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ksgant
Nov 22, 2007, 08:16 AM
Ok, this is a weird one. I come across videos on Youtube that will play for like the first 10 seconds, then they just stop. No more downloading...no activity on my internet connection at all. I can pull the slider forward a little and it will again play for another 10 seconds or so.

But this doesn't happen on every video. Some videos play fine from start to finish...though if one is playing fine and I try to slide the video ahead the video stops and I can't get it to start up again until I reload the page.

Ok, so I'm thinking it's the new Safari with Leopard, so I fire up Firefox and the SAME thing happens.

Anyone else having this problem?



ksgant
Nov 22, 2007, 08:30 AM
Reply to myself...in case anyone else was having this problem.

I'm...a bonehead. What I did when I updated the flash 9 when I upgraded to Leopard was just install flash...I didn't UNINSTALL flash first before installing it.

This time I uninstalled Flash and then reinstalled in and now everything on Youtube is working fine.

ksgant
Nov 22, 2007, 05:07 PM
Ok, seem to have spoken too soon, because the problem has come back. The video will play for like 10 seconds and just stop. Again, doesn't happen on all videos and it doesn't matter if I'm on Safari or Firefox.

suneohair
Nov 23, 2007, 09:36 PM
This is a problem with Youtube. It happens sometimes.

ksgant
Nov 24, 2007, 10:22 AM
If I uninstall Flash, then reinstall the latest Flash for Leopard...then the videos in question will work fine. Will play all the way through. But after a day or so, they all of a sudden stop playing.

I'm not sure if some videos will corrupt the flash player or what. Because after they stop playing...it will never come back to normal until I uninstall and reinstall Flash again.

poohat1000
Nov 24, 2007, 03:34 PM
link to said videos

xUKHCx
Nov 24, 2007, 03:38 PM
These don't work for me

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSsJ19sy3JI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwTZ2xpQwpA

HLdan
Nov 24, 2007, 04:50 PM
I played both videos and they played perfectly start to end with Safari. I am running Leopard.

Tragedies
Nov 24, 2007, 04:55 PM
Yeah this is a common problem for some. I'm pretty sure it's a problem with YouTube itself.

ksgant
Dec 24, 2007, 05:45 PM
This is driving me up a wall....it's not Youtube...it's Leopard. Because the same thing happens on both Safari and Firefox on my Mac. I'll click on a video and sometimes it will play all the way through, other times it won't.

If I get a video that won't play, it won't play no matter what. But a few days later if I go back, it will play all of a sudden. This never ever happened to me with Tiger.

Oh, and there's no specific video I can point to...as I said sometimes they will work, other times they won't. If one video won't work, I can click on something else and it can play no problem...or not.

Oh, also, if a video won't play all the way through on Leopard, Windows XP with Firefox will have no problems playing it.

UPDATE: I have a feeling it's a certain site that's screwing up Leopard/Safari/Flash when I watch videos through it. It's Videosift.

If I go straight to Youtube and watch videos, I don't think I have much problems. But if I go through and watch videos through Videosift, i think it screws something up with Flash. It's the only thing I can figure out.

kaiwai
Dec 25, 2007, 05:24 AM
This is driving me up a wall....it's not Youtube...it's Leopard. Because the same thing happens on both Safari and Firefox on my Mac. I'll click on a video and sometimes it will play all the way through, other times it won't.

If I get a video that won't play, it won't play no matter what. But a few days later if I go back, it will play all of a sudden. This never ever happened to me with Tiger.

Oh, and there's no specific video I can point to...as I said sometimes they will work, other times they won't. If one video won't work, I can click on something else and it can play no problem...or not.

Oh, also, if a video won't play all the way through on Leopard, Windows XP with Firefox will have no problems playing it.

UPDATE: I have a feeling it's a certain site that's screwing up Leopard/Safari/Flash when I watch videos through it. It's Videosift.

If I go straight to Youtube and watch videos, I don't think I have much problems. But if I go through and watch videos through Videosift, i think it screws something up with Flash. It's the only thing I can figure out.

I don't know what you're going on about; because it works for Firefox, Camino, and Safari without any problems. The youtube reliability recently has been pretty crap - someone needs to give them some more bandwidth and better servers.

ksgant
Dec 25, 2007, 06:51 AM
I don't know what you're going on about; because it works for Firefox, Camino, and Safari without any problems. The youtube reliability recently has been pretty crap - someone needs to give them some more bandwidth and better servers.

