Choppy System

By rckclmr
Nov 27, 2006
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  1. Hello All,

    I am new to this site.. I know a bit about computers but having some problems.

    I have a Sony System Windows Media and it was working great up until a few days ago.

    I am not sure what happened....

    When the system boots up and you get that startup sound.. its choppy - comes and goes and seems to be skipping..

    Also it seems like the system has slowed down.

    I notice it when I am playing games.. when playing a game the sound is also choppy and so is the game play, then it speeds up like normal. ANY THOUGHTS...

    I have run a bunch of clean up, spyware checks, and reg cleaners and nothing.. even ran SFC and still nothing....

    I was wondering if it might be my graphics card... when i set my settings back to 800x600 it seems to work fine. I have a ATI all in wonder 128 card..

    I have not installed anything, I have not updated any drivers.

    Thanks hope to hear from someone soon
  2. danieldude

    danieldude Newcomer, in training Posts: 47

    you say its a sound proablem, you might as well check the sound card:)

    when you see a movie is the sound ok?
  3. rckclmr

    rckclmr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    Movies

    Movies run fine.. no issues with the sound.
  4. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    Check in device manager and make sure there are no yellow question marks or yellow triangles with a black exclamation point in them next to any devices. missing or corrupt drivers can cause the problems you describe.
  5. tpfagan

    tpfagan Newcomer, in training Posts: 43

    I've had this happen before but it's been a while. It usually means that too many resources are being used at startup. Right after you boot up, see if you can get into Task manager(ctrl-alt-del -> task manager)and see what processes are sucking up all of the cpu resources. Also, look to see how many applications you have at startup (look in the startup folder (start -> All Programs -> startup) and also count the number of icons you have down by your clock).

    Did you install any new applications recently?

    Did you install any Microsoft Critical updates recently (or maybe automatically)?

    Also make sure that BIOS still sees the correct amount of memory that you have installed...
  6. rckclmr

    rckclmr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    I only have a couple Icons by the clock.. ATI, Norton, and two others.

    System resources are Good, nothing really out of the ordinary.

    I have installed a couple programs over the last couple weeks.

    As far as auto updates nothing that is critical.

    BIOS does count up the right amount of memory.

    I have the same issue when im running some games. So I have no idea..
  7. iss

    iss TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,896

    Depending on the game your playing the card may not be powerful enough to keep up with it at higher resolutions. also if it is a game with very large maps you may not have enough system memory to run it smoothly.
  8. rckclmr

    rckclmr Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    The game is NHL2007 it worked fine a while back.

    I have to say I am at a lost.

    I tried running the game in 800x600 it was a bit better but still nothing.

    I am using a DMI cable to connect to my monitor that wouldn't do it...

    I have 1 Gig Ram, I have 3.2 Processor, Windows XP Media, 80 Gig drive that has about 25 Gig of free space - could it be a swap file issue?

    Any other thoughts?

    Thanks all

    Robert
  9. bighead(kor)

    bighead(kor) Newcomer, in training Posts: 30

    :-D post some stuff in my post.... ;-(
  10. sghiznaneck

    sghiznaneck TechSpot Maniac Posts: 544

    What sound card are you running, or is it an integrated card?
  11. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 6,304   +52 Staff Member

    Updating your graphics and audio drivers is a good start...
  12. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX Newcomer, in training Posts: 2,438

    1. All-in-wonder cards are usualy for video editing programs ( FRAPs to record games and edit them with Sony Vegas )

    2. Do what the rest of the people who posted previously said and upgrade your system

    3. If you want to get maximum performance out of any game you choose then build your own, You gain knowledge of computers and you'll be getting all the ladies like I did ;)

    Hope I helped, If you need any help with making a computer or anything just send me a private message and i'll give you links to your price-range of your system :)
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