My online videos are streaming slow

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My online videos are streaming slow
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There are several factors that can affect the speed of your video streaming, which includes slow or intermittent Internet connection, problems with the website that hosts the video and your overall computer performance. If your online video streaming is slow or choppy, there are several tweaks and tricks that you can do to eliminate slow loading times.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy


  1. 1

    Close other programs on your computer and see if the loading time improves. To avoid choppy video streaming, wait for the video to buffer completely before playing it. Do not view your videos on "full screen mode" if the computer does not play them well. A smaller screen will use lesser computer memory.

  2. 2

    Check your Internet connection. If you are connected to a network and you are sharing the connection with multiple other users, it is rather normal to experience slow online video streaming. If you are not in a local network, reboot the computer and the modem and see if the loading time improves.

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    Clear the cache and temporary Internet files from your browser. When the browser is loaded with temporary files, it affects the speed of your video streaming. If you are using Windows XP, open the "Control Panel," "Internet Options" and then "Delete Files." For Windows Vista and 7 users, click "Start," "Control Panel," "Network and Internet" and "Internet Options." Under the "General" tab, click "Delete" under "Browsing History." If this does not solve the problem, consider using a different browser.

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    Disable "Hardware Acceleration" in your computer. If you have Windows XP, click "Start," "Control Panel" and then "Display." Under the "Settings" tab, select "Advanced." If you have Windows Vista or 7 installed, click "Start," "Control Panel," "Personalization," "Display Settings" and "Advanced Settings." Select the "Troubleshoot" tab and adjust the "Hardware acceleration" controller" to "None." Click "Apply" and then "OK."

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