Please help me with WMP 11 video streaming for Pentium III 500, 51

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by al_bod, Sep 4, 2009.

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    I have an old Dell XPS pc which I was going to use for streaming ethnic
    internet tv for my grandma.

    The problem is that the video is not smooth. It looks like it drops some
    frames while audio is perfect. I also tested it on youtibe - the problem is
    still there. I turned off proxy for http - it helped a bit, but didn't
    resolve the problem completely. I tried to disable acceleration, but that
    only worsened the performance.
    I thought that this pc configuration should be enough for the video stream.

    Here is the pc spec:
    Intel Pentium III 500 MHz, 512MB Ram, Dimond Vipor Video Card 16MB
    XP Pro SP3 (Freshly installed)
    Windows Media Player 11 (same problem for WMP 9)
    No Anti-Virus (it will be used for 3 websites only)
    Nothing else installed
    Comcast High Speed Cable Internet
    al_bod, Sep 4, 2009
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    al_bod Guest

    Hi Neil,

    Thanks for you prompt reply.
    The speed is high - 14.74 mbs download (New York).

    The computer is connected to a (regular tube NTSC) TV through a VGA to RCA

    which supports the following resolutions:
    [email protected]/72/75/85hz
    [email protected]/75hz
    [email protected]/75hz

    I set up my screen resolution to 640x480 and that was the minimum. Do you
    have any advices how to set up 480x300 resolution or even lower? That should
    work for my needs and the set up.

    Thanks again,
    al_bod, Sep 4, 2009
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    al_bod, Sep 4, 2009
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    al_bod Guest

    Hi Neil,

    Thanks for the advice. The latest driver is for Win2000 as of 2001. The
    video card is Diamond Viper 16 Mb. I will try to install it and try again.
    I didn't mention it before, but the latest DirectX was installed.

    What's interesting that the DVD playback works perfect (actually in Windows
    Player Classic, as in WMP there was a blanc screen for PAL DVD). That's odd
    to me, because the network speed is more than enough.

    Is it possible that the WMP is just too heavy for this hardware and the
    task? Do you know about any other streaming capable video player as the last

    Thanks much for your time and help!
    al_bod, Sep 6, 2009
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    zachd [MSFT], Sep 8, 2009
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