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Windows 7: Sudden loss of functionality with youtube

24 Aug 2011   #11

Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit

In reading this, I had thought you were refering to the browser thumbnail that the mouse curser hovers over when IE (or other browser) is minimized. Your IT friend is right when he says that it is likely a Youtube problem, but I would also say it could be a slow(ish) internet speed. If not, I would bet it has something to do with addons in the browser(s). You can have a program on the computer that separately installs its own addon into each browser, As far fetched as it might sound. Or you could just have installed a problem causing addon in each browser. All possibillities, but minimal at that. is internet speed slow? let me know if full functionality comes back to the youtube site. If full functionality doesn't come back, list what browser you are using (do make sure it is current), make sure the addons in the browser are current, and then list what those addons are.

PS I think this is funny considering this entire thread is about youtube. How is FB a timewaster and Youtube is fine?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 450125 View Post
I actually use the hosts file to block access to Facebook and other timewasters from my daughter's laptop.
Also, I've had your problem happen to me before. It didn't last.

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25 Aug 2011   #12

Win7 Professional 64


I think it's moving toward being okay. My IT friend mentioned someone he knows who is having similar problems with youtube.

Running down some of the things you mention:
  • Slowish internet speed - doubtful. I've not tested lately but my desktop, hardwired to the internet, gets 10-15 mbps, often higher, from Road Runner. I've been working with my daughter's laptop (802.11g wireless) a lot lately and I have minimal patience for slowness and it "felt right" in browsing.
  • Browser add-ons - not it either. Problem would repeat consistently across FF, IE, Chrome (most current versions of each, per upthread). In FF I disabled Adblock and that didn't help.
Actually after I posted this yesterday, my daughter said that she had more - possibly even full - youtube functionality.

Lastly, regarding FB and Youtube - and thanks for asking - I have FB blocked as a combination punishment/incentive for her to get her not bad but not good grades up. Yes, people can put in a lot of wasted time watching videos, but the interactive and "me-centric" nature of Facebook can make that a bigger timewaste.
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25 Aug 2011   #13

Windows 10 Pro x64 x3, Ubuntu

Following on with the Off topic discussion ....

have a look at windows 7's own parental controls for controlling the youngsters access to the computers, You would have to run them as standard users and keep an admin account for yourself but this is good practice anyway.

Also to control the access to Facebook, Youtube, and also the far worse sites that the young should be protected from have a look at OpenDNS which with the use of a free account can block access to all sorts of undesirable sites as well as time-wasters.

OpenDNS | DNS-Based Web Security
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30 Aug 2011   #14

Win7 Professional 64

Because the youtube functionality returned last week and has been constant since, I guess this is solved. Problem must have been with youtube, as nothing I did on the laptop in question changed anything. Weird.
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30 Aug 2011   #15
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