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SOLVED: If playback doesn’t begin shortly try restarting your device

Some Windows 10 users reported that they are not able to play some selected videos from Youtube on web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Waterfox and Microsoft Edge, whereas most of videos might work properly. This problem may be caused due to variety of reasons like hardware acceleration is enabled in your Google Chrome web browser or due to the new HTML5 video player that Youtube uses.

In order to resolve this issue you need to customize settings for Web browsers or install some add-ons for youtube’s new HTML5 player or Uninstall/ Update Graphics card drivers, as explained in this article.

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Download and run Reimage Plus to scan for corrupt files from here, if files are found to be corrupt and missing repair them using Reimage Plus in addition to performing the Methods below.

Method 1: Disable hardware acceleration in Chrome Browser

To disable Hardware acceleration Go to à Settings à Advanced Settings à System

Click on “Show Advanced Settings”

Uncheck “Use Hardware acceleration when available” button under “System” menu

Method 2:  Try running Chrome as an Administrator

Right click on Chrome icon and click “Run as Administrator”.

Method 3: Update/Uninstall nVidia Graphics driver update

This problem may also occur if you are using an nVidia graphics card.

To resolve the issue please download the latest drivers for your video card from manufactures website and update the drivers.

To update video driver, Go To Control Panel àAll Control Panel Items àSystem à Device Manager à Display adapters. Right click on the display card and choose “Update Driver Software”.

If it doesn’t solve the issue, please uninstall the display drivers and reinstall them. Restart your machine after uninstalling the drivers.

To uninstall video driver, Go To Control Panel àAll Control Panel Items àSystem à Device Manager à Display adapters. Right click on the display card and choose “Uninstall”.

Method 4: Switch Audio Device

This problem may be caused by the Audio devices such as headphones or speakers get stuck. Try switching the audio device or restart it. If you are using headphones try unplugging them and plug them back in.

Method 5: Install HTML5 player Add-ons

If the problem is caused by the new HTML5 player you have to install following add-ons for your respective web browsers:-

For Firefox or Waterfox web browser, install this add-on from here

There are two add-ons for Google Chrome, first one is here

In case of above one doesn’t work then please try this: – here

There is no add-on for EDGE, but Microsoft is planning it for the future though.

5 Comments

  1. Hey,

    Method 4 solved my problem.

    I use an Apple laptop, running Safari 10.0.1.
    Have a USB Focusrite audio interface attached, the headphones are connected to the interface.

    All I did was switch the audio interface off and on again.

    This was after 2 days of no streaming working globally, from soundcloud, you tube, different browsers etc.

    I was even contemplating reinstalling the system software Sierra10.0.1.

    Cool, thanks.

  2. Wow! Am I so glad that I found this post. I had been searching all day to fix this same issue. I even tried all of the steps. Then I read BudapestCalling’s post about his USB Focusrite interface. I unplugged the USB from my Focusrite Scarlett 2i4, and got audio/ video again. Wooo Hooo!

    This was definitely getting on my last nerve…no solution. Went through drivers, ensuring plugins were installed, everything imaginable. Budapest, you are a saint!

    I’ll be reporting this to Focusrite.

    Thanks!

  3. I’ve been trying to find a fix for forever! Method 1 finally worked!

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