Computer skips on a secondly basis

Intel / D865gbf
January 10, 2009 at 03:22:09
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 3.192GHz/1022MB
First things first, sorry if you guys get this question a lot. Today I decided to get a Playstation emulator so I could enjoy the good ole' games from the past, since my previous decided it was time to keel over. After downloading it, and running everything to allow it to work with my discs, I noticed that once I started up the emulator, that my computer would skip about every second. (Referring to any processes on the computer as well)

I noticed that it effects mouse movement (causing it to freeze up for a brief moment), music, graphics, basically everything. I have had this problem before in the past, although I wasn't sure what caused it, so I would simply restart my computer and the problem is gone (only way to rid myself of it)

Looking around at some other similar forums, I didn't quite see any of them that fit my problem.
I'm not sure if it's my graphics card or my power supply or what, but my graphics card is a

ATI RADEON 9550, 128 MB AGP card.

So, on paper, I really shouldn't have a problem with that. So, could it really be my power supply? If so, why does my computer not have a problem with other like games (Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, for example)

I checked my cpu usage and it doesn't seem to be going insane either, (With that as the only process I wasn't getting over 20%)

If I had to explain the skipping from a different standpoint, it feels like you're on a computer that only runs on a secondly basis.

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January 10, 2009 at 05:02:58
I had that problem with the sound when I play a
computer game. Restarting the computer will clean out the RAM of any stray bits.
Computer Speed and Performance May Decrease

When you open, then close programs,
programs may not free up RAM memory.
That is called "Memory Leak".
Restarting computer will clear out its RAM memory.
To have more RAM available at startup,
You can do Start, then RUN, then type
Then uncheck items in the Startup tab.

To find out what each Startup(or Process) item
does or means, and any recommendation as to if you should close the process:
Task List Programs
The Process Library

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January 10, 2009 at 22:03:51
That did it, Thank you for your help! =D

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