Youtube videos started buffering all the time.

Highdefkitten

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Hello everyone, I have a weird issue. Youtube videos started buffering on my computer for no reason, I have 120/30 so it's not my internet, I've tried all the other computers on my network, all fine. It's defiantly not this computer because it's less than 5 months old and has been working for all that time.

http://pcpartpicker.com/p/by8Y3C is my partlist.

I've tried everything, disabling hardware acceleration, enabling it, running different browsers, running chrome without any addons, etc. Nothing works. please help.

EDIT: I tried other video services, Vessel, Dailymotion, Etc. All work fine at 1080p.
 

BConATL

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YouTube recently started to constantly buffer HD videos on my desktop computer as well, making them virtually unwatchable. Like you, other streaming services work absolutely fine. I found a solution in the article linked below that seemed to work for me. Hopefully, it will work for you as well.

The article claims that you are served a cached video from a Content Distribution Network and not from YouTube directly. ISP's can throttle that connection. So, by blocking a range of IP addresses associated with those CDN's, you can get the video directly from YouTube without any throttling.

I went into my computer's firewall and blocked the two IP addresses ranges mentioned in the article. I can now watch 4K videos again without any issues.

https://dottech.org/103278/how-to-make-youtube-videos-load-faster-on-windows-mac-os-x-linux-guide/

[Windows 7 64-bit, Norton Firewall, Comcast]
 

BConATL

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YouTube recently started to constantly buffer HD videos on my desktop computer as well, making them virtually unwatchable. Like you, other streaming services work absolutely fine. I found a solution in the article linked below that seemed to work for me. Hopefully, it will work for you as well.

The article claims that you are served a cached video from a Content Distribution Network and not from YouTube directly. ISP's can throttle that connection. So, by blocking a range of IP addresses associated with those CDN's, you can get the video directly from YouTube without any throttling.

I went into my computer's firewall and blocked the two IP addresses ranges mentioned in the article. I can now watch 4K videos again without any issues.

https://dottech.org/103278/how-to-make-youtube-videos-load-faster-on-windows-mac-os-x-linux-guide/

[Windows 7 64-bit, Norton Firewall, Comcast]
 

BConATL

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You're welcome. I was going out of my mind until I finally found that fix. Like you, I tried a ton of other possible solutions to no avail. I'm so glad it worked for you. Cheers.

 

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