Youtube suddenly extremely slow

  • Hello, The last few days youtube has been extremely slow in initiating the buffering of almost every video. When I click on a video, it will either: a) Show a black rectangle where the video and the controls should be or b)Show the controls with the rotating circle in the middle but the buffering will never begin. I have not installed any extensions recently that might be causing this and I have also tried disabling those I had previously installed but it did not help. I have also tried watching videos on Chrome to make sure it's not a connection issue but it loads them instantly. Also when a video starts buffering(if it ever does after several refreshes) the buffering is fast as expected. In the network tab, when you do right click->inspect it shows that something called crossdomain.xml, generate_204 and some videoplayback?id=.. have a 4+ second time delay while everything else has less than 200ms. Any help with this would be appreciated. Thank you PS. In case it is related, I also had some flickering issues which I fixed by disabling VSync Vivaldi: 1.2.485.14 (Developer Build) dev (64-bit)

  • Thanks. Tried it but it did not work. Anyone else with the same problem?

  • Hi – i can't help you, but am only writing to indicate that this problem seems local not general, in that i have not / am not having any such hassles when i watch YouTube. I have lots of Extensions installed & active, i have VSync still active [on Auto], & i've had no flickering. Good luck.

    Vivaldi 1.2.490.27 (Developer Build) dev (64-bit)
    Revision ed83fbb8e3c73c44071bc536e5d54fd078e89e6e
    OS Linux

    steffie@steffie-Z97-HD3:~ > inxi -Fxz
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    Desktop: KDE Plasma 4.14.2 (Qt 4.8.6) Distro: Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa
    Machine: Mobo: Gigabyte model: Z97-HD3 v: x.x Bios: American Megatrends v: F7 date: 12/08/2014
    CPU: Quad core Intel Core i7-4790 (-HT-MCP-) cache: 8192 KB
    flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 28799
    clock speeds: max: 4000 MHz 1: 3996 MHz 2: 3993 MHz 3: 3976 MHz 4: 3975 MHz 5: 3939 MHz 6: 3972 MHz
    7: 3978 MHz 8: 3978 MHz
    Graphics: Card-1: Intel Xeon E3-1200 v3/4th Gen Core Processor Integrated Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
    Card-2: NVIDIA GF119 [GeForce GT 610] bus-ID: 01:00.0
    Display Server: X.Org 1.15.1 driver: nvidia Resolution: 1920x1080@60.0hz
    GLX Renderer: GeForce GT 610/PCIe/SSE2 GLX Version: 4.5.0 NVIDIA 364.19 Direct Rendering: Yes
    Info: Memory: 16059.6 / 31593.4MB

  • Hello,

    Thanks for your reply. Is there a cache I can try to clear? Maybe it would help? Because at the same time I have a youtube video on Vivaldi waiting for it to start buffering, I can copy the link on Chrome and it will immediately start playing the video which means it's clearly not a network issue. I get a lot of failed requests when I right-click->Inspect. Some of them say pending, then suddenly they fail and a new one starts again and it does that continuously. It only begins buffering after refreshing it 10-15 times.

    Thank you.

  • Moderator

    Cache can be cleared under the History button on the Startpage, using the "clear browsing data" button

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