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  1. #1
    Not sure if switching is right for me?

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?
    Hey everyone

    The time has come for me to get a new computer as the current laptop is on it's last legs. I've been doing a bit of reading around and I'm considering getting a 21.5inch iMac ( the one up from the base model).

    I've read a bit about the problems some people have with apple and flash and while I know this isn't a fault of apple it's hindering my decision.

    The only things I use my computer for are the Internet and email but in that Internet usage is a lot of flash useage.

    I'd hate to spend this money and buy a computer and not be able to use it for what I intend. I also find it hard to get a true perspective as most people only use forums etc to report the bad and not the good.

    So if I buy an iMac am I going to have issues watching YouTube, shows on MTV.com, playing farmtown and games on cartoon network with the nieces etc?

    Look forward to your advice

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Even though flash doesn't play nice with Macs, in general, if you have a descent internet connection, and a good recent enough system with plenty of Ram (which you will with your choice), you should have very few, if no problems.
    Even with my late 07 2.2GHz C2D with 2GB RAM and an ADSL 2+ internet connection, 99% of the time I have no problems viewing flash, etc.
    When things are congested on the net, I just let it buffer a little while before I watch. but this is usually on you tube's side of things, and nothing to do with Mac, Adobe, or my internet connection. As you've probably noticed, you tube's buffering time has been getting worse and worse lately, and no PC or Mac could change that.
    In fact, the only times I've suffered is when the sites are congested!


    Oh, and welcome to Mac Forums

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?
    dtravis7's Avatar
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    With my 2.16Ghz Intel Mini with 2GB Ram and Snow Leopard, Flash videos play just fine. There is more CPU usage than on the Windows version of Flash, but the videos are very smooth and I usually select the highest resolution HD on newer You Tube videos and no issues.

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    Chef_eam's Avatar
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    I have personally noticed no problems with Flash on my iMac.

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?
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    The controversy over Flash has little bearing on a discussion of a desktop computer. The fact that an iMac has to "work" slightly harder to deliver Flash properly because Adobe are being retarded is definitely not a reason to ignore the million wonderful things an iMac will do for you.

    You will have absolutely ZERO issues with any of the things you mention wanting to do with your machine.

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?

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    Back to my old 2.2GHz C2D MB after selling my MBP and wondering what my next Mac will be :)
    Quote Originally Posted by chas_m View Post
    The fact that an iMac has to "work" slightly harder to deliver Flash properly because Adobe are being retarded is definitely not a reason to ignore the million wonderful things an iMac will do for you.
    Rather than retarded, "mentally challenged!"

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chef_eam View Post
    I have personally noticed no problems with Flash on my iMac.
    Same here. I do use Click to Flash in order to block ads, but I'd do that whether there was an "issue" or not.

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    Problem with Flash? News to me. No problems here.
    Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting what you get.

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    I've never had issues with Flash on either of my Macs. Yes, it is a resource hog and much more bloated than it should be, but it does work fine.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

    https://youtu.be/KHZ8ek-6ccc

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?

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    if you install the beta 10.1 of flash player it also runs well on older under powered machines.
    21.5" iMac 3.06 | 8GB Ram | 500 GB Hdd
    11" MacBook Air

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    T_O_P12's Avatar
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    I just made the switch and have no problems with youtube and watching things online

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?
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    I made the switch to the same machine you're considering after 30 years of PC usage. I've had no problems.

    You have to filter many on the complaints here as I'm sure many of those problems are caused by the users themselves.

    Don't mess with perfection.
    Larry

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?
    Raz0rEdge's Avatar
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    There's been a lot of hoopla around Flash and Apple..but that's mainly associated with the iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad..not the desktops..

    Flash is a resource hog in general, a little more so on Mac's, but throw enough horsepower at it, and it won't matter..

    I used to be on a 1.83 Ghz Mac Mini and watching videos in Flash (especially HD) would put the CPU utilization at around 80-95%..I now have an i7 27" iMac and CPU utilization on similar videos gets up to about 15% combined..

    So a 3.33 Ghz 21.5" iMac will have no issues with Flash..

    Regards

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?
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    Never had an issue, myself, and I regularly peruse youtube and newgrounds. Haven't checked the cpu usage, but it should be on par with that 80 percent business I keep hearing. Only issues I've ever had are the buffering issue at youtube, again, their problem, and the smashing pumpkins page, which I've noticed runs slow on my windows PC, as well.
    "That's Peter Graves scat! I'd know it anywhere!"

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    Not sure if switching is right for me?
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    Funny, I never noticed any problems with YouTube or other flash content, so I had no idea that it was supposed to be a problem until I started reading about it here.

    I say get the iMac. It will definitely do everything you need it to do.

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