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I am primarily a Windows user. I'm dual-booting Ubuntu 13.04 using Wubi and I've noticed that Youtube is much slower on Ubuntu than it is on Windows in the same network... Like a LOT slower. I find that Windows typically loads 720p faster than Ubuntu does 240p, and sometimes even 144p isn't fast enough. I know this shouldn't be a problem, but unfortunately - being fairly new to Linux - I lack the technical expertise to solve this issue. I've already tried HTML5 with no observable results, but the problem persists independent of what browser I'm using. If anyone has a solution, I would much appreciate a noob-friendly explanation.

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  • Try with Google Chrome
  • Install the proprietary video drivers by doing the following:

    1. Open the Ubuntu Software Center (Centre if you're not American)
    2. Navigate to the universal menu towards the top of the screen and select Edit->Software Sources.
    3. Wait for the window to come up.
    4. Select the tab Additional Drivers.
    5. Select a proprietary driver if it's available and install it.
  • Edit the file /etc/adobe/mms.cfg (creating the file if it exists) and add/edit OverrideGPUValidation=true. Save the file and restart the computer. This is a protected system directory, so you can edit it by running sudo nano /etc/adobe/mms.cfg in a terminal (Ctrl-Alt-T opens a terminal) and running Ctrl-X and Y to save once you've finished.

Let us know how that works.

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Apparently I don't have any proprietary drivers. I did try writing to mms.cfg and restarting like you said, but there still seems to be no improvement... – inefarius Aug 22 '13 at 2:12
Did you try Chrome? – notabot Aug 22 '13 at 2:45
I did try Chrome. Turns out the problem wasn't with my computer. I reset my router and everything works fine now... don't know why I didn't think of that first. Sorry about wasting your time. – inefarius Aug 25 '13 at 13:20

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