mini faq again

Bill Woodland (
Thu, 08 Aug 1996 21:54:22 -0500

I know these are the same old answers, but new people are subscribing and
asking the same old questions, so perhaps this will help. I am a PC user,
and know very little about the problems using CU-SeeMe on a Macintosh. I am
happy to help people via email as long as it is a Windows based question,
and I am given details on the PC configuration, modem speed, Cornell version
number or White Pines version number, etc. Feel free to email me if you

CU-SeeME Related Links

Here are some links to other CU-SeeMe related pages: - Bill Woodland's CU-SeeMe Info Page - Streak's CU-Seeme Info Page - White Pines CU-SeeMe Info Page - CSUSM Windows World - Michael
Sattler's CU-SeeMe Desktop Videoconferencing - John Lauer's CU-SeeMe
Event Guide - John Lauer's People Pages - Clips of cu-seeme events from Eden Matrix - Busbey's CUSM Friends - Hubble's CU-SeeMe Page - CU-SeeMe E-Zine - CU-SeeMe at NCSU - CU-SeeMe Schools - CU-SeeMe Video Conferencing
Experiments - Jher's CU-SeeMe Page - NASA Television on CU-SeeMe - Susan Warshauer's English
Class CU-SeeMe Session - The "Un" Un-Official CU-SeeMe Home
Page - The ICU - The Reflector - Bill Neisius's GO-Cu-SeeMe-Go
Reflector page

For an illustrated CU-SeeMe Users Guide, go to:

There are two links for the Users Guide, one for a Windows version, and one
for a Macintosh version. Also there you will find:
John Becker's reflector lists in five formats:long Cornell PC, short Cornell
PC, WP Enhanced PC format, Cornell's MAC format, and the WP Enhanced MAC format.
UCSC Windows Reflector program
Drivers for ComputerEyes RT board
Drivers for the Video Spigot board
Drivers for the Pro Movie Studio board

Drivers for the ComputerEyes 1024 board can be found at:

Reflector programs for PC and MAC:
The latest Windows reflector program from the UCSC people can be found at
this URL:

There is a 16 bit AND a 32 bit version in the file Do NOT get
the one named as it is only the 16 bit version.

There is another reflector program for Windows NT at this URL:

The release notes say:"It also runs on Win95, for now, but probably will not

There is a reflector program for the MAC at this address:

There is a searchable archive of the messages on this mailing list at this

Q:How do I fix "minimum receive rate is too high, set to 10 or less"
A:If you can transmit, click the bottom right button on your local window,
click on the arrow to the right of "transmission" and select "receive", then
adjust your minimum receive rate there. If you can not transmit, edit the
cuseeme.ini file with notepad and find the [Flow Control] section, and
change the MinRecvCap= line to 10

Q:I am having trouble connecting to another user with Cu-seeme. I got the
hosts error message. I am a dial up internet user, using win95 with 28800
modem. I would like to know if I have to create a "hosts" file, and where
should I have this file located. Also, do I need a fixed IP address to use
Cu-seeme? what if I got different IP address every time I log on.
A:The CU-SeeMe help file explains the answer to this in detail. Another fix
for this is to get the "MAKEHOST" program from my web page (Thanks and a
tip'o the hat to Fred Salerno for this helpful program) and let it create
the file for you.

Q:I have 486 compaq laptop running windows3.1. When I try and use Cu-seeme,
it connect okay but only a few pixels (blocks) fill in the small windows and
nothing else really happens. I've got a 28.8 pcmia modem and using Netcom as
a provider who is suppose to be Cu-seeme compatible. Any help or advice
would be appreciated.
A:The most common problems modem users have is with the transmit and receive
settings. The defaults fromCornell are trans=80, receive=300. Your 28.8
can't handle that much data, so lower them both to about 25 and adjust from
there for best results.

Q:I downloaded the file for the first time today (4 Feb 96), and as soon as
I opened it it told me that it couldn't find WINSOCK.DLL!!
A:make sure that winsock.dll is in the windows\system directory, in the same
directory as TCPMAN.EXE, or is in the DOS path. Also, if you are using
Win95, it sometimes renames your winsock.dll file to winsock.old

Q:Has anyone had success with the QuickCam and Win95? I'm running W0.84b7
and when I run the program my local window display many raster lines -
garbage really - that's runs off the bottom. It appears to continue running
to infinity.
A:Straight from the FAQ.TXT file:
Here are the steps to take to install a QuickCam with Window '95

1) Run the QuickCam installer.

2) Make sure the capture driver, called QUICKCAM.DRV, is in the
/WINDOWS/SYSTEM directory.

3) Check the file SYSTEM.INI (in the /WINDOWS directory) and make sure
there's an entry in the [drivers] section for msvideo like this:


If you've had another capture driver installed you might see another
driver listed as msvideo and another entry, msvideo1=quickcam.drv. In
this case you should switch the quickcam to be msvideo and the other
driver to be msvideo1.

4) Use the Win'95 Control Panel for Multimedia. On the 'Advanced' section,
double click on the Video Capture Devices icon. You should see an
entry for QuickCam. Double click on the icon for QuickCam. Make sure
the "Use the video capture device" choice is selected.

5) Restart Win'95.

Q:I have just configured the latest "CUSeeme" downloaded from Cornell on a
486DX4/100 20MB ram w/ Connectix QuickCam, Windows95 (nonbeta release) and a
USRobotics 28800 pcmcia modem. My problem is... when I launch CUSeeme the
Video and Audio windows appear, but not the tool bar with the video and
audio setups, connect, etc... Any suggestions?
A:If it is on the win95 task bar, RIGHT mouse click it on the task bar, then
LEFT click on MOVE. Using the CURSOR KEYS, move UP and LEFT until the
wire-frame is visible, then hit ENTER to drop it there. This happens ONLY
when you exit cu-seeme with a window MINIMIZED.

