Youtube videos buffering slow lately

January 17, 2011 at 20:09:07
Specs: Windows XP Pro, XP 3000+/ 2GB 333

Has anyone else noticed youtube videos buffering slowly lately? For the past week or so, videos are continually pausing about half way through i.e. the progress bar is catching up with buffering bar a lot sooner than normal. Almost every video I find is doing this now. Just thought I'd ask to see if anyone else has been experiencing this.

I'm on a 6 Mbit connection, I've tested the speed on numerous speed test sites. I'm usually getting around 5.5 mbits download, and 900 Kbit upload. Using Firefox, checked IE, but it's also slow.

I did format and re-install windows on Friday, but not because of the youtube problem. I wanted to get rid of a 2nd partition on my HD. I can't see how this could be related.


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January 17, 2011 at 22:05:31

Try Chrome and you might be surprised... I had the same problem with ff and after I started looking it up on the web, I thought I might try Chrome and it totally worked. youtube videos are playing sooooo smooth on chrome while they are not on ff !!!!

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January 24, 2011 at 16:08:41

Well, after a few experiments with the hardware acceleration slider in my video card properties, youtube seems to not have issues with the buffering when hardware acceleration is disabled i.e. set to none. Do you think this this a video card driver problem? I started experiencing the youtube buffering problem after I formatted and reinstalled windows over a week ago. I downloaded the latest drivers for my Radeon 4650 AGP after the install. I'm thinking I should try rolling back my drivers to the previous ones I had installed before the format.

I can't figure out why the video card could cause issues with youtube buffering speed, does this sound right?

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January 24, 2011 at 16:13:20

I've found YouTube buffering a lot lately - a while back they were fine. They might just be going through a bad patch. Next time I have that problem I'll try disabling hardware acceleration too.

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January 24, 2011 at 16:58:08

Yep, I`ve had that same problem also. I`ll try turning off the hardware acceleration and see if that helps with my problem. Not only that, but I made a comment about a video to a poster, then tried to make my own comment about the same video, a window came up saying I had made a lot of posts (I don`t know how 2 posts is considered a lot), they made me jump through a hoop, you know, type these letters into the box to continue. Now that`s the first time I`ve run into that on youtube. I think those guys need to get their ducks in a row.

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January 25, 2011 at 00:02:00

Thanks for the replies. I'm thinking about uninstalling my video card drivers tomorrow. Hopefully, this will fix my problem. If not, I'll be back.

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January 28, 2011 at 14:37:05

Here's how I fixed the problem:

I uninstalled my video card drivers and checked to see if the buffering problem persisted without them. The problem was gone, youtube was buffering fast. Now, this was telling me that something was up with my computer the moment after the drivers were installed. Strange. So, I then decided to download the latest catalyst drivers for my card. Installed them, but the gpu was not recognized. Now, I made sure to download the right drivers from ati's website, which are: AGP drivers for all HD graphics adapters. The normal drivers don't work with the AGP versions of my card. So, I then uninstalled these drivers in favor of some drivers I've had on my hard drive since April of last year (v. 10-3). Installed the drivers, same problem with youtube. I then tried the latest drivers again to make sure something didn't go wrong during the initial install. No go, still gpu not detected. Uninstalled the latest drivers again, reinstalled version 10-3. Now, this time, I made a slight change during the install process. For some reason, ATI leaves files in the system32 folder even though you think you've uninstalled everything. Even running CCleaner didn't get rid of all driver traces. The install wizard informed me of about 6-8 files that were newer than the files in the 10-3 dirver package. You have the option of overwriting these or keeping the newest file version in favor of the older ones. I chose to "not" overwrite these newer files with older ones from my older driver package (v. 10-3).

Well, after everything was complete, I rebooted and then loaded up youtube. It works perfectly now! No problems with buffering anymore. Doesn't make sense does it?

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January 28, 2011 at 15:00:31

Yeah, I've been caught myself with odd files left lurking around, particularly drivers. Glad to hear you sorted it - it was obviously not just YouTube playing up. Thx for updating us.

There's not much about computers that is written in tablets of stone but I've mostly found that taking the later files pays off when asked.

We all live on a ball.

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February 27, 2011 at 11:36:35

Yes. Problems here too. On my laptop, my son's laptop, and from work. Audio will proceed, but video freezes.

Interestingly enough, if I rapidly move the cursor across the moving 'time line' I can get the video to roll, though with some gaps, etc.

What's going on????

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February 27, 2011 at 11:45:41


This post has been around since January and your symptoms are a lot different.
Best thing to do is raise a new post about your issues which will be seen by many more helpers.

Could just be YouTube overload this time - it often happens.

We all live on the same ball.

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March 24, 2011 at 18:02:24

youtube has been acting wierd, when i watch a video it buffers to :30 to 1:00 in and stops and when i get tothat point I have to advacne the bar a couple of seconds ahead and press play, then repeat. It gets annoying, especially when you watch a ten minute video. Is that the problem you were having or is it just me?

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March 27, 2011 at 21:21:58

I was having the same problem. Every video I tried to play buffered ridiculously slow. I just ran McAfee QuickClean and it made a huge difference. Videos are way faster now. They play continuously without stopping. I'm impressed!

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May 19, 2011 at 05:47:22

Well, I guess the poster might come back but it's a long time since 18th Jan.
Late answers are often useful to those googling in tho.

Please come back and let us know the outcome.

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