule is to make sure the facts are correct, then you can publish them and make more people turn away from Flash.

  • louis3000

    5:11:18 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 2, 2012

    This bug is annoying, as the fact you can't click on menus in the settings but I guess Adobe don't care about it.

  • Serrano Pereira

    2:43:32 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 1, 2012

    @theangel28: I don't think punishing Adobe is going to help fix this bug. Besides, millions of people take great care in writing good and objective articles for Wikipedia, and you want to abuse it to give Adobe a bad name?

    Instead let's try to be helpful so Adobe can fix this very annoying bug.

  • D250 Laboratories

    2:29:29 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 1, 2012

    I can confirm this issue on CentOS 6.2 and fedora 17, both 64 bit systems. (NVidia GeForce GTS 450, driver version 295.53)

    It is really annyoing, the only propblem I had with my CentOS system was that of flash player. It kept crashing, and after trying several nvidia drivers, browser versions and flash downgrades, it crashed even the browser and a few times the whole system with a total freeze! I thought a fresh brandnew 3 days old Fedora will help me out, ... but seems this is really a flash issue.

    Please take it serious, IMO this is a huge problem for Adobe, ..

  • theangel28

    7:16:55 AM GMT+00:00 May 29, 2012

    I have the Nvidia geforce gtx 560 ti (MSI) on Ubuntu 12.04 (64-bit) and the Nvidia drivers are kept up-to-date.

    I have un-ticked "Enabled hardware acceleration" and this has fixed the problem for me. Luckily I have a very powerful computer and there is no noticeable performance loss, but other users who are forced to turn off hardware acceleration in Flash Player will pay a heavy price in terms of slow performance, especially on older computers. Flash is a *big* resource hog and unusable on netbooks or computers more than 5 years' old, except when watching 240p videos on youtube!

    Despite Adobe's PR and claims that Flash Player is available "cross platform", users' are at the mercy of Adobe to fix this problem. If Flash Player were open source this bug would have been fixed by now!

    Let's punish Adobe by revealing how bad Flash Player really is! Edit Wikipedia anonymously by setting up an account and embarrass Adobe, post comments in forums on popular websites, create your own anonymous webpages revealing the true pitfalls of Flash Player and do all you can to spread the word about the dangers of being "locked" into this c*** piece of American technology.

    Watch out Adobe, if you carry on like you are now, you will become bankrupt in the next 10 - 15 years, hopefully sooner! No big American company is safe; GM was forced into bankruptcy in 2009, did you ever think that would happen? Your greed and selfishness will not last forever.

  • Piotr M.

    2:51:23 AM GMT+00:00 May 29, 2012

    Reproduced on Ubuntu 12.04 and Arch, nVidia 9600M GT card. From what I've noticed:
    - happened when updating Flash from 11.1 to 11.2;
    - nVidia driver version changing doesn't help at all (check a few different versions);
    - not related to libvdpau1 (checked);
    - distribution independent (also checked on Arch);
    - enabling EnableLinuxHWDecode helps, but causes Flash to become unstable;
    - browser independent: affects Firefox, Chrome, Opera (checked);

  • vigilian

    6:16:05 AM GMT+00:00 May 27, 2012

    same problem : configuration GTX480 EVGA supercloked
    ubuntu 12.04 64 bits
    new driver nvidia, new flash plugin, everything up to date.
    The problem happens when you install libvdpau1 that's simple to reproduce.
    Install it, reun a video with yellow color in it and in place of the yellow you will find blue that's it you have your bug, so fix it it's your job!

  • Montblanc0

    8:03:12 AM GMT+00:00 May 25, 2012

    Same as Trucoto, though I have an NVIDIA Corporation G96 [GeForce 9500 GT] (rev a1) but from the same FEATURE SET A.

  • Trucoto

    7:31:00 AM GMT+00:00 May 25, 2012

    I can reproduce the bug with NVIDIA G96 [GeForce 9400 GT] (rev a1), 32-bit Ubuntu 12.04, nvidia-current 295.40-0.ubuntu1, libvdpau1 0.4.1-3ubuntu1, adobe-flashplugin

  • j_v

    4:19:46 AM GMT+00:00 May 25, 2012

    Thank you Zhe. I have a suspicion that most desktop GeForce GPUs with VDPAU feature set A (and possibly B) seems to be affected –
    Quadro 2000 and GT 430 (confirmed by another Launchpad user) are both feature set C GPUs and are not affected. However there's a same report for GT 240M which is also feature set C.

    Maybe the bug manifests itself only when a particular GPU feature is not present.

  • Serrano Pereira

    2:22:58 AM GMT+00:00 May 25, 2012

    Also affected: NVIDIA G98M [GeForce G 105M] (rev a1), 32-bit Ubuntu 12.04, nvidia-current 295.40-0ubuntu1, libvdpau1 0.4.1-3ubuntu1, flash

  • schirmeier

    11:45:59 PM GMT+00:00 May 24, 2012

    Reproducible here: nVidia G98M [Quadro NVS 160M] (rev a1), 64-Bit Ubuntu 11.04, NVIDIA-Linux-x86_64-295.40, Flash, libvdpau1 0.4.1-2ubuntu1.

  • Montblanc0

    7:27:54 PM GMT+00:00 May 24, 2012

    @Zhe I'm affected by this bug with a GeForce 9500 GT. My friend is *NOT* affected by this bug, but he has a GT430. We're both running an up-to-date Precise with latest nVidia drivers, of course. So it's not happening on your Quadro 2000 and my friend's GT430, what do these cards have in common?

