Having problems with your Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop ?

All my music and videos on my computer skip. When

\015 All my music and videos on my computer skip. When I put a music CD in it does not skip. All videos on the internet skip as well. They didn't before. I'm not sure what I changed that might have caused it.\015

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Heres the issue: your bus thruput is being broken up into chunks. That may not make sense to you, but imagine a waiter in a restaurant. He is all alone, and the place is packed. Hes slowly serving everyone a little at a time, one meal to a table. Your pc is having that issue. PC's read audio and video files as data. The more bytes in the file (the size of the file) or the more complex the compression/decompression algorithm (codec), the more tasking it is on the cpu. There are a few things you can do to try to resolve this.
1. upgrade your ram. More ram in a computer means your computer can run more smoothly. Ram allows your machine to remember more stuff 'on the fly' without having to stop and write it down in a temp file (cache) for later use. Ram is always a great idea, no matter what.
2. Upgrade your video card. A video card with a high performance GPU (thats graphical processor unit) and a high amount of on-card ram (128 MB or higher is good) will render your images much more freely, (smoother, prettier pictures during movie playback) and allow your main processor to concentrate on the other aspects of your computer, rather than trying to render graphics or wait for your slower, weaker, on board gpu to render them.
3. save your documents to a flash disk and re-format your hard drive and reinstall windows and drivers. You said that it didnt skip before, so it is likely that your current ram and gpu are sufficient, but, that there is a 3rd party software piece working in the background, causing the stuttering. It might be harmless, or it might be malicious. It could also be your security software (some pc protection solutions are resource hogs). As a windows pc gets older, it gets slower because its registry (hive) is getting fatter, so it has to process thru a larger registry to do something. Reformatting destroys this large registry and resets it to the smallest it will ever be, until you reinstall things, like office or flash or java or yahoo or winamp or etc etc etc.
4. finally, it could be the renderer (program) that you are using to play the media with. I personally use Winamp for my music (mp3, wma) and I use "media player classic" (just search for k-lite codec full). media player classic is a bare bones audio video player, and comes with several up to date codecs for playback and recording. It also repairs any broken, missing or cross-linked codecs. (CoDec is COmpressor DECompressor). The renderer (player) could be so heavy and involved that it is using a lot of CPU resources, tasking your machine, causing the stuttering.
I hope this gives you insight into your issue. Good luck in your venture.
In Firefox Tools Options content Uncheck Javascript temporarily. IF this fixes the problem immediately which it will. Then you have a bad or corrupted installation of JAVA. Or maybe more than one. Javascript runs all the cutesy animations in the ads that run along the side of your browser, So temporarily turn off JAVAscript, or remove and reinstall it. Something to also notice Ctrl Alt Delete start task manager, notice under performance when JAVA is running that the CPU is 100%, and the memory is near maximum. The otehr memory hog is WMPNetwork service. I recommend you stop and disable music sharing. Not needed to play music. It runs the CPU to 100% as well.
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