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YouTube buffers but doesn't play and has no sound

I've been enjoying watching Tina Fey parody Sarah Palin recently, but I keep having a problem recently where YouTube (or other similar streaming videos) is not working - it starts OK, then stops after a couple of seconds but continues buffering. It goes on to buffer the whole video, but will not play and there is no sound.

It was happening in both Opera and Firefox, and would sometimes resolve itself if I closed and opened the browser again.

Anyway, if you've been having a similar problem, the solution that worked for me is to download the new beta Flash Player 10. Make sure you follow the instructions and uninstall version 9 first.

I got the answer from the Firefox Support Forum.

**Update 11 October 08** OK, this solution may have a problem - now Flash in Firefox is not working (but Opera is fine). I get this message "Hello, you either have JavaScript turned off or an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player."
However, it may be something unrelated, as others are having the same problem too...


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synical on :

I've been watching YouTube videos on Chrome as I find Firefox takes too long to load.

julian on :

I've read somewhere that Chrome is better for YouTube. I haven't tried it out yet tho, too much trouble...Guess I'll have to do it some time though.

anonymous on :

I've been experiencing both problems
1) taking too long to load
2) playing for a few seconds and then continuing to buffer the rest of the video but won't play (visual&audio).

julian on :

This is an old post, I dunno if it's relevant any more...

AJ00200 on :

Yeah, I'm having the same problem. I've updated flash, using the latest version of Firefox (Firefox 4.0.1 now) and it doesn't work. Even if I try the HTML5 beta it doesn't work.
And in Google Chrome, the tab freezes and it chrome says I need to close it. Something must be wrong on their end if it is crashing their own browser.

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