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I have a Dell Vostro 1700 with widows XP. when i play a clip from Utube it continually pauses, starts, pauses, starts, etc..

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There could be a couple reasons for this:

1. Your comptuer has too many background tasks running to be able to keep up with decoding the video and playing it.

2. Your Internet connection is too slow - possibly due to virus on the computer? Also a virus would also increase CPU cycles giving rise to part of the cause in #1.

What I would do is right click to the right of the Start bar and choose task manager and click the performance tab. Look to see if your CPU usage hovers under 10% max while nothing is happening. If you see spikes, they may be normal but a constant usage over 10% is a sign something is consuming CPU cycles. Click on processes to see if you can identify the application.

To test your Internet BW or get a reasonable indication of it's performance, do a download test. Sites like speakeasy.net offer such a test.

Last but not least, Windows XP should have at least 1GB of RAM as a bare minimum. Anything less will cause paging and if you have high CPU usage, your paging will go up causing a waterfall effect as paging increases demand on CPU as well as Disk I/O.

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

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