  • Zhe Wang

    7:11:35 PM GMT+00:00 May 24, 2012

    Can NOT reproduce this with NVIDIA Quadro 2000 video card, trying to find older N video card to regress this.

  • Serrano Pereira

    3:39:14 PM GMT+00:00 May 24, 2012

    @Zhe: Is it possible that you're testing with an older Nvidia GPU? According to j_v's last comment, this issue only happens with fairly new Nvidia GPU's which support hardware accelerated video. Also check that it's not using HTML5 to play the video. Also, most of us are already using an up-to-date Nvidia driver. I'm running a fully updated Ubuntu 12.04 and the problem still persists.

  • srwarren

    2:45:32 PM GMT+00:00 May 24, 2012

    I believe this bug occurs when:

    a) The Flash application uses Stage Video, which enables the points below.

    b) Using an NVIDIA GPU that supports VDPAU (something in the GeForce 8 series or newer, except the very first few boards).

    c) Using VDPAU for display. I believe this is enabled when HW acceleration support is turned on in Flash options.

    d) Using software decoding, rather than decoding the video using VDPAU. I don't know exactly which condition triggers this.

    The specific issue is that when Flash calls VDP_FUNC_ID_VIDEO_SURFACE_PUT_BITS_Y_CB_CR, the pointers it provides for the U and V planes are swapped.

    For code that works around the issue, which should help your engineers pin-point the issue, please see:

    Hope this helps!

  • j_v

    2:08:53 PM GMT+00:00 May 24, 2012

    Zhe Wang: With what version of Ubuntu and Nvidia drivers? What type of Nvidia GPU? Do you have libvdpau1 package installed? Have you tested it with Stage Video? Do you even use Nvidia GPU?
    And no, it's not Nvidia who to blame here. This bug have appeared in Flash Player 11.2, independently of the Nvidia driver version in use. Flash Player apparently uses VDPAU for video presentation – there's a bug, please, fix it.

    Do you really think that 300+ people using various distributions have made this bug up to just bother Adobe?

  • Montblanc0

    2:02:00 PM GMT+00:00 May 24, 2012

    This bug *IS* reproducible. You can't state it's not reproducible just because we don't exactly know on which environment it happens, but this bugs affects thousands and thousands of users, it's not a coincidence.

  • Zhe Wang

    1:09:02 AM GMT+00:00 May 23, 2012

    Can not reproduce on my Ubuntu

  • theangel28

    12:35:34 PM GMT+00:00 May 16, 2012

    This problem affects me too. Skin colour in all youtube videos - which use Flash Player - is BLUE! Every other piece of software has been eliminated and the bug is definitely in Adobe Flash Player. IT IS NOT A BUG IN THE GRAPHICS CARD DRIVERS, see:

    I hope Adobe fixes this problem, otherwise it's time to switch to HTML5 and boycott Adobe for not caring about Linux users.

  • Ilborg

    9:37:12 AM GMT+00:00 May 14, 2012

    Zhe Wang: could you be more precise on your setup please? Just if you have like too old nvidia card that you don't see the same issue (ie. vdpau is not used with your setup) or something.

    Proper workaround for youtube is to use html5 as much as possible or minitube. Somebody might want to use full screen and then disabling acceleration is out of question as even fastest machines might run out of juice without dedicated hardware for video drawing.

  • askuhn

    3:40:57 PM GMT+00:00 May 9, 2012

    Zhe Wang (May 1, 2012): "HW Decode should off on linux. turn off hw decode is the workaround."
    Zhe Wang (April 12, 2012): "HW Decode should always off by default on linux, so can you please check your mms.cfg settings..."

    This is ironic because turning those things off and clearing mms.cfg actually CAUSES the color-swapping problem. Please acknowledge the hundreds of people reporting and the thousands of people affected by this issue though communication and providing a proper fix. Thank you.

  • enigmatichus

    12:41:32 AM GMT+00:00 May 8, 2012

    Same problem here with Arch Linux i686, 3.3.4-2 kernel and both and flashplugin versions. Downgrading to flashplugin solves the issue.

  • rojarohh

    8:48:50 AM GMT+00:00 May 6, 2012

    Reproducible on three different computers - all running nVidia cards (GT9600, GT220 and 3100M/GT218) and different flavors of Linux. Judging by the previous bug reports which were commented by Adobe developers with statements like "cannot reproduce" it seems to me that they didn't even try to reproduce the problem.

  • BalazsMarton

    5:12:35 AM GMT+00:00 May 6, 2012

    Affecting me, too. Just one of the several thousands (?).

  • rojarohh

    5:46:21 PM GMT+00:00 May 5, 2012

    So looking at the vdpau workaround patch ( ), all it does is swapping U and V planes to VdpVideoSurfacePutBitsYCbCr. So my guess is that the devs at Adobe simply switched them by mistake. So why is it so hard to fix this bug?

  • Linards Ticmanis

    9:48:07 AM GMT+00:00 May 4, 2012

    The bug is still there in version which just appeared in Ubuntu.

  • j_v

    2:33:18 PM GMT+00:00 May 3, 2012

    Zhe, the problem appears when the HW decode is off - as in HW video decoding.
    Or do you mean HW acceleration option as described in your documentation?

  • Zhe Wang

    7:32:47 PM GMT+00:00 May 1, 2012

    HW Decode should off on linux.
    turn off hw decode is the workaround.

  • it-techguy

    4:09:15 AM GMT+00:00 May 1, 2012

    This bug affects me using Ubuntu 10_04 since I updated flash some days ago.
    definitely no monitor issue.
    This color troubles only do exist with flash.
    skin colors appear as blue.
    Running Nvidia GTX 560M.

