Slow web browsing?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by intervenient, Dec 16, 2010.

  1. intervenient macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    I received my 11.6 base model Air today. So far everything has rocked about it except for one thing: web surfing. When it loads up pages it jitters when I scroll or will lag on my input. I'm thinking this could either be my WiFi connection, which is my parent's and I'm not use to these speeds, or if the Air is just not that good for web work.

    Thanks guys
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    What kind of sites are they? Sometimes even my iMac lags when accessing sites with heavy Flash content.
  3. intervenient thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    Stuff like engadget, facebook when scrolling, and even these forums just a few minutes ago.
  4. Eclipse278 macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2007
    He's talking about the hideous vsync in OSX, I think. Hopefully new drivers will make it better soon.
  5. intervenient thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    Is it that? I've never had this problem with my last years MacBook.
  6. Eclipse278 macrumors regular

    Jan 21, 2007
    Yeah my 2006 MacBook pro doesn't do it either but the 11.6 does. Gotta be 320m drivers. New software should fix it and hopefully soon.
  7. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
  8. crazyyankeefan macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2008
    Albany, NY
    Get google chrome. See if it's still slow.
  9. fswmacguy macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2009
    Vsync issue? My MBA is performing perfectly. Admittedly, I have noticed a very clear "interlacing" (?) (faint horizontal lines across the width of the screen), especially on images, but I haven't had an issue with vsync.

    Chrome renders on an almost identical engine of Safari (slight improvement/enhancements, but still the same Webkit engine). Unless it's a permissions issue, I highly doubt using an identical-engine web browser would solve the problem in this case; still worth a try though!
  10. gwsat macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2008
    I agree that it's a good idea to install a utility that will prevent Flash from loading until and unless you tell it to do so. I use the Chrome browser with AdBlock and FlashBlock extensions. I have never seen any weird graphics on my 134 inch MBA. Better yet, I have been gettting very good battery life.
  11. intervenient thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    I've used Chrome on it, and it was even slower than Firefox. Firefox with Flashblock has been the most consistent browser so far, except that it still has a little jitter problems. I'd really hate to have to take this thing back, but I think it's kind of unacceptable for a $1000, unless there is an update in the pipeline.
  12. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

    tom vilsack

    Nov 20, 2010
    ladner cdn
    i really would try camino (think of it as firefox light)

    is your air 2mb mem model? maybe turning off dashboard and or spotlight might help?

    -To turn Dashboard off: use terminal

    defaults write mcx-disabled -boolean YES

    You have to restart the Dock after making either change for it to take effect.

    killall Dock

    -To turn Spotlight off: use terminal

    cd /etc
    sudo nano hostconfig

    Then to get rid of the existing index, run these two commands
    sudo mdutil -i off /
    sudo mdutil -E /

    reboot computer
  13. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    Silly question, but how does browsing feel with Safari? I haven't had any problems with Safari since I've gotten the computer.
  14. Marconelly macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2008
    No, this has nothing to do with Flash, or anything he's running really. Well, if you do scroll a page that has flash stuff on it, it will jitter more but it does this even on something as simple as these forums.

    I've noticed the same thing with 11.6", and I think slow CPU is to blame, or at least lack of more aggressive CPU throttling by OSX. To a lesser degree I was seeing the same problem on 13" model until I installed CoolBook and set the throttling on High. That has helped significantly, and I can see the CPU increase up to 1800 instantly while I'm scrolling.

    Before I did that, I'd just open any regular webpage with nothing animated or fancy on it, like these forums for example, and it would jitter when I'd try scrolling up or down.
  15. intervenient thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010

    This sounds like what I'm having. So is throttling the only cure? Or can this be updated through a software update. It's kind of upsetting, knowing I paid top dollar only to have a gaping flaw that people aren't talking about.
  16. intervenient thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 9, 2010
    Who ever suggested Safari, was right on the money. Just a trace of lagginess on Engadget when using Safari, everything else running perfectly. I'm not a big fan of Safari (minimum of one day history save without manual intervention is a big one), but it's great for the choppiness.

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