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    Minstrel of Messages Slayer89's Avatar
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    Flash High CPU Usage - Trying to find decent settings

    My Goal

    I have been trying to find some tweaks to improve CPU efficiency while playing Wartune.
    I started this search since I have been noticing an increasing CPU usage while playing Wartune and it does not seems to be getting any better with each patch they make.
    Before even going further, I wanna make myself clear. I do not blame Wartune or Flash on this one. I am just making sure every plays this game nice and smoothly.

    My Computer Specifications

    OS: Windows 7 Ultimate (Service Pack 1)
    CPU: AMD Phenom(tm) II X4 945 Processor 3.00 GHz
    RAM: 8 GB DDR3 (667MHz)
    GPU: ATI Radeon HD 5570

    Browsers Tested:

    Chrome Version 28.0.1500.95 m
    Firefox Version 16 beta
    Firefox Version 23 beta

    Flash Tested:

    Shockwave Flash 11.8.800.97 (both PepperFlash and Adobe)
    Shockwave Flash 11.5.502.136
    Shockwave Flash

    note: I have tried some older versions to check if some newer programs were bugged or not.
    Setting Tested

    I will only write about browser settings. Since I have mainly focus on them on this project.


    Chrome got few options when compared to Firefox but still got some few useful tweaks to make it a little better.

    First visible setting which can be done easy.
    Go to Settings and remove all crap in Extension if you have something in there. The second one is enable hardware acceleration in Advanced Settings.

    Then not visible settings.
    First of all if you have install flash while having Chrome as browser. Then you will have 2 flash types. One which is integrated into Chrome, called PepperFlash. The second which is of course Adobe Flash.
    To check if you have 2 flash types write in address bar chrome://plugins and click on details on the right side of the screen. Then you should be able to see 2 kinds of Shockwave Flash.
    Disable PepperFlash which is type PPAPI since it can have some conflict between those and the other one wont be used anyway.

    To test some experimental setting write in address bar chrome://flags. I would not recommend this if you are not experienced with such stuff.


    Firefox got a lot of options which is awesome since I like to experiment a lot.

    As always. First advice is to disable or remove add-ons and extension which is not used. Since they can use up the CPU.

    Next is about:config

    Write about:config in address bar. There will come a warning sign. Accept at your own risk.

    Change those values.

    And for last setting is the plugin container. In some cases plugin container would take a lot of CPU and can hit 100%. In that case disabling it would be the best option.
    But since disabling it in about:config is not an option anymore we gotta use another way.

    To disable plugin container go to
    Control Panel -> System -> Advanced System Settings -> Enviroment Variables
    and create a new variable named MOZ_DISABLE_OOP_PLUGINS and assign it with 1
    after that restart the PC and plugin container should be disable and hopefully not using more CPU than it should. (This setting can make flash crash in some cases. To enable it again change the value to 0)


    There should be some improvements in general browsing of the WorldWideWeb but I am looking for some more tweaks for browsing and flash.
    So leave a comment for improvements, questions and critics.

    Useful links and programs for testing

    Test your connection speed. Shows ping, download speed and upload speed.

    Test your connection quality. Shows advanced ping results.

    Test your flash power. Tests your flash abilities in heavy tests.


    More setting tested.

    I have forgot that I got laptop. Since I only use it to work with I haven't really update it and never really played with it.
    And to my surprising. It actually works better than my main computer.

    My Laptops Specifications

    OS: Ubuntu 12.10 64bit
    CPU: Intel® Celeron(R) CPU 900 @ 2.20GHz
    RAM: 4 GB
    GPU: Generic (the real driver is not installed since it's only used for work)

    Browsers Tested:

    Chronium 25.0.1364.160

    Flash Tested:

    Shockwave Flash 11.2 r202

    Last edited by Slayer89; 08-27-2013 at 04:40 AM.

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    Moderator Kitwritten's Avatar
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    blame flash player as its a issue with flash that has been mentioned to adobe a number of times and its why HTML 5 is becoming more popular as it delievers good quality visual feed without the cpu usage.....

    I use an AMD ATHLON II x 2 260 3.2 gig with 6 gig ddr 3 and a AMD HD 7750 1 gig card, running windows 7 prem sp1.... its the same rig that I was running windows xp pro sp 2

    I use the following browsers.....
    aurora 24.0a2 ( doesn't use container )
    pale moon 20.2.1-x64 ( uses container and has heavy cpu usage when opening pages )
    comodo dragon ( doesn't use container but has multiple instances and heavy flash usage )
    ice dragon ( uses container, heavy cpu usage )
    chrome 28.0.1500.95 m ( doesn't use container, can be cpu heavy when working with other browsers....)
    IE 10, 9 and 8 ( best not run with icedragon or pale moon as flash can crash a lot )
    FF 22.0 ( flash needs to be tweaked to deal with cpu drag and flash drag

    pepperflash is problematic and if players can disable it, all the better......
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    Minstrel of Messages Slayer89's Avatar
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    Yea .. Flash has been going downhill for the last couple of years. Since they do not seems to be responsive to the bugs many reported. Like having high usage on live streamings and in some cases normal flash.

    And all the browsers seems to have in common is that they all use 30% of my CPU when running wartune. That is like running 4 videos at the same time in my PC.
    And this CPU usage can be the cause of the lag problem in many situations inside the wartune.

    Seems like I'm gonna have to try to tweak flash from inside then ._.
    Nice to meet you o.o/

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    Priest of Pontifications MolochMage's Avatar
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    A big question here is what flash version Wartune is actually designed for. If you disable flash and try to load the game it will show an icon in Chinese that at least mentions something about "Flash 10". Could installing that obsolete version solve some things?

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