Windows 10: Weird floating Youtube widget, how to stop it?

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  1. d4005 Win User

    Weird floating Youtube widget, how to stop it?


    In the last hour (and never before that) I'm starting to see a floating control widget appear when I'm watching Youtube videos in chrome. In addition to that, the videos I'm watching randomly stop and start (not buffering related). As far as I know, I did nothing to instigate this (like changing any settings or installing anything). It just started. Here's a screenshot of what this thing looks like:


    Weird floating Youtube widget, how to stop it? [​IMG]


    I've tried right-and-left clicking on it and it doesn't appear in the task bar. It's totally ruining my ability to watch anything on youtube right now because it's stopping the videos at random. For a 5 minute video I'm having to click start dozens of times.

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    I have noticed that it's stopped happening so much now (almost to nothing but not quite). The only thing I did was change the affinity of ffmpeg.exe which was busy converting some video files. I reduced it from 8 cores to 4 cores. It's as if that annoying widget popped up when Windows felt that it was unable to play the youtube videos without problems. Despite the fact that when they were playing, there was no buffering or stuttering.

    So I might have found the cause, but I'd still like to find out how to control that widget thing. If anything, I'd like Windows to have given ffmpeg less cpu (rather than me having to enforce it myself).

    :)
     
    d4005, Apr 28, 2020
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  2. d4005 Win User

    Weird floating Youtube widget, how to stop it?

    In the last hour (and never before that) I'm starting to see a floating control widget appear when I'm watching Youtube videos in chrome. In addition to that, the videos I'm watching randomly stop and start (not buffering related). As far as I know, I did nothing to instigate this (like changing any settings or installing anything). It just started. Here's a screenshot of what this thing looks like:


    Weird floating Youtube widget, how to stop it? [​IMG]


    I've tried right-and-left clicking on it and it doesn't appear in the task bar. It's totally ruining my ability to watch anything on youtube right now because it's stopping the videos at random. For a 5 minute video I'm having to click start dozens of times.

    - - - Updated - - -

    I have noticed that it's stopped happening so much now (almost to nothing but not quite). The only thing I did was change the affinity of ffmpeg.exe which was busy converting some video files. I reduced it from 8 cores to 4 cores. It's as if that annoying widget popped up when Windows felt that it was unable to play the youtube videos without problems. Despite the fact that when they were playing, there was no buffering or stuttering.

    So I might have found the cause, but I'd still like to find out how to control that widget thing. If anything, I'd like Windows to have given ffmpeg less cpu (rather than me having to enforce it myself).
     
    d4005, May 23, 2020
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  3. d4005 Win User
    Weird floating Youtube widget, how to stop it?

    Thanks for the suggestion, I had checked that. This is Windows doing this. I don't think a chrome extension could know the CPU usage, and it's definitely (proven now) that it was only happening during > 95% cpu usage. It was like Windows was thinking "I can't guarantee I can reliably render these youtube videos while the CPU is being slammed so much". It's an admirable thing that it cares about my entertainment experience, but I'd rather it limited the CPU hog task(s) to help me, rather than randomly pausing the video instead and offering me a control widget.
     
    d4005, May 23, 2020
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  4. d4005 Win User

    Weird floating Youtube widget, how to stop it?

    Weird floating Youtube widget, how to stop it?

    Do you know where it can be found ? In windows folders or in the registry ? I'm perfectly happy to have a friendly popup appear. What I don't like is that it was stopping my youtube videos from playing in chrome just because my cpu was being hit hard.
     
    d4005, May 23, 2020
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