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When you try to stream media by using Microsoft Windows Media Player, you may receive the following error messages:
This issue can occur for any of the following reasons:
Important This section, method, or task contains steps that tell you how to modify the registry. However, serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly. Therefore, make sure that you follow these steps carefully. For added protection, back up the registry before you modify it. Then, you can restore the registry if a problem occurs. For more information about how to back up and restore the registry, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/322756/ )How to back up and restore the registry in Windows
NOTE: This process hard codes your line speed in Windows Media Player and prevents it from checking the current line speed. This issue is generally a result of the driver configuration for the device. Verify that you are using the most current driver available for your device. Typically, it is better to permit Windows Media Player to dynamically detect your line connection speed.
To resolve this issue, override the bandwidth detection logic. To do so, create a new hexadecimal DWORD registry value called "ManualBandwidth" (in bits per second) in the following registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Netshow\Player\GeneralThe bandwidth value for the DWORD value should be set to match the download speed of your computer. This can override the Windows Media Player bandwidth detection logic that is used when negotiating bandwidth stream. The value should be set relative to the download bandwidth of the computer, for example:
Note that this article does not apply to Microsoft Windows Media Player 7.1. There is a manual bandwidth selection feature now available in Windows Media Player 7.1 and Microsoft Windows Media Player for Windows XP. This feature was added specifically to address this issue. If you change the setting on the Options menu for Media Player, and the problem still occurs, follow again the procedure that is described in this section to confirm that you changed the registry key value correctly. Additionally, make sure you are using the latest version of Windows Media Player. For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/259914/EN-US/ )How to Change Connection Speed Information in Media Player 7
For additional information about the interaction between Windows Media Player and the dynamic detection of bandwidth, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/253642/EN-US/ )Media Player Bandwidth Detection on Hybrid Internet Connection
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