Q:Does CU-SeeMe work with the Snappy video Frame Grabber manufactured by
Play, Inc for Windows based PC computers?
A:No, it doesn't, but you can use it with CU-Doodle, from Bill Neisius, to
bring a picture into CU. I believe you can get CU-Doodle from this address:

Q:I've just downloaded CU-SeeMe. Can I just use it for voice communications
because I do not have the video capturing facility at the moment. I'm
thinking of investing on the video but not in the near future.
A:Yes, you can use the audio features without sending video. The problem
right now is that you can only change the receive cap setting from the local
video window, which you won't have. Use notepad to edit the cuseeme.ini
file located in your windows directory. Find the [flow control] section and
change the MaxRecvCap= line to match the speed of your modem.

Q:Where can I find a reflector list?
A:My web page (listed below) has a "finger" link to John Becker's MAC and PC
lists. There is also a page there with links to lots of other CU-SeeMe
related sites, including Michael Sattler's page, which also has a reflector

Q:I can only receive right now, as I don't have a camera yet. Does this go
against the "etiquette" (spelling) of using the CU-SeeMe program if you can
see them, but they can't see you? It almost amounts to......well.......
spying, doesn't it?
A:If they are on a PUBLIC reflector, then they realize this. If they don't
want to be seen, they would connect without sending video.

Q:How do I connect to another person, instead of to a reflector?
A:First of all be sure that you have permission. All you need to do is
enter THEIR IP address instead of that of a reflector.

Q:When will cu-seeme support Connectix QuickCam? Does this require a video
capture board?
A:It does now. Get the latest and greatest PC version from Cornell at
No, the Quickcam does NOT require a video capture board. The QC is a
digital camera that connects to the parallel port on the PC and the serial
port on the MAC.

Q:I can not get a local video window to appear when I first start Cu-SeeMe.
I have a Reveal TV-500 card. Is this the problem?
A:The Reveal TV-500 card is listed as "untested" in the compat.txt file. You
will have to get one that is supported by CU, or wait for Cornell to
investigate and correct this.

Q:I'm sure that this is correct, but let me check.... If I purchase a
connectrix camera (the little round one), I STILL need some kind of
videodigitizing hardware (videospigot, a-v mac,etc) in order to use CU-SEE ME.
A:The QuikCam is a *digital* camera, not an analogue one like you typical
hand-help camcorder. Consequently, it can feed digital data directly into
your parallel port where the CUSEEME software can pick it up.

Q:My mouse does not 'lock up,' but does become *very* unresponsive - like it
is missing interrupts or something. This does not happen when running Video
for Windows utilites (VIDCAP, etc.), only when CUSeeMe is running. I have
checked (and double checked) for interrupt conflicts, but have found none.
Any suggestions?
A:From what I can tell, if my local window is covered up by any other
window, like
the connect dialogue box or the participants list, then the mouse movement
is very slow and unresponsive. The clicking of the buttons doesn't work
very well either. Just for grins, you might try moving your local window to
a position where it won't be covered by another and see if this helps you
any. It did for me.

Q:How can I record any given cuseeme window, while it was active, either in
movie format, or as a still?
A:For Windows 3.1 I use a program called CLIPMATE to capture the individual
windows into BMP format. Another capture program for windows 3.1 can be
found here:
For Windows 95 Clipmate works, and there's also SNAPSHOT at this URL:
Both of these programs capture STILL pictures. To capture a moving video
section of the screen into an AVI file, use CAPSCRN which can be found in
the download section of my web page.

Q:Since I installed the latest Wpine version, I cannot connect using the
Cornell version. ( always come back with No answer )
A:The Cornell and White Pine version both put their INI file into the
Windows directory. You can rename the current copy to cuseeme.wp and then
restart the Cornell version. This will make a new cuseeme.ini file. COPY
this to cuseeme.cor. You can now copy either cuseeme.wp or cuseeme.cor to
cuseeme.ini to match the CU-SeeMe version you want to run. That's what I do
and it seems to work fine for me.

Q:Is there any way I can type in a "nickname" instead of a numeric address?
For instance, "" instead of How do I find
out what nickname to use?
A:Check the CUSEEME.MRU file in the REFLECTOR section of my web page. Ths
file is a list of public reflectors from John Becker at Cornel. The DNS is
the nickname that you are looking for. For example:
Target2= ! ASU Geology {???}
In this case you would use for the nickname.

Q:I have a Creative Labs Video Blaster, and just moved to Win95. Where can
I find updated drivers?
A:New SE100 drivers for Win95 can be found at Get the file wbse1w96.exe.

Q:No response...No seems like I'm always getting this, even
tho I know th ereflector is up, and I can connect to others. What gives?
A:Try this:Once you get the No response message, immediately reconnect to
the reflector. This works more often than you might think.

Q:I have the evaluation copy of Cu from White Pine. I can only see the
visible participents. How can I reach the "hidden" users? Will I need to
pruchase the copy and then be allowed to view all?
A:A hidden user can be 'unhidden' by clicking on their entry in the
Participants' List. However, if you are already maxed out (the number of
open windows equals the "maximum video windows" parameter under
Edit/Preferences/Conferencing, then you must close some other window before
you can open a new one.

Bill Woodland (
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PC only. See no MAC, Hear no MAC, Speak no MAC.