Disable Flash

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by marvinGS, May 12, 2008.

  1. marvinGS macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2008
    Macbook Air 1.6/80gb

    Hi, I have just switched to mac and havent regret it yet (hope I never will). Sure, there are things I miss but I learn to do them in a different way now. The only problem was when I surfed internet with Safari, the computer become hot easily with fans throttled to max. I did some research and found out it is the Flash's bad optimized codes fault. Unfortunately, most of the web sited have those Flash ads. Then I installed Pithhelmet to disable Flash and now my macbook runs much more cooler when I surf the net. Its realy great, I realy enjoy my macbook air now. I'd recommend it to anyone.
  2. hellobenny macrumors newbie

    Apr 26, 2008
    Hey marvin, I actually had the same idea, however, no matter how much it slows my system, flash is quite essential to me and I think it would detract from my computing experience too much if I disabled it. (Once I start making compromises like this, I begin to think why should I even use a mac....)

    Anyway, I haven't tried it yet, but I wonder if previous flash versions (current is 9.0 r124) are any faster. Maybe version 8?
  3. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    i agree i don't think disabling flash would be beneficial to me. a lot of websites use flash, so i don't like the idea of not being able to view some pages. to control the cpu temperature and fan speed, i did 3 things:

    1. undervolt the cpu
    2. limit the max fan speed
    3. reapply the thermal cmpd.

    the combination of these 3 things has made my experience with the mba much more enjoyable.
  4. StayWhatYouAre macrumors newbie


    Apr 21, 2003
    London UK

    Hi all, i was noticing similar issues with flash - more specifically badly coded flash adds (the ones you see alot of on forums etc),

    gave SafariBlock a go and have had great results, it doesn't disable flash just the flash based adds :)

    cpu wise Safari used to hog 30-40% of the cpu whilst i had certain windows open with adds, now it'll sit at < 10 most o dthe time while on battery.


  5. marvinGS thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2008
    Thanx for feedbacks, as I said I am still a noob and learning. By the way you can always enable back flash on any site you want. I guess I had to say "block" flash instead of "disable". I just wanted to share my experience. I really hate flash ads and really enjoy mac os x now.
  6. nobackup macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2008
    How can limiting the fan speed help cool it down ?
  7. poisonapple macrumors member

    May 7, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    Limiting the fan speed doesn't help cool it down. Installing coolbook and undervolting, as well as removing the excess thermal compound allow the cooling, which then allows you to limit the fan speed, thereby reducing noise and prolonging battery life.
  8. nobackup macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2008
    sure I done them all, but setting the max speed of the fan , is counter productive, as it means that the air just warms up... As I mentioned I have done coolbook , paste and use SMT fan to set the min speed at 2800, the beast nearly never heats up (except when mdworker kicks in when I plug in an external drive), and i use office 2008 and VM Fusion XP all day...

  9. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    well i limited the fan speed because at full speed, it can be quite audible and takes awhile to slow back down. i'm at the library right now and the fan is running at 5000RPM when the cpu temperature is only 54C. obviously, the cpu is not that hot for the fan to be spinning at full power. if i did not limit the fanspeed, this thing would be loud as hell. i limited the fan more for reducing the noise than anything else.

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