Can you tell me why my setup works so poorly?

jrgrant@dc.infi.net
Sun, 16 Jul 1995 13:16:05 -0400


I'm finally ready to admit I need help getting CU-Seeme running
correctly on my machine. I do not find any help in any of the FAQ's for
the
conditions described below. Any help will be appreciated.

What I'm using:
Clone PC 486DX - 50 Mhz, 16Mb RAM
DOS 6.20, Windoze 3.1 w/ Watchit & Logit, no other
unusual TSR's
Teac 4X CD-Rom, Roland LAPC-1 sound card (non-SB
compatible)
ProMovie Spectrum video capture card (Known to be non-
compatible with CU-Seeme at this time. I'm not
trying to send video, only lurking.)
CU-Seeme version WO.65b2 (I believe this is the latest
version, regardless of what the opening message
screen
of Cornell's own reflector site says.)
US Robotics "Sportster" 14.4 modem, v.32bis/v.42bis
internal
on COM 4
PPP account with ISP (InfiNet/Norfolk Va.)

Here's what's happening:
When I connect to a reflector site, the windows of anyone
sending at the time pop up almost immediately, however,
very
little video information for any one window comes
through.
Most show only the CU-Seeme logo screen and the ones with
any
video rarely fill up more than 15-20% random squares.
After
about 30 seconds there is hardly any change in any
window.
FPS's remain at 0 and Kbps at 0.0 (my local window shows
12-
15 FPS eventhough I am not sending.) On the rare
occasion a
window fills completely, a few random squares may update
once
or twice a minute.

I have also tried connecting with my laptop, a 486 100Mhz, 8 MB
RAM,
DOS 6.20, Windoze 3.1 as above, no video card, SB compatible sound card,
28.8
v.34 PCMCIA modem card and get essentially the same CU-Seeme performance
(I
hear no sound eventhough the sound card is SB compatible.) My ISP is
supposed
to be going to 28.8 modems "soon". Should I see any improvement with
CU-Seeme,
at least with the laptop? What other configuration/set-up options should
I be
looking at?

Related question: Do we need a newsgroup that deals with
CU-Seeme topics? What are the relative pro's and con's between
newsgroups and listserves?

CU on line! -JRG