    Thank you

  • j_v

    11:27:21 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 17, 2012

    This is very discussed problem in Linux community, see e.g.

    The prerequisites are:
    - have fairly new Nvidia GPU which supports hardware accelerated video
    - use current binary drivers by Nvidia
    - have libvdpau (libvdpau1 package in Ubuntu) installed

    Under these conditions the Flash Player is using VDPAU hardware acceleration for video presentation (overlay) - not decoding, just presentation, see explanation by Nvidia's staff
    Flash Player apparently sends U and V chrominance components of video in a wrong order.

    Ironically, enabling EnableLinuxHWDecode option fixes colours but makes Flash Player significantly unstable.

    Most affected users are using latest version of Nvidia binary driver and people from Nvidia have already created a libvdpau patch as a workaround ( - but this only points to Flash Player's faulty behaviour.

    So far disabling the Hardware acceleration in Flash Player's settings (as described in Adobe's help: solves the problem but leads to decreased performance and look of e.g. vector graphics, since the operations have to be done by CPU and not GPU.

  • 1234 Elm Stre.

    12:44:09 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 17, 2012

    It's seems I make mistake when I switch off hardware Accel and restart browser everything is normal. The colors is fine now, but if I switch it on and restart the browser red palette again is replaced with blue

  • fcc_ka

    6:57:38 PM GMT+00:00 Apr 14, 2012

    Not sure this is the right place to relate, but found this bug in Salix (Slackware) 13.37 64 bits after upgrade to flash-plugin- Bug occur with both browsers:
    Flash Player version: LNX 11,2,202,233 ;Debug Player: No
    User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64; rv:11.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/11.0
    Browser Version: 5.0 (X11).Browser Name: Netscape
    Flash Player version: LNX 11,2,202,233.Debug Player: No
    User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/535.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/15.0.874.121 Safari/535.2.
    Browser Version: 5.0 (X11; Linux x86_64) AppleWebKit/535.2 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/15.0.874.121 Safari/535.2. Browser Name: Netscape

    All skins colors are blue in Youtube BUT when turn off Enable Hardware Accel (both browsers), colors return to normal.
    Using a NVIDIA Geforce 9800 GTX+; NVIDIA Drivers 290.10
    Attached file fcc_ka_glxinfo.txt

  • Zhe Wang

    6:57:43 PM GMT+00:00 Apr 12, 2012

    HW Decode should always off by default on linux, so can you please check your mms.cfg settings. The recommendation there should be to switch off the EnableLinuxHWDecode and OverrideGPUSetting settings if the users have had them enabled in the past.

  • Zhe Wang

    6:49:52 PM GMT+00:00 Apr 12, 2012

    Thanks for reporting this, can not reproduce this issue on ubuntu 11.10, Could you please try to update your video card driver and see if thing better?

Duplicate ID
Reported By 1234 Elm Stre.


State Closed
Status Withdrawn
Reason CannotReproduce


Priority 2-Medium
Frequency All users will encounter
Failure Type Usability Issue
Product Area Video


Found In Build
Fixed In Build

Votes (140)

  • dio88

    4:05:31 PM GMT+00:00 Nov 9, 2013

    same problem in Ubuntu 13.10. NVIDIA GT 130M

  • soltysss

    5:55:48 PM GMT+00:00 Jul 18, 2013

    flash player for linux is sucks! You are working for Microsoft or what?

  • adunn10495

    9:10:27 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 14, 2013

    This has been an issue for some time. I am tired of watching "smurfs" on CNN and would like Adobe to fix this as it appears to be a common problem.

  • straemer

    9:54:25 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 9, 2013

    This bug keeps randomly coming back for me every once in a while. Just stop denying its existence and fix it already.

  • 23Andy23

    3:56:34 PM GMT+00:00 Mar 27, 2013

    I've found the way to work around this bug, now Adobe found the way to work around the workaround with the latest update. C'mon, this is bad karma.

  • yura.kuchinskiy

    9:19:26 PM GMT+00:00 Mar 2, 2013

    Affected too,
    HW: GeForce GTX 485M
    driver: 304.64
    Ubuntu 10.04


    5:00:01 AM GMT+00:00 Feb 1, 2013

    Mandriva Linux release 2011.0 (Official) for x86_64
    Kernel, Firefox 15.0
    BUG: flash-plugin-
    also blue faces in youtube;
    btw.. Why Adobe Flash Player 11.2 will be the last supported version? :(

  • pika1021

    8:13:32 AM GMT+00:00 Jan 20, 2013

    Affected too
    NVIDIA GTS 250
    Ubuntu 12.04

  • iv06767676767

    1:41:59 AM GMT+00:00 Nov 24, 2012

    All the Stage Video in flash is blue, which makes it unusable.

  • Codobe

    3:12:53 PM GMT+00:00 Nov 17, 2012

    pah, got also blue people while watching youtube videos. hardware acceleration turned of and colors ok again

  • Rahula59

    6:42:15 AM GMT+00:00 Nov 17, 2012

    This bug should be fixed by Adobe as flash plugin is used by all videos on the internet.

  • bigsicret

    3:54:40 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 27, 2012

    blue tinted videos in totem on ubuntu 12.04 64bits with gnome 3.4.2
    youtube works good
    help us
    thank you

  • a blue bug

    6:19:19 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 19, 2012

    I also have the bug in Chrome with player, but no problems whatsoever in Firefox with Flash Same video running side by side.
    Linux OS

  • droog77

    11:24:02 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 14, 2012

    Linux (Ubuntu 12.04)
    GeForce GT220M, Nvidia drivers 295.40, libvdpau1 installed.
    Adobe Flash Player renders blue videos in Firefox and Chromium. I am unable to show educational videos in my lessons if I use Flash.

