Audio and video has recently started stuttering on my computer. It might have something to do with the installation of new hard drive on Monday. It seems to be worse in some applications than others. Any ideas?
Intel Pentium 4, 1700 MHz, 768 MB of RAM. Windows XP SP2. Started with an 80 gig hard drive.
I installed a Serial ATA card
and a 320-gig SATA internal hard drive
on Monday. Since then, when I play audio or video in most applications, I'm getting this super-annoying stutter; every few seconds or so, the sound/video is catching slightly.
Audio/video performance is slightly better (though still somewhat unwatchable) in the moments after a boot-up, which makes me believe it might be a matter of not enough RAM. I'm using FreeRam XP
, but that doesn't seem to be helping one bit. And it's slow.
The problem also seems to be somewhat diminished when I use the VLC player
versus using, say, WinAmp, iTunes or Windows Media Player.
Other than that, the new HD and SATA card are working out great. My memory tells me I was beginning to see blips of this problem even before I installed the hard drive, but I don't exactly trust that. And at any rate, it's much worse now, and the hard drive/SATA card are the only variables I can think of that changed in the interim.
I increased my paging file from 250 to 1150 megs. Hasn't helped.
Short of uninstalling the new HD, should I try purchasing more RAM? (I think my card will accommodate up to 1 gig.) Or are there other things I can try first?