Posted 09 January 2007 - 03:26 PM
When using basically anything that uses audio/video (applications as diverse as Oblivion, Madden2007 and Windows Media player) I for some reason have choppy performance sometimes. For example, when I am in a big open area in Elder Scrolls: Oblivion, the game is extremely choppy. Yet, when I am in a small cave I see no performance issues. I used to be able to play on pretty high levels of detail, but now i have to put it at a very low res to even play it at all.... Basically it seems to happen during times of high stress on the computer and loading times.
In Madden, its almost specifically just during loading times, but also will just occur randomly and may last for over a minute.
In Windows Media, its just small little blips that are a nuisance when watching movies and such.
Furthermore, just in general, the computer just seems to be running slower in merely opening files and starting the computer up.
I dont know if these things are related, but the choppiness all appears relatively similar. I updated the drivers and such and direct X. One thing to note is that taking the dead battery out of my computer helped what I thought was a similar problem to these. Anytime that I would type, the computer would just randomly freeze up for a milisecond or whatever and skip over my keystrokes. I took the dead bat out and that solved it. Would maybe getting a new battery help what I'm dealing with now?
Other than that expensive solution, I'm out of solutions. I have a HP zd8000 lap top with XP, with a radeon x600 128MB mobile graphics card. 3.00 ghz, 1GB Ram, Service Pack 2
Thanks for any help. I will check back frequently if more info is needed.