Ubuntu: Why do my (youtube) videos play for two seconds, then stop?


Lately (a week or so) I have this incredibly annoying bug: Every once in a while I get to the point were youtube and other .flv-videos play for two seconds and then stop. If I press start and stop or skip to another position in the video, I get another two seconds. *Restarting gnome helps it for a while, resta*rting firefox/totem doesn't help.

I did not change a thing in my video or flash-player options. The problems occurres in totem as well. VLC is fine.


Gnash seems to help the problem but creates others: With Gnash there are a few webplayers that simply don't work anymore. The 64bit-nonfree has the same problems as the 32bit-nonfree (2 seconds then stop). The problem is independent of gpu validation. Clearing cache and cookies makes no difference. Only restarting gnome helps.


Here is some info on my system. The error occures much less frequent since 12.04 but is still there.


try gnash seems to fix the flash bugs for me sudo apt-get install gnash


Install Flash-Aid and run the extension wizard. It will detect installed flash plugins, remove them and install the best option according to your system architecture and version. Additionally, it will apply some tweaks that should improve performance and fix those common issues.

If you experience black video on full screen after that on YouTube, then run the Wizard again and install Flash Beta or disable the option to "Override GPU validation".


Try YouTube Problems Mega Thread


Fix for stopping video AND blue videos on youtube together

Turn off hardware acceleration in adobe flash plugin

On another system I had this exact same problem with the additional quirk that all videos where bluish. Turning of hardware acceleration as worked on one of the systems that had this problem. For some weird reason I could do it in youtube fullscreen only and it didn't work until the on the second right-click attempt.

Flash is only feeling blue

If you have the bluish video bug only, i.e. without the stopping video issue then take a look at this answer: Flash video appears blue.

Blue flash videos

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