MSMP11 plays slow and stutters

Ecs / 945gz/ct-m
September 15, 2010 at 08:19:32
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 1.795 GHz / 2039 MB
ms mp 11 plays s-l-o-w and stutters through music. I have 2 GB RAM, I have Intel E4100 "core duo" CPU. I use Win XP-home edition. I have 36 processes running normally, including Weatherbug, Windows Security Essentials, others.

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September 23, 2010 at 12:09:35
Using KMplayer...same manifestation as with MS MP11. Also, I notice that if I am playing music and I then open MSIE, or start any other program, or even as I click on confirming this post, preview it, etc., this new task for CPU slows the playback of the music temporarily. I am playing music now and so this is audible to me. I notice the slowdown/stutter problem when I play online video as well, as when playing/watching a video newsclip or whatever.

So, it seems that CPU tasks occupy CPU time, resulting in choppy media playing no matter what the media player I use.

Would "overclocking" my old Intel E2160 help? Would NEW Core 2 Duo or similar higher capacity/speed CPU help?

Is it possible to use any known WinXP-home feature to dedicate more CPU or RAM resources to media playing?

Thanks much,

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September 23, 2010 at 15:36:38
To maximize your available memory ( you will not notice any loss in quality ) I make these changes to the XP eye candy & performance.

Unknown hard drive activity.
Right click an empty part of your desktop > Properties > Display Properties > Desktop > Customize Desktop > Desktop Items.
Down the bottom of that screen, uncheck > Run Desktop Cleanup Wizard every 60 days.
Colour quality
Click > Settings, in Colour quality > Medium ( 16 bit )

You can play around in here, I personally use these settings, but it depends on you own requirements, mine are very basic.
Right-click "My Computer", then "Properties".
Choose the "Advanced" tab. Under "Performance" click "Settings".
In Visual Effects, click on Custom & untick everything, except these 2 > Smooth edges of screen fonts & Use visual styles on windows and buttons ( Default has everything ticked, except > Smooth edges of screen fonts )
Click Apply & then OK.
Processor scheduling & Memory usage, select Programs for both.
Virtual Memory > Change
I use > System managed size

In Windows XP every time you open My Computer to browse folders XP automatically searches for network files and printers. This causes a delay in displaying your icons. You probably see the "default" windows icon and as you scroll it changes to the correct icon. This is how to stop that...
1. Open My Computer
2. Click on the Tools menu and select Folder Options...
3. Under Folder Options select the View tab.
4. Uncheck the very first box that reads "Automatically search for network folders and printers".
5. Click "Apply" or "OK"
You should see a dramatic increase in speed when Windows displays your icons.

1:> Disable Simple File Sharing.
Description of file sharing and permissions in Windows XP
Simple File Sharing is enabled by default if your computer is NOT a member of a domain
To disable Simple File Sharing:
1. Start > My Computer > Tools > Folder Options.
2. Select the View tab.
3. Clear the Use simple file sharing (Recommended) box in the Advanced Settings area.
4. Press Apply and OK.
How to Disable Simple File Sharing in Windows XP
How to Disable Simple File Sharing in Windows Xp Home Edition
2:> Right click C:\ and open the Properties box
3:> Open the Security tab
4:> Click "Add" and input your user name.

Disable Indexing Services
Indexing services is a small program that hogs HUGE amounts of RAM and can often make a computer endlessly loud and noisy. This system process indexing and updates lists of the files on your system, so you can search for them quickly, but it's completely unnecessary.
To disable it, go to the Control Panel and click Add or Remove Programs. Click the Add/Remove Window Components. Simply untick the Indexing services and click Next!
1. Browse to your hard drive either through Windows Explorer or through My Computer.
2. Right click your hard drive icon and select Properties.
3. At the bottom of this window you'll see "Allow Indexing Service to index this disk for fast file searching," turn this feature off for all of your drives by unchecking the box and clicking Apply.
4. After that a window will appear, Select "Apply changes to subfolders and files". If any files can not be updated select "Ignore All".

How to Disable the "There are Newly Installed Programs" Balloon
When you install a new program in XP, the operating system helpfully tells you about it and highlights the new program(s) on the Start menu. If you don't like this behavior, there's something you can do about it:
Right click the Start button and select Properties.
Click the Start Menu tab.
Click the Customize button.
Click the Advanced tab.
Uncheck the box labeled "Highlight newly installed programs."
Note: this option is not available if you use the Classic Start menu.

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September 24, 2010 at 15:38:37
Attn: JohnW,

Thanks for all that. Have not restarted yet, but, I sense it will help...will report back to you.

One part only that I could not find...

"How to Disable Simple File Sharing in Windows Xp Home Edition
2:> Right click C:\ and open the Properties box
3:> Open the Security
4:> Click "Add" and input your user name."

I could not see the "Secuity" tab or button anywhere at all in my
WinXP-Home C:\ > Properties box. I also could not see anything similar in >Control Panel >Security Center.

Any alternate way to "Security" tab that you know?

Thanks, -SR

Thanks much,

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September 24, 2010 at 16:49:54
"Any alternate way to "Security" tab that you know?"

Only by googling, if any links are dead, you know what you to do, put that into google.

Example:> Disable Simple File Sharing in Windows Xp Home Edition

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September 26, 2010 at 16:38:00
Thanks Johnw.

I did all this and even removed Windows Live messenger from my Windows XP. I still get some stuttering to music/video streaming. I found out that I have an older Core Duo CPU called E2160. I think I need a better multi-tasking CPU and new Mobo to match it.

Every little download or upgrade of software seems to occupy some hefty resources. I remember the simple days when MSMP just played the music.

But, thanks for all the resource freeing info you gave me.

Make it a great day. -SR

Thanks much,

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September 29, 2010 at 09:16:32

Looks like I disabled Simple File Sharing. It doesn't even show as selectable at this point in Start >My Computer >Tools >Folder Options >View. maybe this is because I disabled networking, which I do not need.

Still having slow-stutter-drag audio/streaming video play problems. Hmmm?

Still trying to avoid spending money. But, may upgrade my MOBO to allow overclocking my Intel E2160 cpu. Not sure it will help, though, at this point.

Thanks for all suggesttions, just the same.

Thanks much,

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