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State of GPU acceleration in Flash Player 11

Nov 17, 2011 3:58 AM

Tags: #issue #hardware #acceleration #gpu #flash_player_11

I am confused about the current requirements to get hardware accelerated flash content.

 

I often heard complaints that my Flash games would not run as smoothly under some circumstances, especially on OSX Lion (I used wmode=direct for a smooth scrolling).

 

While I was trying to get around this I upgraded to Flash Player 11 on my Alienware m11x and suddenly lost hardware acceleration for my Intel GMA 4500HD which is part of the integrated hybrid graphics. When I switch over to GeForce everything is fine.

 

Tested with all releases and Betas of Flash Player 11. Browers tested: Firefox 8, Chrome 15, Internet Explorer 9. OS: Windows 7 64-Bit

 

Now to use Flash without reduced battery life I have to revert back to Flash Player 10.3.

 

Then I learned about the official Stage3D blacklist/requirements and noticed that my chipset is supported but the driver version is not. It's a few versions older (8.15.10.1994) than the supported version and probably won't get updated since it's part of Dell's hybrid driver.

 

So are the Stage3D requirements also the requirements to get any hardware acceleration in Flash now?

 
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    Nov 18, 2011 11:44 AM   in reply to KohijinX

    KohijinX

     

    Simple answer to your question is 'yes, the requirements/blacklist for HW acceleration is for the player and not just for Stage 3D'. There is a tech note listed requirements more in details:

     

    http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/921/cpsid_92103.html

     

    thanks,

     

    Hitomi

     
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    Nov 18, 2011 10:29 PM   in reply to KohijinX

    I have a 64-bit Vista PC with GMA graphics. I get a lot of frame dropping with the latest version of Flash, even though CPU use is still low. I had to revert to the previous version.

     
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    Nov 21, 2011 2:21 PM   in reply to KohijinX

    KohijinX,

     

    Thank YOU too to give us your thoughts. I think you are not only person who expressed that point so far. I am going to relay your concern to our product marketing.

     

    thanks,

     

    Hitomi

     
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    Nov 21, 2011 2:33 PM   in reply to KohijinX

    I have an Intel G41 Express chipset with the latest graphics drivers, and I get a lot of frame dropping with the latest Flash 11 update (11.1.102.55), even with lower quality videos. This is something that should be fixed.

     
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