Ubuntu – YouTube Videos Stopped Streaming


I have been dealing with this problem for a couple of days but couldn't find a solution. I've posted on a forum before but nobody answered. Any help?

A couple of days ago a problem started to occur. I can't watch YouTube videos anymore. When I open a video, the animation goes on and on… until the message "an error has occurred". Very very very rarely sometimes a video loads. (Today it never happened, yesterday only once)

Like I said, a couple of days ago it was all working. I didn't do any updates. After this problem, I've installed every update, didn't solve the problem.

It is not browser specific, Google Chrome, Chromium, Firefox, Opera… All have the same problem.
It is YouTube specific, I can watch videos on Facebook (not loaded through YouTube) and vimeo and more.
I have reinstalled the flash-plugin, didn't solve. (Yet it is not about flash)
It is not about my network, using the same network, Windows Laptop, iPhone, Android Tablet all load v

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS 32 Bit

$ uname -a
Linux marvin 3.2.0-45-generic-pae #70-Ubuntu SMP Wed May 29 20:31:05 UTC 2013 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux

$ dpkg -l |grep "chrome\|firefox\|opera\|chromium\|flash"
ii adobe-flash-properties-gtk GTK+ control panel for Adobe Flash Player plugin version 11
ii adobe-flashplugin Adobe Flash Player plugin version 11
ii chromium-browser 25.0.1364.160-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 Chromium browser
ii chromium-browser-l10n 25.0.1364.160-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 chromium-browser language packages
ii chromium-codecs-ffmpeg 25.0.1364.160-0ubuntu0.12.04.1 Free ffmpeg codecs for the Chromium Browser
ii eject 2.1.5+deb1+cvs20081104-9 ejects CDs and operates CD-Changers under Linux
ii firefox 21.0+build2-0ubuntu0.12.04.3 Safe and easy web browser from Mozilla
ii firefox-globalmenu 21.0+build2-0ubuntu0.12.04.3 Safe and easy web browser from Mozilla - Unity menubar integration
ii firefox-gnome-support 21.0+build2-0ubuntu0.12.04.3 Safe and easy web browser from Mozilla - GNOME support
ii firefox-locale-en 21.0+build2-0ubuntu0.12.04.3 English language pack for Firefox
ii google-chrome-stable 27.0.1453.110-r202711 The web browser from Google
ii libcrypt-passwdmd5-perl 1.3-10 interoperable MD5-based crypt() for perl
ii opera 12.15.1748 Fast and secure web browser and Internet suite
ii xserver-xorg-video-openchrome 1:0.2.904+svn1050-1 X.Org X server -- VIA display driver

Any suggestions?
Sorry if it is a repost, it's hard to find this problem in the dozens of "restricted-extras not installed" problems…

Best Answer

Try the following

on your top panel

  1. Go To connections.
  2. Edit Connections
  3. Pick "Wired connection 1 (or whatever name it has)" and click on edit.
  4. Change MTU Value from Auto to 1492, and click on save.

I had the same problem before where it just showed me the animation with the little circles running and a few moments after, the message "there has been an error, try again later", if you have the same problem, then doing that should fix it, I was pointed in the right direction by a friend in this Question, just click on it and you'll see the comment.

Hope this solves your problem.