Not sure what you're saying. You first state that "it works for Firefox, Camino and Safari without any problems". Then you go on to state that Youtube reliability recently has been crap. Which one is it? If it's working, it's working...if it isn't it isn't. If Youtube is crap, then it wouldn't work on any browser, right?

So which one is it? All I know is that I go to watch a video and sometimes it just quits about 5 or 15 seconds in....and then it won't work at all. But then I'll just move over to my XP machine and the SAME CLIP will work with no problems. I move back to my Mac and it still won't work. A few days may go by and I'll revisit the clip on the Mac and magically it will work. And it will fail to work for Safari, Firefox and Camino. It's something to do with Flash and Youtube and Leopard.

Never had this problem with Tiger...NEVER have this problem with XP. It only started happening the very first day I put Leopard on this machine. In fact, it's really the only problem I've had with Leopard. But kaiwai, you're obviously not having this problem, right? So you really can't help me if you're not experiencing a bug that I am....which explains the "I don't know what you're going on about". Thanks anyway! :)

Kilamite
Dec 25, 2007, 07:39 AM
I haven't discovered any problems with YouTube on Leopard - works fine and loads fine.

Only glitch there is (which applies to YouTube, not really OSX related, happens on Windows) is that when you try to select a specific point on the video, it rarely works.

MacPadawan
Dec 25, 2007, 09:52 AM
Something like that has happened to me also, but on Tiger. Very seldom though and it seems related with trying to do what kilamite said; it's a user input glitch, it's perhaps a streaming error. What ever: it's a YouTube bug.

kaiwai
Dec 25, 2007, 08:09 PM
Not sure what you're saying. You first state that "it works for Firefox, Camino and Safari without any problems". Then you go on to state that Youtube reliability recently has been crap. Which one is it? If it's working, it's working...if it isn't it isn't. If Youtube is crap, then it wouldn't work on any browser, right?

So which one is it? All I know is that I go to watch a video and sometimes it just quits about 5 or 15 seconds in....and then it won't work at all. But then I'll just move over to my XP machine and the SAME CLIP will work with no problems. I move back to my Mac and it still won't work. A few days may go by and I'll revisit the clip on the Mac and magically it will work. And it will fail to work for Safari, Firefox and Camino. It's something to do with Flash and Youtube and Leopard.

Never had this problem with Tiger...NEVER have this problem with XP. It only started happening the very first day I put Leopard on this machine. In fact, it's really the only problem I've had with Leopard. But kaiwai, you're obviously not having this problem, right? So you really can't help me if you're not experiencing a bug that I am....which explains the "I don't know what you're going on about". Thanks anyway! :)

If you read what I wrote, I said it in the context of play back, I have problems with it, but that is when uploading or on occasions the forums. Comparing what happens on one machine and another is stupid because that moment in time, there was a problem and when you move to the next computer, the problem no longer exists - it was only a temporary server glitch.

Oh, and there is no need to be a bloody *******. Learn some manners. I'm stating that if everyone else is having no problems, and you're the only youtuber having problems in the village, then maybe a good look in the mirror and asking yourself, what are YOU doing.

Kilamite
Dec 26, 2007, 07:14 AM
Not sure what you're saying. You first state that "it works for Firefox, Camino and Safari without any problems". Then you go on to state that Youtube reliability recently has been crap. Which one is it? If it's working, it's working...if it isn't it isn't. If Youtube is crap, then it wouldn't work on any browser, right?

You see, he said it works in all browsers, but when a problem occurs it is YouTube's end and not the users.

YouTube's reliability as ksgant said is pretty awful and they need to sort it out.

I for one, haven't had any problems with YouTube videos not loading, so it is either something wrong at your end or just unlucky with YouTube servers.

ksgant
Dec 26, 2007, 07:59 AM
If you read what I wrote, I said it in the context of play back, I have problems with it, but that is when uploading or on occasions the forums. Comparing what happens on one machine and another is stupid because that moment in time, there was a problem and when you move to the next computer, the problem no longer exists - it was only a temporary server glitch.

Oh, and there is no need to be a bloody *******. Learn some manners. I'm stating that if everyone else is having no problems, and you're the only youtuber having problems in the village, then maybe a good look in the mirror and asking yourself, what are YOU doing.

