I couldn’t wait. This had to be posted. I’ve been on a “The Office” a-thon for the last couple of weeks. Having watched the show for the first time during the last season (season 7), some of my friends have told me I should get Netflix and watch the first seasons so I could get all the background. Well, I don’t have Netflix, but for like a dollar or two at the local video rental store you can rent the seasons for a few days. Hence, the The-Office-a-thon. Great show, funny, and now I know some of the background — well, except for one problem.

Here’s the problem: after season 2, I decided to take a break from renting and watch online at my own pace. TBS.com has full episodes of most of the ones I’ve been looking for so far in season 3, so I’ve been watching them there. Only, like most videos online, they are played through a Flash player. Flash has problems.

Perhaps you have some of the same problems with Flash that I do. When I load the video, everything is fine, but if I go to fullscreen and escape back out so that I can choose a different video, check another web page, etc., it tends to lag and/or lock up. I use a brand new MacBook Pro with a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM. There should be no problem whatsoever with playing any kind of video. It even has 2 graphics processors – the Intel processor for mundane tasks, and an NVIDIA GeForce 330M card with 256 MB of its own on-board RAM. Again, should be no problem to show a simple Flash video that my computer 15 years ago could do.

Flash Video FixExcept, again, Flash has problems. Upon exiting full screen video, it often will lock up for a good minute or two (I know; I’ve timed it), continuing to play audio, but no video movement and I can’t Command+Tab (or Alt+Tab for you Windows people :P) out of it. Now, here’s the solution: right-click on the video, go to “Settings” and un-check “Enable hardware acceleration.” This immediately fixed my problem. I have not seen a performance drop in playing video either. As far as I know, this is a perfect fix for the problems I was having.

Have you had this problem? Having similar problems with Flash video? Share your experiences here. What does this have to do with being a gentleman? Well, a gentleman knows how to run his computer equipment at optimum performance, so as to impress the ladies…. okay I don’t know what it has to do with being a gentleman. I just had to post this because I’ve searched all over the web for a solution to this problem — even talked to a Genius at the Apple Store and was unable to find a solution. I almost got a new laptop because the problem didn’t seem to occur on my old one. I’m glad this worked!