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#1 crybllrd

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:37 PM

This started happening yesterday.
I start a video (youtube, MSN, different news sites) and it starts playing for about 5 to 20 seconds then stops as if it needs to buffer.
It never continues to play.
I live on a college campus with quite fast internet. Usually a video will never have to buffer.

Also if I try to download something, the same thing happens.
The download will begin, get approximately 10 to 25% finished, then stop.

I use firefox 7.0.1, and I also tried it with IE. Both failed.

I restarted, ran my virus scanner (AVG), neither of which helped.

I am running a WinXP desktop, and have not downloaded anything in at least a couple of weeks. AVG runs every night.

Any ideas on how to proceed?

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:45 PM

if it does the same thing at a hotspot (off campus) near you, then you know it's your comp.
if not, then it's the school's bandwith that's failing.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:49 PM

Just a wild guess (barring any free space issues)...

Start > Run > chkdsk /r > Press enter or OK > Type Y at the prompt > Reboot

When it comes back up, click Start > Run > eventvwr.msc > Press enter or OK > Go to Application, Type: Information, Source: Winlogon. Paste and copy to your next post.

See if the problem has gone away and let us know.

EDIT: I agree with cogs (posting at same time :) ) See if other dorms are having the problem.

Edited by .X., 03 October 2011 - 03:53 PM.


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Posted 03 October 2011 - 03:51 PM

It is a desktop PC, so rather inconvenient to haul off campus.
This is my third year on campus and the first time I have had this problem.
Would a bandwidth limitation only allow you to DL a few kb of a file or few seconds of a video?
Seems to me it is something else, but I will check my neighbors computer and see if he has the same problem.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 04:33 PM

Since it only happens with online videos...I would suspect Flash Player or the browser, with FP my first suspect.

I would check the Adobe site and install the latest version, after uninstalling whatever is in now.

If no joy from that, I'd move on to other guesses :).

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 05:02 PM

here's the update link for youtube flash

Edited by cogs10, 03 October 2011 - 05:03 PM.


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Posted 03 October 2011 - 05:07 PM

Also if I try to download something, the same thing happens.
The download will begin, get approximately 10 to 25% finished, then stop.



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Posted 03 October 2011 - 06:33 PM

That would point to a possible browser problem...but I think there may be multiple issues present...hard to say on what we know at this time.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 06:50 PM

I also asked my neighbor about her bandwidth, and we checked it out, hers is doing fine.

I tried chkdsk /r and got the message:
"This type of the file system is NTFS. Cannot lock current drive"
and then prompted to check the next time the system restarts.

I do need to update flash. In fact, the download I was trying to get was the flash updater.
I am currently running flash 10.3, which is still compatible with youtube. However, I do recognize the importance of keeping software up to date.
I am not able to DL flash (the download will not complete).

Either way, outdated flash shouldn't mess with my download progress for other things.

As a side note, all pages are taking an extremely long time to load. Even this site took over 15 minutes to get back to this page.

Edit: Some pages take very long, others are as snappy as usual.
The long loading page won't load while simultaneously other pages are fine.

-and- it shouldn't be a browser problem, I tied in two browsers.

Edited by crybllrd, 03 October 2011 - 06:53 PM.


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Posted 03 October 2011 - 07:14 PM

"I tried chkdsk /r and got the message:
"This type of the file system is NTFS. Cannot lock current drive"
and then prompted to check the next time the system restarts."
Did you let it reboot to check disk integrity?

Just a thought: Cleanig browser history and flushing DNS cache may help.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 09:31 PM

FWIW: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows_vista-networking/download-of-any-files-from-internet-will-not/d0b2e3ad-eeec-4b75-874a-e7f5db940f72

Seems to be a number of persons with issue, Per Google

Lots of speculation, no answers that I see.

I would take a look at browser add-ons and then try to elimate malware from contention by posting in the Am I Infected Forum

Louis

Edited by hamluis, 03 October 2011 - 09:36 PM.


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Posted 04 October 2011 - 09:44 AM

Previously I did not alllow chkdsk to reboot.
However last night I did let chkdsk run and reboot, then I ran CCleaner to delete browser history, and I flushed the DNS cache.
After the reboot all is working great like before.
Now I updated flash and videos and browser speed are great.
I do have one more question:
Does running chkdsk actually fix anything, or only check?

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 10:23 AM

The chkdsk command has different modes. Whether it fixes anything is determined by just what command you used to run it.

Chkdsk /r will always result in repairs attempted by Windows and is the most complete command to employ.

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 10:26 AM

Thanks a lot everyone, all is well and I have been browsing like a champion all morning!

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Posted 04 October 2011 - 04:49 PM

Hope all's well stays well. :blink:




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