  • steph(an)

    7:02:12 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 12, 2012

    Flash crashes, which means I can't use Linux to browse the Internet without manually downgrading to a very old version of Flash (10.3). This is particularly irksome as I'm a web developer and I've been using Linux my entire life without problems. It's an important bug for Adobe to fix because Linux powers much of the web and is used as the OS of choice by a high proportion of web developers. Best not to alienate them.

  • dulinux

    5:16:47 PM GMT+00:00 Oct 11, 2012

    I confirm the problem on Ubuntu 12.04. Whish this was fixed.

  • HCH42

    4:20:13 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 9, 2012

    Annoying bug. Adobe Flash is the only software producing it. Testet with several browsers, 3 different graphic cards, 2 different distributions, different nvidia-driver versions. Please do something about it.

  • dkazakov

    11:57:23 PM GMT+00:00 Oct 7, 2012

    I have this bug and I can't see a video on youtube without having all the faces of the people painted in blue colors. I have nvidia gpu and hardware acceleration in the flash player is activated. Here is a good explanation of what I have:

  • cymerio

    9:30:25 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 7, 2012

    wtf Adobe, swapping the U/V planes would cost 1 developer like 10 minutes!

  • NoMatter___

    2:57:37 PM GMT+00:00 Oct 5, 2012

    It's still broken you lying sacks of shit.
    Fix it already.

  • llaen

    7:58:48 AM GMT+00:00 Oct 5, 2012

    Happens for me as well in Ubuntu 12.04 with an nvidia gpu.

  • Owl_Express

    3:02:33 PM GMT+00:00 Oct 1, 2012

    Core i7 with GeForce GT 640 All Fresh installation on Ubuntu 12.04 64 bits, I got the smurf effect on
    Youtube and it sucks !

  • KBP123

    9:18:33 PM GMT+00:00 Sep 27, 2012

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS with Quadro K1000M/PCIe/SSE. I get blue instead of red hue. For more info please check -

    Seems easy to reproduce. Please fix it since it is incredibly annoying and speaks so badly of the quality of your software!

  • RoryHad

    12:23:14 AM GMT+00:00 Sep 26, 2012

    Getting the same problem also on Ubuntu 12.04 with flash player

  • Iwanto

    8:19:14 AM GMT+00:00 Sep 8, 2012

    I can confirm this bug on Ubuntu 12.04 standard out-of-the-box install.
    The card I use is NVidia GTX 550 Ti.
    The bug is exactly the same : video with people in it is... well, blue, just like this:

  • mentarus

    2:32:38 AM GMT+00:00 Sep 8, 2012

    This bugs makes using anything from youtube to any flash video site a no-no as it's either blue or if I try to fix with enabling HW libvdpau then it crashes most of the time.

  • RonS38

    9:26:58 AM GMT+00:00 Sep 5, 2012

    I remember (pre Microsof) when Adobe was pure Unix, and they were the reference for bug free software. Then came Microsoft support and bug free software from Adobe was history. How about a return to QUALITY???

  • kalle kruse

    11:39:38 PM GMT+00:00 Sep 4, 2012

    Fix it now, Adobe!
    And get rid of Flash, world!

  • gustden

    7:53:32 PM GMT+00:00 Sep 4, 2012

    Impossible to watch flash based videos, such as youtube.

  • Zeroedout

    5:02:27 AM GMT+00:00 Sep 4, 2012

    I cannot (properly) watch flash Youtube videos or any other video sites that use Stage Player. Please fix this *very* annoying bug. Or just release the source to flash ;)

  • tjdodds

    3:01:00 AM GMT+00:00 Sep 3, 2012

    This bug is real. Please fix it. I do not believe "cannot reproduce".

  • teuteuteuteu

    12:36:39 AM GMT+00:00 Sep 1, 2012

    Video on demand service headweb is unwatchable because of the wrong colors.

  • dlauder77

    12:46:43 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 29, 2012

    Smurf-O-Vision is lame. Please fix Flash player.

  • leavep

    7:30:24 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 27, 2012

    To make YouTube videos watchable, I have to get a link to the FLV file and open it in VLC. Using Flash, Firefox 14.01, Ubuntu 12.04.1 and Nvidia GeForce GT 440 with the 302.17 driver.

  • jeremy.werst

    10:23:55 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 27, 2012

    This bug is extremely annoying. It doesn't affect productivity, but it affects my enjoyment of most videos on the web. Often times it's hard to make things out because all the colors are flipped.

  • Seyar Chapuh

    12:58:19 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 27, 2012

    in flash appears blue faces.
    linux ubuntu 11.10, chrome 19, flash player 11.2.202
    video card - nvidia

  • Affenkind12345

    1:35:36 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 26, 2012

    I see Adobe is still lying about this issue's reproducibility.
    That's one way to ensure Flash will be replaced by HTML5 technologies even quicker,

  • Toasty27

    10:08:38 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 25, 2012

    Been experiencing this problem for quite some time in Ubuntu, both 11.10 and 12.04, 32 and 64 bit. It's still not fixed.

  • jcbahr

    11:50:25 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 25, 2012

    Youtube videos are unwatchable due to the wrong colors.

  • codywohlers

    10:34:13 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 23, 2012

    People are blue and this makes videos impossibly annoying to watch.
    There's an excellent write up in Ubuntu question 117127 that explains the cause, and know workarounds.( See also Adobe Flash Player bugs 3077076, 3097844, 3109467, 3120888, and 3136745.

