When watching videos full screen my computer stutters

Computer monitorOften this issue is encountered on computers with slow processors or not enough memory. Below are suggestions that can be done to help resolve this issue for video stuttering on any videos you may be watching on your computer.

Stuttering in Adobe Flash videos

If you're encountering stuttering or with online video such as Hulu or Youtube videos in full screen. Disabling the hardware acceleration in Adobe Flash videos can make a big difference for computers with slower processors. To do this follow the steps below.

  1. Open the online video that's slow.
  2. Right-click on the flash video.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. In the Flash Player Settings uncheck the box "Enable hardware acceleration" and then click close.

Other stuttering and additional suggestions

Decrease resolution

Decreasing the resolution your using can also often increase the performance of full screen video since it will not require as much from the computer.

Update video drivers

Video drivers are one of the most often updated driver on your computer, often updated at least once every two months. Having the latest video drivers on your computer can make a big difference. We highly recommend you make sure you have the latest video drivers or if you have not updated your video drivers recently that you update the video drivers.

Close background applications

Many time computers have programs running in the background. Each of these programs take some of your overall system resources, which if already limited can cause you computer to become slow causing videos to stutter. Make sure any open programs are close and additionally disable background programs running in the background from starting up each time your computer boots up.

Try an alternative browser

If you're still having issues try an alternative browser to make sure it's not the Internet browser that's at fault. For example, if you're using Internet Explorer try watching a video in Firefox.

Upgrade memory

Finally, if none of the above suggestions worked, consider upgrading the system memory in your computer.

Additional information

  • See the stutter and video card definitions for further information and related links.