Non Techie advice that may help with some common internet video problems
Flash is a free bit of software that allows your computer to play streaming internet videos. It plugs itself into your Internet Browser whether it is Internet Explorer or Firefox or one of several available.
Internet video is continually improving and Flash has to keep up by continually updating itself with newer versions.
To Uninstall Flash you MUST download and run Adobe’s UNINSTALL FLASH Program that removes all traces of older versions of Flash.
After that, simply INSTALL CURRENT FLASH VERSION
— watch out for sneaky ticks in boxes for installing other stuff that you have no use for — Google Tool Bar comes to mind — just CLICK the BOX to remove the tick.
I DON’T KNOW WHAT VERSION OF THE FLASH THINGY I HAVE
LEFT CLICK on the following link
I USE AOL
AOL has always been a bit of a mystery to website designers. Sometimes things work — sometimes they don’t.
A friend of mine recently found she could not play the videos from my site on her AOL Browser.
An interesting discovery was made when we discussed the rest of the page in question. Her AOL Browser was showing an outdated page that did not show recent updates. It was an old, presumably Cached (stored on an AOL hard drive somewhere) version of the page. She hit the Refresh Button on her Browser several times to no avail. Only when she viewed the page in Internet Explorer did she see the current version of the page.
VIDEO KEEPS STOPPING
You have the fastest computer on the market and your Flash Version is so current that some of the staff at Adobe don’t know about it yet, but the video keeps pausing.
There are two ways to watch video from the internet:
Download the complete video (file size may be 400 megabytes) and then, after half an hour or so, watch it at your leisure.
2/ Streaming (YouTube, BBCi, This Site — to name but a few)
This is of course intolerable and your best bet is to CLICK the PAUSE button and prevent the video from playing until enough Buffer (the more the better) is downloaded to play the video continuously — you will probably want to drag the cursor back to the start (on the Play Line) to watch the complete video with no interruptions.
High Definition Video is starting to appear on the internet. These files are a fair bit bigger and PAUSING will be required more often unless you have a vereeee FAST Broadband Connection.
Old computers do not die, they just get too slow to cope with advances in resource-hungry software.
It will still do Word Processing and it will happily download big files via your Broadband Internet connection but the best video you are likely to view will be jerky.
Next time you go to update your Windows (you should do this regularly for security reasons), don't select the EXPRESS-RECOMMENDED but select instead CUSTOM.
Did I mention Defraging ? — always a good thing to do now and then. Over time, the files on your hard drive get fragmented — every time you update your latest novel, the new bits get stored on different places on your hard drive and it takes longer for your computer to open a file. It’s a bit like having your cutlery dispersed with a fork in every room of the house. Imagine how long it would take to set the table.
I had an old computer with an Intel P3 processor until it really did die recently. I used it for internet downloads. It had a good graphics card for its time but was not quite capable of playing video smoothly.
There are a lot of Intel P4 (or equivalent) processor computers still out there and they should handle video without any problem.
I dare say that within a few years we will all be familiar with new snappy names for 12 and 18 Cores and beyond.