  • vincevetsch

    11:21:22 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 22, 2012

    I see the same thing in youtube videos only. using the following system
    HP HDX-16 Intel® Core™2 Duo CPU P8600 @ 2.40GHz × 2
    Ubuntu 12.04
    Linux Kernel 3.2.0-29-generic #46-Ubuntu SMP
    Nvidia Driver 295.49


    12:22:52 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 21, 2012

    I try to watch YouTube on Ubuntu and the colors are incorrect. The hue is shifted, causing people to appear blue. It's annoying when listening to music videos, it's impossible to watch other videos. This renders my whole YouTube experience useless.

  • krack3rz

    4:36:34 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 20, 2012

    Blue people and video is "rendered" paritailly while doing something else (be it minimized or behind another window), disabling hw accel fixes until browser restarted...

    Linux mint 13 - latest, GPU: Nvidia geforce GTX 285, Firefox: 14.0.1

  • Am Ellenbogen

    2:10:35 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 20, 2012

    Also nvidia card. Please fix.

  • antero_h__

    1:15:55 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 15, 2012

    Bug doesn't impair my productivity but messes with my capability to keep myself entertained watching youtube videos.

  • santiagofn1

    4:47:42 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 14, 2012

    Same here. I have found a lot of information googling. Please fix it.

  • Lektor Vis

    1:41:25 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 13, 2012

    Problem disappears when hardware-acceleration is disabled. Unfortunately this results in poor video-quality.

  • TuxDav

    5:21:36 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 13, 2012

    This bug makes me frustrated. I hope you can solve it soon as possible. :/

  • ihateadobe364

    10:34:08 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 12, 2012

    This bugs does feed to my sincere wish for Flash to loose against HTML5 on the online video streaming market.

  • desgua

    6:21:12 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 11, 2012

    Almost all videos at are blue and can not be watched correctly.

  • MattiasFornander

    3:38:26 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 9, 2012

    This bug doesn't prevent me from watching since the video is there but it's very distracting where everyone is blue.

  • novosirj

    12:03:37 PM GMT+00:00 Aug 7, 2012

    This is supposed to be the last version of Flash, meaning I will always be looking at blue people in videos on Flash. This is a major bug: fix it.

  • j0n4t

    8:38:53 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 6, 2012

    Just create this account to vote for the fix this very annoying bug.

  • FLamparski

    4:29:02 AM GMT+00:00 Aug 2, 2012

    This is a very annoying bug, especially because not all video platforms using the buggy component in Flash offer a HTML5 replacement, and even then the support is only partial (a lot of videos on YouTube don't have a HTML5 variant). I think this is an accessibility issue now. I don't want to use video downloaders to watch web videos in their proper colours.

  • bixodococo

    1:48:07 PM GMT+00:00 Jul 29, 2012

    Very annoying blue videos.

    I just created the account for voting for a solution to this.

    Inspiron 1420, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 64 bits
    With Nvidia GeForce 8400M GS

  • Davidex2

    10:27:28 PM GMT+00:00 Jul 27, 2012

    Affected also : Samsung Q310 Laptop + Ubuntu 11.04 Natty

  • samper.d

    11:40:50 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 27, 2012

    Adding my vite to try to encourage Adobe and all parties (Ubuntu, Nvidia, Linux Users) to work together.

    I will gladly betatest potential solutions.

    I would rather use Adobe flash driver than current FOSS offerings

  • Eruantalon

    7:46:57 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 25, 2012

    All of youtube is blue. I liked Avatar but this is a bit much...

  • dfcnvt

    5:14:27 PM GMT+00:00 Jul 24, 2012

    There's two separate errors to which I believe may be connected. One is the blue tinted screen and two is the crash if interrupted by moving a cursor on a flash/video. This annoys me and forces me into an alternative system on my partition window system, specifically for video entertainment on YouTube.

  • Olaf_a

    12:24:47 PM GMT+00:00 Jul 22, 2012

    Confirmed error on all of our Ubuntu Desktop systems. Linux is not the fringe market it once was. You have MAJOR fortune 500 companies using it now with your product. Please consider continued support on major bug issues such as this.

  • AdobeNotLikeSecurity

    1:02:59 PM GMT+00:00 Jul 21, 2012

    Flash video on my platform appears blue. I want red color back!

  • wayneasdf

    2:07:43 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 21, 2012

    All the Youtube flash video are displayed with a blue tint. All other types of video is fine. Linux LFS 7.1. Gnome 3.4.

  • patgmiller

    2:57:04 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 20, 2012

    Every youtube video I watch now looks like I am watching the Blue man group, it is irritating to watch any flash videos now.

  • helasraizam

    1:24:37 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 14, 2012

    I am adding my vote because with linux and an nvidia card, I would expect flash to display correctly unless it was something the ubuntu, nvidia, etc folks looked over. Unfortunately for Adobe, a lot of inspection into the matter has been done (having used these platforms for a while now, I know how long it typically takes to fix even a stubborn bug). That, and all involved parties are pointing at Adobe. This certainly does not reflect well on this company; I expect a much higher level of keeping up from a professional company such as adobe--insofar as even to check other operating system's codes for bugs (which I hold you do not need to do; our OSs are in capable hands..)
    Anyway, I'm off to install a horrible workaround for your neglect (I must add, possibly) over the last several months. If your bug is indeed the culprit, it merits a very large loss of my admiration for this company. If it weren't and you found the bug, it would merit more admiration. If it weren't and you didn't, I will have to go with the word of the people who have spent so much more time on this, their products being completely at stake.
    As for me, too late! I'm installing workaround packages for (very likely) your incompetence.

