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Zalid 08-01-2012 05:20 PM

Off Topic: Youtube not buffering
As many of us use YouTube regularly you may have come across the problem of YouTube not buffering when you pause a video.
It seems YouTube are trying to reduce their bandwidth usage and if you do not have a pretty quick net connection you have probably been doing what I do. I start the video, pause it to allow it to buffer and then play it. Due to the change made by YouTube recently, it now limits you to only about a minute of buffering.

But I have found a solution :
Log in to your account. Go to Settings (Click your username in the top right) and then Playback. Select "I have a slow connection. Never play higher-quality video". Now save this setting and you should be ok.
Though the default for playback will be lower, you can change this on an individual video settings.

So far this has worked for me and also now allows me to go any part of the video, which used to cause the darn thing to redownload in the past.

Hope this is of help to some of you :)

Goffik 08-01-2012 09:33 PM

That's what you get for using a tin can and a piece of string as an internet connection in the valleys lol

(Can't believe I got in on a Welshie joke before Beli lol)

Belimawr 08-01-2012 09:59 PM

one thing I can say if your using chrome and having flash problems (I was getting no sound and the videos just stopping for no reason) go to "chrome://plugins" flash should say it has 2 files, disable the newest files and it will fix all your flash problems.

as for the youtube buffering thingy and not loading much, if you change the global flash settings you can tell it to allow websites to download more data (believe the default is only about 100kb) this could be limiting how much it will pre load.

Goff it is well known he doesn't use a tin can and piece of string, just like fat people the connection can't climb the valleys.

Goffik 08-01-2012 10:37 PM

Or use firefox. your choice ;)

Zalid 08-02-2012 12:46 AM


Originally Posted by Goffik (Post 212779)
Or use firefox. your choice ;)

Of course. Only nubs use IE ;)
Never tried Chrome until forced to today (actually yesterday now).
I've been sorting out a friends PC which he uses Chrome on. I tell you some people, make that a lot, should not have a PC. Bloody full of malware and crapware. Seems ok now thankfully.
Anyway, Chrome. Seems ok, just nothing obvious about it to take me away from Firefox.

Goffik : There is nothing wrong with my can. It's the length of my string which is the problem :D

Zalid 08-02-2012 12:57 AM


Originally Posted by Belimawr (Post 212772)
as for the youtube buffering thingy and not loading much, if you change the global flash settings you can tell it to allow websites to download more data (believe the default is only about 100kb) this could be limiting how much it will pre load.

Though my solution above works for YouTube, I've taken your suggestion and increased this flash limit. Just in case some other site would give me trouble.
Thanks Bel.

Aphaeas 08-02-2012 07:58 AM

Weirdly, Sark and I get this problem despite the fact that we have a great broadband connection.

I will try and see if Zalid's solution solves it but I have no idea why it should!

Antonius 08-02-2012 08:36 AM

/tech mode on
Yep. Zalid is right about the buffering thing with YouTube. Beli's flash cache thing works best for flash games and animations, there's some benefit to flash video, but not much, as video streams are,by their nature, large and fill the cache buffer quickly.

Aph, if you're on a fast connection and find that things buffer a lot, you might need to speak to your ISP.

On chrome v ff: I've been using ff since it came out. I reluctantly switched to chrome for speed reasons. I'll probably switch back soon again as chrome is kind of annoying for me.

Additionally, how many of you are still using your ISP's default DNS?
I know recently BT have had issues with theirs. Check out Google DNS and OpenDNS.
This speeds up many mid-range connections that have been hobbled by the ISP.

/tech mode off

Aphaeas 08-02-2012 09:16 AM

It's not that they buffer a lot. It is only limited to YouTube and high quality videos. They will buffer fine for a short time and then just stop altogether. Put the video on a lower quality and everything returns to normal.

We have more issues with the YouTube videos they link on the PCGamer website than anywhere else.

Most other sites are fine.

Belimawr 08-02-2012 01:47 PM

aph that sounds like the problem I was having, it's something to do with a shit version of flash that doesn't work properly, Adobe are supposedly working on it but it you can try rolling back to a older version of flash and see if the problem goes away. (this is why you need the fix I said above for chrome as it is built in but luckily the leave the older version there as a backup so you can just disable the broken version)

failing that go to Adobe get the flash uninstall tool, use it to remove flash then reinstall fresh and it could fix some problems, but this only works with other browsers chrome you have to do it the way I said above.

as for the whole browser choices, they are all valid choices, even the latest versions of IE are starting to trade blows with the other browsers in some areas, but then this is the same as Firefox is generally worse at Java than chrome, but my main reason for taking chrome over the others, is IE was shit so I wanted off it and Firefox loads images like Netscape and I just find it annoying as it makes the page seem to take longer to load. but really in benchmarks chrome and opera are normally top on speed with chrome just winging it, but for day to day use they are all pretty much the same, so just go with the UI you are comfortable with.

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