How to Increase the Buffer Size for Internet Explorer

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How to Increase the Buffer Size for Internet Explorer
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Buffers are temporary storage areas in a computer's memory that the computer uses to briefly store information before sending it to a hard drive. Buffer size can affect the viewing experience of streaming video content over the Internet. If you are experiencing poor resolution and bad images commonly when you're trying to watch a video through Internet Explorer, try increasing the buffer size in your Internet Explorer settings. Your buffer size may be too low, resulting in low-quality, grainy videos, especially if those videos are delivered to you as live streaming content such as from a movie-rental service.

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open Windows Media Player on your computer. Click "Tools" from the top menu, then click "Options." Select "Performance" and click "Buffer."

  2. 2

    Identify the number in the field next to the label "Buffer"; it is probably set at a default of 5 seconds.

  3. 3

    Type a number between 10 and 60 in the field to increase the buffer size to anywhere from 10 seconds to the maximum of 60 seconds of content that your computer will buffer before playing back to you. Click "OK" to close the Options dialogue box.

  4. 4

    Test your settings by watching streaming videos for a few days to see if performance improves. Consider upgrading the speed of your Internet connection to something faster if the problems continue despite increasing the buffer size.

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