What affects video streaming?

December 28, 2005 at 06:01:32
Specs: Windows XP Pro 2002 SP2, AMD Duron 1.8GHz, 1GB RAM

Hi there, could someone tell me what affects video streaming?

I ask this because whenever I try to watch a video off the bbc website (or any other news website) the picture freezes instantly. I can still hear the sound and the video continues to play but the picture is very blocky and frozen.

I've tried using both Windows Media Player (version 10) and RealPlayer (version 10.5) but still get the same problem.

I have a 1mb broadband connection, 1.8Ghz processor and 1GB RAM so is there a problem there?

Forgive me if I’ve left any other important information out, I’m not very computer literate :s.

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December 28, 2005 at 07:45:15

I watch streaming video from the BBC without any problem and I have a 1.4 Ghz CPU, 512Mbs RAM and 1GB connection.

I would first check your Internet connection. Is it actually delivering 1Gbs. Although it says 1Gb, the actual speed can vary depending on the load your ISP has to handle. Do a search of Google. There are many utilities that will check you actual speed rather than the nominal speed.

With the BBC video streaming you can indicate what type of connection you are on. Did you accidentally tell it you were on dial up in which case it will deliver the video at a lower resolution to account for the slower speeds.

After that I would look at your video hardware. Do you have the latest and correct video drivers installed. Go to your video card manufactures web site and check on the latest drivers.


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December 29, 2005 at 10:23:59

Thanks for the advice Stuart, I've checked the internet connection and it is running at 1Gbs. I also made sure I was using the higher connection and have downloaded the latest drivers from the ATI website but the picture is still as bad as before, the first second it runs the picture freezes.

What else could it be? Could it be the video card? I've got a Radeon 7000 (32 MB) according to EVEREST Home Edition? 32 MB doesn't sound that good. Anyone....?

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