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I enjoy playing Flash based browser games but they've been running slow recently. I opened my computer's task manager to see what was going on and noticed that as I kept playing, the amount of RAM being used by Flash kept going up. All the way to 1.5 GB of RAM. I think that flash is saving pieces of game data that are not necessary. Anyone know how to make it stop doing that?

I enjoy playing Flash based browser games but they've been running slow recently. I opened my computer's task manager to see what was going on and noticed that as I kept playing, the amount of RAM being used by Flash kept going up. All the way to 1.5 GB of RAM. I think that flash is saving pieces of game data that are not necessary. Anyone know how to make it stop doing that?

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Hi CyanLink, There is a cache manager for the flash plugin that I know of. If you right click on an embedded player and select "Global Settings" you can remove stored cache or change the size, however I do not know if you can remove specific data. This might cause data loss for the games that rely on local cache storage.

Another way to improve the performance of RAM in Firefox is mentioned generally here including an add on that clears memory like you can on about:memory : Firefox uses too much memory or CPU resources - How to fix

However if you also change the add on to "Always Ask" from the Add ons page, it may also reduce/prolong the massive usage.

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Hi CyanLink, There is a cache manager for the flash plugin that I know of. If you right click on an embedded player and select "Global Settings" you can remove stored cache or change the size, however I do not know if you can remove specific data. This might cause data loss for the games that rely on local cache storage.

Another way to improve the performance of RAM in Firefox is mentioned generally here including an add on that clears memory like you can on about:memory : Firefox uses too much memory or CPU resources - How to fix

However if you also change the add on to "Always Ask" from the Add ons page, it may also reduce/prolong the massive usage.

Hi CyanLink, There is a cache manager for the flash plugin that I know of. If you right click on an embedded player and select "Global Settings" you can remove stored cache or change the size, however I do not know if you can remove specific data. This might cause data loss for the games that rely on local cache storage. Another way to improve the performance of RAM in Firefox is mentioned generally here including an add on that clears memory like you can on about:memory : [[Firefox uses too much memory (RAM) - How to fix]] However if you also change the add on to "Always Ask" from the Add ons page, it may also reduce/prolong the massive usage.

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Thanks guigs2, That seemed to help a lot. I was worried it would interferer with my save files but it didn't and now the same program is only using 400 megs of memory, big difference to performance.

Researching other settings it turns out that the other problem I have is that my graphics card is getting obsolete. It looks like I'm going to have to invest in a new computer pretty soon.

Thanks guigs2, That seemed to help a lot. I was worried it would interferer with my save files but it didn't and now the same program is only using 400 megs of memory, big difference to performance. Researching other settings it turns out that the other problem I have is that my graphics card is getting obsolete. It looks like I'm going to have to invest in a new computer pretty soon.