Issues with choppy video

December 15, 2011 at 17:17:27
Specs: Windows XP
fyi, i am very much a novice when it comes to computers.

i was looking for a cheap computer mostly for internet and office applications. i bought a used computer off of craigslist (great idea, eh?). it was a custom built machine ($150). i tested it out at the dude's house all seemed fine. i soon realized the fan on the power supply was super loud, so replaced it, along with the other fans ($80). what i have now realized is that when i stream any video (hulu, youtube, PBS kids videos ect..) it is very choppy. unwatchable. this may have been an issue before i opened the tower and i just didn't notice, but now it is terrible. DVDs play fine. the videos will 'load' quickly, but even if the entire video is downloaded (cache is full) the video will be choppy.

my connection is fine. i did a speed test and it was 15-20mbps (depending on site.. websites load very quickly.

so, i am annoyed. i start researching and start trying everything anyone suggests on any website (did i mention i don't know anything?).. i update drivers, download new version of flash.. test all browser types.. download coedecs (sp?).. change computer priorities.. uh, other stuff. nothing. same choppy video.

soo, ideas? i was told it was a 'gamers' computer. there are a bunch of games i don't care about loaded. (combat arms, league of legends.. battlefield something.. is a microsoft flight simulator.. seems pretty fancy. all pretty big files. still lots of memory left.

stats as i understand below..

OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name FLYER
System Manufacturer FUJITSU SIEMENS
System Model MS-7125
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 55 Stepping 2 AuthenticAMD ~2412 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG, 1/16/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
Windows Directory C:\WINDOWS
System Directory C:\WINDOWS\system32
Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume1
Locale United States
Hardware Abstraction Layer Version = "5.1.2600.5512 (xpsp.080413-2111)"
User Name FLYER\User
Time Zone Pacific Standard Time
Total Physical Memory 3,072.00 MB
Available Physical Memory 1.96 GB
Total Virtual Memory 2.00 GB
Available Virtual Memory 1.96 GB
Page File Space 4.84 GB
Page File C:\pagefile.sys

sound device: Name Realtek AC'97 Audio
video card(?) Name ATI FireGL V3300

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December 15, 2011 at 17:44:06
It is just too hard to tell what you have.

I'd normally say to reload the OS but I'd guess you have an illegal copy of that on there.

Might try making a linux live usb and see if it works.

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December 15, 2011 at 17:51:15
interesting idea. not sure if it illegal. would that wipe out the programs that are loaded? i don't have a way to back those up..

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