Posted 09 July 2009 - 03:38 PM
Dell Inspiron 9100 laptop
Pentium 4 3.2 GHz
2 GB ram
Radeon Mobility 9700 128 MB GPU
Soundblaster Live! 24 bit external (USB) soundcard
External HDD (usb)
PCMCIA usb card
I've been having trouble with flash player, whether it's youtube or any other content, bogging down my system and becoming jumpy. Process Explorer shows DPCs rising when I have a flash game or video open, using up 20-40% CPU. The problem is not limited to FF, as it happens in Opera and IE. I don't want to bias anyone's opinion, but google leads me to believe that I have a driver conflict. It feels (if I may use such a term) like an issue with the video card.
The system is a fresh install of SP2, which updated to SP3. This was not an issue before I had to reinstall. I have tried multiple drivers for the video card: Dell's proprietary drivers, Omega Drivers, and now ATI's driver via driver heaven's Mobility Modder.
I have used both wired and wireless connections, and both have the same trouble. I have also disabled the soundcard and tried, which I *think* resulted in moderate improvement, although not a solution.
As a side note, I attempted to update the video card bios using the exe supplied by Dell.com, but received the error "resources file missing." I have the "floppypack" bios updater, but no floppy drive to use it with, so if anyone has a way of trying that without a floppy drive please let me know.