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Tech: Pauses in online sound play

Uncle_DaveO 19 Oct 08 - 04:23 PM
Gurney 19 Oct 08 - 04:37 PM
M.Ted 19 Oct 08 - 04:44 PM
Peace 19 Oct 08 - 05:21 PM
Gurney 19 Oct 08 - 06:12 PM
Gurney 19 Oct 08 - 06:15 PM
Bill D 19 Oct 08 - 06:22 PM
Tootler 19 Oct 08 - 06:53 PM
Uncle_DaveO 19 Oct 08 - 08:54 PM
Jim Lad 19 Oct 08 - 09:21 PM
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Subject: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 04:23 PM

In recent times (what, for a month?) I've been bothered by problems playing videos from online.

Not always, but more than seldom, a video will play for maybe thirty seconds to a minute, and then freeze for a while. Then it will pick up at that exact word or note where it stopped, and proceed for a while, then stop again. And on and on.

I found that I can drag the position indicator back left, start playing again at an earlier point, and it plays, while I can see by the progress bar that the download is continuing. But the download is in these cases never as fast as the video is playing, so it soon catches up with the download and stops again for a while. This is a royal pain in the patootie, to coin a phrase.

As I say, this problem is a relatively recent development, only a month or so. And not all videos are affected.

Here's some technical information, in case it should be relevant:

I run XP Pro, on a Compaq EVO W4000 workstation, about four years old. DSL on AOL/Yahoo. Page file size 768Mb; Page File Free 90%. Physical Memory Size 511MB; Physical Memory Free 33%. Total disk space 33.8Gb; Free Disk Space 10.5Gb.

I have run UniBlue's SpeedUpMyPC and optimized. I have and keep Norton Internet Security installed, updated, and operational. I get the same behavior after running those as I had before running them.

XP Pro, SP3 recently installed, but this behavior happened when I had SP2 installed, too. Latest Windows Hotfix Date 10/15/2008.

Processor: Pentium 4 CPU 2.4GHz. Approximate check speed 2.392Mhz.

Video Card S3 VIRGEDX/GX. RAM 4Mb.

I have a lot more technical details, but I have no real idea which details may be relevant. The ones given above struck me as possibly relevant to the problem.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: Gurney
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 04:37 PM

I've had this problem with Youtube since I installed SP3. My computer is similar, Dave, with XP pro and a half-gig of RAM.
I have problems connected to fast, wordy songs.
There's a thread about SP3 current. I'll have to look at it again.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: M.Ted
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 04:44 PM

I've had seen this happen on YouTube as well, on two different Macs, and had annoying pop-up commercials played smoothly. I think that at least part of it has to do with heavy demand on the YouTube servers. Given that, I have found that some browsers do better than others, Firefox, for instance.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: Peace
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 05:21 PM

Been having the same problem with certain videos. Don't know what causes it. I'km using XP on both. I have found that connecting through different browsers adds to the problem.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: Gurney
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 06:12 PM

So maybe the problem is Youtube? I'm using the Opera browser, but if it happens with Macs too, then it can hardly be a Windows problem.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: Gurney
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 06:15 PM

It was very noticable yesterday when I was viewing Seamus Kennedy singing 'The Barley Mow.' 5 or 6 interruptions during the faster verses.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: Bill D
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 06:22 PM

I think it is just load on the server, resulting in what they call 'buffering'....that is, waiting while it is sending you enough of a file to continue playing. I see it often, and if it bothers me, I just hit 'pause' and wait awhile....sometimes till it finishes downloading.

   Some sites have more bandwidth & 'signal strength' than others, and it may well depend on the time of day and the popularity of the item.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: Tootler
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 06:53 PM

I went through a time when any streamed video would play in fits and starts, then after a time the situation improved and for the most part now, U-tube is fine.

I assumed it was because my ISP had upgraded their servers which had mostly removed the bottleneck.


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Subject: RE: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: Uncle_DaveO
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 08:54 PM

Actually, in giving tech details I neglected to mention that I almost always use SeaMonkey, although I also have FireFox. Only in an emergency, holding my nose, do I use IE. I have a brokerage whose website won't allow anything except IE, at least that I happen to have.

I can't say what might happen on either FireFox or IE, but from what's reported above it sounds as if it would be no different.

Dave Oesterreich


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Subject: RE: Tech: Pauses in online sound play
From: Jim Lad
Date: 19 Oct 08 - 09:21 PM

Sounds like your buffers aren't keeping up.
More RAM will solve it as long as your processor is up to snuff.
You can also switch off anything you aren't using but keep your security software running when online.

Think of your buffers like cashiers at the supermarket.


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