Computer lag & choppy, ugly music

By ELLEphant
Jun 18, 2007
  1. I did some reading before posting :

    I just did a fresh install of Windows MCE over a 80Gig hard drive (with 120 slave w/ previous files before the reinstall + format) I thought all my problems were fixed (from my other previous posts) but a new problem has arisen.

    My computer has lag. every2-5 seconds or so, it lags, cursor jumps, when playing music using WMP, music becomes disoriented, choppy, and just plain ugly. I made sure I was using the correct sound drivers (downloaded from dell; specs below) so i dont think it's a driver problem. Defragging BOTH IDE drives didn't solve the problem. Upon reading the post (above) i did look over some of my services and disabled some that aren't necessary.

    I did monitor Performance using Windows Task Manager while running some music w/WMP. While it's idiling, it can be anywhere from 8%-15% (with bitlord and trillian running) but with completely nothing just the browser open its 0% (seems normal) when music runs, it can be from 8% and spikes to high 90s to 100% CPU usage. that is when the lag occurs.

    I've included HJT log and a screenshot.

    Specs: dell dimension 4550
    p4 @ 2.7GHz
    1Gig ram
    Windows Media Center Edition
    1 Seagate 80g IDE hdd
    1 western digital 120g IDE slave (used for backup & storage)
    GeForce MX 420 onboard graphics card
    Intel PRO/100VE NIC
    an onboard audio card (Creative SB Live! series)


    UPDATE: Lag w/ cursor has seemed to stop, but i still have problems with music being choppy during play. before reinstall of OS, i haven't had this problem.

  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    Make sure your drives are in DMA and not PIO.
  3. ELLEphant

    ELLEphant TS Rookie Topic Starter

    they're in DMA just
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,675   +389

    Try a different media player such as Winamp.
  5. TimeParadoX

    TimeParadoX TS Rookie Posts: 2,273

    EvilPlayer is what I use for a music player, It takes almost no CPU usage because it's a very simple player, no fancy things like Windows Media Player or Itunes :)
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