| By Fred Langa |
Watching streaming video on your PC is great — until poor computer performance or a slow network turns it into an unwatchable mess.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Frequent pauses, video breakup, stutters, and hangs can often be eliminated with some simple fixes.
Unplugging streaming video bottlenecks
Reader Charles ran into a problem that we all encounter from time to time.
- “When I attempt to play streaming news or television videos, my computer pauses every few seconds. This is continuous through the end of the video. How can I go about correcting this problem?”
OK, I’ll be serious. There are usually two reasons for erratic video playback: simple system overload or Internet connection problems — sometimes both.
When a PC is juggling too many things at once, it may no longer support the high demands of video playback. Your video then pauses, stutters, breaks up, or drops to a lower resolution.
That fix is simple: shut down all unneeded apps while you’re watching streaming videos. Especially avoid any software that makes heavy use of the PC’s Internet connection, CPU, or hard drive.