I would like to get with the program and watch some stuff on the computer.  My problem is everything I watch, youtube, cbc, ctv, facebook, all the video buffers so that it is unwatchable.  What are they all talking about?  I have and unlimited internet account so I know I have all the time and space I need to see these video clips but still they stop and jerk and spin until I just can't stand it any more.  Can anyone help. Is the my computer, the internet provider or the source?  Everyone passes the buck, so I can't get a real answer.

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 You need at least 4gs a terabyte,  of memory , I have no problem, Have rogers high high speed costs me about $99 a month  , some videos take longer depends on the upload speed, UTube and others seem to be very fast.

There are several points or facilities within the download and presentation of a video that could be a bottleneck thus causing your videos to be jerky.

The very first thing to test is your download speed. Try the following:

Navigate to a website called Speedtest at http://www.speedtest.net/ Click on the link then click on the button on their site that says "Begin Test" to "Recommended Server". Do NOT click on the paid advertisement button that says "Test PC Speed". It is a sales scam.

Report back here with the Download and Upload speeds that Speedtest reports.

All of your tests look like you are using a "client" version of Speedtest and/or a different "Speedtest" than the one I referred to above. In any case, your tests are all under one second in duration and appear to test the download speed of whatever web site you target.

 

The Speedtest I referenced above will be found by directing your browser to the Speedtest.net site I mentioned. Once your browser is there and you click on the "Begin Test" button, a Javascript initiates a 'Ping' Test followed by download of a data file that takes about 10 seconds followed by a upload test of about 10 seconds. All this is done within your browser.

 

A Typical resuly will be similar to the the following of mine:

The Ping, Download, and Upload results appear accross the top and the test was between my system in Kingston and a 'Speedtest server' in Toronto. Other servers can be selected.

My results are Download = 14.58 Mbps on a service rated at 15 Mbps (Cogeco 'Standard' High Speed) This (Mbps MegaBits Per Second) translates to approximately 1.458 MBps (Mega Bytes Per Second) or 1,458 KBps (KilloBytes per second) compared to your average of 176.14 KBps.

 

The "Lite" Internet service is normally specified as 3 Mbps (I believe) suggesting you should be getting about 1/5 the speed I am getting. The average number you are getting (175.14 KBps for 7 tests) suggests your speed is significantly less than this.

 

Cogeco does not guarantee the full 15 Mbps but does consider there to be a problem if the delivered speed is below 80% of the specified speed.

 

I suggest you run your test again to a Speedtest server as I have described.

 

Upload speed is rarely a problem since the only uploading that is done during a video download is to "Acknowledge" the receipt of the packets of data as they come in and the "Ack" is brief and numerous packets can be "Acked" with a single upload packet.

I use the same Gadgets that you have plus a couple more (the "Drives Meter" and the "GPU Meter"). They all provide some very good immediate feedback on the performance of your system. They do consume a significant amount of actual resources (unlike the usual villains in the Startup list which consume near zero resources). The CPU Usage Gadget can be enhanced significantly by adding a free program to your Startup called Core Temp. Core Temp can be used as a standalone program to display the CPU core temperatures (including session min and max) as well as some other info but, in terms of the CPU Gadget, it allows the Gadget to display the real time core temperatures.

 

I also run a utility called Crystal Disk Info which monitors your disk S.M.A.R.T. data. This is data about the drives that all modern drives automatically record internally. It includes things like Hours of Operation, Number of Starts, Spinup Time, Drive Temperature, Read Error Rates, Write Error Rates, Bad Sector Count, etc., etc. Generally it gives an idea of the health of your drives and can predict a failure before a drive crashes and destroys all your data.

 

The left side of my screen looks like the following picture but keep in mind that I have a quite powerful CPU plus the large (24 inch) monitor that you see plus another 20 inch monitor that you don't see.

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