I have had an odd problem that arose while I was watching Netflix one day. I'm operating on an older laptop which had been fine until just recently (aside from being old and slow... but that's another topic! lol). So the symptoms of the issue are that while watching a 45-minute episode on Neflix it'll fairly frequently play only a few minutes at a time then stop. When this happens it generally takes 2-3 minutes for Netflix to recalibrate which isn't normal. However sometimes it'll play just fine with no issues. I'm generally pretty good about deducing what an issue is and fixing is but this one has me stumped. Here's why:
Initially I thought this was the result of the wireless adapter going bad but I ruled this out because the other day I plugged the laptop directly into the router but I had the same results. I highly doubt both the ethernet and wireless are going bad at the same time.
The other thing I have ruled out is an internet/network issue. The reason I ruled this out is that I have 3 other devices including one pc (wired) and on laptop (wireless) that have no issues at all. I doubt its a general hardware issue because it theoretically wouldn't have been fine for several months then suddenly not.
Other pertinent information: Laptop is running Windows 7 which was installed about a year ago (long before I even had netflix). My internet connection via the wireless adapter does on occasion seem to cut out and reconnect both at home and away. Internet connection was recently upgraded from 1.5 Mbps to 5 Mbps on DSL.
At this point I'm leaning towards it being a software issue but I'm not even sure where to look... Thanks for the help!
EDIT: To clarify what I meant when I said I didn't think it was an overall hardware issue... I meant that it wasn't because the hardware was old and not capable of processing the video feed. I know hardware can fail at any time so I wasn't indicating that it couldn't be a hardware issue just not a lack of capability hardware issue.