Flash audio keeps playing after closing tab or window.

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Post Posted July 20th, 2008, 8:16 pm

The audio in youtube clips and other flash media keep playing for about a second after I close the tab or window that contains it.

Anyone else experiencing this slight annoyance?


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Post Posted July 20th, 2008, 8:21 pm

the only cure i've found is to pause or stop the vid. Other wise I just live with it.
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Post Posted February 24th, 2009, 10:48 pm

Upgraded to Firefox v3 not too long ago, and for me the problem is worse ... unless I remember to hit pause or stop, the audio continues to play until it's finished even though I've closed the tab, or even the whole window the tab is in. This happens in MySpace, YouTube, etc.

This never happened in Firefox v2.x, and it's not just annoying but a big time waster because it hijacks the audio for the whole computer, and especially if it's a 10 minute clip, or longer, it's a big drag.

Gotta be a known bug, right? It can't be an intentional design. Anyone have any info on a fix for this? Is it a Firefox bug or a Flashblock bug?

Using FF v3.0.6 in Mac OS 10.4.11, Flash Player 10, Flashblock 1.5.8



Post Posted May 1st, 2009, 5:53 pm

I have just been doing a CTRL + ALT + DEL and closing the firefox process through task manager. That fixes it but is not ideal. Chrome is ok.


Post Posted May 16th, 2009, 2:24 pm

So no one has found a cure for this? I read somewhere else (can't remember) that it has to do with clashing FF extensions. Anyone know anything about it? I use Flashblock as well! That could be it.


Post Posted May 28th, 2009, 10:08 am

I use to disable-reenable shockwave flash under tools/addons/plugins.


Post Posted May 31st, 2009, 8:06 pm

When I close a tab with media playing (youtube for example), the audio continues to play. If I click on the X to close firefox, the media will stop playing. I always have more than one tab open, so firefox doesn't actually close, it asked me is I want to save an quit. I just cancel out. It's annoying, but a workaround.


Post Posted September 10th, 2009, 8:20 am

Have your firefox set to ask you if you want to close firefox when you try and close the program. When the audio keeps playing just click "x" and it will ask you if you are sure you want to close. Then just cancel the request. The audio will stop.


Post Posted May 13th, 2010, 3:52 pm

This is still a problem with the latest version. WTF?


Post Posted June 26th, 2011, 8:34 am

Confirmed this bug is still present in nightly 7.0a1 (2011-06-25) running on Windows 7. I haven't tested it on Ubuntu yet, though I seem to recall this problem didn't happen with the Ubuntu-distributed version of Firefox (not sure of the version number off the top of my head).

The quickest workaround for me right now is to end the "plugin-container" process; that will crash the Flash player without having to close all windows and tabs. Then the next time you open or refresh the tab the Flash player will be loaded in good as new.

I came across this forum while searching for information on this bug. I also have extensions "Adblock Plus", "Download Statusbar", "Element Hiding Helper for Adblock Plus", "Firebug", "FoxyProxy Standard", "NoScript", "RefControl" *, "UnPlug" *. I'm not sure if those could possibly be affecting this issue.

* These last two are reportedly "incompatible" with the latest version of Firefox, but that could just be because I'm using the bleeding-edge version. :D

Considering this bug is still present in nightly, I hope someone finds out what's going on!


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