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Join Date: Dec 2008
Re: firefox making a 4 course dinner out of my CPU - 02-05-2009, 02:31 AM
they way i got it to work was...
1. Remove flash 9
open terminal and type:
sudo apt-get remove flashplugin-nonfree
go to http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/
and choose the flash10 tar.gz
3. install flash 10 via script
open the tar.gz with archive manager and extract the two files to your desktop
double click the script
a terminal window should now appear and guide you through the rest of the installation.
this should do the trick
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NV, US
Re: firefox making a 4 course dinner out of my CPU - 02-08-2009, 12:42 AM
Looks fairly normal to me.
I run a 2gig chip in my mini and I never have any issues, however for the sheer vulgarity of it I think I'm going to look into a 4gig chip to see if it is compatible.
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Join Date: Jan 2009
Re: firefox making a 4 course dinner out of my CPU - 02-10-2009, 10:26 AM
The Virgin Media flash ad banners I was getting at the bottom of this site were killing Firefox for me as soon as I started to open multiple tabs.. after about the 3rd tab with that banner on it, my CPU was locking out @ 140-160% and any scrolling, menus, navigation, would be quite painful (~30 seconds response times).
Killed that and now CPU is back down to 0-8% when using Firefox and more tabs than before.
Most of the banners are well-behaved so it seems to be the coding in specific ones that are thrashing cpu cycles (poorly designed animations that use wait loops I'm assuming) but I can't tolerate that one and it would be ironic to have to use a non-Mini to be able to visit here (I'm assuming my desktop machine wouldn't blink with those banners).
Edit: Upgraded the flash9 plugin to flash10, made zero difference for the badly behaving flash files. It's also the same plugin that would be used by other browsers on the machine. The site admins often have some limited control over banner ads so perhaps they can just take the bad ones out for a while.
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