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Flash videos freeze randomly?

Jan 4, 2012 10:09 PM

Basically when I watch a Youtube video, it will often freeze and those spinning circles will appear, despite it being loaded to a point beyond that. It does this every 5 minutes are so and for this reason Youtube is basically unusable.


I have the latest version of Flash player, made the allowed storage for Youtube unlimited in Flash settings, cleared my cache, downgraded Flash, toggled hardware acceleration, cleaned my registry, tried using the non-built in version of Flash in Chrome,used Revo to uninstall Flash, restarted my PC numerous times in between trying different steps. Nothing seems to work. No matter what I seem to do I still get these spinning circles appearing. I can get the video to work again by right-clicking on the video and going to 'Stop Download' and then clicking play again, but then it only lasts another short period of time before the circles appear again.


It's not my internet speed, it's not my computer processing speed or anything like that. I also don't have any firewalls installed, I've even tried turning off my routers firewall to no avail.


This problem happens with any Flash video, it will always randomly stop downloading, and won't play again until I refresh the video or in some cases click ahead in the video.


Download speed: Approx 5.5meg

Flash version is 11,1,102,55

Browser: Google Chrome 16.0.912.63, but same issue applies to all browsers. (So far tried IE9 and Firefox too)

Windows 7 64bit

Intel Core i5 2500K 3.3GHz Quad-core processor

AMD Radeon 6870 Graphics card


1TB Hard drive


If anyone has any other suggestions that would be great, as this is really driving me crazy.



  • Xircal
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    Mar 29, 2011
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    Jan 4, 2012 11:50 PM   in reply to DarrenB900

    The Flash player in Google Chrome is embedded rather than a plugin as in all other browsers. Therefore it cannot be uninstalled, or downgraded and will behave differently than a plugin.


    In the first instance, you need to check the "Known Issues" which affect the browser at this location: .cs


    If none of the issues relates to your own, then post your question in their Help forum, link near the foot of the page.

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    Mar 13, 2012 12:25 PM   in reply to DarrenB900

    Go to this site, join the HTML5 trial.  View youtube videos in HTML5 and see if you still have the same problem.

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