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Trouble with streamin videos

Discussion in 'Internet Explorer' started by Tom Ponta, May 20, 2010.

  1. Tom Ponta

    Tom Ponta Flightless Bird

    IE 8, Windows Vista Home Premium, Dell Inspiron 531, 3 Gigs of RAM.

    I'm having problems playing videos. Instead of just playing through, it
    plays for a few seconds, shows a rotating symbol and says "Buffering", plays
    for a few seconds more, and repeats the process. A 5 minute video can take
    half an hour to play, and is hard to follow.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanx,

    Buddha
     
  2. Jerry

    Jerry Flightless Bird

    What kind of internet connection and how fast?

    "Tom Ponta" <thomasponta@att.net> wrote in message
    news:F1E45561-E9C7-408E-9CFA-AD532EC645C2@microsoft.com...
    > IE 8, Windows Vista Home Premium, Dell Inspiron 531, 3 Gigs of RAM.
    >
    > I'm having problems playing videos. Instead of just playing through, it
    > plays for a few seconds, shows a rotating symbol and says "Buffering",
    > plays for a few seconds more, and repeats the process. A 5 minute video
    > can take half an hour to play, and is hard to follow.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanx,
    >
    > Buddha
    >
     
  3. rob^_^

    rob^_^ Flightless Bird

    Hi Tom,

    Try right clicking on the 'Player' on the web site and selecting the
    Settings context menu (if it is available). There may be an option there to
    increase the amount of disk space allocated to buffering the videos in Flash
    players.

    Ultimately video performance will in part depend upon your installed Video
    card. Post back with the web address of the site if you continue to have
    problems.
    Drivers are also updated via Windows Updates, so if your machine is not
    up-to-date you may be missing important driver updates.

    Regards.

    "Tom Ponta" <thomasponta@att.net> wrote in message
    news:F1E45561-E9C7-408E-9CFA-AD532EC645C2@microsoft.com...
    > IE 8, Windows Vista Home Premium, Dell Inspiron 531, 3 Gigs of RAM.
    >
    > I'm having problems playing videos. Instead of just playing through, it
    > plays for a few seconds, shows a rotating symbol and says "Buffering",
    > plays for a few seconds more, and repeats the process. A 5 minute video
    > can take half an hour to play, and is hard to follow.
    >
    > Any suggestions?
    >
    > Thanx,
    >
    > Buddha
    >
    >
     
  4. Tom Ponta

    Tom Ponta Flightless Bird

    It's DSL from AT&T. Speakeasy reports a download speed of 0.20 Mbps and an
    upload speed of 0.65 Mbps, which seems slow to me.
    "Jerry" <ChiefZekeNoSpam@MSN.com> wrote in message
    news:eI8SMJG%23KHA.3628@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > What kind of internet connection and how fast?
    >
    > "Tom Ponta" <thomasponta@att.net> wrote in message
    > news:F1E45561-E9C7-408E-9CFA-AD532EC645C2@microsoft.com...
    >> IE 8, Windows Vista Home Premium, Dell Inspiron 531, 3 Gigs of RAM.
    >>
    >> I'm having problems playing videos. Instead of just playing through, it
    >> plays for a few seconds, shows a rotating symbol and says "Buffering",
    >> plays for a few seconds more, and repeats the process. A 5 minute video
    >> can take half an hour to play, and is hard to follow.
    >>
    >> Any suggestions?
    >>
    >> Thanx,
    >>
    >> Buddha
    >>

    >
    >
     
  5. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    You need to contact AT&T. 0.20 Mbps is too slow for streaming (as you
    have found out). Chances are you are paying for 768 kbps (almost four
    times faster what you are currently getting). Or maybe you are paying
    for even more.

    FWIW, I use Cavalier Telephone DSL. My figures from the Speakeasy site:

    Download = 1.05 Mbps
    Upload = 0.76 Mbps

    Until you improve your speed, one thing you can do (if you have
    patience) is to hit the pause button and wait until the entire video has
    downloaded and then play it.


    Tom Ponta wrote:
    > It's DSL from AT&T. Speakeasy reports a download speed of 0.20 Mbps
    > and an upload speed of 0.65 Mbps, which seems slow to me.
    > "Jerry" <ChiefZekeNoSpam@MSN.com> wrote in message
    > news:eI8SMJG%23KHA.3628@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >> What kind of internet connection and how fast?
    >>
    >> "Tom Ponta" <thomasponta@att.net> wrote in message
    >> news:F1E45561-E9C7-408E-9CFA-AD532EC645C2@microsoft.com...
    >>> IE 8, Windows Vista Home Premium, Dell Inspiron 531, 3 Gigs of RAM.
    >>>
    >>> I'm having problems playing videos. Instead of just playing
    >>> through, it plays for a few seconds, shows a rotating symbol and
    >>> says "Buffering", plays for a few seconds more, and repeats the
    >>> process. A 5 minute video can take half an hour to play, and is
    >>> hard to follow. Any suggestions?
    >>>
    >>> Thanx,
    >>>
    >>> Buddha
     
  6. Tom Ponta

    Tom Ponta Flightless Bird

    Thanx for the reply. AT&T is supposed to have someone here tomorrow
    afternoon to help me resolve this mess. The whole thing started when I
    moved to another apartment in the same comples (a physical move of about 30
    feet). I had a saved Speakeasy report I did a screen capture on from before
    the move, and it reported this:

    Download = 0.75 Mbps
    Upload=0.63 Mbps

    So my download speed definitely got hosed somehow.

