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Windows 7: Patchy flash video streaming

08 Oct 2009   #1

Windows 7 Build 7100
Patchy flash video streaming

Hi all,

I have installed a Win7 Ultimate RTM trial on my pc and connected it to my Internode NakedADSL2+ Ultra net connection. It is an 18Mbit connection with cat6 cables and when downloading a test file from Internode's servers pulls about 1200kB/s.

I have noticed, ever since running 7085, that youtube and other video streaming sites (including facebook, collegehumour, etc.) that the buffering is very patchy. It does not seem to matter if it is a flash or vimeo or any other kind of video streaming. Often times, I will be watching a video and the progress bar will catch up with the buffering and simply stop buffering. Then when I try to re-watch the video, the already buffered material is in the cache and that is all that loads. It does not continue buffering from where it stopped. Very annoying!

I also have a machine with XP which buffers much quicker and with minimal interruptions.

Can anyone help with this and has anyone noticed the same thing?

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08 Oct 2009   #2


Delete and/or wipe your Temporary Internet Files.
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08 Oct 2009   #3

Windows 7 Build 7100

The problem is not with the cache. I merely put that bit in there as an interesting point. I am wondering whether it is a flash player bug or something, and I thought that piece of information might help...

I have tried all the standard troubleshooting... ie. different browsers, I run Chrome (default), Firefox 3.5.2 and IE8.
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08 Oct 2009   #4


Just forwarding Adobe's suggested fix. You can ignore it if you choose.

You could increase your cache size.

Could be a fragmentation problem.

Or indexing - or any other app/service that is thrashing the disk (but I doubt this).

I was having an issue that may or may not be related. The fix was - reduce the cache to a ridiculous 8MB. Boot. Relocate the cache to a different volume. Boot. Relocate the cache back to correct volume. Boot. Resize the cache to a large size (in my case, 1024MB).

This cumbersome process worked to solve my similar problem.
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