Macbook Pro High CPU Usage on Video

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stickyfingers85, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. stickyfingers85 macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2010

    I'm having a problem with high CPU usage whenever a program is using video, e.g. Skype, facetime, youtube etc

    The cpu usage jumps up to around 80% for the program that is using the video. This causes my fans to go crazy, and its not got to the point where i can no longer use Skype video calling as the other person can't hear my over my fan noise.

    It's got worse and worse over the past 6 months.

    When i first bought the laptop I didn't have any issues like this, it was perfect. Could it be a problem with the laptop or is it just that video has now become too much for my laptop to handle?

    I currently have:

    Macbook Pro 15" Mid-2009
    2.8Ghz intel core 2 duo
    8Gb RAM
    750Gb hybrid drive

    Would a new model macbook pro solve this problem, or would i still have the same issue? I was thinking about going for a macbook air

    Any help would be grateful as I was trying to put off buying a replacement until at least November

    Thanks in advance

  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    It can be your fan problem but I can see that your computer is bit old for new techs coming out.
    Video, especially with skype is very CPU intensive.
    My 2011 MBP doesnt do that, as it runs constantly at 2001rpm, but my old MacBook did.

    As I watched HD 1080p/720p videos or did skype video chat, fans would rise pretty fast.

    Its probably the computer that cant handle the intensive work.
    Again it can be a fan problem seeing as its an 08 MBP.
    But never owned that year model so I cant be 100% sure.
  3. Hamid525 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2013
    Same here my fans run around 5000rpm when on skype at around 70 C it's horrible. Everything was fine until I upgraded from lion to ML :rolleyes:

    Macbook Pro Mid 2010
  4. duervo macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2011
    To both you and the OP:

    It's because the more recent versions of Skype are notorious for being a huge, steaming pile of crap.

    Uninstall the version you're using and downgrade to this one (last v2.8 release available):

    ... and when that's done, don't forget to disable the Skype option to update automatically, or else you'll be covered in Skype crap all over again.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    I agree! Not to mention it will take up less screen space.
    ScreenCap 2013-02-06 at Wed, Feb 6,5.02.41 PM .PNG
  6. Hamid525 macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2013
    My problem with 2.8 is that the it doesn't let you skype with people using skype on their android or Iphone. You simply can not see them and if i remember right there was no screen sharing option.

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