    "Daave" <daave@example.com> wrote in message
    news:uLz6F7J%23KHA.5164@TK2MSFTNGP02.phx.gbl...
    > You need to contact AT&T. 0.20 Mbps is too slow for streaming (as you have
    > found out). Chances are you are paying for 768 kbps (almost four times
    > faster what you are currently getting). Or maybe you are paying for even
    > more.
    >
    > FWIW, I use Cavalier Telephone DSL. My figures from the Speakeasy site:
    >
    > Download = 1.05 Mbps
    > Upload = 0.76 Mbps
    >
    > Until you improve your speed, one thing you can do (if you have patience)
    > is to hit the pause button and wait until the entire video has downloaded
    > and then play it.
    >
    >
    > Tom Ponta wrote:
    >> It's DSL from AT&T. Speakeasy reports a download speed of 0.20 Mbps
    >> and an upload speed of 0.65 Mbps, which seems slow to me.
    >> "Jerry" <ChiefZekeNoSpam@MSN.com> wrote in message
    >> news:eI8SMJG%23KHA.3628@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    >>> What kind of internet connection and how fast?
    >>>
    >>> "Tom Ponta" <thomasponta@att.net> wrote in message
    >>> news:F1E45561-E9C7-408E-9CFA-AD532EC645C2@microsoft.com...
    >>>> IE 8, Windows Vista Home Premium, Dell Inspiron 531, 3 Gigs of RAM.
    >>>>
    >>>> I'm having problems playing videos. Instead of just playing
    >>>> through, it plays for a few seconds, shows a rotating symbol and
    >>>> says "Buffering", plays for a few seconds more, and repeats the
    >>>> process. A 5 minute video can take half an hour to play, and is
    >>>> hard to follow. Any suggestions?
    >>>>
    >>>> Thanx,
    >>>>
    >>>> Buddha

    >
    >
     
  7. Rob

    Rob Flightless Bird

    Daave <daave@example.com> wrote:
    > You need to contact AT&T. 0.20 Mbps is too slow for streaming (as you
    > have found out). Chances are you are paying for 768 kbps (almost four
    > times faster what you are currently getting). Or maybe you are paying
    > for even more.


    Is that kind of speed still offered by AT&T?

    Here in the Netherlands, the slowest ADSL you can order is 8000 kbps,
    which may downgrade a bit when you are on a very long line.
    The next higher rates are 16000 kbps and 20000 kbps.
    People are expressing sad feelings when they are not able to order 16000
    at their location...
     
  8. Hot-text

    Hot-text Flightless Bird

    Comcast Cable download speed of 2.0 Mbps and an
    upload speed of 2 Tbps,

    "Jerry" <ChiefZekeNoSpam@MSN.com> wrote in message
    news:eI8SMJG#KHA.3628@TK2MSFTNGP04.phx.gbl...
    > What kind of internet connection and how fast?
    >
    > "Tom Ponta" <thomasponta@att.net> wrote in message
    > news:F1E45561-E9C7-408E-9CFA-AD532EC645C2@microsoft.com...
    >> IE 8, Windows Vista Home Premium, Dell Inspiron 531, 3 Gigs of RAM.
    >>
    >> I'm having problems playing videos. Instead of just playing through, it
    >> plays for a few seconds, shows a rotating symbol and says "Buffering",
    >> plays for a few seconds more, and repeats the process. A 5 minute video
    >> can take half an hour to play, and is hard to follow.
    >>
    >> Any suggestions?
    >>
    >> Thanx,
    >>
    >> Buddha
    >>

    >
    >
     
  9. Daave

    Daave Flightless Bird

    Rob wrote:
    > Daave <daave@example.com> wrote:
    >> You need to contact AT&T. 0.20 Mbps is too slow for streaming (as you
    >> have found out). Chances are you are paying for 768 kbps (almost four
    >> times faster what you are currently getting). Or maybe you are paying
    >> for even more.

    >
    > Is that kind of speed still offered by AT&T?


    Until recently, yes (in the US).

    > Here in the Netherlands, the slowest ADSL you can order is 8000 kbps,
    > which may downgrade a bit when you are on a very long line.
    > The next higher rates are 16000 kbps and 20000 kbps.
    > People are expressing sad feelings when they are not able to order
    > 16000 at their location...


    Nice speeds!
     
  10. Rob

    Rob Flightless Bird

    Daave <daave@example.com> wrote:
    >> Here in the Netherlands, the slowest ADSL you can order is 8000 kbps,
    >> which may downgrade a bit when you are on a very long line.
    >> The next higher rates are 16000 kbps and 20000 kbps.
    >> People are expressing sad feelings when they are not able to order
    >> 16000 at their location...

    >
    > Nice speeds!


    It is caused by competition with Cable.
    The Cable companies offer up to 120 Mbps and the ADSL providers had to
    offer free upgrades many times to keep a share of the market.
     

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