  • islambadreldin

    12:03:13 PM GMT+00:00 Jul 13, 2012

    I only created an Adobe account to be able to vote on this bug. And I switched to HTML5 on youtube to avoid using the buggy flashplayer provided.

  • mdebruijn79

    1:56:27 PM GMT+00:00 Jul 10, 2012

    I'm having the same problem. Tried the configuration based solution to override OverrideGPUValidation=true etc, and this works, but makes flash unstable.

    I'm unwilling to install the software patch as it's not part of the base ubuntu solution, so I guess I'll have to deal with smurf-o-vision for now!

  • margooch

    10:25:11 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 9, 2012

    I'm using a patched-up version of libvdpau to work around this deal-breaker-of-a-bug.

    Shame on Adobe for not investing in a $50 Nvidia card so this bug can be reproduced.

  • ettercap

    3:00:18 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 7, 2012

    I worked around the bug thanks to the excellent instructions at

    Disgraceful attitude from Adobe. The sooner Flash dies, the better.

  • ignisetaqua

    4:18:47 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 4, 2012

    I am also impacted by this. Please fix.

  • marode

    2:56:45 AM GMT+00:00 Jul 1, 2012

    i too vote for fixing this issues as user experience and thus reputation of Adobe products are negatively impacted.

  • anomic_event

    6:30:48 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 29, 2012

    Youtube video is blue. And youtube crashes regularly in cromium and chrome.
    updated 12.04 ubuntu system running a nvidia card.
    chromium running Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202.

  • Raloc

    11:56:36 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 28, 2012

    I'm from Belgium so I really like the smurfs. But not in my browser (unless I did a google search for Schtroumpfs (that's Smurf in french, much harder to type).

    So I saw there is a workaround, I'll try it this we, but make it official please or just include it in your next release.


  • ratavuloira

    10:23:48 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 28, 2012

    All flash videos was blue
    The Warren patch solve the problem
    Adobe, please solve or contact Warren for help...

  • deathanatos

    6:06:51 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 26, 2012

    >100 upvotes on askubuntu. >200 subscribers and nearly as many comments on launchpad. The Internet has more than proven that this bug is not only reproducible, but affects hundreds. Stop wasting the community's time with bogus reasons to close our bug reports, and fix the damn bug.

  • JYL.CA

    1:48:55 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 26, 2012

    Colour problems does not permit our QA department to validate video on Youtube.

  • ##chris

    4:33:13 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 25, 2012

    urgently needed to be fixed, thanks to the developers for their quick fix of the problem.

  • Shamiri145

    2:18:14 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 25, 2012

    Plus one.

    How come not reproducible????????

  • Mr. Bugmenot

    6:26:58 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 24, 2012

    How many people have to vote on this until Adobe finally stops lying about the reproducibility and fixes this?
    Adobe: Your Flash Player is broken. You know the cause, you know the effect, you know the affected.
    Go and fix it already.

  • eeeelu

    6:19:19 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 23, 2012

    also affects me - video is blue on youtube

  • Fraoch808

    7:32:54 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 22, 2012

    Always reproducible for me on Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit with nVidia GT 520, nVidia driver version 295.49, libvdpau1 and flash 11,2,202,236.

  • Diederik Hattingh

    12:00:20 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 21, 2012

    I am experienceing this poroblem as well.

  • _kestrel_

    6:55:39 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 21, 2012

    Seems clear that Flash is of rather limited use in its current state.

  • syntych

    5:36:32 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 21, 2012

    almost any flash video in ubuntu 12.04 has a blue color. it suddenly became impossible to watch youtube videos and similar.

  • iambp

    5:13:12 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 20, 2012

    Flash is Dead to me now, Long live HTML5

  • hnasiet

    12:46:25 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 19, 2012

    tired of this bug, it's very annoying to have to use html5 (which doesn't work in some videos) just because adobe doesn't want to fix this.

  • hansw11

    12:24:44 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 18, 2012

    I am using Ubuntu 12.04 and can't watch youtube videos properly.

  • simonsApathy

    11:57:24 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 18, 2012

    Happens for me on Ubuntu 12.04 if hardware accerlation is enabled in Flash player when playing video with Nvidia hardware.
    Nivida model: NVS 3100M
    Nvidia driver version: 295.40
    Flash player version:

  • greal5

    6:34:45 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 18, 2012

    Everything looks like an Avatar April fools joke. About to try this fix -

    Ubuntu 12.04 LTS
    Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU E6550 @ 2.33GHz
    NVIDIA Corporation G84 [Quadro FX 1700] (rev a1)

  • ibaldouy

    8:50:20 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 16, 2012

    I have an NVidia 9800GT that has this problem in Debian Testing. Should be simple to reproduce and simple to fix, disappointed of the huge time it is taking to be fixed.You are letting people down and they will start to hate your brand so you will loose customers of any of your products not only Flash, think about it!

  • johan__e

    11:52:44 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 12, 2012

    I have this behaivour on Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit, nVIDIA GeForce GT 220.

    This is a really nasty bug, experience wise!

  • Y Leretaille

    3:41:04 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 12, 2012

    Already 400! It's in the top50 of all bugs in ubuntus bugtracker!

  • AlexRedsky

    6:54:05 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 12, 2012

    Since this is "the last Linux version ever", you could be kind enough to fix this bug, couldn't you ? Big companies seems not listening to us linuxers most of the time, but at least you can leave us with a functional product.
    Best wishes,


  • mati_pl

    12:37:09 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 9, 2012

    This bug breaks completely youtube's experience.

  • wj89zgh

    9:27:32 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 9, 2012

    I'm too old for watching smurfs

  • Roberto Leinardi

    7:26:54 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 9, 2012

    This bug is causing me disabling the HW acceleration for any Flash videos, which has hughe impact on the usefulness of Flash technology.

