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Adobe Flash running slow

by jrw78 / January 6, 2011 4:02 PM PST

i am having trouble with Adobe Flash.

When i bought my computer several years ago, everything worked just fine. But over time, i noticed a gradually increasing lag whenever i would do anything that involved Flash. It was getting pretty bad, almost to the point where games were unplayable and videos had to have the quality turned all the way down to "Low."

Then, about a year and a half ago, my computer was infected with a really nasty virus. i ended up having to format the hard drive and restore my files from an old backup. While i was at it, i upgraded from Windows XP to Windows 7. It was like having a new computer all over again. Flash worked like a dream. But as the months passed, i again noticed an ever-increasing lag. And now, about a year and a half after my fresh start, Flash is again almost unusable.

i don't understand why this is happening. i take good care of my computer. Everything else works just fine. The only thing i ever have trouble with is Flash.

Some information: As i said, i am currently running Windows 7, but also had the problem when i was using XP. My processor is an AMD Sempron 3400+ 1.80GHz. i have 1.44 GB RAM, which i know isn't a lot, but i borrowed an additional 1 GB stick from my girlfriend's computer and there was no noticeable improvement in the performance of Flash. My browser of choice is Firefox, but i have the same problem if i use Internet Explorer.

i've searched Adobe's website and all over the internet for solutions, and have had no luck. Any suggestions?


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That 1.44GB RAM a single core CPU
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2011 1:11 AM PST
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Thank you for your help...
by jrw78 / January 10, 2011 10:45 AM PST

Flash works like a dream on my girlfriend's computer, and her computer isn't much better than mine. We both have the same model Dell, only she bought hers a few months after i bought mine, so the stats on hers are a little better. She has a 2GHz processor, compared to my 1.80, and has 2GB RAM compared to my 1.44 (but as i said in my original post, when i added an extra 1GB RAM to my computer it didn't make a difference).

The only other factor i can think of is the video cards. i went with the standard video card that Dell was using a few years ago, and she went with a high-end video card for gaming. Could the video card make a huge difference in the way that Flash is performing?


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It MIGHT be Imminent Messenger!
by Mark7890 / August 12, 2012 5:06 PM PDT

I had a similar problem, I used 'Currports' to check what's using my ports, found a messenger called Imminent, didn't remember installing it, so uninstalled it, when I did, it said it was downloaded as a part of the updated flash player, it's now running at normal speed!

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