Wasn't being a bloody ****** (whatever that is...New Zealand insult perhaps?), I was pointing out that since YOU weren't having the problem, you couldn't really help me unless you're having the problem also. I thanked you for trying, but there it is. I was also asking here if anyone else had this problem. If you didn't have it, no need to respond. Thanks and everything, but you're not helping me. Especially calling me names, which if you notice I didn't call you anything. Especially a *******! (sorry, didn't mean to be so profane there...hope my Kiwi friends aren't offended....though is calling them "Kiwis" offensive in itself? Again, sorry if it is).

beegie
Dec 27, 2007, 04:35 PM
Grrrr, it is SO FRUSTRATING! :mad:

I never had a problem w/the youtube videos until about maybe 7-10 days ago or so. It is absolutely MISERABLE. It doesn't matter what video it is, or what time of day it is (I'm up all hours around the clock and have tried at all times of day and night), and they just start, stop, wait wait, start, stop, wait wait, start, stop, wait wait, etc. etc.

I'm on a white ibook :apple:, OS 10.4.11, and I use Safari, or Shiira. I see it won't help to use Firefox or Opera, etc. since evidently those don't help the situation.

There should be a youtube community FORUM over at their site so we could discuss this w/others to see if a lot of people are having this problem.

I have wondered:
Is it my broadband service? or
Is it that youtube doesn't have enough servers? or
Is it something w/the Mac browsers? or
Is it the people who made the videos didn't make them correctly? etc. etc. (but that would be a LOT of random videos that weren't being made correctly). :confused:

Then today I got to thinking: Maybe it's youtube servers because of the holidays and tons more people are at home and on the computer than normal???? If that is the case, I can't WAIT until they all go back to work after New Year's, lol. :D

Then again, if this happens at youtube due to vacations and people home from work and/or school, then whoa, what will it be like during the 3 months of summer vacation? eeeek! :eek:

The only videos I am watching are any/all that have to do with the Ron Paul Campaign, and I've had to just stop even trying because of the incessant stopping, starting, stopping, starting. The other poster was right, it's like you get 10-second blips at a time with a big pause in between. It's the royal pits. So I just give up and read the comments under the videos and forget trying to watch them, which is a real bummer as I was having such a good time with it a few weeks ago :p , no problem.

And yes, youtube needs to buy more servers or whatever they need. Don't they have enough big bucks to provide proper service? Grrrr. :cool:

Well, thanks for the rant, and NO, that other guy is NOT THE ONLY ONE having the problem!!! I'm in Florida if that makes any difference as far as service and servers go.

maler
Feb 25, 2008, 05:38 PM
I have very similar problem, and i think that it started with upgrade to 10.4.11. Seems to mee, that after some time of running of Safari, flash videos (not just youtube) stop to work correctly - it stops playing after few (sometimes 2) seconds. No idea, how to correct it.

Amdahl
Feb 25, 2008, 08:22 PM
I have very similar problem, and i think that it started with upgrade to 10.4.11. Seems to mee, that after some time of running of Safari, flash videos (not just youtube) stop to work correctly - it stops playing after few (sometimes 2) seconds. No idea, how to correct it.

Make sure you get the Security Update after you install 10.4.11. It includes a new Flash player.

maler
Mar 2, 2008, 07:15 PM
Make sure you get the Security Update after you install 10.4.11. It includes a new Flash player.

I dunno if i have Security Update, but i've downloaded last version of Flash player recently directly from Adobe pages...

digidales
Mar 21, 2008, 04:16 AM
Same problem here, been ongoing for a while now. Tiger 10.4.11 and youtube videos cut out after maybe 2secs in Safari and Firefox. If you press play again, it plays another couple of seconds and then freezes up.

Please can someone come up with a solution or some suggestions of things to try? Irritating as hell. Exact same videos work fine on PC on same broadband connection in same version of Firefox.

BlakTornado
Mar 21, 2008, 06:50 PM
It's probably your internet. Mine does it sometimes.

On my old PC, it loaded half the video then showed the whole thing as fully loaded. Then when it got to half way through it would stop.

It's a connection error.

Run4Life74
Apr 25, 2008, 11:34 AM
I'm having the same problem and I'm pissed because I've put so much money in to upgrades. I bought the ipod touch and then had to update from panther to leopard so I can use the ipod. I've also upgraded my internet speed. I am STILL HAVING issues with YouTube videos! I called my Internet provider and he said it was likely YouTube ... I'm going to keep on this until it works!:cool:

Hello.there
Apr 28, 2008, 07:56 AM
I've started having the same YouTube problem - the videos pause after a minute or two and won't play to the end. It only started happening yesterday, no problems before that - did an update cause this? :confused:

** Using Leopard and Firefox.

UPDATE: Clearing the cache in Firefox seems to have helped

ANOTHER UPDATE: Clearing the cache in Firefox HASN'T helped after all.

