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Hi I have a Intel Core i5 with 6GB of Ram using ubuntu 12.04 64bit.

I noticed that whenever I run chrome which is the faster browser for me in linux) when I watch youtube, the CPU usage for Chrome is at least 13% and sometimes even 30% .

but in Windows 7 same thing (youtube on chrome) rarely uses more than 6% of my CPU usage. I also notice my laptop is so hot in ubuntu 12.04 and the fan is working all the time, while in windows the laptop is so silent and the fan doesnt make much noise all the time and not as warm as in linux.

is it like that for every one or is it just me?

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I have the same problem, try installing drivers for your graphic card. It worked for me, the heating stopped but my laptop hangs with the graphic card drivers so i uninstalled them and my laptop gets very hot now. – user269310 Apr 15 '14 at 21:49

Yes, flash is bad.

You can switch to HTML 5 Videos in Youtube: Go to the bottom -> "Try something new" and choose to be in the HTML 5 Beta.

Videos will work much faster because of better hardware acceleration and no flash

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I changed my youtube to HTML 5 but surprsingly it uses more CPU !!! normally it uses like 35-40% but after enabling the html5 it uses 44% of the cpu !!! but atleast there is something good , when I switch to HTML I can change the speed of the video – Medya Sep 26 '12 at 12:34
but thanks for the tip anyway – Medya Sep 26 '12 at 12:36

Flash in Windows probably uses hardware acceleration so the movie decoding is really being done by the GPU and not your processor. Under Linux, it's all processor unless you are fortunate enough to run a working Flash that lets your system use the GPU.

Try Google Chrome as it uses the pepper flash project and currently sits on Flash 11.3 which works well on my system for hardware accelerated videos on YouTube.

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  1. Navigate to the Find Flash Player Version page.

  2. Verify that you are in the section titled "Find Flash Player version type and capabilities (Flash developers only)"

  3. Right click on your Player version and select "Settings"

  4. The Settings dialog will appear, change the tab at the bottom to display (if not already there) and uncheck (or if you'd like to enable, check) the "Enable hardware acceleration" checkbox.

  5. Close the dialog and restart your browser.

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I did that, are you suggesting using Hardware Accelration or not? I tried with both, not much difference in cpu usage, both of them are around %40 – Medya Sep 26 '12 at 12:34
I tried firefox, it uses 6% but it has another thing called plugin container (which is part of firefox) that uses 33% so it is the same, and in Firefox I tried HTML5, even in Firefox HTML5 uses more cpu than flash !!!! very surprsing !!! – Medya Sep 26 '12 at 12:54
Haedware acceleration is disabled by on Linux by default, regardless of what that setting shows. Check out this question for some more info. – mikewhatever Sep 30 '12 at 2:15

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