Fix: Green Screen on YouTube

This issue is usually caused by GPU Rendering which is to do with the noise presence in the image leading to the image quality. GPU Rendering is more powerful then Software Rending but some times a mismatch and incompatibility with the GPU and Hardware results in Green Screen. One other cause of this could also be the outdated Graphics Driver or an outdated flash player. Therefore, to fix it we will first attempt to switch GPU Rendering to Software based rendering and if that doesn’t help then proceed with updating Graphic Drivers and Flash Player. Please know that Google Chrome comes with built-in flash player so installing/updating won’t affect.


Change Hardware/GPU Rendering to Software

Hold the Windows Key and Press R. In the Run Dialog, type inetcpl.cpl and Click OK. 


This will open Internet Options,  from here click on the Advanced Tab, and browse to the Accelerated graphics section, and make sure that “Use Software Rendering instead of GPU Rending” is checked. Then Click Apply/OK and Exit.


Open Firefox and type about:preferences#advanced in the address bar and uncheck the box that says “Use Hardware Acceleration when Available


Open Google Chrome. Type chrome://settings/ in the address bar. Scroll down to the section that says Show Advanced Settings and Click on it. Scroll down further to a sub section called  System and uncheck Use hardware acceleration when available


Update Your Display/Graphics Adapter Driver

Hold the Windows Key and Press R. Type hdwwiz.cpl and Click OK. This should open Device Manager from here, expand Display Adapters and note down the name of your graphics/display card. Now go to the manufacturer’s site (the graphics manufacturer or the system manufacturer) and locate/download the latest driver and install it. Upon installing it successfully, it should automatically replace the old driver with the new one. Once this is done, test and see if the issue has been resolved.

Update Flash Player

This should apply where applicable. You can download and install the latest version of Flash Player from . Once it has been installed, test and see if that fixes the issue.

Kevin Arrows
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Fix: Green Screen on YouTube

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