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Chromecast stops during playing of movies
« on: June 13, 2014, 09:06:39 AM »
Using the CTRL-O option of Chrome in Windows, I can select and play movie files through Chrome that are stored on my HD.
But Chromecast usually disconnects 3-4 times during every movie. I then have to restart Chromecast and  resume the movie at the point where Chromecast stopped.
I'm running Windows 8.1 on a high end PC (I7 processor, 6mb RAM, 2MB Video RAM, no other apps running). Internet speed is 20 mbps. Chrome is reported as up to date.
Most of the movies are mkv filetypes.

Any thoughts as to why this is happening?

Thanks.







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Re: Chromecast stops during playing of movies
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2014, 10:34:35 AM »
Internet speed is irrelevant for local files. In power savings, is their a keep awake option? Can you time the occurrences to see if they happen every 30 minutes on the dot?

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Re: Chromecast stops during playing of movies
« Reply #2 on: June 14, 2014, 09:02:08 PM »
Thanks. Yes. Internet speed is not a factor when playing local files. My goof. But it is a factor if you are streaming and I should have stated that I also stream movies.
Anyway, I did change my Windows Power Plan Settings for the laptop to never turn off the screen and never put the laptop to sleep and tonight everything cast fine, without interruptions.
Tomorrow I'll set up short times for both of these and see if the problem returns and if it does in those time limits.


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Re: Chromecast stops during playing of movies
« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2014, 10:35:44 PM »
Cool, I tried to find a wake on lan for my laptop, but it seems to only exist on tower PCs. Suggest changing the power plan when charging to movie maximum, 3 hours? Sleep mode. Screen off shouldn't affect the cast.

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« Last Edit: June 14, 2014, 10:37:19 PM by mat »

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Re: Chromecast stops during playing of movies
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2014, 07:57:32 AM »
OK, I set up my laptop Windows Power Settings to put the laptop to sleep after 1 minute.
I then started casting a movie from my hard drive via the Chrome CTRL-O combination (and NOT using the Cast Entire Screen option) . About 2 minutes into the movie the laptop went into sleep mode and Chromecast disconnected. I restarted the laptop and continued casting the movie. Again, after roughly 2 minutes the laptop again went to sleep and the Chromecasting stopped.
I then set Power settings to never put the laptop to sleep. I then restarted the casting and the movie has continued to pay just fine.

I'm surprised. I thought Sleeping would not occur unless nothing was running on the laptop.

I now believe that my earlier experiences, in which casting seemed to stop every half hour was due to the fact that my Power Setting had the laptop sleeping every 30 minutes.

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Re: Chromecast stops during playing of movies
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2014, 10:04:39 AM »
In power options/edit plan settings click the enhanced power settings. Under sleep allow wake timers. Under hard disk change where it turns off. Under multimedia settings, when sharing media. Under wireless adapter settings, max performance. I haven't found a wake timer for hard drive activity. Or lan.

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Re: Chromecast stops during playing of movies
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2014, 10:20:41 AM »
Or you could get a wireless mouse and attach it to a cat or gerbil or something.

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Re: Chromecast stops during playing of movies
« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2014, 10:32:31 AM »
I guess if you change the lid closure to go to sleep,   it should override the power plan settings. Just don't fall asleep yourself on battery.

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