How to Stop Buffering in the Flash Player

by Serm Murmson
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The Adobe Flash player handles a wide variety of multimedia content on the Internet. When you load streaming media, the Flash player buffers the media. Buffering is the process by which the media is temporarily downloaded onto your computer before playback. When your playback is stopped due to "Buffering," this means that the download and storage speed is slower than the playback speed. Aside from increasing your Internet speed, one solution to stopping buffering errors is to increase the buffer size.

Step 1

Navigate to the file you wish to play in your Web browser.

Step 2

Right-click in the flash player window.

Step 3

Select "Settings..." from the drop-down menu.

Step 4

Select the file folder icon.

Step 5

Adjust the amount of local storage you wish to allow. To increase the buffer size, select a large amount of local storage. To decrease the buffer size, select a small amount of local storage.

Click "Close."


  • Stop all other Internet processes (downloads, other active websites) in order to maximize your Flash player speed and prevent other buffering holdups.


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About the Author

Serm Murmson is a writer, thinker, musician and many other things. He has a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Chicago. His concerns include such things as categories, language, descriptions, representation, criticism and labor. He has been writing professionally since 2008.

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