If your YouTube is slow, stuck or weird, and people suggest
you either change or install stuff....DON'T TOUCH A THING!
You don't need to fool around with java scripts, flash players,
firewall settings, anti-virus utilities, active X controls, pop-up
blockers or different browsers. And definitely stay away from
whatever software anybody on this page may try to sell you.
None of those things will help you, because your computer
and YouTube were working perfectly fine at one point, right?
The first rule of thumb and best option should ALWAYS be:
don't disable, erase, uninstall, switch, download, alter, add,
change or install anything. That'll only make matters worse.
Every day, YouTube often shuts down many of their servers
in order to update stuff. Be patient if your YouTube is slow,
stuck or garbled. Transmissions from YouTube's servers to
you are actually done in small chunks of "Flash" at a time.
That's why sometimes you may only get bits and pieces of
either video, text, the spinning circle and/or a blank screen.
Your problem may fix itself in a few hours or by the next day.
If your YouTube continues to behave slow, stuck or strange,
it's very possible that your directories of "temporary internet
files" and memory (often times called "cache") are full to the
maximum and just can't take anymore, the end result being
that YouTube videos either A) start/stop/start/stop, B) grind
to a halt, or C) never even make it onto your screen.
"Temporary internet files" are tiny bits of webpages that get
permanently put on your hard-drive. They'll stay there forever
and ever, slowly plugging up your computer (much like hair
will slowly clog up a sink drain) until you get rid of them, or
"clear your cache".
If you're not sure how to clear your "cache", or if you would
like extra tips on making YouTube run even better (without
having to buy or install anything), click my avatar and send
send me a message -- ideally with your YouTube or regular
email address. I will guide you step-by-step through "cache"
clearing plus my tips in plain English with full explanations.
Note 1: if you have Google Web Accelerator (or something
similar to it), dump it, burn it, trash it, disable it, uninstall it;
do everything you can to get as far away from it as possible
(even though this contradicts my advice). Clicking on "Don't
Accelerate this Website" will not help you whatsoever.
Note 2: longer videos only require "Flash" and "Shockwave"
in order to play smooth. Other than that, avoid all the sales
pitches that some Yahooers are shilling, because they are
really disguised salespeople and peddlers. Their "answers"
have nothing to do with your question, and their wares may
actually worsen your problem. Besides, what kind of stupid
answer is:....[my paraphrase] "Although you can't watch or
access videos properly, get this downloader."
Note 3: an unusual fix that once worked for me was altering
the URL "www . youtube . com" to simply "youtube . com",
(or you can even try "ca . youtube . com").