System slowdown playing embedded video

Darryl Clarke smartssa at
Mon Sep 4 15:29:48 UTC 2006

On 9/4/06, Lorin Pino <ljpino at> wrote:
> I have installed Ubuntu 6.06.1, and have been working on setting things
> up before switching everything over from 5.10.  I have an AMD Athlon and
> an ATI Radeon 9000.  I am running the kernel 2.6.15-25-k7 along with the
> matching restricted modules package.  I have installed the fglrx driver,
> and after replacing with a new one from here:
> Flash 7 is installed and working.  If I try to play:
> it plays fine.  But cpu usage is very high, and when the clip ends the
> cpu goes to 100% and the machine won't respond to anything for 15-20
> seconds.  After that I can close the tab, and everything is back to normal.
> This plays perfect:
> But I can't replay it without reloading the page.
> Does anyone else have trouble with these?  I don't think it is an ati
> issue, but maybe I messed up something as I was fiddling with 3d accel.
> The second link is playing with the totem-gstreamer plugin (firefox).
> Maybe I should try totem-xine?
> I can't find anything in logs at the time this happens, so I am kind of
> in the dark on this.  Any suggestions?
> ~Lorin

Flash players, as used in your first link, are notorious for being
resource hogs.  Unfortunately there's not much that can be done.

Do you experience the same slowdown when using google, yahoo, or
youtube videos?  They also use flash players.  It could just be that
sites player.

As for playing the wmv file, with the totem-gstreamer-plugin it should
give you play/pause controls at the bottom of the window.

~ Darryl  ~ smartssa at

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