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Lets see if someone can solve this one. I currently have a 486 system and am running win 3.1. The web service Audionet, allows one to listen to Radio stations all over the world. However, I have attempted to listen to some of the sites, and I get an error message which essentially states that I cannot receive the content because my CPU is not strong enough to receive it, or the bandwith is not strong enough either. I have attempted to solve this problem with Real Audio, who referred me back to the error message, and I have talked with my server, who said that there is no reason that I should be getting the message, because my 486 should be adequate, along with their bandwith. I have a US robotics 33.6 modem, and the RA program that I downloaded is supposed to be compatible with my system. If you know of any program that may be available, please advise.

Any assistance that you can offer would be greatly appreciated.

ercb@scvnet.com
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There are a number of things that could be causing this:

Since you are running Win3.1, you are running MS-DOS, Windows, some sort of third party TCP/IP software, a browser and who knows what else.  You may be:

1. Out of memory
2. Out of resources
3. Out of CPU cycles

A suggestion is to find or write a program that monitors these stats.  There may be some processes running that you aren't aware of.  Go into a DOS box and do  mem /c | more.  This will show you the processes that are loaded and how much they require.

Second, your UARTs may be too slow and/or your modem.  What UARTs are you using?  What speed is your modem (14.4 or 28.8)? and more importantly, what speed do you actually connect at?

Any or a combination could keep a plug in from working right.

Finally, since you are running an obsolete version of Windows, is the RA plugin compatable with your OS?

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