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  my computer won't play online videos 
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Michael Thompson Feb 16, 2008, 05:42pm EST Report Abuse
it started a while ago with videos on, now my computer won't play videos even on youtube. it downloads the entire video and starts playing, but about a seccond into the video the video just freezes in place. the window isn't frozen but no matter what i do the video won't play, a little help here please? ><img src=" title=">:O">

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Gerritt Feb 16, 2008, 06:15pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: my computer won't play online videos
I got to the point that embedded streaming content was locking my whole machine intermittently.
Had to reload everything as I was never able to get an answer.


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john albrich Feb 17, 2008, 06:20am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: my computer won't play online videos
I realize this isn't the same thing, but I've had a similar problem with YouTube and MSNBC videos. No problems with vids on other sites. I went through all the various actions of uninstalling/re-installing drivers, Firefox, flash players, Java Run-time Environment, etc. without fixing the problem. And, finally just gave up.

The problem I had went away a couple weeks ago (as far as I can tell) without any overt action on my part. Around the same time, I had installed a Mozilla/Firefox plug-in called "StopAutoPlay". There is no specific reason for that to have fixed the problem, but it is the only action affecting Firefox that I initiated at about the same time that both problems disappeared.

StopAutoPlay's basic function is to simply keep flash videos from auto-starting when you open a web-page.

edit to add-
Something you might try to isolate where the problem exists is to use some freeware to check a couple things out: You can use "FreeDownloadManager", "Save2pc" Lite, or others to download the video to a local file, and then use freeware "flvplayer" or similar to play the flash video file(s) locally. The programs can be found at or other download sites.

dustin stouffer Oct 23, 2008, 02:21pm EDT Report Abuse
>> my computer won't play videos online at and
my computer won't play videos online at and it used to work i could watch recent episodes of the shows i like and then i reset my laptop back to original factory settings and now when i try to watch shows on either website it pops up and say internet explorer has incountered a problem and needs to close! anyone know how to fix this????

Paul Millard Jan 24, 2010, 08:54pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: my computer won't play online videos
I have the same problem, videos start but then freeze, games like Farmville won't fully load, I have updated flash player but no difference, downloading programs also stall out too.

john albrich Jan 24, 2010, 09:20pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: my computer won't play online videos

I think some of the problem is the way some sites add/embed/overlay advertisements or non-original video content into the originally submitted videos. The reason I say this is that I can go to most other videos on the same site that do not contain embedded ads and they play just fine. Oh...and the same YouTube video that causes a problem when played on does NOT cause a problem when it's provided as an embed in another site like a news website...where the ads have been stripped out.

YouTube seems to regularly change the way they do this and it causes all sorts of problems. Then it will work again for awhile, then they likely change something again, and weirdness happens...again. Possibly also has to do with whatever code they embed to try to thwart video copying programs from working all the time. Assuming they do that, the program code probably changes every so often.

edit to add:
But, if you're talking about streaming video where they don't provide a full buffer on the user's computer, then there are multiple reasons for videos freezing...among them the connection gets broken somewhere between you and the video provider and can't be reestablished. That happened to me a LOT in the past week as I tried to view a movie on the "syfy" website's rewind section. Alternatively the video freezes after a while and a swirly "loading" bar appears. Sometimes it can resume after a few minutes...other times it doesn't...even when left alone for over an hour.

nguyen trang Jun 30, 2010, 10:21pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: my computer won't play online videos
maybe u haven't install the JAVA set up so that it notice error:-?



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