Problem Streaming Video

Compaq / Compaq pc
April 12, 2010 at 06:22:42
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 996 MHz / 510 MB
My Computer:
Compaq 5000 (5BWME2)
20gig HD
733mhz Processor
My Internet connection:
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Time Stamp UL Speed DL Speed
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Mon Apr 12 12:29:50 GMT+00:00 2010 0.486 1.466
Mon Apr 12 12:24:27 GMT+00:00 2010 0.486 1.467
Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 GMT+00:00 1970 0.000 0.000
Thu Jan 01 00:00:00 GMT+00:00 1970 0.000 0.000
When I attempt to stream live sports events from :
OR: ESPN.....the picture skips and stops intermittently and/or stops for extended periods. I have spoken with my Centurylink support folks and they have told me that my connection and speed are adequate for this. The also informed me that it is my computer that needs "tweaked" to solve this problem. I HAVE run your scan(test) of my computer:
Manufacturer: Compaq
Model: Compaq pc
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
CPU/Ram: 996 MHz / 510 MB
Video Card: Intel(R) 82810E Graphics Controller (Microsoft Corporation)
Sound Card: ESS Allegro PCI Audio (WDM)

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April 12, 2010 at 08:37:49
Your system is outdated. You only have 512MB RAM & you're using weak integrated graphics. Since it can't accept any more RAM, you should install a *real* video card (standard PCI), or at least go into the BIOS & try increasing the video memory amount to 11MB.

And I'm curious why you list your CPU as 996MHz in two areas but 733MHz in another?

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April 12, 2010 at 09:16:58
Thank you for your reply. On the cpu...I just goofed. At 65yrs of memory is losing
Please suggest a graphics card...I have a NEW ATI-Rage 128VR 32M SDR PCI card but I cannot seem to get it to install. When I plug it into the pci slot(machine off of course) and restart my computer....the monitor screen is blank(dark)! I have asked about this here but still haven't been able to get it right. i am not a geek...but I do have some please be gentle. Thank you so much for being here. Steve

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April 12, 2010 at 15:23:29
As well as swapping your monitor cable over to the PCI card port you will have some software to install - usually with a CD provided. It will also be necessary to change the settings in BIOS (disable onboard card, enable add-on card).

What's the time?

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April 12, 2010 at 15:33:26
How do I enable and disable in BIOS? Also...should I go into "Device Manager and uninstall the onboard graphics before changing BIOS?IMPORTANT: If I change all this stuff and the card STILL doesn't work....will I be able to get back in without major difficulty?
It may be important that you know that if I turn my computer off right now and insert the new pci card and that's all....and I start my computer up....with the monitor still connected to the onboard graphics....the screen is DARK. Inserting the card seems to kill all graphics!

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