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ozengr
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Posted - 10/30/2006 :  16:40:45  Show Profile
what are the minimum hardware rqmts for effective streaming media -- the downloading does not keep up with what i am trying to watch.

oz, xp home

Mick
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Posted - 11/01/2006 :  16:35:25  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage
Ozzy, I think it depends on the media (music or video). Then the bandwidth of the connection is usually more limiting than the general PC hardware. Can you start the stream, then click pause to let the download get ahead of things? Maybe take a break, check the mail etc?

Mick



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ozengr
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Posted - 11/07/2006 :  10:23:48  Show Profile
no thanks, mick...........i don't care for the pause in music or while taking a university course. we don't have this problem at the ozark sen ctr computer lab..........only at home computers.

oz
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Mick
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Posted - 11/07/2006 :  16:22:53  Show Profile  Visit Mick's Homepage
Did you find where the slowdown is? If you are on dialup, that is the likely problem. Another possibility, older PC hardware might not do too well, but I checked with an older computer, and a 500MHz PIII runs the videos I tested pretty well, without jerks.

Assuming it is download speed--Many of the on-line playing tools, most flash players, have a Pause button. If you click the pause button, then do something else for a while, the download will continue, and but the computer does not play. It is "buffering", just loading and saving, getting ready to play. After the download has had a chance to load (you will have to experiment to see how much time to allow) then, come back, and click "Play" to unpause. This works pretty well on my mother-in-law's dialup service.

If you have some other computer work to do, that is not internet intensive, maybe playing solitare, composing a letter, balancing a checkbook... these can all be used as a time-killer to wait for the video to load.

If this does not work, please let us know.

Mick



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ozengr
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Posted - 11/07/2006 :  21:22:01  Show Profile
thanks mick.............oz
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