Video chat in iChat hogs CPU?

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  1. cy88 macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    My girlfriend's macbook pro (late 2007) recently developed a symptom where when we do video chat, it hogs 80% of her CPU resource. I tried to isolate the issue by seeing if it hogs in photo booth, turns out it also does!

    Does that mean something is wrong with the iSight driver? Anything else I can try to isolate the problem further? The only change happened was the recent update she performed. I just brought my 24" iMac up to date yesterday, everything runs smooth and therefore I suspect it has nothing to do with the update.

    Thanks for any help!
    Chris
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Video chat and Photo Booth are known CPU hogs. Not to mention that something does have to encode your video to h.264 for transport in iChat.
     
  3. cy88 thread starter macrumors member

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    I wouldn't doubt. However, it's taking up 30% of my CPU only, and it was until a few days ago on the MBP.
     
  4. cy88 thread starter macrumors member

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  5. diddy macrumors 6502

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    Does she have any of the video effects enabled?
     
  6. cy88 thread starter macrumors member

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    When you mean video effects, I would assume it's those sephia, fisheye, dent, etc..

    If that's what you mean, nope! It's just pure video chat.
     
  7. cy88 thread starter macrumors member

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    I guess there's no other solution but to format it :(
     

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