Tuesday, July 17, 2012

youtube black screen

If this has suddenly happened to you - instead of the youtube player appearing on your blog or site (or some of the blogs and websites you frequent), you just get a black rectangle showing up where the player should be - (and otherwise everything has been "fine" until now) - "something" has made a tweak on your machine. What did it may be hard to pinpoint... do you recall getting a "warning" from your anti-virus program? Even if you think it kept you from going on an unsafe website (or if you landed on one but thought you were "safe" because the AV "caught it) - you likely picked up a tiny little "system changer" that altered something somewhere on that massive harddrive of yours.

This is where Windows "System Restore" comes in! System Restore is a component of Microsoft's Windows Me, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 operating systems. It allows for the rolling back of system files, registry keys, installed programs, etc., to a previous state in the event of system malfunction or failure.

Assuming Windows XP will start:

(#1 Optional - don't stress if this feature is missing) Log on to Windows as an Administrator.

(# 2) Click Start, point to All Programs - Accessories - System Tools - System Restore.

(#3) On the Welcome to System Restore page, click Restore my computer to an earlier time, and click Next.

Or type or paste the following command in the Start - Run box then press Enter.


You can also access System Restore through 'Safe Mode' - your PC will walk you through it!
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Roshan A said...

This article is very relevant. I've seen people formatting their hard drives for minor errors. And formatting is tiring as one will have to transfer GBs of data before doing it.

Anonymous said...

The blacked out youtube screen has been happening to me. It is intermittent - I almost scrubbed my cookies and web history as was directed by another blog - I was about to try your system restore idea but when I logged on the youtube videos were back on my blog. I decided to monitor the situation and found the problem comes and goes, so it is either my blog's connection to youtube through blogspot or my ISP. Good to know about the restore points, but may not have been needed.

Anonymous said...

ONE MORE TIP :::: AdSense bloggers beware! When you go into your blogspot (Loggedin) you will see blacked out youtube screens if you have posted videos: this PROTECTS you from accidentally racking up clicks when you have enabled adsense via youtube!

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