Performance Running High, Comp Runs Choppy

Hewlett packard pavilion / DV1000
March 23, 2010 at 21:44:16
Specs: Windows XP
I'm experiencing a very annoying problem with my laptop. I first noticed it when trying to play music (which is the main thing i use my computer for). It would play very choppy. It does this with Zune, Itunes, music and videos i try to watch online, everywhere. I started monitoring the performance in task manager and found that whenever any program has to do any real thinking my computer is constantly peaking up into the 80-100% range, and this is primarily when the sounds will get disgustingly choppy, so i'm thinking this is the problem. In fact the rest of the computer seems to run slow or choppy as well. I was thinking maybe i need to add more ram, which i'd like to do anyway but it seems i should have enough to support support my programs. I typically only have no more than maybe Zune, Firefox, and sometimes a download program running at once, i really don't have many programs installed. My hard disc memory is not more the 1/5 full.

I've read alot of strands about problems similar to mine but nothing that seems an exact match. Any ideas?

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March 24, 2010 at 03:22:57
Pentium m 1.5ghz, 512mb ram. Yeah add another 512mb and u will notice improvement.
Scan your pc for virus and use ccleaner to clean your system. Use it to disable un-necessary start-up items. Http://

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March 24, 2010 at 08:19:48
I just looked at what i'm running and it says Pentium M Processor 1.73GHz, 1.32 GB of RAM. I could be wrong but it seems to me that that should be enough. I was running about half that RAM on my Mac and never had a problem. My buddy has a Gig for me but i won't get over there until Friday to put it in, and even then i'm not sure that will take care of it so i'd like to continue troubleshooting this issue till i try that remedy. I did have some virus issues as well but as far as i can tell i've resolved those. (Lastnight I ran Malwarebytes and Ad-Aware in both regular and safemodes, nothing shows up now) I also ran defrag and compression when i got the computer which didn't help much either, i've done a bit since then so i'll try defragging again.

Some possibly important things i failed to mention: I just bought this computer about 3 weeks ago. I bought it from a guy on craigslist and noticed how it was acting as soon as i started playing the music i put on here, so i'm assuming i bought it this way. When i was checking out the comp prior to buying i did notice that it seemed to take a while to load up but having been on a mac for the past few years i didn't think much of it. The other thing is, the choppy sounds start from the very start, when the computer makes it's chime opening onto the desktop. So its not just when i start running programs, but from when the computer itself starts running.

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks

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March 24, 2010 at 08:25:24
One more thing, i re-read my first post and i don't want to leave anyone with the impression that i'm always running multiple programs. Even when running only Zune the music is choppy and sometime unbearable, and if i open anything else up...forget about it. Did the same thing when i had Itunes on here.

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March 24, 2010 at 09:22:04
Yeah i though u have 512mb of ram but u have 1.5gb of ram which is enough. U purchase it that way but why u didn't return it? Do u have restore disc? Or win xp disc? I assume u have partitions, so u don't have to back-up the data.

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March 24, 2010 at 13:42:50
More than likely your system is infected with malware/spyware, possibly a virus. When's the last time you did a thorough hosecleaning?

Download, install & run CCleaner-Slim, both the cleaner & the registry scan. Delete everything it finds:

Download, install, update, then run MalwareByte's Anti-Malware:

If you're running a bloated hog of an anti-virus program such as Norton or McAfee, uninstall it & replace it with either AVG or Avast!:

Rather than having numerous programs pre-loading at startup, disable the ones that aren't absolutely necessary. Most can be started on an as-needed basis. Run MSCONFIG & disable useless programs from loading:

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March 24, 2010 at 14:58:18
Could be a number of reasons if the system used to work well.

One is by adding applications they can consume resources. Or even improperly use resources. Also in the same reasons might be malware and virus issues.

Second might be some faulty hardware. A test by software may determine that. I use ultimate boot cd's tools to start.

To get detailed reasons you can start with start-run-perfmon. Performance monitor has many of the metrics to decide what is using resources too much. See also systernals for more detailed diag tools too.

That all being said I still like to nuke it and reload the OS from OEM media or pre-made images (snapshots). It always works.

Playing to the angels
Les Paul (1915-2009)

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