  • lfarkas

    1:20:53 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 5, 2012

    this is the most annoying bug

  • kryosdiabolo

    10:59:16 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 4, 2012

    With an NVIDIA Corporation G92 [GeForce 9800 GT] card, youtube videos have a blue hue, especially skin tones. I have spent considerable amount of time researching work arounds. If Adobe can't get their act together to fix this, I will have to try to find substitutes for other payed-for Adobe products that we currently use (like Adobe connect, Acrobat professional).

  • nick.meyer

    7:08:38 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 3, 2012

    This bug produces a user experience that is simply unacceptable under Linux. It is irresponsible for Adobe to leave this unfixed in the last version of Flash for Linux.

  • braddockcg

    6:02:15 PM GMT+00:00 Jun 3, 2012

    This bug makes video unwatchable on Linux with nVidia cards with the latest (and last!?) flash release.

  • wmerrillholt

    10:36:48 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 2, 2012

    Please fix this bug in flash for linux systems using hardware acceleration on nvidia graphics cards.

  • anavarrog

    9:33:08 AM GMT+00:00 Jun 2, 2012

    I'm also affected by this issue and it's clearly a flash problem. Please, fix it.

  • KillerKink

    6:59:32 PM GMT+00:00 May 27, 2012

    smurfs are appear on youtube. please fix.

  • BELLKevin

    8:43:41 AM GMT+00:00 May 27, 2012

    Makes many Flash videos more-or-less unwatchable. Please fix ASAP, Adobe!

  • kv1dr

    6:47:53 AM GMT+00:00 May 27, 2012

    Very annoying bug. Please fix it.

  • dot9ca

    10:14:58 AM GMT+00:00 May 26, 2012

    Same happens with linux mint 12.1

  • granadayjose

    2:32:55 AM GMT+00:00 May 26, 2012

    I use YouTube to upload promotional videos and, with this blue tint problem, I can't see properly the result. Please fix this issue.

  • bmctee

    11:10:23 PM GMT+00:00 May 25, 2012

    YouTube and other Flash video appears like it has a blue overlay. Using Ubuntu 12.04 and latest Flash version.

  • vkbe

    7:38:08 AM GMT+00:00 May 25, 2012

    Very annoying bug that ruins Flash experience. Please fix!

  • srwarren

    2:46:44 PM GMT+00:00 May 24, 2012

    This makes flash video playback the wrong colors - not completely unwatchable, but still quite a turn-off.

  • Montblanc0

    1:53:33 PM GMT+00:00 May 24, 2012

    Please, Adobe... take your responsibilities, this time at least.

  • Schlipsnerd

    10:22:02 AM GMT+00:00 May 23, 2012

    I have this Bug too on Ubuntu 12.04. Graphics card is Nvidia 9600GT with the 295.40 driver. Disabeling Hardware Acceleration solves the Problem, but Flash is then very unstable and crashes often.

  • niceday100

    8:00:08 AM GMT+00:00 May 23, 2012

    Same problem here. I vote because it makes youtube pretty much useless. All the workarounds from sites like are no permanent solutions to this issiue.
    FIX IT!

  • noam.mor

    12:56:54 PM GMT+00:00 May 18, 2012

    I am voting because I upgraded my Ubuntu distribution and immediately ran into problems out of the blue (pardon the pun).
    I imagine a lot of work has gone into the very-well working video hardware acceleration and after applying a workaround patch, things do run much more smoothly. For that, I thank Adobe.
    However, there is one small bug left which completely nullifies the work done. It is incredibly easy to reproduce and obvious to detect. Playing a 1080p video smoothly at 3% CPU is great but doesn't mean much if blue is yellow and red is blue.

    You have my eternal thanks.

  • Locoxella

    10:13:04 PM GMT+00:00 May 17, 2012

    I have an nvidia geforce 560m gtx video card with nvidia driver version 295.49 and flash version

    The only way to not see all blue and orange while playing videos its to disable the hardware acceleration (either with config files on /adobe/etc folder or configuring the player by right clicking at it while at full screen).

    Please Adobe, the bug its fair easy to replicate, you just need an nvidia card and propetary drivers (noveau opensources drivers does not work to replicate the bug because does not implement hardware acceleration).

  • 3vi1J

    1:57:56 PM GMT+00:00 May 17, 2012

    This makes flash pretty much useless for watching video.

  • _AntiMS_

    3:20:57 AM GMT+00:00 May 17, 2012

    I cast my vote on this bug, but I don't have high hopes that Adobe will be fixing this, as they have mad a similar bad decision as Nokia, just support inferior operating systems.

    The best that could happen for the Linux community would be that Adobe would open up, release the current flash player as GPL (or any other open license format) and let us who know how to code to fix it the bugs and see to that the open source project will have needed information to keep the player up to date with new features.

    How it impacts my productivity: I have to use more CPU cycles for watching flash videos and as everyone know, flash is a CPU hog and those everything else I do at the same time become sluggish.

  • theangel28

    12:52:43 PM GMT+00:00 May 16, 2012

    If Adobe cares, they would announce this bug will be fixed AND FIX IT, but I'm not holding out any hope.

    Many users have asked Adobe to develop a Linux version of Photoshop, but Adobe refuses to listen to Linux users entirely. By now, Adobe could have created Linux versions of their entire software suite, which users are more than happy to buy.

