Video Playback Problems

Why does the video stop playing sometimes?

In order to speed up web browsing, web browsers are designed to download web pages and store them locally on your computer's hard drive in an area called "cache". The cache contains a kind of travel record of the items you have seen, heard, or downloaded from the Web, including images, sounds, Web pages, even cookies. Typically these items are stored in the Temporary Internet Files folder.

When you visit the same page for a second time, the browser speeds up display time by loading the page locally from cache instead of downloading everything again. This sometimes results in less than current versions of web pages being displayed. When the cache fills up, performance can slow down and your hard drive may run out of space.

If your video stops playing before the video is supposed to end, there is a good chance that you have a corrupt temporary internet file that needs to be deleted. Once this file is deleted, your web browser will re-attempt to download the video file and you will be able to finish watching your video.

Before deleting your web browser cache, try refreshing the web page while your video is playing. To do a hard refresh on your web page:

  • Windows: control + F5  (or control + shift + r)
  • Macintosh: command + r  (or command + shift + r)

If you continue to experience problems, you will need to delete your browser's cache. Find your operating system and browser below for instructions.
 

Windows Macintosh
Microsoft Internet Explorer
8.0 | 7.0 | 4.0 - 6.0 - latest version
Safari
4.0 | 1.0 - latest version
Mozilla Firefox
Firefox - latest version
Mozilla Firefox
Firefox - latest version
Mozilla Suite
1.7 - latest version
Mozilla Suite
1.7 - latest version
Safari
4.0 - latest version
Opera
9.0 - latest version
Opera
9.0 - latest version
Microsoft Internet Explorer
4.0 - 5.0 - Get Browser (not supported any more)
Netscape Communicator/Navigator
8.0 | 7.0 | 4.0 - 6.0 - latest version
 

Clearing Browser Cache on Windows



Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 - 10

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools in the upper toolbar or click on the Tools icon.
  3. Click Internet Options and choose the General tab.
  4. Click Delete under "Browsing History".
  5. Click Delete Files under "Temporary Internet Files".
  6. Click Yes on the Delete Files dialog box.
  7. Click Close and then OK.

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Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools in the upper toolbar or click on the Tools icon.
  3. Click Internet Options to open Internet Properties.
  4. Click the General tab
  5. Click Delete under "Browsing History".
  6. Click Delete Files under "Temporary Internet Files".
  7. Click Yes on the Delete Files dialog box.
  8. Click Close and then OK.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 - 6.0

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Tools in the upper toolbar.
  3. Click Internet Options to open Internet Properties.
  4. Click the General tab
  5. Click Delete Files under "Temporary Internet Files".
  6. Check Delete all offline content.
  7. Click OK on the Delete Files dialog box.
  8. Click Apply and then OK.

Mozilla Firefox 3.5 or higher

  1. Click Tools in the upper toolbar and select Clear Recent History.
  2. Select the Time Range to clear (drop-down menu).
      - Select Everything to clear all cache.
  3. Click Details to choose what history elements to clear.
      - e.g. cache and cookies
  4. Click the Clear Now button.
  5. Exit and re-launch the browser.

Mozilla Firefox 2.0 - 3.0

  1. Click Tools in the upper toolbar and select Clear Private Data.
  2. Check Cache and cookies.
      - Note, you can select other data you would like to clear as well
  3. Click the Clear Private Date Now button.
  4. Exit and re-launch the browser.

Safari 4.0

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on Tools (gear icon) in the upper right toolbar and SelectReset Safari.
  3. Click Empty Cache and Remove All Cookies.
  4. Click the Reset button.
  5. Exit and re-launch the browser.

Opera 9.0

  1. Open Opera
  2. Click Tools and select Delete Private Data.
  3. Click the Delete options and choose what history elements to clear.
      - e.g. Delete temporary cookies, Delete all cookies, Delete entire cache.
  4. Click the Clear Now button.
  5. Close window.
  6. Exit and re-launch the browser.

 

Netscape Communicator / Navigator 8.0

  1. Click Tools in the upper toolbar and select Options.
  2. Select Privacy under Options on the left side of the screen.
  3. Click Cache.
  4. Click Clear Cache.
  5. Click Clear.
  6. Click OK.

Netscape Communicator / Navigator 7.0

  1. Click Edit in the upper toolbar and select Preferences.
  2. Click the Triangle next to Advanced to expand it.
  3. Click Cache.
  4. Click Clear Cache.
  5. Click OK.

Netscape Communicator / Navigator 4.0 - 6.0

  1. Click Edit in the upper toolbar and select Preferences.
  2. Click Advanced.
  3. Click Cache.
  4. Click Clear Memory Cache.
  5. Click Clear Disk Cache.
  6. Click OK.

Clearing Browser Cache on Macintosh


Safari 4.0 for Macintosh OS X

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on Safari in the upper toolbar and Select Reset Safari.
  3. Click Empty Cache and Remove All Cookies.
  4. Click the Reset button.
  5. Exit and re-launch the browser.

Safari 1.0 for Macintosh OS X

  1. Open Safari.
  2. Click on Safari in the upper toolbar and Select Empty Cache.
  3. Click Empty on the Are you sure message box.
  4. Exit and re-launch the browser.

Firefox 3.5 - 3.6 for Macintosh OS X

  1. Click Tools in the upper toolbar and select Clear Recent History.
  2. Select the Time Range to clear (drop-down menu).
      - Select Everything to clear all cache.
  3. Click Details to choose what history elements to clear.
      - e.g. cache and cookies
  4. Click the Clear Now button.
  5. Exit and re-launch the browser.

 

Firefox 2.0 - 3.0 for Macintosh OS X

  1. Open Firefox
  2. Click on Firefox in the upper toolbar and Select Preferences.
  3. Click the Privacy Icon.
  4. Click Clear Now under the Private Data section.
  5. Close window.
  6. Exit and re-launch the browser.

 

Opera 9.0 for Macintosh OS X

  1. Open Opera
  2. Click Tools and select Delete Private Data.
  3. Click the Delete options and choose what history elements to clear.
      - e.g. Delete temporary cookies, Delete all cookies, Delete entire cache.
  4. Click the Clear Now button.
  5. Close window.
  6. Exit and re-launch the browser.

 

Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.0 - 5.0 for Macintosh

  1. Open Internet Explorer.
  2. Click Edit in the upper toolbar and select Preferences.
  3. Click the arrow beside Web Browser.
  4. Click Advanced.
  5. Click Empty Now.
  6. Click Ok.
  7. Exit and re-launch the browser.
Last modified: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 4:57 PM