For some reason, Google Chrome doesn’t seem to like YouTube videos, regardless of whether you play them on the YouTube site or embedded in another site like Facebook. I first noticed this on a low-spec netbook, so I thought maybe it was a problem with the graphics card. Then, I noticed it on another computer that had a better graphics card, so I thought maybe it was my wireless connection. However, I finally figured out that it was not a problem with the graphics card or the network, but with my browser (Chrome).
Here is a quick fix that should work to get rid of the choppy playback.
- In the address bar, type “about:plugins“.
- In the top right hand corner of your screen, you should see something that looks like “+Details“. Click on it to see more details about the plugins.
- Under Adobe Flash Player, you should see one file called “pepflashplayer.dll“. (The full path will be something like this:
- Disable this file by clicking on the blue word “Disable“.
- Close Chrome and open it again. Test out your video and be wowed by the non-choppiness!