When I tried to recreate this issue again today, to further investigate on the matter, I am unable to. TF2 runs perfectly regardless of the flash plugin being in the plugin directory or not.
I did however do one other thing before returning to this case: I've installed the libpci3:i386 package to get rid of the Serious Sam 3 error message (as described in this thread
No idea if that was of any relevance, but either way: It works now. I'll update this thread again should the issue return, but my gutfeeling tells me it won't.
I almost can't believe it myself, but here goes:
I am running 64bit Ubuntu 12.04. Up until recently I've never gotten TF2 to work, it always crashed when I started a new game and got to the "chalkboard picture", then the game would just exit.
A few days ago, in order to get flash video playback to work in the Steam client I copied the 32 bit libflashplayer.so from Adobe into the ~/Steam/ubuntu12_32/plugins directory.
Then later I figured I'd file an issue report on my TF2 problem, since it seemed other Linux users seemed to be able to play it. So I fired up TF2 again, and what do you know... All of a sudden it worked.
The *only* thing I had done was to copy this flash file into the plugins directory. But just to get it confirmed, I have now twice moved the libflashplayer.so out of the plugins dir, started the game, experienced the crash, then moved libflashplayer.so back in again, and TF2 works again. Twice.
So, well... Hence this is my issue report. I have no idea *why* this happens, my logic tells me it has to be a coincidence, but my testing indicates otherwise.
Speed: 2997 Mhz
2 logical processors
2 physical processors
Operating System Version:
Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS (64 bit)
Kernel Name: Linux
Kernel Version: 3.2.0-34-generic
X Server vendor: The X.Org Foundation
X Server release: 11103000
Driver: NVIDIA Corporation GeForce GTX 460/PCIe/SSE2
Driver Version: 4.3.0 NVIDIA 310.14
Desktop Color Depth: 24 bits per pixel
Monitor Refresh Rate: 59 Hz
Number of Monitors: 1
Number of Logical Video Cards: 1
Primary Display Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Desktop Resolution: 1920 x 1200
Primary Display Size: 20,39" x 12,76" (24,02" diag)
51,8cm x 32,4cm (61,0cm diag)
Primary Bus: PCI Express 16x
Primary VRAM: 767 MB
Supported MSAA Modes: 2x 4x 8x 16x
Audio device: Nvidia GPU 12 HDMI/DP
RAM: 3954 Mb
UI Language: English
Microphone: Not set
Total Hard Disk Space Available: 228722 Mb
Largest Free Hard Disk Block: 157987 Mb
Recent Failure Reports:
Tue Dec 4 19:18:11 2012 GMT: file ''/tmp/dumps/assert_20121204201807_1.dmp'', upload yes: ''CrashID=bp-7c91cc75-39b3-4d43-a324-45d172121204
Tue Dec 4 19:19:59 2012 GMT: file ''/tmp/dumps/assert_20121204201955_2.dmp'', upload yes: ''CrashID=bp-dbfab6f0-e6d6-46a1-aed2-a23992121204
Tue Dec 4 19:32:14 2012 GMT: file ''/tmp/dumps/crash_20121204203208_1.dmp'', upload yes: ''CrashID=bp-8501e67f-4410-41ef-8556-bb3d42121204
Tue Dec 4 19:43:44 2012 GMT: file ''/tmp/dumps/crash_20121204204339_1.dmp'', upload yes: ''CrashID=bp-e8e2525b-67dc-422c-a56e-3d7872121204