The Internet, which started out as a military project back in 1969, has found its way into the lives of ordinary people all around the world. Video streaming, or media streaming, allows its users to watch videos and other multimedia in real time without having to wait for the download to complete. Frequent buffering is a common problem faced by many users, who use media streaming. Many causes lead to frequent buffering and here's how you can minimize it.
Frequent buffering occurs when you have too many programs running at once. When watching a movie or listening to a sound clip, close down all the unnecessary programs. This might help to lessen the buffering interval.
All files downloaded from the Internet are stored in an area of the computer memory known as the Web cache. If the Web cache is full, frequent buffering will occur.
To delete the files in the Web cache, close the Web browser you use, such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Go to "Start" and select "Control Panel." In the Control Panel, select the icon labeled as "Internet Options."
Select the "General" tab in the Internet Options window. There will be a section labeled as either "Browsing History" or "Temporary Internet files." In this section, note the icon labeled as "Delete" or "Delete Files."
Click this icon. In the "Delete" files dialog box, select the "Delete All Offline Content" check box. Then click the "OK" icon or the "Delete" icon -- the specific label of the icon will depend upon the version of your operating system.
Wait for the movie or other multimedia to load at least halfway before you watch it will also help to reduce frequent buffering. If possible, wait for the movie to load three-quarters of its full length, as this will usually prevent any buffering.
Frequent buffering can also occur when downloading from a slow server, though not as common a situation. Try downloading the multimedia from an alternative source or server.
Tips & Warnings
- Frequent buffering also occurs when using a slow Internet connection. Upgrading your Internet connection to a high-speed broadband connection may help to solve the problem. Contact your Internet Service Provider to get information on available high-speed Internet connections.
- When you delete the information stored in the Web cache, all information about visited websites and form data gets deleted. Preserve any valuable web information by adding the website into the "favorites" folder.
- Multimedia Services in Wireless Internet: Modeling and Analysis; Lin Cai, et al
- Lincoln University; Internet History
- Photo Credit David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images
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