Help?!

beeduul
May 8, 2008, 10:35 PM
similar problem here. every youtube video plays 1-2 seconds then stops. it doesn't matter if i wait for the entire video to download (let the red bar fill up). both in firefox 2 & safari. i tried re-installing old versions of flash to no avail.

i just updated firefox to v3 beta 5 and youtube seems to be playing ok.

no idea where the problem is coming from. :confused: hopefully the new firefox will not succumb as well.

decksnap
Sep 19, 2008, 12:30 PM
I know this thread is kind of old, but am still looking for a solution. Desperately. It's my parents' Intel iMac - 10.4.11 or whatever the latest Tiger is.

Sometimes they can watch video no problem, other times they stop ten seconds in - Hulu, Youtube, NBC, CBS. All the same, though less so with Youtube. My poor dad is barely computer literate as it is so it makes me sad that I can't fix this for him!

I am personally thinking it's an ISP issue, but I wouldn't know how to go about solving it. They have cable internet.

beeduul
Sep 20, 2008, 03:15 AM
i'm pretty sure it's a bug in flash, not an os-specific or ISP problem... but not 100% sure. i've had it occur on both windows and mac, on the mac it's happened in multiple browsers. i am running a beta of flash 10, running os x 10.5.2, but it has happened in previous versions of flash as well. my solution is to quit the browser and relaunch. the stopped videos always play after relaunch. not an ideal solution, but it works for me. it'll be interesting to see if google chrome exhibits the problem, too.

it's such a pain in the butt bug. it makes me say curse words.

gusious
Sep 20, 2008, 03:32 AM
Mine's working fine. Never had that problem...

ultrilord2000
Nov 15, 2008, 01:14 AM
i have the same exact problem you should try seeing if
other videos sites work, if they do then youtube.com has
problems because i dont know what else to do....

sites to look at:
metacafe.com
veoh.com

ebel3003
Nov 15, 2008, 01:33 AM
Old thread, I know, but to reiterate what others are saying, it seems to be a bug in YouTube's player. It happens from time to time on both my Macs and my Windows-based PC.

Mass Hysteria
Nov 28, 2008, 05:54 AM
I'm not sure what it is either. Every youtube video I play pauses three quarters of the way through.

This applies no matter how long the video is (2 seconds or 8 minutes), and whether I let the video load completely first or not, it always pauses at the same point on the timeline.

This has happened since the recent system updates. I just put it down to the fact I have an old G4 1.33 powerbook, that was until it started to happen on the iMac 24" 3GHz at work.

So I guess it's not a specific mac thing but a leopard, firefox, flash, or youtube thing.

I've also noticed that the player pauses if i try and skip past the 'pause point'.

It only pauses on the first time the video is played, not the second time. The only work around I can find is to let the video load, skip past the three quarter mark on the timeline, let it do the spinny beachball thing, then I can play the video all the way through without interruption!

beegie
Mar 12, 2009, 11:30 AM
Glad this thread is still alive, not that I have the "solution to end all solutions."

I posted back on Dec. 27, 2007, having the same problem as others describe.

I have a white iBook G4, Tiger OS 10.4.11, and in 12/2007 I had Brighthouse broadband cable internet. Since May 2008 I have ATT DSL, currently 3.0 Speed, in a whole new city.

And Safari v.3.2.1 browser is the browser I use.

Back in December 2007 or January 2008 (can't believe it's been that long ago!), the problem finally went away w/the youtube videos, but unfortunately I don't remember HOW or WHY it went away. I know I "did something" (following tips I read in various google results for this issue). I was so happy the problem went away I just forgot about it thinking it was a "done deal forevermore."

Wrong.

For about the past 2-3 weeks (now March 2009) youtube videos are acting up again. They will start to play for a few seconds and then **SNAG** or get **HUNG UP** right near the beginning. Last week I stayed up all night playing a variety of music videos I have gathered and saved at my youtube channel, and ALL of them did the same thing. ALL of them. And there are a LOT of them from a variety of sources.

And it is irritating as all get out that they START to play normal, and then within a few seconds, SNAG SNAG SNAG. After the SNAG which lingers for about 6-10 seconds, then they continue to play all the way through.

The ONLY thing I could think that I had done at my end, was that there was another of those Apple "security update" thingies that Software Update tells me I need to download once in awhile. So at this point, I'm thinking it is some screwball Apple thing in their "security updates" that screws up youtube.

(But I have no idea, of course. Just guessing because I had done nothing "new" at my end except that).

Anyhoo, this is no help as a solution to everyone's problems, but I SHARE YOUR PAIN! :( It's a real drag.

