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Tuesday, 3 August 2010

Youtube having problems on Chrome?

So after finally feeling like Chrome was all stable and worthy of a full time move away from Firefox, I find myself increasingly frustrated with Chromes performance.

Most notably has been the poor performance on YouTube in particular.
Recently I have noticed that YouTube videos are frequently not loading completely.
They start just fine, and then at some point it just stops loading.
A quick refresh later and it's the same story.
At first I suspected my connection, however when it became a recurring problem I loaded up Firefox and Safari with no such issue.
Ignoring for a second that YouTube is owned by Google and if anything, performance should be better on Chrome, a modern day browser shouldn't struggle with such a popular site!

I am running 5.0.375.125 (a stable build) on Mac OSX 10.6.4 and as far as I can tell this is not just a Mac issue as I have the same problem on my Win XP SP3 machine (although not as frequent)
There is also a thread HERE on the Chrome forums which started in May 09 and continues today.

Opting in to the HTML5 beta for YouTube HERE seems to fix the problem , however on my Macbook at least, the performance is not comparable.

So what gives Google, how can one of your Premier sites run so poorly on your golden child Chrome???

If anyone has a solution to this or if you are just suffering the same issue, let us know in the comments.



  1. I ditched Chrome ages ago, it's all about Camino baby!!

  2. I never liked the 'Fisher Price' look of Camion and for me they missed the best bit about basing a browser on the Gecko engine and that's the extensions library

  3. I continue to have problems with him. It also crashes the entire browser even though they are proud to say each tab its like its own little shell--its not

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  5. I had this problem after I updated from Mac OS 10.6.8 to MAC OS 10.7.2. Uninstalling Flash did the trick. Chrome automatically reinstalled flash after I restarted Chrome.