How Does Youtube Lag in OSX....

Discussion in 'macOS' started by sukanas, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. sukanas macrumors 6502a


    Nov 15, 2007
    when i have multiple windows open, one running youtube videos, every time i click a link, the youtube video jerks, spikes, however you say it...

    now i have a windows vista laptop running 1.6 core duo and it has no lag problem whatssoever...
  2. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Make sure you have all software updates in place. You didn't mention what version of OS X or how much ram you have or how much HDD space you have available however I have never had an issue with choppy play of YouTube videos rather using Tiger or Leopard.

    Also what you can do is reset PRAM to clear the overall memory. Although some may say that flash is not great on the Mac OS it's not true because I have never had issues with flash and I have had only Macs for the last 10 years.
  3. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    YouTube uses Flash for the videos, and Adobe's version of Flash for the Mac isn't anywhere near as efficient as the version they wrote for Windows.

    If you've only had Macs for the last 10 years, then what are you comparing your Flash on Mac experience to? :eek:

    I run Windows at work at Mac at home, and I can tell you that Flash on Windows uses far less CPU to play videos than Flash on OS X does.
  4. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Well, I don't think there was anything in my post that said I didn't run Windows PC's although I have not seen any difference however the OP was concerned about choppy playback of YouTube videos, not CPU use that's why I asked about how much ram, OS version, updates and HDD space as that can affect playback.
  5. ShadowXOR macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2008
    I'm having this problem as well. It's a brand new iMac, fully updated with the 3.06GHz, 4GB RAM, 8800 512MB. The only thing running was the WoW updater...and all that was using was bandwidth, and the YouTube video buffered plenty fast, it had the whole thing loaded and was still stuttering.

    It lags in Safari and Firefox.
  6. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Flash is just poor on Mac OS X.

    The new beta version looks better, but it's still not as good as Windows.
  7. ShadowXOR macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2008
    But it shouldn't skip like's crazy...
  8. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    do try out flash 10 beta 2. It might help.

    Maybe flash on OSX isn't as good as on windows, but for your hardware, it should be absolutely fine on youtube. I suspect its something related to your OS or hardware. Did you see any other display problem outside youtube or browser?
  9. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Flash is pretty awful, especially under 10.4 (better in 10.5)

    Adobe Flash Player 10.0d536 broke cnn videos under 10.4
    (yes cnn, they do have some videos that are approaching youtube in news quality, lol).

    Poor coding by Adobe...

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