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watching TV online problem

Quite often, I want to watch a TV prog on line... however I have a problem, which I can`t understand....
Running Windows Vista Home Premium.... Dell Inspiron Laptop.. Wireless connection ( about 2 feet from router ) MBB Speedtest shows a rock solid 6Mb ....
the problem? the sound and the vision "stutter"... from time to time... strangely, it seems to happen to the progs more than during the ads !.. not running anything else at the same time... (only this forum)...
any ideas why?
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Re: watching TV online problem

you aren't using Linux  Lips are sealed
More seriously can you give a bit of info on your laptop
Installed memory and graphics card
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Processor  Genuine Intel (R) CPU  585 @ 2.16GHz
Memory (RAM)  2.00GB
32-bit Operating System
Can`t find any info on Graphic card...
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Re: watching TV online problem

You might find that the program is at a higher bit rate than the ads. Hence the stutter.
Try wired and if it works then what router?
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Re: watching TV online problem

just done a Crucial Scan.... and perhaps this is the problem......
DDR2 PC2-6400 in one slot...
DDR2 PC2-5300 in the other slot....
they recommend a max of 8gb at about £150 !... so not going that way... !.. 
Might look on ebay and see about going to 4GB...
( tried the wireless connection but there seems to be a problem connecting to it ! ...
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Re: watching TV online problem

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Wireless connection ( about 2 feet from router ) MBB Speedtest shows a rock solid 6Mb

Clearly indicates at least one brick wall.
Your PC will just use the "slowest" memory which is not especially slow.

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Re: watching TV online problem

Explain  Huh The remark after the quote ... Please...
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Re: watching TV online problem

A Wireless connection over only 2 feet (of air) should give at least 20Mbps.

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Re: watching TV online problem

It looks like this is the model http://www.cnet.com/laptops/dell-inspiron-15n-laptop/4507-3121_7-33575405.html but with Vista instead of Ubuntu and in which case the graphics are on board Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X4500HD  which has a maximum  shared memory of 384 MB so I suspect there may be two problems - total memory and the graphics memory limit
It might be worth running the task manager while playing a video and see what memory and CPU usage is
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Re: watching TV online problem

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A Wireless connection over only 2 feet (of air) should give at least 20Mbps.
Not on ADSL it won't
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A Wireless connection over only 2 feet (of air) should give at least 20Mbps.

No... you missed the point... it is a 6Mb line ! ...
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Re: watching TV online problem

Oops!
Sorry...
Embarrassed

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Re: watching TV online problem

Does it stutter when wired?
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Re: watching TV online problem

It doesn't really matter how much of the system ram has been reserved for the X4500MHD because it's just using the system memory anyway. Playing video really isn't that demanding anyway. Even 720p videos tend to be encoded to less than 4Mbit.
A 32bit operating system can't use all of 4GB anyway, but having matching sticks of RAM in each slot does improve graphics a little, because then all the RAM will be working in dual channel mode, giving greater memory bandwidth (making it faster).
Alternatively, the problem could be something else kicking in in the background.
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Re: watching TV online problem

Can`t seem to get a wired connection at the moment..  ( see previous post number 4 )  always use wireless....