Optimize Flash if games are slow and videos are jerky

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Miguel Moro Vallina
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When they open sites with online games or video streaming most of the time the Flash plugin.
Flash is a program that integrates into the browser and, in some cases like in Chrome, even inside the browser itself.
Sometimes, however, on some websites the Flash games are not optimized to run well on the computer or the videos are seen in jerks.
This can also happen on newer computers so the problem does not seem to be too much related to the PC hardware which, even if old or not very powerful, should be able to run simple flash games.
The problem with Flash also derives from the browser used which in some cases consumes too many computer resources and ends up slowing down every operation.
If there are performance issues with Flash, if games and videos on your pc are slow, they freeze and get jittery, then you have to optimize Flash.

1) Lower the Flash quality is the simplest solution.
On the box where the game or video appears, click with the right mouse button and in the context menu find the Quality item and set it low.
The effect of this option depends a lot on the game you are playing and how intense the visuals it uses are.
For some games, there is hardly any difference while in others it will be extremely noticeable.

The right click options menu, when pressed on a video, may differ depending on the site you are on.
For videos, like on Youtube, there is always a button in the player itself to lower the quality or to remove the HD quality.
With some extensions you can fix the quality and size of videos on Youtube

2) Use another browser for Flash videos and games only
If you have a lot of tabs open on Chrome, the browser starts to swell and becomes heavy so playing a game or Flash video in another tab can be slow or jerky.
Then try to open that flash site on another browser such as Firefox or Internet Explorer and see if there are improvements.
An optimal strategy would be to choose a browser like Firefox, Opera or Chrome only for Flash games and videos, disabling all unnecessary options and keeping it free from external extensions.
By experimenting, you can find which browser works best for watching flash videos and games.
In another article the list of the best browsers to download for all computers

3) Disable hardware acceleration
This technical factor is mainly linked to the quality of the streaming videos.
From the article on how to disable hardware acceleration on Windows to optimize video streaming, let's see how to disable hardware acceleration on the Flash plugin.
Press the right mouse button on the space where the game or video appears, click on the settings and, in the first tab, remove the hardware acceleration option.

4) Resize the game by zooming out
Depending on the online game, it may be that if you zoom out the visible game scenario becomes smaller and, consequently, the performance improves because the graphics are less detailed.
To zoom in on a flash game, right-click on it and then click Next or Back.

In another article the ways of solve problems with Youtube videos or other flash sites
In any case, always remember to download and install Flash Player latest version from the official Adobe website (Flash can also be installed on Android).


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