Over the years YouTube has grown in popularity enormously and watching YouTube videos has become a hobby for many people. Its so addicting that many people stay up till wee hours of the morning just to watch their favorite videos. But, I guess all of us have already experienced the "annoying times" with YouTube when the video we're watching keeps on stopping especially when we have slow Internet connection. Thinking of a solution, the first thing comes to our mind is to just upgrade to a higher internet connection speed that our ISP offers. Yes, of course, it can really improve the buffering speed. But, is there any other ways on how to make YouTube to go faster without upgrading to a higher internet connection speed?
Well, the answer is Yes! By improving the performance of your computer, tweaking the browser and also by installing accelerator software, you can make the YouTube videos to load much faster. Let's start with Memory…
Upgrading Memory to Improve the Performance of your Computer:
The first thing that we have to check when we want to make the videos to load much faster is if your PC has enough memory. Its useless to tweak your browser like Mozilla Firefox or to install Accelerator software if your computer is gasping for memory. During the buffering of the internet video, your PC has to put certain amount of stream into memory. And if your computer doesn't have enough RAM, it has to rely on virtual memory which means that your computer would have to use the hard disk as a temporary RAM. Obviously, reading and writing data into RAM is much faster compare to hard disk which uses moving-head to read and write data that's why it will not only increase the buffer speed but also affect the overall performance of your PC. So consider upgrading the RAM of your PC. It is recommended to go a little higher than the minimum requirements of the operating system. For instance, if your PC runs Windows Vista, it is best if it has 1GB of RAM for best performance.
Tweaking your Browser:
It is also recommended to tweak your browser to make the YouTube go faster. If you are using Mozilla Firefox, you can change some of its configurations by typing the "about:config" in the address bar then changing some of the settings that has to do with pipelining. The easier way to do this is by downloading and installing the FasterFox Mozilla Firefox plugin. This plugin automatically tweaks your Mozilla Firefox to speed it up allowing fast loading of internet videos.
Playing the video while its still buffering would only annoy you and would also cause the buffering speed to slow down further. If you are not that excited to watch it, much better if you just click the Pause button and wait for the loading bar to turn completely red which means that it is fully loaded. This way, the computer doesn't need to decode the video and download data simultaneously allowing the buffer speed to go faster thus also allowing you to watch it as soon as possible without interruption.