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  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Streaming video


    I'm trying to stream TV program videos available from my TV provider on my W8 laptop (Firefox from the desktop). I get a black screen and no audio. On my W7 desktop it works flawlessly. Can anyone help me out?

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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    don't get it really ,are you streaming to a device or just trying to watch tv program videos from the internet on your laptop ,
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8


    Sorry. It's the latter
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    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    True streaming video requires a very fast connection so maybe the difference is that you are watching the streaming video via a wired connection on your desktop and you are using a wifi connection on your laptop which may not be as fast as the wired connection would be. With that said, try the laptop over a direct ethernet connection to the router and make sure you have hardware acceleration enabled in your laptop's browser. Let us know.
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    Windows 8


    So I did as you suggested, hardware acceleration is enabled, made a wired connection the net but unfortunately the problem continues to exist.
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    Quote Originally Posted by navkan View Post
    So I did as you suggested, hardware acceleration is enabled, made a wired connection the net but unfortunately the problem continues to exist.
    OK, thanks for that. So, if you have an option to plug the output of your laptop into the input of your desktop monitor, I think that would be a logical next step. This would help to eliminate any minimum resolution requirements. I assume your desktop moniotr resolution is greater than your laptop's; yes?
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Can you tell me what program you are using? I use VLC Streamer between my PC and my iPhone, it works flawlessly. But you say it's streaming from a Provider?

    I also have an app from Cox Cable that streams TV content into the device from my Home Cable Connection. Maybe you have something that is the same deal, it has to be connected to your personal TV provider?

    Also, on your working W7 Desktop, does it have an INPUT for the cable connection on the back, as with a TV card?
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Can you tell me what program you are using? I use VLC Streamer between my PC and my iPhone, it works flawlessly. But you say it's streaming from a Provider?

    I also have an app from Cox Cable that streams TV content into the device from my Home Cable Connection. Maybe you have something that is the same deal, it has to be connected to your personal TV provider?

    Also, on your working W7 Desktop, does it have an INPUT for the cable connection on the back, as with a TV card?
    Hello XweAponx,

    You can take it from here because too many suggestions at the same time will only confuse the OP so I tried my two best guesses. Now you can handle it from here. Good luck.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Oh crap sorry, I just wanted to know what he was using and got carried away.

    However, I read your response, and in some cases, it may well be the case, but most Laptops today have at least N band WiFi, which is 150Mbps. plenty for streaming, and I do fine on my iphone with 54mbps.

    His laptop may be buffering the playback for an inordinately long time, you think?
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  10. #10


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by navkan View Post
    So I did as you suggested, hardware acceleration is enabled, made a wired connection the net but unfortunately the problem continues to exist.
    who is your internet provider ,Bell perhaps
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