I totally understand the frustration and I don’t blame you for not wanting to fight/troubleshoot the browser when common tasks that should function seem to be…well, malfunctioning.
That said, I believe the issue you’re encountering is fixable. If you still want to work through it, here are some tests to try:
- You asked if HWA could be responsible for both high CPU usage as well as the YT viewing issue. The answer is yes, it can be responsible for both. I have seen this setting cause both of these issues seperately, as well as at the same time and it’s definitely worth testing against, considering it’s just one toggle to flip (
Settings --> Additional --> System --> Hardware Acceleration).
- Often times, long page load times can be caused by bad data stored in the browser cache. Try clearing your cache data/browsing data and see if this helps the slow page loading.
- If you have any extensions installed, one (or more) of them may be in conflict with the browser/browser settings – can you try creating a new profile (using the profile menu, next to the main menu, or
Main menu --> Create new profile) and see if the browser behaves the same way (make sure you close the original browser window you had open so that you only have the new fresh profile window open)? This is a quick and easy way to see if the issue revolves around extensions since the new profile will not load any of them. Easier than disabling them all individually on your main profile.
- Last but not least, it may be worth downloading/installing the Beta build to see if it behaves the same way. This will tell us whether or not the issue is related to Brave directly, or related to your current installation specifically.
Again, I do understand if you’re disenchanted with the idea of jumping through these hoops just to get the browser functioning properly. That said, I do hope you decide to try the above tests and, if so, please let me know what you find out