Videos Lagging When Played From HDD or Online From the Browser 🎬🐒🌐

Hello everybody!
Today I will tell you why videos start lagging
on a computer and how to fix this problem.
We will discuss both watching videos from
the hard disk and watching them online in
your browser.
the word lagging I mean delays, freezes and
jerks when playing videos, various artifacts
on the screen, sound stuttering and delays.
It can happen because of the computer’s
weak hardware or because of its general performance.
First of all, computer performance is influenced
by the condition and performance of its hardware
If you have an old and weak computer with
an integrated graphics, weak processor and
1 Gb of system memory, it is no use trying
to play 4K or 8K videos – it will not work.
Such computer needs an upgrade.
If you are sure that your computer performs
well enough to play videos in good quality,
and there were no lags before, the first thing
you should do is to check the temperature
of its graphics card and processor.
Their overheating reduces computer performance
I have already made a video about checking
and reducing the temperature of a graphics
card, processor or hard disk.
I will give the link in the description:
After that, have a look at overall system
If Windows is set up incorrectly, performance
will get worse.
In a previous video, I’ve already spoken
about some basic things to help you speed
up your computer, and how to set up your Windows
for maximal performance.
You will find the link in the description:
Having checked the previous things, let’s
go on to possible software problems that influence
video playback.
There are so many of them, but we will focus
on the most widespread aspects.
Video codecs absent or obsolete.
If the computer is missing the video codec
used for compressing the video, or the codec
is out of date, videos can become lagging.
There are codec packages containing free codecs
and utilities.
Among others, K-Lite Codec Pack Mega is certainly
worth your attention.
You will find the link to the official website
in the description:
Just download and install it.
Graphics card drivers missing or obsolete.
Drivers can cause a graphics card to work
I mean when drivers are missing, or when they
don’t match a particular device.
It can happen after replacing a graphics card
or reinstalling Windows.
To update graphics cards drivers:
• Go to Device Manager / Display adapters.
• Right-click on your graphics card and
select Update Driver Software.
• Sometimes Windows cannot find and install
the proper driver and insists on choosing
drivers for a standard VGA adapter.
• In this case, go to your graphics card
manufacturer’s website to download and install
the latest drivers.
• To learn the model of your graphics card
you should start a hardware-checking utility,
such as Aida.
It will give you all the information about
your computer’s hardware.
Videos may be lagging because there are too
many processes running in the background mode
which generate 100% processor usage.
It happens when users install several antiviruses,
dozens of unnecessary programs which only
waste the system memory, a lot of games that
download stuff from the Internet and so on.
In this case, clean the computer from unnecessary
software by deleting it.
Cleaning the registry and startup is also
a good idea.
You will learn more in another video.
You will find the link in the description:
Unfortunately, some users don’t monitor
their computer security.
As a result, their operating system can be
infected by viruses.
Sometimes, videos start lagging because the
entire computer starts freezing seriously.
In this case, you should use some antivirus
In our channel, you can find a whole series
of videos about cleaning the computer from
You can watch them by following the link in
the description:
I’d like to tell you more about the problems
with watching online videos in your browser.
For example, on YouTube.
Online videos will lag if you have a slow
Internet connection.
You can check the speed of your connection
If the speed test shows your connection is
slower than the Internet provider promised,
and the provider proves there is no problem
with access to the Internet,
watch our video about testing and boosting
your Internet connection speed.
You will find the link in the description:
If your connection speed is all right, but
videos in your browser are lagging, or you
can’t play them at all, the problem can
be in missing or obsolete version of the Flash
To update it, install the latest version of
Adobe Flash Player.
It is free.
You will find the link to the official website
in the description:
I’d like to say a couple of words about
possible video lags in Chrome and other browsers
based on Chromium.
It happens because of a conflict between plugins
that play Flash content.
The matter is that Chrome has got a built-in
Flash player.
Later, it may start conflicting with a standalone
player, and you can face playback problems.
To fix them:
• Make sure you have the latest version
of your browser, as the Flash player is updated
when Chrome is updated.
• Install the latest version if necessary.
After that:
• Go to Chrome settings / Advanced / Systems
• and disable “Use hardware acceleration
when available”
• Then close and restart the browser, and
try playing video again.
If it doesn’t work:
• Open this link in your browser:
• And enable experimental functions –
“Override software rendering list”
“Hardware-accelerated video decode”
• Then restart the browser.
If it doesn’t help, try cleaning the browser
cache and deleting cookies, watching videos
in another browser or in incognito mode.
I think you know how to do it.
However, I’ll show you how to clean the
browser cache and delete cookies in one of
my next videos
The problems I have told you about are the
most widespread.
But there can be a number of others.
Anyway, now you know about those that happen
most of the time.
That is all for now.
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