Why wont my Mac play YouTube Videos?

February 20, 2011 at 01:39:21
Specs: Mac OS X 10.6.6
My MacBook wont play youtube video's ... Correction it play's the video when I go into the Channel but not if I just search a video and click it ... Then it just shows up as a black box where the video should be. I can also play videos that are on other websites that are youtube videos.

Im not sure what's wrong ... or what I should do? Can anyone help?

I forgot I'm using Safari and I just updated my Mac to Mac OS X 10.6

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February 20, 2011 at 08:08:49
Have you download/installed the latest Flash Player and Java ??

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February 22, 2011 at 12:44:08
I have the exact same problem that has occurred recently. Let me know if you find out any solutions to the problem.

My flash player and java have also been updated as well.

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February 22, 2011 at 12:50:15
i have exactly the same problem please help

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February 22, 2011 at 22:38:24
So, I haven't found a solution for Safari yet but I have found a temporary fix. At least temporary if you are set on using Safari ... if not then I found that Firefox or Opera have worked for me.

I am really used to Safari ... so I really hope to find a solution with Safari. If anyone figures it out let me know ... and if I figure anything out Ill let you all know :)

and @X86 I do have the latest Flash Player and Java ...

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March 8, 2011 at 09:44:25
i'm having the exact same problem with loading videos using safari. it's a black box and only plays when i go into the user's channel. And the videos can play normally on google chrome, however, it lags. So the picture hangs while the audio is still running. it's so annoying! anyone help? it's just been this last week that i've been experiencing it.

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March 8, 2011 at 14:31:39
So, Opera stopped working too ... it still played video's on youtube but I couldn't pause or go into full screen. I haven't tried using google chrome but I guess I could try. As of now I am using Firefox 4 it's a beta version but it runs well and it plays videos.

@Jane55 Thank you for that link it's really helpfull (It came in handy with a project I was working on) but not the answer I was looking for. It's cool knowing how to download youtube videos but I would really prefer to find a way to make youtube work with Safari again. :/

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March 16, 2011 at 17:26:38
Go into system preferences and click on flip4mac. Check for updates. Update it and then try youtube. It worked for me.

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June 29, 2011 at 14:50:12
when i try to watch videos on my macbook the video says loading and just stays that way throughout the whole video. if anybody has a answer plz answer and help me

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October 4, 2011 at 14:33:38
I had the exact same problem. All the youtube videos would not play. They would apear as black screens with not even a play button.
I was only able to watch them on the channel itself.

I deleted Adobe Flash player from my Macbook and then newly downloaded and reinstalled it after that I updated my macbook and restarted it.

After doing that everything was back to the good old ways ;)

Hope that helped.

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October 6, 2011 at 12:49:31
You should also try updating your OS to 10.6.8.


iMac G5 1.8GHz PPC, 2GB RAM, 160GB, Mac OS X Leopard 10.5.8, SuperDrive


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