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Faltering Video feeds
October 24, 2010
1:32 pm
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Nancy Keith
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I watch Korean History TV dramas (some call them 'soaps') on my computer and for a long time I could access them fine from various aggregator sites.  Recently, these 1-hour episodes will play fine for 30 minutes on my Windows XP laptop then suddenly freeze up and there is no restarting them.  Or on another site, the video stops every 3 seconds then starts again 5 seconds later for 3 more.  I have cleared my cache many times, defragged and run all my security programs to find a problem in my computer.  Nothings turns up but the video feed breakup is getting worse all the time.  I don't understand how these aggregator sites work, but they ask for feedback on video problems but never respond.  Any suggestions?

October 24, 2010
11:03 pm
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I usually say that video playback problems are a function of your Internet connection.  But … a half hour then hangs, sounds like something different.  Buffering … memory maybe?  How much RAM memory do you have in your computer?

Too bad the site doesn't respond to your feedback .. do they have a forum maybe?

October 24, 2010
11:17 pm
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It certainly sounds like something has changed.  

Do you have these problems on other sites?  You have done the things on your computer for performance.  It may not be your computer. Although, since you are still using XP, your computer is probably nearing the end of its useful life.

Perhaps something has affected your Internet connection.  How are you connecting to the Internet?  Are other people using the same connection?

If you are on cable, it could be a neighbor hogging your bandwidth.   

Another possibility could be that the sites offering the dramas are becoming more popular and their bandwidth is the issue.  

Have you tried to watch these shows at different times of day?  The entire Internet has slow periods. 

I would try connecting with another computer, perhaps a friend could bring a laptop over.  Or you could try on a different connection.

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