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Last night I watched President Obama's Lincoln Day speech on Youtube.  The stream kept stopping to buffer, very annoying.  This morning, after I started my computer, I tried again.  This time there was no problem at all, it ran straight through.  Then I tried watching a video of the Colbert report, and another one.  There was one interruption for buffering.  So I tried a video from The Onion.  The repeated-buffering problem returned.  Is something filling up on my machine, that I could enlarge or perhaps fix by emptying it from time to time?
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by:athar_anis
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dear tedcloak...
I had a similiar problem once.

there seems to be nothing wrong with your computer...
The reason why your file didn't have any problem next morning is because it got saved in your PC when you watched it completely... the next morning when you tried to watch it again, your browser checked the cache and found the same version of the file... hence it didn't bother downloading the file again and displayed the saved file... hence, resulting in an uninterrupted video experience.
you can always check the saved files by using this small trick:
NOTE: I HAVE CHECK THIS TRICK ON INTERNET EXPLORER 7... let me know your browser version or play with it yourself to find the file that i am about to work with.

goto tools > Internet Options > under Browsing History, click SETTINGS
click View FILES button
Temporary Internet Files Folder will open
sort all your files with the size and look For a file name that starts with "get_video"
thats the file that your browser download during your YOUTUBE experience
now copy this file, and paste it on desktop.
simply rename this file to something like OBAMA.flv
Please note that it doesn't harm the file if you change its extension at this stage

you need a FLV PLAYER to run this file now...

woww.... did you watch that video without even having to connect to the internet?

ok now lets answer the buffering problem
there is not much you can do with buffering ... there are several reasons why buffering happens... it could not be your computer... depends how busy the hosting server is... that could also turn your online experience into missiory...

BEFORE WATCHING THE VIDEO... CLICK THE "PAUSE" BUTTON AND LET IT DOWNLOAD COMPLETELY on your computer.... after it has downloaded the complete video, you wouldn't have any issue with the buffer...

hope this helps and solves your problem dude... :-)
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by:tedcloak
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Thank you for your prompt response.  Everything worked as you suggested, with a few differences: First, I got a message after pressing "Settings" that my history file was too large, being well over 1 GB.  Second, as I copied the files to my desktop, the name of each was automatically changed to video[1].flv.

I'm going to empty the history file and resize it, just to see if that might help.
I'll let you know.
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by:athar_anis
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great,,, yeah i got the same message, i just cancelled it...its good to clear your temporary files after few days... saves you a lot of space..
that is normal if the file name got changed automatically ... don't worry about it

so is your problem solved now dude???

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Well, after emptying the history file (it resized to 1 GB automatically), I tried the Obama item again.  It got to 3:40 and then the circle of circling circles (CCC) came on and stayed on, even after I paused it for a while.  I tried backing the marker by about a minute, and finally got it going again.  After that the red buffer indicator on the progress line stayed ahead of the marker for the rest of the 7 mins 58 secs.

So I tried Part II of the same speech.  This time the marker caught up with the end of the buffer line after 4:13, and the CCC came on and stayed on indefinitely.  After several more tries with pushing the marker around it finally re-started and ran until completion.

Finally, another Youtube file behaved similarly.

Did I mention that I can download files at 150 KB/Sec?  

So, what do you think, guy?  Is this the best I can hope for?
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by:athar_anis
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well if you can get 150 kb/sec, i don't see any reason why you should have interrupted video streaming experience.
however, in my earlier comment, i mentioned that it is NOT always your computer, the problem could be with the transmitting server too. If it is loaded with several users accessing different videos, its bandwidth would get shared, hence resulting in slow transmission.

downloading the file from a server, and streaming a video is a little different. i have worked in an ISP with a bandwidth of 20MB / sec... even then i had to wait for the video to complete its buffering... my computer's configuration were the highest possible, as i used to work on a server machine... Server + optimal bandwidth... and still buffering???? lol... well... like i said... its the transmission server that result in slow transmission....
well... my advice to your question... is ... that unfortunately thats the best we can hope for... atleast at this point of time.
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Progress:  From another Experts Exchange thread, I picked up the idea of downloading and installing Speedbit Video Accelerator, did so, and the buffering problem seems to be 90% solved -- close enough. I think the reason this helps me is that my internet provider is Alltel Wireless, which XP considers to be a modem connection. This also explains, I think, the excellent download speeds I was getting, because I was already using DAP - Download Accelerator Plus, also from Speedbit.  I regret that I failed to mention those two facts (Alltel and DAP) previously.
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by:athar_anis
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ted thats unfair that u answered your thread and accepted it as a solution.... was my solution not accepted? why was it marked as ASSISTED SOLUTION and yours as the primary solution... duh!
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by:tedcloak
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Well, your solution, as I understood it, was that there was no solution.
But I found a solution, which I reported.  So I thought it would be fair to assign you partial points for your effort.  That's what I intended to do, anyway.

I hope that my explanation is satisfactory to you.
Regards,
Ted
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