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Recently, when watching a video encoded as a flash object in full screen, my iStat Pro widget reported that flash player was taking up %100 of the CPU processes. I exited from full screen but it still kept up at %80. I launched ProcessWizard, an app which prevents certain processes and apps from taking up too much CPU but the flash plugin seemed to find a way around it. How can I tame flash player and make videos watchable?

Specs: Macbook Pro 13" running Snow Leopard and the latest version of Flash.
2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo and 2 GB of RAM.

asked Aug 29 '11 at 00:38

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edited Aug 29 '11 at 01:00

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Well "Plash Player" is pretty intensive. 2Core CPUs are going to have problems....

(Aug 29 '11 at 00:42) Jackster1337 Jackster1337's gravatar image

Haha, just noticed the spelling error, thanks.

(Aug 29 '11 at 01:01) hansring hansring's gravatar image

yeah its just a problem with flash, its never been a nice stable program

almost every time any web browsers freezes or crashes its because of a flash error

answered Aug 29 '11 at 10:50

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I had 20 tabs of Youtube in my Firefox just now and none of them crashed.

(Aug 29 '11 at 10:59) Billy Aoki Billy%20Aoki's gravatar image
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maybe so, I'm not saying flash always crashes but I am saying that just about anytime a web browser crashes its because of flash, its a well known fact, even stated by many high end manufactures

(Aug 29 '11 at 11:09) vgking vgking's gravatar image

Including Apple.

(Aug 29 '11 at 19:50) hansring hansring's gravatar image

The best way to tame Flash is not to use it. Flash has major problems and it is up to Adobe to get them resolved. HTML5 is an alternative, but it is just starting to gain traction. Eventually, flash will go away almost completely. There is no reason to have video embedded in flash. I can play an HD H.264 video using about 20-30% of my available CPU power, but the same non-HD video in flash will use 60-90%.

answered Aug 29 '11 at 03:09

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If You Use Safari You Can Download This Plugin FlashToHTML5 http://goo.gl/FG4Di

answered Aug 29 '11 at 07:12

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Uninstalling it is your best solution.. :) However not very practical at the moment...

answered Aug 30 '11 at 17:37

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