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This only happens when I want to play a clip or video from the internet. Playing DVD's are no problem. My internet connection is through AOL. I'm using Windows XP on my PC. When I play a video or clip from the internet, it will start to play and then stop for a second or two then start to play again, etc. How do I correct this?
Is your AOL dial up or broadband?
Could you press CTRL+ALT+DEL and choose the processes tab, Then check the show processes from all users box and tell me how many processes it shows as running.
I connect to aol via broadband (Vorizon). I checked the process tab and counted 38 processes running.
I'm still waiting for an answer. It's been two days since I repied to your questions. Please advise.
For some reason my answr did not post, Could you follow this guide fromNetSquirrel to turn off any unneeded start up items http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_xp.html once finished could you reboot your machine and then download and run Malwarebytes antimalware from here http://www.download.com/Malwarebytes-Anti-Malware/3000-8022_4-10804572.html
After it has rebooted again could you download and run Ccleaner http://www.filehippo.com/download_ccleaner/ then could you try one of your movies again and let us know what happens.
It's a bit better, but the video clips still start and stop. Also I now have a new box on my screen that says "Recover Pro partition space has been used completely. As a result, some of the existing incremental restore points will be removed to free more space. A new incremental restore point has been created automatically. I can't get rid of this notice. Please help.
Seeing as you ran a recovery program could you go through and perform the steps I posted again as if you recovered your machine it would have been to a time prior to the changes I suggested.
Let me know what happens.
What antivirus and antispyware programs are you using?
I have the following programs:
Advance Reg. Optimizer
Net Spring Data Recovery
IRIS OCR Reg
Online Spyware Test
Malwarebytes Anti Malware
I have no idea why I have all of these.
Could you download and run the Microsoft Installer cleanup utlity from here http://support.microsoft.com/kb/290301 and then use it to remove the following then reboot.
Let me know what happens
I've done everything you suggested and it still dosn't work.
Could you tell me what web browser you are using?
Can you give me an example of one of the movies you are trying to watch.
Also could you run a speed test from here and let me know what it shows http://www.bandwidthplace.com/
86.16kilobits per second 10.52kilobytes per second
194.343seconds 6:21 PM Mon Sep 29, 2008
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86.16 kilobits per second 10.52 kilobytes per second is terrible, Your download speed of 10.25 is a fraction of the speed of dialup never mind broadband.
Can you reboot the machine and run the test again, Then let me know if the speed is any higher if not you will need to speak to your broadband provider as you are not getting broadband speeds.
Let me know what the test shows.
The new test shows:
That is a lot better, What happens if you try to play a video straight away?
I understand that however I am trying to find it the internet connection is to blame or if your machine is not buffering fast enough.
Can you give me an example of a video you are trying to play.
It happens with all video from the internet. All AOL video, all YouTube video, etc. I have no trouble playing DVDs.
Could you run ccleaner to clear out all of your temp files and then try a video again.
After you have tried the video press CTRL+ALT+DEL and select the processes tab then tell me how many processes are running.
I have just run ccleaner and have check the process tab. There are 68 processes running.
Could you reboot the machine and login then wait 2-3 minutes without doing anything and check the processes again.
I've completed all you suggested. The process tab now lists 67 processes.
WhenI suggested running the Msconfig program did you not turn off startup items?
I need you to go through again and this time turn off anything that is not essential and reboot. Use this guide to run msconfig http://netsquirrel.com/msconfig/msconfig_xp.html
Than use this guide to see if you need the startup entry or not http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php
When you are finished let me know how many processes are running.
I've done all. There are now 73 processes running.
Let me make sure this is correct, You had 67 running now you have 73, Is that correct?
yes. I've tried to send you a printout of the list of start up files, but it will not let me. Do you have an email I can use? Eric I really appreciate all the help you are giving me.
Can you send it to email@example.com and tell themto forward it to me.
I got a copy of the startup guide I sent you, However I did not get a list of your startup items.
Could you open CCleaner and click tools then Startup, Next hold down the CTRL button and press prt screen on the keyboard.
Open Word pad from Start, Programs, Accessories and then click FIle, Paste to paste the image of your desktop and send the saved document to me.
It will not let me send it to you.
Just for the moment try this, Open Msconfig and uncheck everything in your startup menu then save and reboot, If you have any issues just go back into msconfig and turn it all back on.
When it reboots let me know how many processes are running then try a video.
Success at last! Should I do anything else? I mean as far as my start up is concerned.
To be honest we really need to go through the startup list and see if they should be on or off as you may have turned off your antivirus temporarily.
If you open Msconfig and click the startup tab then go one at a tme and search using the box on the Sysinfo page http://www.sysinfo.org/startuplist.php just type the startup name in the white box and then hit search next to it and only enable it if it has a Y for leave at startup.
Once you have done that to everything on your startup list also look under start, programs, Startup folder and remove everything it lists then reboot and you should be all done.
Thanks so much for spending so much of your time helping me. Everything seems to be fine now.
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