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Slow youtube problem not caused by slow processor

I have the same issues watching youtube videos on my 400MHz PowerPC G4 with 1GB RAM running OS 10.4.11, but not due only to the age or lack of power of my computer, because I did not have these issues with youtube videos on the same machine just a matter of months ago. For a while I thought youtube's servers were getting overloaded or I was encountering glitchy videos, but the problem never cleared up.

I've tried Firefox and Safari, used Disk Repair to repair permissions, and downgraded my Flash plugin to version 9, but still am not able to enjoy the smooth video streaming I enjoyed just months ago.

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This is not caused by spyware.
A recent QuickTime update is the culprit. PowerPC Macs all over the world are experiencing this symptom. There's no known fix for it; hopefully Apple has a fix in the works.

Posted on Nov 26, 2009

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    This slowdown occurs on PowerPC Macs when watching movies in Windows formats (mostly WMV or AVI). A recent upgrade to Flip4Mac (the tool that allows Quicktime Player to play Windows-format videos) is the culprit, as it substituted very inefficient Silverlight code on PPCs for the efficient code in earlier versions.


    The solution is to downrev Flip4Mac. Use the uninstaller tool in Applications/Flip4Mac. Then download version 2.2.1.11 of Flip4Mac from:

    http://www.telestream.net/download-files...


    and run the installer. This will replace the efficient code and greatly smooth your movie viewing. If Flip4Mac urges you to upgrade back to the newer version, ignore it.

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