Re: Can you tell me why my setup works so poorly?

Jack Decker (decker@Detroit.Net)
Sun, 16 Jul 1995 22:33:21 EDT

> 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.

If you find the solution to this, please let me know. After upgrading to
the latest version, this is almost exactly what I get. Where sound is
concerned, I very occasionally get snippets of sound out of my speaker
that sound like short snips of voice, but never enough to even be remotely
close to being understandable. Also if I try to access any of the
items on the top menu bar, the video windows disappear and I either can't
get them back at all or perhaps maybe ONE will come back. This is just
the flakiest piece of new software I think I've ever tried to use (at
least out of anything that I *really* wanted to get working...)