    The best thing Steve Jobs did during his life was to ban Flash Player on Apple mobile devices. He did the world an enormous favour and made people realise that Flash is more trouble than its worth and users' are at the mercy of Adobe to fix bugs if they choose, or Adobe could do what they always do - blame someone else for the bugs and sit on the fence! Even Microsoft don't want Adobe's Flash on their "ARM" powered Windows 8. Says it all really!

  • Ilborg

    9:00:45 AM GMT+00:00 May 14, 2012

    I'm also having problems with this. Without VDPAU the flash player crashes usually in couple of seconds, with VDPAU all people are blue and without acceleration fullscreen can't be used. I would guess that linux users are using more nvidia cards than ati cards as their drivers doesn't have so many glitches.

    So my proposal is that either fix the crashing bug with nvidia without VDPAU or fix this. I would suspect that this is quite straightforward to fix compared any random crashing issue...

    I'm using 64-bit gentoo with nvidia gt-240 and proprietary drivers.

  • ffdown

    11:21:04 PM GMT+00:00 May 12, 2012

    I see must of the videos on youtube in blue, and it's bothering me.

  • josircg

    11:05:17 PM GMT+00:00 May 10, 2012

    Very annoying. Apple maniacs says: that's why Flash is not used on my iPad...

  • askuhn

    3:33:29 PM GMT+00:00 May 9, 2012

    This "bug" should have never made it into a final release of any kind! Please supply a PROPER fix for this. Thank you.

  • kamaji

    8:21:44 AM GMT+00:00 May 9, 2012

    This is also affecting my machine - Ubuntu 10.10. The problem has been extensively talked about in the Linux community, and research has indicated that this is not an Ubuntu bug, an NVIDIA bug, or a libvdpau bug. There are workarounds that patch libvdpau with a hack to look specifically for adobe flashplayer using it, and swapping the colors in that case... This is a hack, and not the real solution.

  • affert

    12:15:08 PM GMT+00:00 May 8, 2012

    Happens to me in both Ubuntu 12.04 and Arch Linux. Please fix! I will be upgrading my last 11.10 computer to 12.04 soon, and I want to be able to view youtube and other flash videos with the color being wrong.

  • enigmatichus

    12:42:08 AM GMT+00:00 May 8, 2012

    Same problem here with Arch Linux i686, 3.3.4-2 kernel and both and flashplugin versions. Downgrading to flashplugin solves the issue.

  • Richard Croy

    2:45:47 AM GMT+00:00 May 7, 2012

    All flash YouTube videos are unwatchable! This is really annoying.

  • BalazsMarton

    5:13:06 AM GMT+00:00 May 6, 2012

    Affecting me, too. Just one of the several thousands (?).

  • slug.adobe

    5:30:37 AM GMT+00:00 May 4, 2012

    Having the same issue as reported here and elsewhere by almost 300 people ( ) , tried with different workarounds with no good results. Please fix this, thank you!

  • Lynx Heureux 2

    2:15:00 AM GMT+00:00 May 4, 2012

    Bug report is now up to 978 votes. Obviously this bug is affecting a lot of people. For many who voted, how many do not?

  • maltedonay

    4:19:53 AM GMT+00:00 May 1, 2012

    Is it really just swapping two parameters in a function call? Adobe, please...

  • it-techguy

    4:09:57 AM GMT+00:00 May 1, 2012

    This bug affects me using Ubuntu 10_04 since I updated flash some days ago.
    definitely no monitor issue.
    This color troubles only do exist with flash.
    skin colors appear as blue.
    Running Nvidia GTX 560M.

    Thank you

  • ontaiwolf

    2:04:02 PM GMT+00:00 Apr 30, 2012

    Fix! Fix! Fix! Fix! Fix! Fix! Affected with Nvidia and vdpau and activated hardware acceleration.

  • lovigi

    1:36:39 PM GMT+00:00 Apr 30, 2012

    Exactly the same problem as the OP, the only way to fix it is by patching libvdpau or the colour channels will appear inverted.

  • Paul M Edwards

    7:15:43 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 30, 2012

    Please fix this annoying bug.

    The workaround requires that users reduce the performance of their systems by disabling hardware acceleration which is ridiculous.

  • Filip_Stanek

    4:44:14 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 30, 2012

    This bug is causing me disabling the HW acceleration for any Flash videos, which has hughe impact on the usefulness of Flash technology.

  • Trucoto

    7:19:26 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 29, 2012

    Please fix this bug, Flash videos stopped working on Ubuntu, and many people are affected by it.

  • nickmz

    6:52:39 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 29, 2012

    Please fix it. Many linux users even don't have a clue how to disable hardware acceleration

  • Serrano Pereira

    6:51:45 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 29, 2012

    This is a very annoying bug, as watching YouTube video's is no fun when any person in the video is colored like a smurf (as in blue).

  • Linards Ticmanis

    6:15:15 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 29, 2012

    This bug is making YouTube (an extremely popular web site) unusable for those people who are using a Nvidia GPU (extremely popular kind of GPUs) on Ubuntu (the most popular free Linux distribution). If Flash 11.2 is going to be the last universal public version of Flash Player for Linux, this needs to be fixed badly and ASAP.

    Alternatively, please base your "five years of security fixes" on the version before 11.2 that didn't have this very glaring bug.

  • david.gro

    12:51:51 PM GMT+00:00 Apr 17, 2012

    Please re-examine this serious regression on PCs running Linux with Nvidia graphics using the proprietary driver, and viewing Stage Video content such as Youtube. See for more details, but please ignore some red herrings that appear near the middle/bottom of the page as another program was found to have the same issue and people start submitting anecdotal workarounds (which fail).

  • j_v

    11:29:45 AM GMT+00:00 Apr 17, 2012

    300 Ubuntu users can't be wrong:

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