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Why Do You Tube Videos Skip?

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robo_dev

Playing streaming video requires your Internet connection to be fast as well as your PC, since the YouTube player uses both Flash and Java, which are very processor intensive technologies.

In the YouTube video window at the lower right is the resolution of the video, such as 720p, 360p, 240p. On a slower machine/connection, click on that number and select a lower resolution. A video that skips on 720p will most likely play fine at 240p.

Also, the raw speed of the web browser plays a role, as does whether your Flash and Java are working properly. If you goto Adobe.com there's a link that tests your flash version and at java.com there's a link that tests your java version.

Personally, I find that on a slow netbook, the only web browser than can stream YouTube decently is Google Chrome.