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How To Fix Audio Renderer Error: Please Your Restart Computer

Learn different ways to fix the error by running audio troubleshooter, disabling VPN connections and more.

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Encountering the YouTube “Audio Renderer Error: Please Restart Your Computer” can be frustrating when watching YouTube videos. This error message often appears when there is a problem with your computer’s audio settings or drivers. We tested many ways to fix this problem, such as restarting the Windows Audio service.

Audio Renderer Error
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You will be met with the following message:

Error: Audio renderer error. Please restart your computer.

Key Takeaways 

  • The YouTube “Audio Renderer Error” is an error message that appears when there is a problem with the audio playback on YouTube. 
  • Various factors can trigger the error, including conflicting browser extensions and incorrect sound settings. 
  • To resolve the error, try clearing browser cache and cookies, adjusting sound settings, disabling browser extensions, and more. 

Before going over the more complex solutions, we recommend trying out some of the easy methods mentioned here:  

  1. Replug Audio Device. 
  2. Restart Browser.
  3. Power Cycle Computer
  4. Clear Browser’s Cache

Run Audio Troubleshooter  

Windows has built-in troubleshooting tools to help identify and fix common audio-related issues, including the error at hand. We ran the Audio troubleshooter to examine the cause of the error and proceed with proper fixes.   

Here’s how to do it: 

  1. Open Settings > Update And Security > Troubleshoot > Additional Troubleshooters.
    Additional troubleshooters
    Additional troubleshooter (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  2. Under Playing Audio, select Run.
    Run the troubleshooter
    Run the troubleshooter (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions provided by the troubleshooter. It may suggest various fixes or adjustments to resolve the problem.  

Restart Windows Audio Service

As per our knowledge of computer technicalities, restarting the Windows Audio Service and changing its Startup Type can solve the issue; thus, we tested it on our computer, and it solved the error immediately.

These are the steps we followed:

  1. Press Windows+R > Type services.msc in the Run box.
  2. Right-click on Windows Audio Service > Properties.
  3. Make sure the Startup Type is set to Automatic.
    Automatic Startup
    Automatic Startup
  4. Save changes > Restart this service.

Disable Browser Extensions  

Sometimes, conflicting browser extensions can interfere with YouTube’s audio playback. We disabled the adblocker extension on Chrome, our default browser, and then restarted it. It quickly resolved the issue.

Here’s how to disable extensions in Google Chrome: 

  1. Click three vertical dots > Extensions > Manage Extensions.
    Manage extensions
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  2. Toggle off the switch next to each extension > Restart browser.
Tip: Disable extensions one at a time and test YouTube playback after each. It will help detect any faulty extensions.

Check System Sound Settings  

When testing fixes, we also configured the relevant sound settings properly and restarted our computer. This resumed the YouTube playback for us.

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Right-click the speaker icon > Open Sound Settings.
  2. Under Output, select your audio device > Device Properties. 
    Device Properties
    Device Properties (Image by Tech4Gamers)
  3. Check if the correct device is enabled and set it as the default output. 
  4. Adjust volume > Restart browser. 

Update Audio Drivers  

While researching, we noticed that outdated or faulty audio drivers can cause conflicts with YouTube’s audio playback. Therefore, we updated the audio drivers on our Windows computer to align with the recent changes.

WARNING: Only install drivers from the manufacturer’s official website. Downloading from third-party or malicious sites may risk your computer’s data.

Match The Correct Specifications

We found a highly effective solution to this error, which also proved helpful for multiple users. Look at the specs of your soundcard and note the interface, such as 44.1k or 44k, and then match your computer’s Default Format to the same. 

Proceed with the following technique:

  1. Head to Control Panel > Hardware And Sound > Sound.
  2. Right-click the connected speakers > Properties.
  3. Choose the correct sample rate and bit depth in the Default Format drop-down, matching the one of your soundcard.
    Set correct configurations
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Disable Exclusive Control

Furthermore, as per our testing, disallowing apps to take exclusive control of the device and its settings is certainly a legitimate way to eliminate the audio error on YouTube, and it is also proven to work for users across multiple forums.

Take note of the below-mentioned instructions:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Hardware And Sound > Sound.
  2. Select Playback tab > Right-click the currently used device > Properties > Advanced Tab.
  3. Remove the mark from Allow Applications To Take Exclusive Control Of This Device.
  4. Hit Apply > OK.
    Allow Applications To Take Exclusive Control Of This Device
    Disable Option (Image By Tech4Gamers)

Use a Different Browser  

If you’re consistently experiencing the “Audio Renderer Error” on a particular browser, try using an alternative browser like Mozilla Firefox or Microsoft Edge. Install the browser of your choice, open YouTube, and check if the error persists. 

Disable Hardware Acceleration  

Hardware Acceleration means using specialized hardware components to enhance tasks, such as audio effects, voice recognition, video rendering, and more. Turning off Hardware Acceleration in our browser worked to eliminate the error. Besides, various users also reported it as effective.

Here’s how to disable hardware acceleration in Chrome: 

  1. Click three vertical dots > Settings. 
  2. Come to System > Toggle off the switch next to Use hardware acceleration when available > Restart browser.
    Hardware Acceleration
    Hardware Acceleration (Image by Tech4Gamers)

If none of the above methods resolves the “Audio Renderer Error: Please Restart Your Computer,” we recommend contacting YouTube support for further assistance.


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