Cannot play YouTube® videos
What are the reasons due to which YouTube videos won't work? What the ways to fix the problem?
The video that the users play on the YouTube are encoded in variants of Flash media format. The YouTube videos utilize the Flash player or Plugin installed in the system or integrated with the browser to stream media. There are different definition levels for the videos on YouTube and this definition increases with an increase in the overall resolution of the video. The YouTube videos can be steamed by the users and is temporarily stored on the system in either cache folder of the browser or the system temp folders and then are removed when the users close the video. Since the YouTube videos use the Flash player or Plugin to stream normally any issues with the player will cause problems with the video playback. The issues with Flash player or Plugin, browser cache issues and temporary network error are the reasons that can cause problems with the smooth playback of YouTube videos.
Discussed below are some points that will help the users to fix issues that are occurring while trying to play YouTube videos:
- Clear browser cache and restart
- Reserve network bandwidth
- Update browser and Flash plugins
Clear browser cache and restart
The cache is a folder used by the browser program to store temporary files that are required to browse through website on the Internet. The cache size of most browsers will be limited to a certain space by default and piling up of files can cause poor performance. The users who are having issues are advised to clear the cache of the browser and restart the application for fixing issues with the YouTube videos.
Reserve network bandwidth
Loading or buffering of high quality Flash content from the YouTube server requires connections with a reasonable bandwidth and transfer rate. The different applications and processes running in system background will be silently eating up the available bandwidth for various operations like updating, uploading etc which in turn causes the YouTube videos to stop loading properly. The users are advised to close all network intensive programs using system task manager and then try playing videos on YouTube. This will help fix all issues.
The issues like bugs and vulnerabilities in the browser can also affect the buffering and playing of YouTube videos. The users are advised therefore to update the browser to its latest stable version so as to fix all vulnerabilities and bugs. Doing so will fix up the problem. The users are also advised to update the Flash plugins in the browser using available options or install latest version of Flash player so as to fix all related issues.
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