I have recently installed Linux Mint 14 and youtube and other flash based videos are displaying lots of yellow and red specks. It doesn't matter which browser is being used either.

I've tried turning off hardware acceleration which didn't fix it.

Any ideas?

Hardware is an old Lenovo Thinkpad X61 Onboard video is using the driver for Intel 965GM

** Update **

I just thought I'd try the HTML5 video trial on youtube. Instead of using flash it instead uses HTML5 to render the video stream. However, the problem remains only the speckles are now all a red colour.


  • To rule out hardware you should try to use a live dvd from another distro Jan 24, 2013 at 13:43
  • Good idea. I might try that. I have my doubts though as it's actually using a software renderer.
    – hookenz
    Jan 24, 2013 at 17:09
  • Haven't had the time yet to test another distro. But what I've noticed is that youtube add's play fine. As soon as the actual video starts it shows the specs. I think this is a software issue.
    – hookenz
    Jan 25, 2013 at 17:07
  • Ok, so after some updates I have now found that it works properly in firefox with flash. But not chrome with flash. In chrome, the adverts that appear before the video starts playing properly display properly. As soon as the video starts they appear. If you pause the video the speckles are moving even though the video is paused.
    – hookenz
    Jan 26, 2013 at 6:01

3 Answers 3


I've answered a very similar question here: Why is Google Chrome displaying artifacts in YouTube? [closed] but, briefly, it's a technical issue with Google Chrome's Pepper Flash that affects a subset of users. For those who have the problem and want to continue using Google Chrome and Pepper Flash, a workaround involves starting Google Chrome with --disable-accelerated-compositing.


The answer to my own question is. The latest Chrome running on Linux mint is broken.

I have this version installed. Version 24.0.1312.56

I installed the Chromium (the fully OS version) and the problem went away. Chromium is this version:

Version 23.0.1271.97 Built on Ubuntu 12.10, running on LinuxMint 14 (23.0.1271.97-0ubuntu0.12.10.1)


Try using another browser. I have no problems if I use Opera for example. Also, I noticed that sometimes after viewing a video in Opera, it starts to work in Chrome too.

I have the same model of computer as you btw. I also suffer from no sound in youtube videos most of the time too. It's a very annoying problem.

I had no such problems when I was using Chromium on Ubuntu, so perhaps Chromium might fix the problem - I'm not sure Chromium uses a built in version of flash, so it's worth a shot.

  • doh! I didn't see you already answered your own question. I'll switch to Chromium too.
    – Andy
    Mar 22, 2013 at 11:30

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