Slow Flash Performance on 1.5GHz G4

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Coolnat2004, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Coolnat2004 macrumors 6502


    Jan 12, 2005
    I have had this issue for a while. No matter what I try, Flash movies are SLOW on my 1.5GHz PowerBook G4. I have 1.5GB of RAM, Leopard, and the latest Flash (Flash 9). Every video and game that I run in Flash is choppy unless I set the quality to "low". This occurs in Safari, Camino, and the standalone Flash Player application itself.

    Does anyone else have this issue, and does anyone know how to solve it?
  2. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Flash for OS X is very badly optimised. It uses a lot of CPU sometimes, and only the latest and greatest CPU's handle the bad optimisation.

    Hopefully Adobe will get off their arse and do something about it, and while their at it bring out Shockwave Player for Intel Mac's too.
  3. Apple Guy macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    Is there any way to increase the flash performance? I would love to play some cool flash games
  4. boast macrumors 65816


    Nov 12, 2007
    Phoenix, USA
    I remember I had this problem on linux, but it was due to the new change in flash to use hardware acceleration.
  5. JB413 macrumors newbie


    Feb 15, 2008
    I also have this problem. Flash runs slow on my Powerbook G4 1.5 Ghz with 2GB DDR Ram.

    I have searched the internet only to find no answers or solutions.
  6. ArtM16 macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2010
    I found some workarounds (at least for my 1.5Ghz G4, 1GB ram, with Leopard 10.5.8)

    Install a G4 Optimized version of one of these browsers:
    Optimized Firefox 3.6.3 for G4
    Optimized Camino 2.0.2 for G4

    Install Flash 10.0.4
    - many people are saying that Flash 10 is too slow, but you need it to run latest web apps, Hulu, or to watch HD videos - there is little choice here, but its ok because it should still work for most 1Ghz+ powerbooks

    Launch any flash video (YouTube, Hulu, etc.).
    When the video comes up right click on it, you should see a Flash Plugin Menu. Go into:
    - settings: enable hardware acceleration (disable it if it causes problems)
    - settings: increase storage limit to 10MB
    - quality: set to Medium or Low (depending on your system)

    Change your computer power settings:
    Make sure power is set to "Normal" or "Better Performance". If set to "Battery Energy Savings" videos can still get a little slow.

    My configuration:
    1.5Ghz G4, 1GB ram, with Leopard 10.5.8
    G4 Optimized Firefox 3.6.3
    Flash 10.0.4 (quality medium, enabled hardware acceleration, 10MB storage)
    (computer power setting on "normal" when watching videos)

    With these settings I can watch any YouTube video or Hulu video with pretty decent frame rate, even in Full Screen!

    Hope this helps. I will try to post again once my 2GB ram upgrade comes in.
  7. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
  8. MacSince1990 macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2009
    or make responses to 2 year old posts :)
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6


    Jun 11, 2007
    wtf? i was responding to a post that was 12 minutes old...

    you are the one who is posting to a 4 month old post! :mad:

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