Flash eats up too much memory.

May 9, 2010 at 22:02:16
Specs: Windows XP, P4 3.00GHz/2GB
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?

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May 9, 2010 at 23:19:02
enabled hardware acceleration is a good thing to have on.
when was the last time you defragged?
static entry for pagefile and only in one segment?
how much video memory?

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May 10, 2010 at 01:20:39
I haven't bothered to defrag in a while, as I heard that it's not all that necessary with NTFS. I have a page file, though, I don't know exactly what you mean by static entry and in only one segment.

I have 256MB of video memory.

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May 13, 2010 at 19:49:49
I've defragged my harddrives, and it doesn't seem to have made any difference.

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