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HTML5 video not found: Quick Fix

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Web browsers have come a long way in terms of their user experience and features as the internet itself progresses from text-based to media based. However, as good as modern web browsers are, they’re still not perfect and keep running into issues from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about the HTML5 video not found error, its causes and what you can do to fix the problem.


What causes HTML5 video not found error?

The error can actually be triggered by a number of different factors including:

  • Internet connectivity errors
  • Outdated browser version
  • Corrupt browser cache or data
  • Hardware acceleration isn’t working as expected
  • The required codecs are missing

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How to fix HTML5 video not found error?

Here are six fixes you can try out.

Restart your router

Power cycling your network equipment is the fix to more issues than you think. More often than not, connectivity issues can be caused by an underlying bug in your router and can be fixed by rebooting.


Try another browser

Another quick workaround for the problem is that you can try a different browser for the time being. This won’t fix the problem with your primary browser but can help you get the job done.


Update your browser

Often an out-of-date app or browser can restrict you from visiting certain websites. Update your browser and app to the latest version to see if it resolves the issue. 

Head over to chrome://settings/help and make sure you’re on the latest update. If you’re not, update immediately and try again.

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Clear your browser’s data

Corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause this error as well. Clear them out to see if you can get the video to play.

Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

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Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and ensure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data. 

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Restart your browser and try visiting the problematic site again. 


Enable/Disable hardware acceleration

Disabling or enabling hardware acceleration can also help with rendering videos on the internet. 

Step 1: Click on the three-dots icon on the top-right and click on Settings from the options below.

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Step 2: Search for Hardware acceleration. You’ll find the setting under System. Just toggle the switch off and then use the Relaunch button to restart Chrome. 

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Disable extensions

Corrupt or malfunctioning extensions often cause a lot of problems, including this one. 

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Head over to chrome://extensions and try disabling all your extensions to check if the browser starts functioning as normal again; if it does, enable them one by one until you have all the essential extensions working again.

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here: yadullahabidi@pm.me.

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