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Youtube video jerky in Chrome and Firefox but not in IE

Hi experts,

I have reloaded XP, and now youtube keeps resizing the screen in my two favorite browsers. I have not found anything about this on the web and I have updated all that I know to the latest versions.

Thank you
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What do you mean by resizing? Do you mean to say that it buffers every now and then? Are you using firefox 3? Update it with the latest adobe player. I suppose you don't have a driver issue for your display card. If you can rule that out, proceed to the download.



Install, test using firefox and post back.

kerznerAuthor Commented:
I am using the latest Firefox and Chrome, and it works write only in IE :(
By resizing I mean that the picture changes size all the time
Weird.. Haven't really heard IE working Ok but mozilla and Chrome faltering. Could be a bug or some kind of browser hijacks causing an issue. I suggest you uninstall mozilla and re-install with all the necessary updates. Could also happen if the page you are opening needs Active X controls to be enabled. Mozilla isnt really appreciated for supporting activex. Try google chrome with active x controls enabled.

 Google chrome has a built in active X plugin in its default plugin array. However you have to run Chrome with the following switch " --allow-all-activex" So in shortcut that is used to start up Chrome, add this after "Chrome.exe"

Download and install the latest google chrome from here:


post back in case you need further assistance.

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kerznerAuthor Commented:
I am running all the latest stuff, and youtube is not using activex (although I tried chrome with this option, it's good knowledge)
It could be a buffering issue:

Right click on the video-->Select "Settings"--->Under the "Local Storage" tab (the one that looks like a folder icon)

Slide the slider all the way to "Unlimited"

Then close the settings.

Now hit the pause button, let the video load to the end,

Hopefully you should be able to watch without ANY stuttering issues.

Also try enabling and disabling Hardware acceleration in the settings. Check out if there is any difference.

I'm putting a seperate thread to eliminate all possible things that might have been left out. I know that you are good at this, but some times re-checking really helps. If you can spare ten minutes with this, we can sort out the issue.

To start off, lets check the Direct x settings.

1. Go to run--> Type "dxdiag" without the quotes and hit enter. The DirectX Diagnostic tool must come up. Go to the Display Tab and check for three particular settings under Direct X features: a) DirectDraw Acceleration b) Direct3D Acceleration and c) AGP Texture Acceleration. All the three must be enabled for smooth video streaming/playback. If one or more of these is disabled, enable them right away. If one or more of these are disabled and greyed out, you must check your graphics driver installation. Try re-installing your driver and double check whether or not you have left out any important update or patch from your provider.

2. Uninstall your existing version of Mozilla Firefox and download and install the latest version from here:
http://www.filehippo.com/download_firefox/. Download and install the latest adobe flash player for firefox from here:


or alternate link: http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_firefox/

Please note that there are seperate versions of flash players developed for IE and Mozilla. So we need to install the right one. Download and install from the link provided.

3. Download and install the Klite codec pack for all those video codec requirements from the following link:


4. Download and install the codecs for H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video streams from the following link:

http://www.free-codecs.com/x264_Video_Codec_download.htm and Click on the link [ x264 Video Codec rev. 1129 CLI ] to start download.

5. Last but not the least, check the process explorer for CPU usage while streaming videos. If it is highly CPU intensive, chances are that your video will be jerky (Especially when you are streaming HD content). But if you are using a decent enough processor you can totally leave out that possibility. (Must not happen in your case since playback is ok with IE).

FYI: Flash 10 has been reported with a few bugs which are yet to be fixed. Youtube has also switched over to a wide screen format which has caused problems for many browsers. If the problem still persists, uninstall your existing flash player using the application from adobe:

Reboot after uninstalling.

This will remove Flash player from all the browsers. So you will have to install Flash players for IE as well as Firefox once again. Download the standalone installations for IE and Mozilla from the links below: Note that I am putting in Flash player 9 for mozilla now just to check out if the incompatibility was caused by FP v10.

Standalone Flash Player 9 for Non-IE (Firefox): http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_firefox/4008/


Standalone Flash player 10 for IE: http://www.filehippo.com/download_flashplayer_ie/


Hopefully, I guess that I haven't left anything out.
Please feel free to post back if the issue still persists.

Try out the last two replies that have been posted.
kerznerAuthor Commented:
Will try all of the above. If it doesn't help me, it will surely help someone else.
Please let me know how things fared after trying out whatever has been listed above. It has been a pleasure all the way assisting  you.

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