Flash Player version 9,0,115,0 installed - plays really slow - seems like 10 fps.

Asked by ManUp on 2007-12-23

I have a new Kubuntu 6.06 install on an older HP Pavilion 533Mhz with 256M RAM. Firefox with version 9,0,115,0 Flash Player installed plays really slow. What should I do to improve performance? I tried setting to Low, Med, High settings available on the Quality right-click menu without any improvement. I'd like to know the hot setup for this configuration (versions, procedures, helpers, etc.) It shows up on any site that uses Flash plug-in, like YouTube.

Thanks for any help.

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Olivier (olivier-lacroix) said :

Hi !

you can check with the command "top" 'or using the graphical interface) whether or not the flash player is eating all your cpu. My guess is yes. On my laptop it does. Since mine is more powerfull, everything stays fluid.

The flash plugin being proprietary, your only hope is waiting for a better one from macromedia. You can also have a look at gnash, which is a free alternative. I found it to be rather buggy.

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ManUp (bcline777) said :

While watching an NBA video on YouTube.com, top shows the following:

Tasks: 120 total, 2 running, 118 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
Cpu(s): 8.8% us, 1.1% sy, 0.5% ni, 88.9% id, 0.7% wa, 0.0% hi, 0.0% si
Mem: 255420k total, 250688k used, 4732k free, 1752k buffers
Swap: 746980k total, 211056k used, 535924k free, 50652k cached

14645 brian 18 0 268m 110m 25m R 24.0 44.5 19:34.00 firefox-bin
 4851 brian -51 0 54632 5668 3664 S 4.2 2.2 0:44.41 artsd
15340 brian 15 0 2188 1032 768 R 1.0 0.4 0:00.04 top
 4714 root 15 0 111m 27m 2852 S 0.5 11.2 32:24.33 Xorg
    1 root 16 0 1568 468 444 S 0.0 0.2 0:03.49 init

Nothing looks suspicious to me... How about anyone else?

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Olivier (olivier-lacroix) said :

So it does not....

No idea, sorry :-(

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