If you can’t play certain videos in your web browser, you may have a hardware acceleration problem. Users who have enabled this setting are likely to see the error message “If playback doesn’t start quickly, try restarting your device. The problem may also be related to the new HTML5 video player, which is currently being used on popular video-sharing platforms such as YouTube.
You can solve this problem by changing your web browser settings or installing add-ons for the new YouTube HTML5 player. You can also uninstall or update your video card drivers. If all else fails, you can try one of the following solutions prepared by Techquack.
What causes “If playback doesn’t start quickly, try rebooting the device”?
This problem could be caused by jammed audio devices such as headphones or speakers. Try changing your audio device or restarting it. If you are using headphones, try unplugging them and plugging them back in.
There could be several reasons for this problem, such as enabling hardware acceleration in the Google Chrome browser or the new HTML5 video player used by Youtube.
How to solve the problem “If the playback doesn’t start quickly, try rebooting the device”
Updating graphics driver
- Press Windows + R, type “devmgmt.msc” (without the quotes) and press Enter to open Device Manager.
- Now expand the Display Adapters entry and right-click on the Nvidia graphics card and select Enable.
- After that, right-click on the video card again and select “Update Drivers”.
- Select “Automatically check for updated drivers” and let the process finish.
- If the above step helped solve your problem, great, if not, keep going.
- Select “Update Driver Software” again, but this time select “Scan my computer for driver software” on the next screen.
- Now select “Select from the list of available drivers on my computer.”
- Finally, select the driver that is compatible with your Nvidia video card from the list and click Next.
- Allow the above process to complete and restart your computer to save your changes.
After updating your graphics card, you may be able to fix the “If playback doesn’t start quickly, try restarting your device” error.
Turn off the Hardware Acceleration
Turn off hardware acceleration in Chrome:
- Open Google Chrome, click the three dots in the top right corner, and select Settings.
- Now scroll down the page until you find “Advanced” (which is probably at the very bottom) and click on it.
- Scroll down until you find “System Preferences” and make sure you’ve unchecked or disabled the “Use hardware acceleration when available” option.
- Restart Chrome, and that should help you fix the error. If playback doesn’t start quickly, try restarting your device.
Disable hardware acceleration in Firefox:
- Open Firefox, type “about: preferences” (without quotes) in the address bar, then press Enter.
- Scroll down to the Performance section and uncheck “Use recommended performance settings.”
- Under Performance, uncheck the “Use hardware acceleration when available” box.
- Close Firefox and restart your computer.
Turn off hardware acceleration in Internet Explorer:
- Press Windows + R, type inetcpl.cpl, and press Enter to open Internet Properties.
- Now go to the Advanced tab and check the “Use software rendering instead of GPU rendering” option.
- Click “Apply” and then “OK” to disable hardware acceleration.
- Restart IE and see if the problem can be resolved.
Uninstalling graphics drivers
- Right-click the NVIDIA graphics card in Device Manager and select Uninstall.
- When prompted to confirm, select Yes.
- Press Windows + R, type control, and then press Enter.
- In the Control Panel, click Uninstall program.
- Then uninstall anything related to Nvidia.
- Reboot your system to save your changes, and download the installer again from the manufacturer’s website.
- When you’re sure you’ve uninstalled everything, try installing the drivers again.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Repair corrupted system files.
- Turn off hardware acceleration in Chrome browser.
- Try running Chrome as an administrator.
- Update/delete nVidia graphics driver update.
- Change the audio device.
- Install add-ons for the HTML5 player.
- Turn off hardware acceleration in your browser.
- Update or uninstall the NVIDIA graphics driver.
- Install HTML5 player add-ons on your browser.
- Change your audio device.
This message appears when Chrome/your browser has successfully buffered the audio, but cannot play it. This usually happens when Chrome cannot access the audio device. If you are using Chrome, it may be because you are using too much memory.
- Restart the YouTube app.
- Restart your device.
- Turn off your mobile data connection and turn it back on.
- Clear the cache of the YouTube app.
- Uninstall and reinstall the YouTube app
- Update the YouTube app to the latest version.
- Update to the latest version of Android.