the flash video poll

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by NewGenAdam, Oct 21, 2009.


is your Air good at flash video? post comments ^^

  1. Rev A; is good

    5 vote(s)
  2. Rev A; NOT good!

    7 vote(s)
  3. Rev B; is good

    6 vote(s)
  4. Rev B; NOT good!

    3 vote(s)
  5. Rev C; is good

    2 vote(s)
  6. Rev C; NOT good!

    0 vote(s)
  1. NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    So I've had my Rev A Air for about 18 months now, and I love it. But for online videos, most of which are flash, I use my old Windows laptop which for it is simply better.

    If I try to watch the iPlayer (online flash-based TV shows, like hulu I think), or Youtube for more than 10 minutes, even in standard definition, the fans zooom off, and soon it's frame skipping intolerably, maybe 2fps, maybe worse...
    Again, this is not about standard format videos. Those work ok.

    What problems do other Air owners have with flash video, in all formats? Particularly the later models.

    in summary:

    Rev A
    standard flash video after 10 minutes slows down a lot.

    thanks ^^
  2. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    I've got the Rev A high end model - and I am not quite sure what Scottsdale and others are seeing - I may have a unique high build or something but I've got no problems with flash video - I can watch hours of Hulu without an issue at all!

    I remember pulling out the original iBook (Colorful tank design) and remember that it simply doesn't work but the MBA works like a charm!!!
  3. Durious macrumors 6502

    Apr 11, 2008
    Calgary, Alberta
    My wife uses our Rev A MBA but video stutters
  4. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Penryn CPU at 1.86 GHz or 2.13 GHz is good with Nvidia GPU.

    Original MBA is bad. Merom CPU is bad paired with integrated Intel graphics.

    Doesn't matter whether HDD or SSD.
  5. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    Would be happy to show you on your original MBA if you ever visit Scottsdale, AZ. It's factual. You want to see the positive and that's a great thing but your view is slanted. I wish we could all pay $899 for an original MBA with 1.8 and SSD and it would run everything perfect, but that's just not reality. Sorry if the truth hurts. Heck I wish my original MBA and all others I have seen since could do everything the Penryn CPU and Nvidia GPU can, but it's just incapable.
  6. pvmacguy macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2009
    Well add that to two Rev. A that work just fine. If the man says that his works just fine then take his word for it. I will also add my word that it runs just fine! I think your view is a little slanted! Sorry yours was a POS ours arent. Enjoy your Rev C. :)
  7. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I have two MBA's but I could only vote once in the poll.:mad:

    Unfortunately couldn't vote for my rev. b being fantastic!
  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Rev B, HDD model. Flash is great. I mean yes, it causes fans to spin up but such is life. Nothing totally bad or alarming.
  9. NewGenAdam thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    ahh sorry!! Thanks for sharing though.
    The stats seem to suggest that most of the problems are with the rev a; the newer ones pretty much rectify insufficiencies. And that's mostly backed up by what people are saying!!

    wonder how the stats will change
  10. pilotError macrumors 68020


    Apr 12, 2006
    Long Island
    Another Rev A that has never had an issue. No heat problems and no flash issues.

    My kids watch YouTube for hours on end.
  11. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    i got rev A which i already sold because of the dreaded core shutdown when watching videos.

    after that i bought 2 rev B with SSD.

    both the machines are good.
  12. slapguts macrumors 6502a


    Jan 10, 2008
    Rev. A with horrible flash performance. I do use ClickToFlash, though. It helps with embedded YouTube clips by loading the H.264 version instead.
  13. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    I notice in your sig. that you have the lower end Rev A MBA - I think there could be a big difference between the 1.6 and the 1.8 MBAs out of the original release.
  14. musicpenguy macrumors 65816

    Oct 29, 2006
    Perhaps the poll could better capture results with the breakdown between 1.6/1.8 on the different revs
  15. NewGenAdam thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    I know; had it been possible I'd have polled all the hardware specs! But the Rev version feels the most relevant. After that, people can post more info

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