MBP - overheating due to Flash?

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  1. InvalidUserID macrumors 6502a

    InvalidUserID

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    Hi all,

    Before I start, here are my late-08 MBP stats:

    2.5GHz C2D
    4GB RAM
    512MB 8600 GT

    OK, with those relevant stats out of the way, my MBP will usually sit anywhere from 120-125 F just browing with iTunes playing in the background, Mail open and maybe Parallels. However, I after letting my sister use my computer and her going on Farmville in Facebook, I noticed it was running up around 140-150 and a couple times reached 160-163 (these numbers are via two different temp apps).

    When I looked, there were 3 flash programs going on...two pop-ups for a seedy cam site and Farmville. Closed the two pop-ups and the temps dropped back to 147-150. Once Farmville was closed, temps went back to normal.

    My question is it normal for flash applications to make the laptop run so hot? Is there some sort of update I might need?

    Thanks!
     
  2. InvalidUserID thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, flash raises temps.

    Is my macbook pro way too hot?
     
  4. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Yes, it's normal for Flash to raise the temps and your temps are far below what is considered high (~100 ºC) anyway. Get ClickToFlash, and then Flash will only run when you tell it to.
     
  5. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Seriously, single biggest improvement to the experience of browsing the web apart from using a good browser. Way longer battery life, way quieter fans, way smoother behavior, way less annoying, blinking crap screaming at you from the sides of the page.

    The day I installed ClickToFlash was a happy day indeed and I wouldn't even consider turning it off now--it's the first thing I install on a new computer for myself.
     
  6. suzuki343 macrumors newbie

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    S.Jobs... It works.... OOPS!... it used to work....

    :eek:Why do you need third party software to make it work?

    :rolleyes:Didn't before.

    :)I'm using my old G4 again!
     
  7. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Not Apple's fault.

    Flash prior to about v7 wasn't, I think, quite as bad about sucking up CPU, but mainly the difference is that prior to the G5 era most CPUs were much less power-efficient in that they used about the same amount of electricity whether they were idling or running at 100%, and certainly the amount they were able to throttle down was less than current-generation chips.

    So apart from general browser slowdown you just didn't see that much difference in temperature even if it was pinned at 100%


    You can blame poor Flash coders if you want, or blame Adobe for an inefficient runtime, but I don't see how this is in any way Apple's fault. They could've built Flashblock into Safari I suppose, but if you look at the amount of crap they're getting for ditching Flash entirely in the iPhone OS--for exactly this reason--I can see why they didn't.

    Which is going to get slowed down much more than your current computer. The fans just won't be a lot louder because they're already running full-bore when the computer boots.
     
  8. satcomer macrumors 603

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    To use the HTML video beta for Youtube go to the page and join the HTML video beta. This might help.
     

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