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Shockwave applets randomly freeze in Firefox

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Asus A8V Deluxe
AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Dual Core
1.4 GB DDR 2100 RAM
2x 80GB 7200 rpm Seagate SATA HDDs in RAID 0
Nvidia Geforce 6600GT 256mb
Windows XP Pro SP2
Internet Explorer 6.0.2900.2180
Firefox 1.5.0.6
Latest shockwave installed

I have two questions, the first being the more important one.

1. Since upgrading my motherboard and CPU two weeks ago, certain Shockwave applets keep freezeing in Firefox after a random amount of time, whereas in Internet Explorer I have no problem (I only use IE if I have to).

2. I have also noticed sluggish 2d graphics performance in Shockwave on both browsers when my display is set to 32-bit colour. When I switch to 16-bit it's a lot faster. Here are the results using a shockwave based benchmark.

16-bit colour..          32 bit colour..

Math      180.2              180.2
Text       158.6                76.0
Pixels       98.2                 70.9
Sprites   215.3                 69.9
Vector    231.6                94.3
3D         268.8               267.7
Average 192.1               125.7

All the 2D drawing tests are a lot slower in 32-bit.

Compared to the reference computers, the average of the 32-bit results only just beats the Dell Dimension 8100 (1400mhz, 256mb ram, Geforce 2 GTS), but the 16-bit average is off the chart. I know that 32-bit colour is more demanding, but that is no reason for 2D results similar to a Geforce 2 :(

Thank you for your patience!
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