Firefox 4 was the problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Speedy113, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. Speedy113 macrumors newbie

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    I started a thread not to long ago saying that after the 10.6.7 update i noticed the fans were like jet engines when just watching basic videos. This is not the case, I just restored my macbook pro from a time machine backup which still had Firefox 3.6 on it and 10.6.6 update and everything was running smoothly again. I've just updated Firefox to number 4 and all the excessive heating and fan noise is back.

    I hope this helps some of you that might of been having the same problems.
     
  2. gorskiegangsta macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, well, there are both pros and cons to hardware acceleration.
     
  3. kappaknight macrumors 68000

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  4. Inara macrumors member

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    Modern internet browsers use hardware acceleration, thus if you don't want to use the discrete card to watch just a video, install gfxcardstatus and force your MBP to use the integrated video card all the time, switch to the discrete one only when you need it.

    Example: If I use Steam to play L4D, then I quit and use Steam to download an another game, the discrete card remains active, which is a situation that I don't want to happen, for this reason I control manually the video card switching.
     
  5. mark28 macrumors 68000

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    I don't think the problem is firefox 4.

    It's dead quiet over here watching video's ( with Flash ofcourse ) on firefox 4.
     
  6. Bathplug macrumors 6502a

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    how do you turn off hardware acceleration?
     
  7. AlanFord macrumors regular

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    Useing firefox 4 for 2 days now and dont have any problems.Nor with the fans, (2k rpm) or the temperatures.It goes arround 45 to 60 C, and the max is when useing youtube.Got 5-6 tabs open regulary.
     
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  9. Speedy113 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I'm just reporting what I found. You tube never really set it off which was strange but it definitely ran about 10 degrees hotter with Firefox 4. I was watching a lot of BBC iPlayer and after about 1 min with Firefox 4 the temps were really high and the fans were like jet engines! I'm now using Firefox 3.6 and watching the same videos and its absolutely fine.
     

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