Originally Answered: Why can't I watch youtube videos?
OLD VERSION OF ADOBE'S FLASH PLAYER....GET THE LATEST FLASH PLAYER":
don't bother downloading and re-installing the latest Flash over and over and over again.
You will get absolutely nowhere doing that, because that is only adding to the problem.
There are actually only 3 possibilities:
→ something's wrong with YouTube
→ something's wrong with your cache
→ something's wrong with Flash 10
Your problem might fix itself in a few hours, or the next day,
because YouTube actually shuts down a lot of their servers
every once in a while, (so they can update all kinds of stuff).
On those occasions, it's really YouTube's transmissions of
of it. This in turn creates "time-out" or "run-time" errors that
give that message. You can sometimes fix this on the spot
by tapping "F5", clicking "Refresh", or clicking "Back" then
If by the next day YouTube is still showing you that JS&FP
message, maybe your "temporary internet files" and cache
memory are full and cannot take anymore. As such, videos
can't even begin to buffer.
"Temporary internet files" are 1000s of little bits and pieces
of websites put on your hard-drive. They'll stay there forever,
slowly plugging up your computer, (like hair in a sink drain)
until you get rid of them. Otherwise, one day your YouTube
will suddenly be "stuck".
Because your computer now has such little space in which
to "cache" a video, YouTube will mistakenly think that your
or that you're using "Flash 7".
The solution to all that is to first exit YouTube (but not your
browser), then clear your "cache" of all its "TIFs", "cookies"
and "history". (See below.) After that, shutdown and reboot.
Watching YouTube vids hasn't changed in the past 2 years.
(Believe it or not, you can still use "Flash 8" if you'd like to).
The newer Flash players are giving many YouTubers plenty
of grief -- particularly since there are 11 different "Flash 10s".
It's nuts that there is 10.0.525, 10.0.576, 10.1.218, 10.2.26,
10.2.54, 10.12.10, 10.12.36, 10.15.3, 10.22.87, 10.23.1, as
well as 10.32.18 now.
Most updates are good for only 1 thing:...Software conflicts.
I've never strayed away from 9.47, and many "flashers" use
9.45 still. Think of them as Windows XP compared to Vista.
Look at what the Asker said after this Best Answer of mine:
If that seems interesting to you, here is the appropriate link:
Note 1: if you've got an "Accelerator", dump it, burn it, rip it,
kick it, trash it, disable it, uninstall it...get as far away from
it as you can. Lots of "Messengers", "Ad Blocks" and even
"Torrents" also conflict with YouTube.
Note 2: some longer videos may need "Shockwave" to play
Note 3: if you downloaded Flash, did you actually complete
the process and "INSTALL" it? If you've got Firefox, did you
enable their add-ons?
Mozilla Firefox 3.5:
→ Tools → Clear Recent History
Time range to clear: → Everything
[x] Browsing & Download History
[x] Saved Form and Search History
→ Clear Now
DON'T FORGET TO SHUTDOWN/REBOOT AFTER DOING
THE SEQUENCE ABOVE.