----------------------------------------------

On a side note: My Dad has a PC on the same premises here, and I've never been able to get youtube videos to PLAY NORMALLY on his PC, with IE for PC. I thought it was that miserable "AV" antivirus freebie scanning program on his PC that was interfering with youtube videos playing normally. But I don't know. I am NOT a PC person (I don't know anything about them or their software and don't want to know), and would only try to share a video w/Dad once in awhile, but it was such a miserable experience how the vids would stop snag start snag stop snag start snag, etc., that I would just quit out of youtube and forget it. This problem w/his PC has been going on for quite some time, I'd say since I first got here in May 2008 whenever I would try to share a youtube vid w/him once in awhile, on his PC. (My Dad is 80 so he doesn't know squat about his own PC and neither do I. He used to be a Mac person, yeah a "traitor," lol, but he switched to PC several years ago for business reasons or whatever).
---------------------------

Anyway, either:

Youtube Sucks

and/or

PC's suck

and/or

Apple Safari/Security Updates suck

and/or
I have no idea. :confused:

charlesbronsen
Mar 12, 2009, 02:21 PM
I've just noticed this on megavidea. It's very random and could happen 20 mins into the video or two. On 10.5.6 BTW:confused:

ilovelucy
Apr 18, 2010, 09:19 PM
and we're experiencing the same problem. Run my old pc and am not used to the imac, daughter and grandson like to play youtube videos, have been having this problem for maybe 3 wks to 1 mo now. I emptied the cache, emptied the trash, don't know what version or what else to do. She was also having probs logging in to her aol email which she likes to do first when she comes over. I think I got that much figured out on the imac for her, she wasn't clearing back the url window all the way before typing in the url for youtube.

I've been able to get into her mail just fine, and all videos play fine on my pc with the latest version of Firefox. Only problem I'm having is buffering takes longer on weekends/holidays. Usually if that wheel starts going, while it is still playing, I stop it and watch the red bar to see that is fully loaded. Then it plays smoothly to the end. Sometimes they play fine on my pc without the extra fussing. Can also easily dl the videos to save if I use my IE8 browser if I play them all the way thru w/that. I usually try to open the video search results in a new tab on my pc but can't figure out how to do that yet with the imac mouse, thought I had that configured to work like my pc mouse, but doesn't exactly.

So the problem has got to be something with the imac or imac and youtube together with the imac. But adding in the aol to the mix, that points to the imac. If I close aol and then open Safari again, it doesn't make any difference, hangs or just plays audio and no video, scroll bar sometimes won't work. I was get one video to play on the imac, then no more, other odd stuff happens if I click wrong. I've got a bunch of updates to do on the imac but don't like to start all that until I'm more confident what I'm doing. Don't know where I am with Safari and other updates, think I've not upgraded to Leopard but Tiger?

Hope this helps to narrow it down. It can't be my isp and it can't be my pc. Both are connected to the same router but usually we can do a lot of things on each puter simultaneously, not sure we can both watch many videos at the same time because I am on a dsl line and not cable.

Pooh Bear
Oct 20, 2010, 06:38 AM
I had the same problem. I am connected to the Internet via wifi.

The only solution I have found was to disable the Airport iPv6 (Network Preferences, TCP/IP, choose "Desactivate" next to "Configure iPv6").

Since then I have never had this issue anymore... Just don't ask me the reason why: I haven't got a single clue!

Let me know if this solution worked for you.

chrono1081
Oct 20, 2010, 07:01 AM
This is driving me up a wall....it's not Youtube...it's Leopard. Because the same thing happens on both Safari and Firefox on my Mac. I'll click on a video and sometimes it will play all the way through, other times it won't.

If I get a video that won't play, it won't play no matter what. But a few days later if I go back, it will play all of a sudden. This never ever happened to me with Tiger.

Oh, and there's no specific video I can point to...as I said sometimes they will work, other times they won't. If one video won't work, I can click on something else and it can play no problem...or not.

Oh, also, if a video won't play all the way through on Leopard, Windows XP with Firefox will have no problems playing it.

UPDATE: I have a feeling it's a certain site that's screwing up Leopard/Safari/Flash when I watch videos through it. It's Videosift.

If I go straight to Youtube and watch videos, I don't think I have much problems. But if I go through and watch videos through Videosift, i think it screws something up with Flash. It's the only thing I can figure out.

Its definitely youtube. I get this on Mac, Windows 7, Windows XP, and Linux on different networks. It just happens sometimes.

EDIT: Oh ya, this may be mentioned but disable IPv6. This usually clears up internet weirdness.