Flash 10 high cpu?

January 3, 2010 at 17:01:32
Specs: Windows 7, 1.3Ghz / 1.5GB
This is a fresh install of Windows 7 on this system, and flash seems to strain it a lot, like 65-100% CPU usage on youtube videos (not even on HD/HQ), and even flash banner ads seem to be a problem, on both IE8 and Chrome, haven't tried Firefox yet, I have GPU Acceleration on with a FX5200 Ultra AGP card, I know this system isn't great but it should be able to run flash? I've been having this problem with flash 10 on almost every system I've encountered too, any fixes? Is it a flash problem or what? I do plan on putting in a faster (2Ghz+) CPU on this system, but until then?

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#1
January 3, 2010 at 17:30:08
Your computer should definitely be able to handle Flash at that spec - as should any modern PC.

Have you tried re-installing Flash completely from scratch? The latest version seems to be working fine for me and I haven't noticed any problems with it draining the CPU usage personally.

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#2
January 3, 2010 at 18:29:50
What kind of 1.3GHz CPU is that (P4, older Athlon...)?

Flash is an incredibly inefficient piece of software that's just not going to run well on an older machine. Don't expect Flash to suddenly burst into action by replacing the 1.3GHz CPU with a 2GHz chip, especially if it's a P4.

For now, disable Windows Aero and use one of the Basic or Classic themes. I've seen FX5200s choke on Aero--it really slows the computer down when the video card can't update the screen fast enough.

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#3
January 3, 2010 at 18:52:24
right now its a duron chip (yeah, pos basically), I have aero disabled (would have it disabled on a faster machine, bling isn't my thing for computers), I have all un-needed services disabled, I run a very light setup, only thing that starts with my PC is my antivirus (panda cloud, which is also very light) it runs okay now as long as I'm not multi-tasking, and I know flash is very inefficient, I am throwing a 2.5Ghz athlon XP in about 5 days from a working system pull, I am all but geared towards building a new machine but that will take me a few months to get the cash up to do it, so right now I'm just trying to get this system running as best as possible.

I have reinstalled flash several times to no avail, still no luck.


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#4
January 3, 2010 at 23:34:44
"I am throwing a 2.5Ghz athlon XP"

That upgrade will give you a huge boost. You'll be going from a CPU with 64KB of L2 cache to one with 512KB. The XP 2500 shouldn't have any problem with HQ youtube. Just don't try HD. :)

"I have aero disabled (would have it disabled on a faster machine, bling isn't my thing for computers)"

A fast machine would actually benefit from the Aero theme. Because Aero is Direct3D-rendered, it offloads all screen painting from the main processor to the video card. On a good video card, Aero would run faster than the processor-rendered Basic and Classic themes. But yeah, with an FX5200, definitely leave it disabled.

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#5
January 4, 2010 at 21:13:22
Not too worried about HD stuff at the moment, but we'll see how
it turns out after the upgrade, if things don't smooth out much
then I will just make a new post or something here, hoping it will,
right now I've just been running chrome beta with flashblock and
the youtube html5 extension, since youtube is the only thing I
really use a lot that requires flash.

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#6
January 9, 2010 at 13:16:55
Ok I hope this helps...errr....somewhat.... I have 2 of my 5 pcs currently experiencing the services.exe problem. Upon win starting services.exe uses aprox 95% of avail memory and 60 to 80% cpu. One pc is running xp home and the other is win 7 x64 ultimate. After 5 to 15 min everything seems to go back to normal.

This is a known issue to MS and a ton of unfortunate users. After personally trying everything from FULL reinstalls after format to even reflashing the bios the same 2 pcs end up with this issue. Obviously it is not a virus as it happened after a format/ bios flash/ full reinstall with no network access at all.

Depending on what site you go to regarding this problem there seems to be 1001 ways to fix it of which none work. Even the MS patch fails.

All I can say is good luck and i will stay on the look out!!


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