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    With Powwow season and the subsequent webcasts coming fast around the corner it might be a good idea to verify that your computer is up to the task of receiving the webcast streams. Below I have come up with a simple checklist of things that you should do to help prevent software related problems that could keep you from enjoying the broadcast.
    1. 1. Make sure you are on a high speed or broadband connection, 56kbps dial-up is not sufficient enough for streaming media.
    2. 2. Keep your operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux...) up to date.
    3. 3. Make sure you have the latest version of Windows Media Player or at least the codec installed properly.
    4. 4. Check the settings on any security program to ensure that it is not blocking Windows Media Player or any of its components from accessing the internet.
    5. 5. Run a complete virus and malware scan as viruses and such can interrupt or prevent you from viewing the stream.
    6. 6. In order for the webcast to function properly you must have JavaScript and cookies enabled in your browser.
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    TB, would it help to increase the virtual swap-files to helps with the streaming? I find that if my computer has been running for a few hours it uses up my virtual memory and then the vids seem to stall and splutter. If I reboot the computer, and release the virtual memory, then the vids come in without the stalling etc.
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    • #3
      Great thread!

      JD!!! Are you seeing this??
      ...it is what it is...

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      • #4
        Originally posted by yaahl View Post
        TB, would it help to increase the virtual swap-files to helps with the streaming? I find that if my computer has been running for a few hours it uses up my virtual memory and then the vids seem to stall and splutter. If I reboot the computer, and release the virtual memory, then the vids come in without the stalling etc.
        Increasing your virtual memory, or paging file as some versions of Windows may call it, can increase the quality and stability of playback. The general consensus is that your virtual memory should be set to 1.5X the amount of RAM, or physical memory, you have. Also the min and max setting is also suggested to be the same size, but don't adjust it to the point where it will cause your hard drive to fall below 10% remaining free space. This brings up another point, once in a hwile its good to go through and run disk cleanup and disk defragment to optimize the space on your hard drive, also never let your hard drive get cluttered with so much stuff that you only have 10% or less free space as this will slow your system down considerably.
        CERN may have discovered the Higgs Boson but...
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        Help Powwows.com provide better webcasts with wireless cameras by purchasing a decal for your car! We all know you love car decals, don't deny that you don't have them. This is you with a car decal -> http://www.powwows.com/2014/10/23/pow-wow-stickers/

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        • #5
          Originally posted by wyo_rose View Post
          Great thread!

          JD!!! Are you seeing this??
          LOLOLOLOL, he probably has other issues with his computer, and speaking of the devil where has he been lately??
          CERN may have discovered the Higgs Boson but...
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          Help Powwows.com provide better webcasts with wireless cameras by purchasing a decal for your car! We all know you love car decals, don't deny that you don't have them. This is you with a car decal -> http://www.powwows.com/2014/10/23/pow-wow-stickers/

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Toolbox View Post
            With Powwow season and the subsequent webcasts coming fast around the corner it might be a good idea to verify that your computer is up to the task of receiving the webcast streams. Below I have come up with a simple checklist of things that you should do to help prevent software related problems that could keep you from enjoying the broadcast.
            1. 1. Make sure you are on a high speed or broadband connection, 56kbps dial-up is not sufficient enough for streaming media.
            2. 2. Keep your operating system (Windows, Mac, Linux...) up to date.
            3. 3. Make sure you have the latest version of Windows Media Player or at least the codec installed properly.
            4. 4. Check the settings on any security program to ensure that it is not blocking Windows Media Player or any of its components from accessing the internet.
            5. 5. Run a complete virus and malware scan as viruses and such can interrupt or prevent you from viewing the stream.
            6. 6. In order for the webcast to function properly you must have JavaScript and cookies enabled in your browser.
            7. make sure you have witty comebacks for all them terrorizing [email protected]

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Toolbox View Post
              LOLOLOLOL, he probably has other issues with his computer, and speaking of the devil where has he been lately??
              The devil has been working his keister off cleaning out tracking cookies from people's computer who are dumb enough to load Limewire and Bit Torrent and NEVER run disk cleanup.

              I'm trying to figure out how to watch the webcast (and other 'stuff') on my little tv on the wall without running a cable from the bed to the tv. I should held out for and I5 or I7 instead of the lowly I3.

              BINGO!!!hahahaaa

              BTW I'm running Kaspersky ISS on this laptop and desktop. I can watch the webcast on the desktop, but...

              I doesn't fit in bed with me!
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              Why must I feel like that..why must I chase the cat?


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