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Hey Everyone, I had been contemplating cutting the cord on our $80 satellite bill and moving to an htpc for about a year and finally decided to go for it. I can run 1080p mkv's without any hiccups connected to my 42" via HDMI from my ATI 4350. However, the problem I have is anytime I play video, from any internet source, I get a slight stuttering from my videos that I cannot seem to fix. I have a 8mb connection and consistently pull 6-8mb down when performing speedtests online. I don't understand what is happening. Even if I try to watch videos online in a low quality format I still get the stuttering. Does anyone have any suggestions. I'm about ready to hook the satellite back up which is the last thing I want to do. I have searched the web far and wide but can't find any solutions.
 

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Try pausing the video for a bit to let it buffer. I see the same thing when watching shows off CBS or w/e it's not your connection speed but theirs. What sites are you watching?
 

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PC Specs - Dell C521, AMD 64 Dual Core 4400+ 2.3ghz, 2GB RAM, Windows 7 32bit, ATI 4350HD, 8MB internet connected through ethernet cord.


Video Sources - I've tried HULU, ABC, NBC, CNN, Zinc, Hulu Desktop, CBS, FOX, and all of them stutter upon playback. Waiting for buffer does not fix issue.
 

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I suspect what you're running into is general Flash stuttering. Clunky programming, poor encoding, your browser or something in the background trying to get some CPU cycles back, judder from the video framerate not being synched to your display. The only real fix is for Flash to die.


You should try the Flash 10.1 beta, along with the logging fix below since you have a card that supports it, but I doubt it will fix things entirely.
http://www.ghacks.net/2009/12/25/tur...ash-10-1-beta/


Oh, and Hulu Desktop is the worst offender, I have never seen it play anything on any computer even remotely smoothly.
 

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Originally Posted by SteelWill /forum/post/18247824


I suspect what you're running into is general Flash stuttering. Clunky programming, poor encoding, your browser or something in the background trying to get some CPU cycles back, judder from the video framerate not being synched to your display. The only real fix is for Flash to die.


You should try the Flash 10.1 beta, along with the logging fix below since you have a card that supports it, but I doubt it will fix things entirely.
http://www.ghacks.net/2009/12/25/tur...ash-10-1-beta/


Oh, and Hulu Desktop is the worst offender, I have never seen it play anything on any computer even remotely smoothly.

its not too bad on my pc (g45 graphics).. its getter with each intel driver update.
 

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Check to see if your PC is outputting 24Hz. If so change it to 60 hz. It sounds likes you have it fixed for your MKV's that are encoded at 24 hz. Flash is only native to PC monitors that like 60hz.
 

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Check to see if your PC is outputting 24Hz. If so change it to 60 hz. It sounds likes you have it fixed for your MKV's that are encoded at 24 hz. Flash is only native to PC monitors that like 60hz.

how do i go about doing this?
 

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Let me guess, are you running Firefox? There are multiple issues with Firefox and Flash. I've implemented the usual fix on my PC and though it is much better, the hiccups to occasionally come back. I've found that now, it only seems to happen when I have several tabs open, or have had Firefox running for a while. Closing and reopening the browser with a single tab now results in smooth video playback.


You could eliminate the problem entirely by using Chrome or some other browser. Personally, I'm not willing to give up everything else Firefox brings to the table just for a minor annoyance, but it is an option.
 

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I find this to be pretty common for any internet tv I watch on just about any system. I think it is on the broadcasters end.
 

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Let me guess, are you running Firefox? There are multiple issues with Firefox and Flash. I've implemented the usual fix on my PC and though it is much better, the hiccups to occasionally come back. I've found that now, it only seems to happen when I have several tabs open, or have had Firefox running for a while. Closing and reopening the browser with a single tab now results in smooth video playback.


You could eliminate the problem entirely by using Chrome or some other browser. Personally, I'm not willing to give up everything else Firefox brings to the table just for a minor annoyance, but it is an option.

If you set browser.sessionstore.enabled to false it will disable it altogether. I've tried Chrome and for me it was not completely smooth either. I can't even say for certain it was better than Firefox after changing the above.
 

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If you set browser.sessionstore.enabled to false it will disable it altogether. I've tried Chrome and for me it was not completely smooth either. I can't even say for certain it was better than Firefox after changing the above.

I actually did find a vast improvement with running video in chrome. I would like to try this fix for firefox but when I go to about:config I do not see "browser.sessionstore.enabled" can you confirm this is what you are talking about. I do see browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash which I have set to true. Thanks for all of your help. I'm excited that it is working in chrome but I prefer the mozilla interface.
 

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I wanted to thank everyone for their help with this issue. If anyone else is having issues with streaming in firefox please refer to the following link . I am happy to report that video playback is very smootha and I am very satisfied with the results.
 

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I actually did find a vast improvement with running video in chrome. I would like to try this fix for firefox but when I go to about:config I do not see "browser.sessionstore.enabled" can you confirm this is what you are talking about. I do see browser.sessionstore.resume_from_crash which I have set to true. Thanks for all of your help. I'm excited that it is working in chrome but I prefer the mozilla interface.

It looks like you're right, they changed it in Firefox 3.5 and up.
http://kb.mozillazine.org/Session_Restore
 
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