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Can I Please Watch A Movie in Peace?

by Nissj / August 21, 2007 1:36 PM PDT

I recently received a Dimension E521, 32 bit, 1Gb Dell computer with Vista OS as a birthday gift. I also have Verizon DSL.

I love to watch network reruns and old movies on the internet. Some videos I am able to watch without any problems. With others there is continuous buffering. Even Cnet videos stop and start constanstly.

I have tried lowering the buffer, as was suggested by someone at Dell, but it did not help. I have even tried the pause (until the buffer fills) and play. But it gets extremely annoying after several attempts.

I have searched your forums for a solution, but found none helpful. However, I did learn that bandwidth is important, so I tested the bandwidth.

I used your bandwidth tester to test the speed of my DSL. My average bandwidth is 659 kbps (Verizon DSL is up to 768 kbps).

Can you suggest a solution for this problem?

Thank you.

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659 is good for DSL.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 21, 2007 1:42 PM PDT

Are you running some Microsoft Video Player? If so try others like VLC Player or Media Player Classic.


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Can I Please Watch A video In Peace?
by Nissj / August 21, 2007 1:59 PM PDT
In reply to: 659 is good for DSL.

Thanks for responding so quickly.

Yes, I have a choice between Real Player and Microsoft Windows player. When I watch network videos I use one or the other with the same results.

However, when I watch old movies on Google, the system chooses a player (I do not know which). And I do not know what Cnet uses.

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That's The Half-Speed/Cheap DSL...
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 22, 2007 1:08 PM PDT

Have you tried watching those same movies on a faster connection at a friend or family member's house?.. My daughter has the Verizon 750 kbps connection and it's just a little slow to watch full screen or high definition clips..

I'm guessing you need the faster 1.5 Mbps or better connection to watch without a buffering issue..

Hope this helps.


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Can I Please Watch A Movie In Peace
by Nissj / August 22, 2007 1:58 PM PDT

Thank you for your suggestion.

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