Macbook air gets slow

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by joanne125, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. joanne125 macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2010
    My mac gets slow everytime I watch videos on youtube or any website. It can start running great but then the video starts jumping and the computer gets very slow and I have to close all the websites that are opened.
    I need help!

    Macbook Air info:
    Mac OS X Version 10.6.5
    Processor 2.13 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
    Memory 2 GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  2. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Is this the new model of the MacBook Air that came out a few weeks ago, or is it the prior generation?

    If it's the prior generation, have you updated your Adobe Flash player? The newer version does a lot better with most Macs than the previous versions.
  3. Corax macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2009
    Willemstad - Curaçao
    Better yet, use the extension Youtube5 for Safari. Amazing results!
  4. joanne125 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 17, 2010

    I have the prior generation. Where I can update my Adobe Flash Player? That will solve my problem?
  5. Hakstern626 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2010
    i have the same problem with this my youtube like loads and stops loading and ill have too close program and open it up and load again. it plays then stops loading and then i gotta wait 5 mins then the loading returns.
  6. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
  7. phairphan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    Reject Beach
    I've had this problem on all of my Macs, including my Mac Pro. It's definitely not an issue of the machine being underpowered. It's a Flash and/or Youtube problem. I'm going to check out the Youtube5 extension. Thanks, Corax!
  8. Rizvi1 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2006
    Laurel, MD (Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC area)
    My wife's 1.6ghz MacBook Air (bought Spring 2009) has been a pain ever since she owned it. I'm going to check out the youtube5 extension
  9. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
    I'm converting over from Windows, and I am not seeing any issues as described in the thread.
  10. darrellishere macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2007
    Try getting cool-book. after all your cpu is being throttled which hinders hd flash playback!
  11. johannnn macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2009
    If you have the old Macbook Air you REALLY need Coolbook unfortunately.
  12. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Not true at all. The original MBA is the only one that had problems with its Merom CPU and Intel IGP.

    Unfortunately this is all on Apple. They refused to allow h.264 low level access to hardware acceleration. That changed several months ago. Update the Flash to 10.1 and you will get hardware use of h.264.

    Things are getting better and better for the Nvidia 9400m. It's an amazing GPU, and when third party apps get low level GPU access, they can do amazing things on it.

    That's a great MBA, and it doesn't deserve to be bashed nor tainted with CoolBook as it's completely unnecessary.
  13. mark28 macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2010
    Maybe your internet connection is too slow or your kids/wife is downloading too much at the same thing. I think this is a bandwidth issue.
  14. foiden macrumors 6502a

    Dec 13, 2008
    Bandwidth issues usually only cause pauses in video playback, but affect no other process in the machine. Code that causes slowdown by somehow bogging down the resources, can affect other processes. This sounds more like flash hogging up the system with no hardware acceleration support. I agree with the above poster. If HW accel is used, the 9400M should handle the flash quite well and leave that CPU alone.
  15. ZenErik macrumors 6502

    Dec 22, 2007
    Definitely switch to HTML5 for YouTube. So much better. Flash is very resource intensive.

    Also consider trying a different browser like Google Chrome. It's not as stable as it could be because it's still very new to OS X, but I have had very few issues. Firefox and Opera are other good alternatives. I'm not sure how they benchmark in resource use and flash though.

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