YouTube users have been complaining lately on forums that they cannot finish their videos because, about three-quarters of the way, the video just interrupts and no longer goes further, even if the user interface shows you that the video loaded fully. Another symptom of this “YouTube-itis” is when the video doesn’t simply interrupt, but it even shows you an ending screen like one of these bad boys.
This has recently not been so uncommon, but there are ways of telling whether the problem is coming from. It can be either on your end, YouTube’s end, or Adobe’s end. Chrome users suffer the most because Chrome automatically updates to the latest version of Flash, regardless of whether that version’s buggy or not. YouTube also has its own issues interacting with different Flash versions, and they find it hard to catch up. First, let’s walk through the diagnosis:
1st Possibility: Browser Cache
The browser’s cache could be as much a culprit as anything else. If some videos are not playing right, but the rest do, this might be your problem.
To clear your cache in Google Chrome, click the icon below the “Close” button that takes you to your options, click “Settings,” click “Show advanced settings” on the bottom of the page, and click “Clear browsing data” under “Privacy.” Make sure you only select your cache, and go ahead and clear the cache.
Within the latest version of Firefox, click on the orange Firefox icon on the top left corner, click “Options,” click the “Privacy” tab, and click “clear your recent history.” Make sure the cache’s selected. You don’t have to select anything else.
In the latest Internet Explorer, click “Tools” in the bar below the address bar (found on the far right), click “Internet Options,” and click “Delete” under “Browsing history.” You only need to select “Temporary Internet Files.”
If you don’t see any success with this method, we move onto something else:
2nd Possibility: Flash Is Buggy
Flash might have some adverse interactions with YouTube, although this usually is temporary and addressed rather quickly. If you can’t really wait for an update to come up and you must have your YouTube videos today, you can uninstall Flash manually and install an older version of it. To uninstall, you can just take it from Adobe’s updated guide on uninstalling Flash. I won’t describe the process here, as Adobe constantly updates its uninstaller within its guide.
After you’re done, you must reinstall Flash. Right now, your best bet is to get the 10.3 version from Adobe. After you’ve downloaded it, just run the installer. Once you’re almost done, it will ask you about updates. Remember to select “Notify me about updates.” You’re all set!
If everything’s still not working, you’re pretty much out of options because:
3rd Possibility: It’s On YouTube’s End
As much as the folks in forums will want to tell you that you can solve the problem, anyone with a decent understanding of development processes within the IT industry knows that there are sometimes “oops!” moments within the process, and users get affected. If you rule out the other two possibilities, you’re most likely a victim of something completely out of your control. Just wait a few days and see what happens.
Tip: Avoid annoying things at YouTube.
If you have any questions or comments on the above advice, don’t hesitate to comment below!