Macbook CPU and Skype

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by civilizedrat, May 18, 2007.

  1. civilizedrat macrumors regular

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    I've been using Skype on my new 1.83 CD 1GB RAM MacBook for about 2 days now, at times with video call. Last night, though, while talking in Skype, I noticed my iSight video image slowing down into slow frames. This was unusual because the other times I used the video for calls, the video feed of me was flowing quite smoothly. I checked Activity Monitor, and it showed Skype at 53%, 87% and as high as 93% of GPU! What!?! And the threads section was hovering around 32. The only other programs I had open were iTunes and Safari. They didn't seem to be moving slow as if affected, but I'm scared. Surely this cant be ordinary though. Whenever I check Activity Monitor, the %CPU is usually around 1, 2, 4 or as much as 12 sometimes with Firefox. Can you tell me what's going on, please?? I appreciate your help.
     
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  3. Mydel macrumors 6502a

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    I dont know if thas hepfull but my balckbook does the same thing. When audio only it stays at decent 20% but with isight on it jumps to 80-90%. It also crashes a lot. My guess would be that the problem is on skype side, but who knows...I never reall resolved that issue and cos all people I talk to have Macs I switched to ichat. No problems there
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I believe it's your upstream bandwidth that's the issue here and not your CPU. I know you can reduce the amount of upstream for video in iChat.

    With 1 Mb up I find that Skype needs at least 40-50% of my upstream bandwidth to maintain quality alongside other programs.
     
  5. z400central macrumors regular

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    Im on a MBP C2D stock, and whenever I use skype video chat, I get the same problems. The computer gets VERY hot to!

    Guess it is just a memory hog.
     
  6. civilizedrat thread starter macrumors regular

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    So, as it stands, there is no current way of diminshing this? It's just inherently a Skype issue?
     

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