adjusting Buffer size

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July 13, 2009 at 10:21:45
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.394 GHz / 1023 MB
I am having a problem when I try to follow the Tour de France live on France2 TV. It runs OK for say 5-10 mins, then cuts and a bar comes up showing the buffer refilling. At 100% the picture starts moving again but only for a second or two, then it stops and goes through the process again, etc, etc. Then it crashes the internet connection and I have to switch off, wait, reboot to start again.

The picture is 'streaming', I think. Never met it before.

Can I adjust the amount of memory for this buffering, bearing in mind that I am not too competent with PC jargon or techniques?

I don't know which of the various media players that keep pushing their way on to my PC is handling this TV footage probably the latest update of Windows Media Player.

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July 13, 2009 at 11:32:36
Assuming your computer hardware is good enough to keep up with the streaming video (it may not be), how well streaming video works when you're on the internet depends directly on how good the internet connection is to the web site you're accessing, not on any software or settings for it on your computer..
A crappy connection results in crappy streaming.
It's a lot more likely the internet connection failed to the site, rather than the streaming video caused the internet connection to fail.
The site may be overloaded. If more people are accessing the site than the server can handle, you may lose the connection to that site, but other web sites should work fine.
If you lose the connection to ALL internet sites when you lose the internet connection, the problem is probably on YOUR end of the connection.

You could try
- if there is more than one site that has streaming video about this event, try another site
- sometimes you can choose from several streaming data rates where the streaming video is - in that case, if it won't work properly at a higher rate, try running it at a lower rate.
- if you are viewing an already recorded streaming video, if you can download it and then run it, it will probably work fine, if your system can handle it.
- the problem may be on your end - if you lose the connection to ALL sites on the internet, it certainly IS on your end - try rebooting your high speed modem, or your combo router / high speed modem, to see if it will establish a better internet connection. It it has a power switch, turn it off, then turn it on. If it doesn't have a switch, remove the power adapter cord plug to it at the device(pull on the plug, not the cord), plug it back in. In either case, wait until the leds on the device indicate it has an working internet connection, and then try the site you were accessing again.

Sometimes there's nothing you can do about a poor internet connection on your end. E.g. I have an ADSL connection that connects to old overhead telephone lines, and since there has been rain and thunderstorms recently, the internet connection has been crappy - there's no way I could run a streaming video reliably off the internet at the present time.

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July 13, 2009 at 12:31:55
Yes. Thanks. We are in an isolated house at the end of the line, in the foothills of the Pyrenees. There are always trees on the line and often sections of line off the poles and on the ground. I was astonished when they said I could have ADSL. But thanks for the info on streaming.
Need to be thankful for what we have and make the best of it !!!

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July 13, 2009 at 14:20:29
ADSL and DSL has a distance from the nearest phone exchange limit too. If you're nearer that limit, you're more likely to have internet connection problems.

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July 14, 2009 at 02:08:31
Thanks again. I think the limit here is around 4Km/2.5miles. My connection at home is at about 3.5Km. Here I am at a 2nd home and I have no idea where the exchange is - I'll have to follow the line away down the hill and find out - but as you say it will be very near the limit one way or the other.

So apart from branches on the line, bits of line on the ground, and excessive distance, I have no problems!!! And I still get 'streaming' pictures for about 10 minutes. Incredible engineers these French....which is far from the point at which I started this post.

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