Posted 15 May 2011 - 01:29 PM
My laptop runs fine most of the time, but occasionally, it will start stuttering. I have not identified a cause; it appears to occur randomly, every couple of days. When I move the mouse it will basically stutter. That's the best word I can think of to describe it. It does what I tell it, but every second or so there will be a brief moment where it will stop. If I am playing video or audio during one of these stuttering bouts, that same thing happens. It will play fine but briefly stop and then continue - stutters. The severity and frequency of the stuttering does vary in different occurrences, but in most occurrences the frequency seems to be around once per second with the stutter lasting around 3/10 of a second. During a single stuttering sessions the frequency and severity seem constant.
I had thought the only thing to stop it was to restart, but due to a clumsy friend, I recently discovered a mild bump to the laptop will make the stuttering stop! I'm sure it's really awful for my poor little computer, but I was curious if that was just a coincidence, so I repeated the bump the next time the computer started stuttering, and it successfully stopped the stuttering. So, does anyone know what sort of stuttering problem could be fixed by a bump to the computer?? Is this stuttering something I can prevent in the future?
OS: Windows XP Professional, Service Pack 3
Processor: Intel dual core T2400 @ 1.82Ghz, 2GB of RAM
Hard drive: Travelstar 7K100 80GB 7200 RPM 8MB Cache SATA (only 5 GB free)
It's a dell inspiron e1505 (also known as 6400) that I've had for probably about 5 years if that tells you anything. I regularly run adaware, spybot, and eusing registery cleaner, and I run avg antivirus constantly. Software-wise, I think it keep it pretty clean.
Any explanations/advice/suggestions would be very much appreciated. This laptop and I have been through a lot together, i'd like to keep her up and running!