Why is Youtube loading slow for me lately?

I have never had a problem with YouTube before. Usually videos will load faster than they play. But for some reason they have been loading extremely slow for the last few days. I'm talking like 8 minutes for a 3 minute video. Can anyone tell me why this is happening? I'm not having speed issues with any other website.

4 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
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    Several times each day, YouTube shuts down a few of their

    servers to update stuff. Be patient if YouTube is slow, stuck

    or mangled. Transmissions from YouTube to your computer

    are done in multiple tiny packets of data and flash at a time.

    That's why sometimes you may get any of these scenarios:

    bits and pieces of text/thumbnails in weird places; sluggish

    loading/buffering; the spinning circle going on forever; or the

    player being blank. This problem could fix itself within a few

    hours or by the next day.

    If your YouTube continues to behave slow, stuck or strange,

    it's very possible that your directories of "temporary internet

    files" and RAM (sometimes known as "cache") are close to

    the maximum and just cannot take anymore, the end result

    being any of the above scenarios or videos that: A) come to

    a complete freeze; B) start/stop/start/stop in a choppy way;

    or C) never even make it onto your screen.

    "Temporary internet files" are tiny bits of webpages that get

    permanently put on your hard-drive. They will remain forever

    on your computer, gradually plugging it up like hair stuck in

    a sink drain, until you finally get rid of them -- or "clear your

    cache" of "temporary internet files", "cookies", and "history".

    Then reboot.

    Note 1: if you've got Google Web Accelerator, or something

    similar to it,...dump it, burn it, trash it, disable it, uninstall it;

    -- do everything you can to get rid of it. Not only does GWA

    conflict with and ruin YouTube, using "Don't Accelerate This

    Website" won't help you whatsoever.

    Note 2: longer-running videos need "Flash" and "Shockwave"

    in order to play smoothly. You don't need anything else.

    Note 3: a strange fix that once worked for me was changing

    the URL from "www.youtube.com" to just "youtube.com" (or

    you could even try "ca.youtube.com").

    Note 4: depending on how you first set up your YT account,

    your personal "video playblack quality" (or "VPQ") could be

    set to "dynamically" or "fast", thus making YouTube videos

    play at higher quality. This in turn eats up lots of bandwidth,

    memory and "cache". If you are "signed in" on YouTube as

    you're reading this, you can verify your VPQ from right here

    within Yahoo!Answers by clicking my link below, which will

    bring you directly to "YOUR VERY OWN" playback setting:


    Otherwise, after "signing in", click the 4th black option that

    will be on the left side, called "Playback Setup".

  • 5 years ago

    I'm having a similar problem. I'm in central PA and have verizon DSL. Everything else is fairly quick (including other video sites), but Youtube videos take forever. I've done a tracert and traffic latency is about as expected. I've ran a packet capture while trying to stream a video and many retransmission requests are being made. I'm thinking it's either that Verizon is either doing some kind of filtering to prevent bandwidth issues, or perhaps a Youtube server is being overwhelmed.

  • 1 decade ago

    It might be because Youtube is trying to make a revolutionary state in uploading or making HD videos, and they might have made a few mistakes.

  • 1 decade ago

    Open My Computer

    Right Click C drive

    properties Tab

    Click on disc clean up

    Put a Check on all boxes after scan


    Delete all files found and Finsish

    Reboot PC


    Source(s): www.techmowgli.com
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