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Flash videos not using Hardware Acceleration


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I have new Surface Book i7 (16gb mem 512 gb SSD) with the Nvidia graphics card. I just noticed that when I play flash videos through either Chrome or Edge the system doesn't seem to use Hardware Acceleration ...


I presume this because the CPU usage for the browser while playing at full screen is about 10% (low res) while my older laptop (which has a similar config older i7 16gb descrete graphics etc.) runs at about 2.5%. Also the fan comes on pretty quickly because the CPU heats up fast.

I tried using the Nvidia control panel and adding the browsers to the 'preferred graphics processor' list but this had no effect. Any ideas how I can resolve this?


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I think when Flash was using hardware acceleration it created driver crashes.

The next move should be to eliminate Flash completely. ;)