Is it normal for Safari to be so demanding on CPU?

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  1. Queenredspecial macrumors regular

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    I noticed that while simply writing emails and watching a youtube video, my computer heated up and became slow and sticky. Launched terminal, and saw that most of the time Safari is engaging an average of 97-112% of CPU.

    I have click to flash, as well as safari block on. This is a MBP first generation, running tiger (10.4.11) Any info?
     
  2. celticpride678

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    Flash on Mac still needs a lot of work (Thanks Adobe:D).

    It has been known to "kick" up CPU and make the computer hot.

    There is nothing "unsafe" about having Safari take so much CPU.

    If you are worried, try reinstalling Flash and Safari.
     
  3. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you.

    What confuses me, however, is that it is not always this way. Sometimes I will be playing a video while doing lots of other things, and it's perfectly fine. I restarted and started again, and... same thing with Safari. Plus, it crashes on me about once every day. I don't really know what's causing it, since flash has not been such a problem before, and also i block out unnecessary flash. :confused:
     
  4. celticpride678

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1594?viewlocale=en_US

    Check that Apple Support article for more details.
     
  5. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    It still should give an idea of what could be causing the issues.
     
  7. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I've followed the little article, and still -- quits on me after being slow and sticky.

    So I am wondering -- would it be a good idea to erase safari and re-install it?

    If so -- what's the way to do with so I don't lose my bookmarks?
     
  8. celticpride678

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    You should not "erase" Safari. Re-download it from apple.com/safari. It should keep all your bookmarks.
     
  9. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you. Is there a way to make sure, as in, to back them up? (I don't know where bookmarks are stored, I assume in the library somewhere?) If I just download Safari again, it will install it properly over the 'bad' one?
     
  10. celticpride678

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    They are located in: ~/Library/Safari/Booksmarks.plist

    Yes, it will reinstall over the old Safari version.

    Another thing you can try is removing the Safari plist file located at: ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.safari.plist

    This will reset Safari and its preferences, but keeping the bookmarks.
     
  11. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow... so i've done everything we discussed, re-installed Safari, and cleaned up my computer. (onyx.)

    Still the same problem. :-(
     
  12. celticpride678

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    Then, like I said previously it is an issue with Flash Player and can only be fixed through an update from Adobe.
     
  13. Queenredspecial thread starter macrumors regular

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    I hope they do soon... It's really annoying. :(

    Thanks!
     
  14. jecapaga macrumors 601

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    Try resetting your smc here I have issues with safari every couple weeks and this is the only thing that works.
     
  15. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    Upgrading to 10.6 might help, but in general, flash on OS X is very CPU intensive.
     
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