|Recently, I've been having some issues watching flash video on certain sites, such as GiantBomb, Viddler, and Blip.tv. Video will stutter, lag, and even freeze up entirely, while the audio will continue with no issue, and I'll see my CPU usage go up in the task manager icon. This isn't an issue I've had so consistently before. It used to be video would only lag if I had Firefox open for too long, so I could preclude the problem entirely by just restarting Firefox before viewing the videos.|
I've tried numerous things in an attempt to solve this problem. I've tried running Firefox (3.6.3) in safe mode, which disables all extensions, which rules out an unruly extension. I've tried using Internet Explorer 8. I've run anti-viral, anti-malware, and anti-adware programs. I've run CCleaner. I've cleared out my history, temporary internet files, and my /temp/ folder. I've made sure that I didn't have any other memory consuming programs running. I've disabled hardware acceleration, I've set the quality in Flash to low, I've increased and decreased the amount of local storage Flash can use. I've upgraded Flash to the latest version, and then I upgraded to the latest release candidates.
I'm not sure what else to do at this point, save for format and reinstall Windows, which I'd rather not do. I have 2GB of RAM, which should be enough to view flash videos with no issue. Is there anything else I can try to fix this issue?