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Old 04-18-2010, 10:36 PM
 
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I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 and I seem to have a hard time watching videos online. I mean I can watch them but everytime I do I can never watch the whole thing without it reloading every 5 seconds (I have this problem with youtube especially). Now I'm trying to watch CSI Miami online and it keeps stopping every five seconds and I can't watch the complete episode without it doing this. Advice please! It's so frustrating!
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Old 04-19-2010, 12:24 AM
 
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It sounds like your Internet isn't fast enough or your computer is bogged down doing something else in the background. Go to speedtest.net, run a test to the server closest to you and post the results.
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Old 04-19-2010, 08:19 AM
 
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Best thing to do when streaming movies over the internet is to pause it when it firsts starts and come back later. Hopefully it will have downloaded a good portion of the movie.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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It sounds like your Internet isn't fast enough or your computer is bogged down doing something else in the background. Go to speedtest.net, run a test to the server closest to you and post the results.

I've noticed what the original poster describes too, even though my throughput is pretty high (5-13 mbps measured). Could be Youtube not being able to deliver? For example when downloading files or whatever sometimes the download is fast, sometime it isn't.

And yes, the only solution seems to be to hit pause and buffer a lot of content, then hit play.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:17 AM
 
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I've noticed what the original poster describes too, even though my throughput is pretty high (5-13 mbps measured). Could be Youtube not being able to deliver? For example when downloading files or whatever sometimes the download is fast, sometime it isn't.

And yes, the only solution seems to be to hit pause and buffer a lot of content, then hit play.
I've noticed the same thing with Youtube at certain hours of the day. But the last time I found that every video site kept pausing like RealPlayer on dialup in 1996, I checked and my speed was terribly slow. Rebooting my router fixed it.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:48 PM
 
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Assuming your connection is very fast if you are using FF this seems to be a problematic issue with a lot of people, try it in IE to see if problem still exists.

If it goes away using IE I'd suggest backing up your bookmarks in FF, nuke the FF installation and reinstall fresh. This seems to have helped in my situation to some degree.
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