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By wescrock ·
Hello,
I believe i know the answer to this question... but maybe, and hopefully, I'm wrong.

I recently moved back to school and had to move my PC... Always a nervous time. I hooked up my PC and all that jazz and now... it seems... as if my MP3's and AVI's are skipping at times. The duration of the skips is no more than about 2 seconds... but it happens frequently. Im thinking that one of the plates in my HDD scrathced... but i'm not sure. I havnt noticed any thing similar in applications... but I havnt had a chance to play any games or anything yet due to lack of interenet on that computer for the time being. Let me know what you think.

Thank,
Wes

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by mjd420nova In reply to Media skips

If you're running WINXP, bring up the file manager with a CONTROL--ALT--DELETE and look the PROCESSES file. Open to full screen and you may notice one or more that are using a persentage of CPU usage. Pay real close attention and you may catch which program causes the glitch while listening. The usage may lag a bit behind the glitch but you should see a sizable jump in usage. That's the culprit process that is robbing CPU usage and robbing machine cycles and causing the glitch. You could then reduce it's priority with a right click on the process file name. GOOD LUCK

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by wescrock In reply to

i tried watching the system proccess' and nothing came up. I dont think it has to do with the CPU or the Sys. Memory (RAM)

any other feasable solutions?

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by wescrock In reply to Media skips

i tried watching the system proccess' and nothing came up. I dont think it has to do with the CPU or the Sys. Memory (RAM)

any other feasable solutions?

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by TheChas In reply to Media skips

Even though you are listening to music, a scratch or other damage to the platter on your hard disk will not cause a skip like it would on a vinyl LP, or a CD. Damage to the HDD platter will result in a crc error and the file usually will not open.

As answer 1 stated, the most likely suspect is some process taking too much CPU or bus time.

Look closely as CPU utilization in system monitor. Then check the running process list for what application is hogging the CPU.

My guess is that as soon as you get a network connection the skip problem will go away. I suspect that some program (spy-ware?) is searching for a network connection on a regular basis to "phone home".

Chas

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by wcp In reply to Media skips

I am assuming the MP3s and AVIs are in the HD. If not, please let us know.

Does the skipping(s) occur at the same place(s) or at random?

If random, the cause is most likely either sound or video related. If sounds skip or drag when you play a game, this is most likely video related problem.
1. Uninstall sound driver and install it with the latest one.
2. If the problem is still there, uninstall the video driver and install the latest.
3. Try with a different video card.

If not random, the files got corrupted. Copy the files (both good and bad) to a different folder and play them. If the problem persists at the same place, this confirms the file corruption. Do a HD diagnostic test and react accordingly.

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