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utube videos keep buffering

by brooklyn354 / May 11, 2010 9:54 AM PDT

I have a gateway laptop with tons of memory and space with a vista operating system. Any time I want to watch a video of something i.e. utube and the like....it goes for a second then buffers and takes forever to stop and show the video, then another second or two and it does it again. I can very rarely watch a video clip. What can be the problem? Like I said its not a memory issue or space as I have plenty of that so what can it be?

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So How Fast Is Your Internet Connection?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 11, 2010 10:11 AM PDT

Most such streaming video problems are the result of a slow download speed. Dial-up won't do it.. And even the slow DSL speeds won't stream video well. Hopefully, you have 3.0 Mb download speed? If not, then you're best option for viewing video on the net is to increase your bandwidth which costs money.

Have you tested your internet speed? If not, click on the link below, which uses a Java speed test, (hopefully, you have Java installed) and use the link for a site nearest you.

http://www.dslreports.com/speedtest?java=1

Hope this helps.

Grif

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videos keep buffering
by brooklyn354 / May 11, 2010 10:21 AM PDT

Hi, This is the result of my speed test for the Utube videos.

Download: 1000 (Kbps)
Upload: 1080 (Kbps)
In kilobytes per second: 122.1 down 131.8 up
User: anonymous

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uTube or YouTube?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 12, 2010 5:57 AM PDT
In reply to: videos keep buffering

they are two different sites.

utube.com

I didn't visit the site because my browser security application WOT, (World of Trust), gave it a RED warning symbol in the Google search, and this is what WOT says about the site;
http://www.mywot.com/en/scorecard/utube.com

I would not visit that site if you offered me money.

http://www.youtube.com on the other hand is considered safe.

So, which one are you having problems with?

Mark

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all videos
by brooklyn354 / May 12, 2010 7:02 AM PDT
In reply to: uTube or YouTube?

Yes I visit the safe site of Utube but it is not only that site it is ANY video that I want to view. What makes the constant buffering go on? is there a setting that I am missing?

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Just Barely Enough
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 12, 2010 9:22 AM PDT
In reply to: all videos

As I mentioned above, 3 Mbps or faster will usually stream videos well and sometimes 1000 Kbps (1 Mbps) will do OK, but not always.. You need a faster download speed to be sure of smooth streaming.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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speed
by brooklyn354 / May 12, 2010 1:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Just Barely Enough

so how do i get a faster download speed? do i need to go through my internet provider and pay for the next price level. I have the middle price range now. sorry i am new to this sort of stuff.

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Yep.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / May 12, 2010 6:33 PM PDT
In reply to: speed

If the internet download speed you are paying for now is just 1 Mbps then you will need to see what other packages your ISP has to offer.

You don't say who your ISP is, but usually they have a web site where they advertise their packages.

Mark

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Yep, Again..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / May 13, 2010 2:05 AM PDT
In reply to: speed

You'll need to pay for it.

Hope this helps.

Grif

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