Can't stream netflix without it hesitating and stuttering

Discussion in 'Video Cards and Graphics' started by dalearyous, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. dalearyous

    dalearyous Senior member

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    system specs:
    windows vista
    dual core opteron
    4 gigs DDR ram
    raptors on raid
    24" lcd at 1920x1200
    9800gtx

    internet:
    20 down / 5 up FIOS

    So i signed up for netflix and i went to watch a movie instantly on the internet. The video, no matter what i am watching, is not smooth at all! the audio comes out fine but when i am watching the video its like i am only seeing every other frame. it looks terrible.

    any ideas?
     
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  3. chizow

    chizow Diamond Member

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    You running any torrents or anything else that's bandwidth intensive? While its less likely to be an issue on a 20mbps FIOS connection, the highest quality settings are extremely bandwidth intensive, enough to choke my 8mbps Comcast connection if I do anything internet related besides watch a movie. The other thing may be CPU speed, I'm pretty sure the Netflix player is very CPU intensive.
     
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    Tempered81 Diamond Member

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    limited internet bandwith for streaming, video card stuck in 2d low-power, codec reinstallation needed?
     
  5. dalearyous

    dalearyous Senior member

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    jaredpace can u be more specific?

    no torrents running, i dunno i have watched netflix on a lesser machine no problem

    its a dual core opteron 175 (2.2ghz)
     
  6. taltamir

    taltamir Lifer

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    start a movie, pause it, wait for the little bar to preload as much as it would (it only preloads 10 minutes past current point i think).
    Then try playing it. if it stutters at that point then its NOT your internet connection. also, open task manager and check CPU usage while doing it, remember that it might not be multi core enabled. so a solid 50% means its 100% utilization of only one core.
     
  7. heyheybooboo

    heyheybooboo Diamond Member

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    Sorry-arse ISP throttling bandwidth and DRM suckage would be my guess - maybe you can adjust the buffer as taltamir suggested.

    It's not your hardware ...

    It seems some folks are whining at the netflix blog concerning netflix internet streams - and they posted this recent response ...

     
  8. vcarpio2

    vcarpio2 Senior member

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    Are you watching through Silverlight?

    I'm having the same problem. I don't think my problem is bandwidth. Netflix streaming video used to play smoothly until I did two things at the same time -- I changed from Media Player to Silverlight and bought an HDTV with the resolution is at least 1376 x 768 (max is 1920 x 1080). So it's hard to tell which one caused the stuttering.

    I just now tried a resolution of 800x600 -- the video is stretched wide -- but it still stutters. So I'm beginning to think it's Silverlight.

    dalearyous, are you using Silverlight?
     
  9. dalearyous

    dalearyous Senior member

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    yeah i am using silverlight...i think its poor nvidia drivers to be honest. i reinstalled windows back to xp x64 and it seems to work a lot better now.