Choppy performance with expose

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  1. BigJohno macrumors 65816

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    Recently I have been noticing that my 2010 fully loaded 13" MBA has been giving me really choppy performance when using expose. Even with just two safari windows open it's still choppy. When I bought it I didn't have this issue. Just acting like this about a week ago. I don't get any video slowdown when playing 720p video or lots of flash content. What could be the problem?
     
  2. linkandzelda macrumors regular

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    This probably sounds silly but, I had a similar issue on my Hackintosh. Expose was rather choppy with about 2 or more windows open. I happened to see a post on ClicktoFlash which improved performance of MBA battery life by not using CPU power when browsing flash sites. So i installed it on my hackintosh. Now my expose is running very nicely with 6-7 windows open or more.

    This might work for you too.
     
  3. BigJohno thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Could you post a link to it.
     
  4. Caem, Dec 7, 2010
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  5. Wang Foolio macrumors regular

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    Things like Clicktoflash are awesome. Alternatively, you could always give Chrome or another browser a try. See if you like the different interface / system performance.

    I loved Chrome when it came out for Windows, and it definitely made my switch to Mac last year a lot easier having a completely familiar web brower to use.

    Some people say they've had kernel panics and whatnot from Chrome, but I can probably count on one hand the problems I've had with Chrome in the last 12 months, and none of them ever required anything more than closing and reopening the program.
     
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  7. BigJohno thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the flash stuff. It happens in every app not just the browser
     
  8. linkandzelda macrumors regular

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    Even if you haven't opened Safari in your current session? It still has choppiness?
     
  9. BigJohno thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes. I just restarted and opened mail and itunes and it still happening.
     
  10. BigJohno thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Im noticing that it happens when I minimize a finder window. Youtube and other videos play fine at 720p. Still not sure whats going on?
     
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  12. linkandzelda macrumors regular

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    I'm glad you found a fix, but this isn't very impressive that Apple has it like this... The fact that turing off what's technically "Vsync" and causes screen tearing isn't good news. I still don't see why other people don't have the issue.
     
  13. stockscalper macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it's a bug or quirk caused by recent updates to Snow Leopard. There are folks over on the MBP board complaining about the same thing on a 2.8 GHZ i7 machine.
     
  14. linkandzelda macrumors regular

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    Ah it's an issue with 10.6.4 and nvidia graphics drivers apparently. They say that it's fixed in 10.6.5... Which one are you running?
     
  15. gonzaload1987 macrumors regular

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    How i run quartz debug on SL 10.6.5? :confused:

    Also, is it safe to run it or should i wait for a new update from Apple?
     
  16. linkandzelda, Dec 8, 2010
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    Your running 10.6.5 and have this issue????
     
  17. gonzaload1987 macrumors regular

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    Yeap, mbp 2010 i7 2.66 :S
     
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  19. linkandzelda macrumors regular

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    While I would love to try that, the kext that is disabled is power management. And when i think of that I think of battery life. If it doesn't have power management I'm guessing its always running full throttle causing the battery life to drain faster. Has anyone tried and noticed any shorter battery life?
     

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