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What's up with Youtube? Can't watch videos any more...WTF??

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posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:13 PM
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Videos are now displayed with HTML5 player instead of Flash, and now I can't watch anything.

Videos keep stalling, loads of static on the audio...a mess.

My browser is Google Chrome.

Is there a way to watch videos with Flash, and if so, how do you do it?

Any advise is valuable because I know f all about any of this.

I've been through all the troubleshooting points except clear cache and cookies from browser (please don't say I've got to do that).




posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:16 PM
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reply to post by CJCrawley
 


Weird. Are you by any chance using a really old version of Chrome? Trying installing Chrome with the newest version.



posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:20 PM
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reply to post by CleanCare
 


Everything's up to date.

Like I said, been through all the troubleshooting points.



posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:20 PM
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Try this. I switch between flash and html5 when Youtube doesn't work for me. Just change your setting.

Youtube HTML5 settings



posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:31 PM
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reply to post by Thalestris
 


Please be specific.

What do I do?



posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:35 PM
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reply to post by CJCrawley
 


Down below the "What does this browser support?" section is a button that will change the option between html5 and flash. This is what you want to click to change between flash/html5




posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:44 PM
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This is what I see:


The default player is currently used.
Request the HTML5 player


I request the HTML5 player?

That's what's causing the problems isn't it?

How do I use Flash?



posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 01:50 PM
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If it's set to flash there you shouldn't be seeing the html5 player at all. You could try enabling the html5 restart the browser and return to that page to enable flash.

Also as a test try to view videos in another browser. Firefox for instance to see if they work there.

With the changes that YouTube makes to their site it's common for videos to not load at times. It's been happening more frequently for me too. Servers may just be getting blasted right now (everyone uploading their end of 2013 videos) and may just need to wait it out.



posted on Dec, 31 2013 @ 02:06 PM
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After doing a bit of digging some others are having the same issue with YouTube not saving their settings and what they are doing is using Chrome extensions to circumvent this issue.

Magic Actions is one of them and has a setting to force YouTube to just use flash.



If that is a route you'd like to take.
Testing it out myself and it seems pretty nifty so far.



posted on Jan, 2 2014 @ 07:46 AM
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Thank you for your help, I'm most grateful.

I don't really know what happened, but things seem to be running smoother now.

Videos run better when I'm using Firefox, for some strange reason; but things are better now.

Change, change...I wish they'd leave things alone.

I want to live in 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' world...






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