How to fix a live stream delay

Written by charles poole
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Live streams are used to broadcast live video over the Internet. Whether the stream is from a website broadcasting a sports event or an instant messaging client transmitting from a webcam, there are several things you can do if the streaming is delayed or stalled. Numerous factors can affect this stream. Deleting your computer's cookies, using a different media player or turning off running programs can allow you to view these streams without delays.

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    Open your Web browser and delete the cookies from the browser. For Firefox, you can do this from the "Tools" button at the top of the browser. For Internet Explorer, access the delete function from the "History" button. Cookies will slow down your browser.

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    Use a different media player to access the live stream from your computer. Your media player may not have the right codecs or plug-ins to access the stream. You might need to reinstall the media player if there has been any damage to the software.

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    Shut down all the programs you aren't using. If you run other programs while you are trying to stream a live video, you could be overloading your system's central processing unit. This can delay the stream.

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    Disable the hardware acceleration. Click "Start," then click "Control Panel" from the menu. Click "Display," then choose "Settings" from the menu. Click the "Advanced" icon, then click "Troubleshoot" from the menu. Click the "Hardware Acceleration" icon. Slide the acceleration slider to the left to turn it off.

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    Add more RAM to your computer. This allows the computer to run faster while using less processing. Refer to your computer's user manual on how to add more RAM to your system.

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