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I've been stumped by this video problem for too long. I've posted on a couple of other forums and didn't come up with anything. I would really appreciate it if someone here can figure it out.
(if this is not an appropriate forum for this problem, I would appreciate it if someone could point me to one that is. thanks in advance!)

The problem occurs when I am playing streaming videos from thedailyshow.com and colbertnation.com. The audio seems to come through properly. but the video is messed up. every half a second or so, it plays a few frames from a fraction of a second before. I wish I could explain this better but it basically ruins the video. the ads that play before the actual clips play just fine.

I have not been able to reproduce this problem on any desktop or laptop that I have been able to get my hands on.

here are my specs:
Lenovo Ideapad G550
4GB ram
pentium dual core T4200 @ 2GHz
windows 7 home premium 64 bit
display adapter: Mobile Intel® 4 Series Express Chipset Family
driver provider: Intel Corporation
driver date: 8/25/2010
driver version:

I have this problem on all my installed browsers (firefox 4, chrome, IE9) - all of them are up-to-date.
Windows 7 is up-to-date. and so is adobe flash (version and all those other plugins.

I have cable internet (TimeWarner in Santa Monica, CA). the problem does not show up on other machines on the same network.
it is not a buffering issue. youtube works fine with 380, 480, 720 and 1080p resolutions.
and so does playing pretty much any other video file. so, this has to be a software issue, right?

The problematic videos apparently uses adobe flash. the video player on the website does not have a specific 'HD' option.
from what i understand, the player/website automatically adjusts the stream speed based on the available bandwidth. here is what shows up when I just clicked the info icon on the player:
Current Available Bandwidth: 9.40 mbps
Current video stream: 450 kbps
max video stream : 825 kbps
frame rate: 29.97 fps

if it would be convenient, I would be up for a Windows Remote Assistance session. just contact me if you would like to try that. I am 'julvar' on skype.

please let me know if I can provide any other info.

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