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« on: July 17, 2005, 01:26:26 PM »

Hey guys.

I hate to complain about a sponsor ad, since I know the site depends on them,  but one seems to be giving me a little trouble.

The Disney Virtual Magic Kingdom banner ad with the Pirate ships -- When it displays in my Netscape 8.0 browser (which uses a Mozilla Firefox rendering engine)  the up/down scrolling in the window I am in goes all wonky, and gets more sluggish than if I wadded bubblegum on my mouse scroll wheel.  

No other banner ad seems to have this effect,  on your site or any other site I visit that uses banner ads.

I hate to ask you to do anything about it, and I really have no clue what you could do about it, but I figured I ought to say something.

Thanks for your attention to this matter.
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2005, 02:57:43 PM »

Let me see if I can replicate it...
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« Reply #2 on: July 17, 2005, 06:38:49 PM »

a few quick questions to see if it could be something simple we could troubleshoot.

 - Have you tried switching between rendering engines in NS8? From what I've read you can select either firefox or IE rendering within NS8 - so it would be useful to know if the performance hit only occurs on one or both engines

- Do you have the latest flash player installed?

- What kind of hardware are you experiencing this error on. i.e. how fast a processor, how much RAM, what OS, etc.
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2005, 07:42:19 PM »

I have no problem replicating it on my machine:
WinXP Pro, Opera v8.01, Flash Player v7,0,19,0 and 1GB RAM.

When the VMK.com ad displays I my processor usage bounces around between 85-100%.  Other ads cause no noticable spike.

Edit to add: I have the same issue with the ad in IE.  Again, only with the VMK ad.
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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2005, 10:12:58 PM »

I'm running a

Win XP Pro Sp2 updated OS
on a  (Don't laugh)  Pentium 3 800 Mhz, 256 MB RAM, and Whatever Flash player is default to the browser, or Internet Explorer, or Windows XP.  never sought out and installed a specific one

On Netscape 8.0, the ad reacts a little better to the IE rendering than he Firefox rendering, but only as much as a gunshot to the upper arm is  better than it would be to the groin.
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2005, 03:05:30 AM »

Something on CG-probably this ad, is causing my computer to have 99 or 100% CPU usage and bringing everything to an absolute crawl. I will have to only visit CG long enough to check new posts until you guys get a new banner or figure this out frown Sorry, but I wanted to let you know that at least one other person is having this problem.

And seriously, I keep this site going!! RESPEK!!!

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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2005, 04:04:57 AM »

hmm.. My CPU usuage spiked to 30% max and my commit charge  went to 200M/2460M, but all I run while surfing is a couple of IE windows open and Trillian.  Not a problem for me but maybe something that can help.  I'm using Flash 7,0,19,0 with IE 6 that comes with Windows Media Center 2005 on a 3.2 gig P4 w/1 gig ram.
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2005, 04:23:20 AM »

I'll investigate with the sponsor.   If I can't resolve it, the ad goes.

I narrowed it down - it is the ad with the two ships in it.  Spikes my processor to 85%.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2005, 12:54:28 PM »

I've noticed ever since I started using Firefox last year that certain Flash elements, typically ads, and almost all of Gamespot's default page, have a tendency to really spike my CPU and bring scrolling to a crawl in Firefox. I'm not sure if it's Firefox's fault, or Macromedia though.  I've gotten in the habit of blocking elements that cause it though.
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« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2005, 11:53:39 PM »

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Something on CG-probably this ad, is causing my computer to have 99 or 100% CPU usage and bringing everything to an absolute crawl.


Yeah, sorry to report - me too!  I was having no problem before the update (or the coincidence of that ad?)...  I only use Firefox, and I can sometimes get by with only one window open, but with two - one of them CG - my machine just crawls.  I first noticed it when i happened to have two CG windows open - everything showed as "running", but the machine may as well have been frozen, everything was so slow.  Bear in mind that i'm more than an end user, but not a heck of a lot more.  A more knowledgeable person than I am said that Firefox was at 100% CPU usage, or words that were similar. Tongue
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2005, 01:52:12 AM »

The ad is having an affect on me using IE at home too.  I have been having issues with it, but I didn't notice it until someone pointed it out here.
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« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2005, 03:20:53 AM »

I have contacted the ad agency.  Pending their response this ad will either be removed or replaced tomorrow.

Thank you for bringing it to my attention!
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« Reply #12 on: July 21, 2005, 11:08:38 PM »

Any update on the status of the ad, Ron?
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« Reply #13 on: July 22, 2005, 02:01:57 AM »

No not yet.  I'm going to call them tomorrow.  If I'm not satisfied with the answer, it comes off tomorrow.
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« Reply #14 on: July 22, 2005, 02:16:25 AM »

Everyone, it's time to say "thank you" to the people who developed AdBlock for Firefox. Takes care of the problem with two clicks of a mouse button. smile
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« Reply #15 on: July 22, 2005, 02:28:57 AM »

Heck, I'll even thank the staff.

can't wait for the ad to go far away.  If only I had a cannon, I'd get rid of the ad myself.  You might need a new advertiser, though, but at this point, i could live with that.  slywink
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« Reply #16 on: July 22, 2005, 08:25:52 PM »

The ad has been removed.  I just didn't get what I needed from the ad sponsor, so we'll have to pass it up.
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« Reply #17 on: July 22, 2005, 09:17:29 PM »

Thank you! I hope you find a suitable replacement in time.  

If stopgap support needs to come from users, I for one will surely answer the call.
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« Reply #18 on: July 22, 2005, 10:41:43 PM »

I concur.  Thank you!  I can use Firefox with CG again.  YAY!
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