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Adobe Flash Player and Windows Server 2008 R2

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I had just recently installed Server 2008 R2 on my Dell D630 and I'm using it as a workstation and a test platform. But when I install Flash into ANY browser; Firefox, Chrome, IE 8, my CPU jumps up to about 80-90% of the CPU. What the hell is going on. I have a 7 installation that has no problems. And before you ask yes I have switched the program priority from background to applications. Its very frustrating and is keeping me from using this as my primary desktop. Anyone got any answers?

My specs are;

2.4 Intel Core2Duo processor

4 GB of Ram

Intel 965 integrated graphics

Dual booting;

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 7

I would really appreciate some help on this, I am very frustrated!!!!

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tried uninstalling and reinstall flash?also when it happens run process monitor and see what is being accessed?

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this post really isn't going to be much help but i can report i have no problems here. i use firefox 3.5.2 (also did a quick test of youtube in IE8 - no problemo). what's actually using the CPU? your browser? :huh:

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That's just flash. My CPU also jumps high (although I dont think it goes to 80%.. but probably 50% of every single core).

I can play huge 1080p videos on windows media player with 2% CPU use, and the crappiest youtube video will use half of the processor.

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First it is flash. Second, flash enable video services - such as youtube - use the CPU.

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tried uninstalling and reinstall flash?also when it happens run process monitor and see what is being accessed?

I've done that, and even tried past version of flash to see if its a version problem. Hasn't fixed the problem.

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This happens to me on Windows XP also.

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flash is at fault, 720p youtube videos jerks every few secs, i've got a 4gb ram, 3.0ghz core 2 quad, firefox 3.5.3, win7 x64, does same on winxp, flash is crappy!

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flash is at fault, 720p youtube videos jerks every few secs, i've got a 4gb ram, 3.0ghz core 2 quad, firefox 3.5.3, win7 x64, does same on winxp, flash is crappy!

It seems as if it used to didn't do it though-- that was before they started to embed ads into the flash content.

I can remember youtube under Flash 9 not being that bad but as soon as I went with flash 10 the ads appeared and the 80-90% cpu load in linux.

Quick note-- on HULU cpu load maxes out on 80% -- So I am thinking it is the in Flash Ads that may be the issue.

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It seems as if it used to didn't do it though-- that was before they started to embed ads into the flash content.

I can remember youtube under Flash 9 not being that bad but as soon as I went with flash 10 the ads appeared and the 80-90% cpu load in linux.

Quick note-- on HULU cpu load maxes out on 80% -- So I am thinking it is the in Flash Ads that may be the issue.

Then how the hell do we fix it. With most of the videos and streaming content on the web being flash, it makes surfing the web painful. That and when I have computer that can run 6 VMs but can't play a single flash video without problems, that seams a little backassward.

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Fix: Don't use a server OS as a workstation.

That's it.

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Fix: Don't use a server OS as a workstation.

That's it.

This. There's no reason to use Server 2008 R2 as a workstation. The only time that made any remote sense was back with Server 2003 because the kernel was newer than XP's.

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Fix: Don't use a server OS as a workstation.

That's it.

This. There's no reason to use Server 2008 R2 as a workstation. The only time that made any remote sense was back with Server 2003 because the kernel was newer than XP's.

The OP asked for help and not for your wise-a** advice...

@Sean2989: See if hardware acceleration is enabled. If it is and the problem still persists, try disabling it.

On some machines Flash's hardware acceleration has a negative effect on CPU usage - especially when using old and crappy GPUs resp. GPU drivers.

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The OP asked for help and not for your wise-a** advice...

Huh... somebody has an off day...

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This. There's no reason to use Server 2008 R2 as a workstation. The only time that made any remote sense was back with Server 2003 because the kernel was newer than XP's.

See that logic doesn't mean anything to be honest. I have the ability to run it and I do so for virtualization and to learn how to use it better. And when I'm not doing that I would like to have the ability to watch videos with out having to log out and switch my windows server partition.

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So that argument- of using a Server as workstation rears its head again--

I only have a few things to say--

A: NOTHING other than COST says you can't do it (HECK I DID IT JUST TO SEE IF IT COULD BE DONE)

B: Not to mention it is their computer and not yours.

though through personal experiences- I can safely say the following-

1. Don't think it will run the same as its home user counter part.

2. Don't get too upset because your favorite game or program refuses to install and says "UNSUPPORTED OPERATING SYSTEM"

3. It will take some work to get it to run so be prepared to do alternate workarounds.

Now Sean2989 -- To answer your question-- there truly is no fix for it until people start reporting the bugs actually to ADOBE and they get enough of them to actually figure out the where the issue is. Other than begging Youtube to stop embeding google ads inside the played flash content.

Though probably the reason you don't notice it so much in the VM is because it uses hardware render and the new - Flash has the feature of drop frames to keep in sync with audio-- So I am guessing it is there but we just don't notice it as much.

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I know this topic is really, really old but thought I'd post this since I couldn't get flash to give me a decent picture (was constantly stuttering) on Server 2008 R2 and found a solution. There's something in Windows Firewall that slows down flash to an unusable level. If you're only occasionally using flash (and somewhat trust the site you're streaming from) I'd disable firewall completely while streaming, otherwise you may need to mess around with the settings to find out exactly what's causing the problem. I also found that restricting DEP to only Windows programs in Performance Settings (right click My Computer -> Properties -> Advanced System Settings -> Advanced -> Settings (under performance) -> DEP) helped, but firewall was the main culprit.

As for the whole server vs normal OS for a workstation debate, I could get a fully licensed copy of server for free and am using the computer primarily as an HTPC so I don't want most features that come with a consumer OS (plus Win7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 have essentially the same kernal anyway). Everyone's needs/situations are different, and sometimes a server OS makes more sense than a consumer version.

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Good first post, now let's put her to rest before everyone piles on :)

Moved to Server Support and closed

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