Macbook CPU and Skype

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

  1. civilizedrat macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2007
    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.
  2. civilizedrat thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2007
  3. Mydel macrumors 6502a


    Apr 8, 2006
    Sometimes here mostly there
    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


    Mar 23, 2005
    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

    Nov 8, 2006
    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

    Mar 20, 2007
    So, as it stands, there is no current way of diminshing this? It's just inherently a Skype issue?

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