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Actually I Believe It's A Vista Problem

Since I had such a persistent problem with my Inspiron 600 M I "leased" a new Inspiron 1525 with Vista installed. Everything works great EXCEPT. All audio running in my dj programs play fine except for the occassional random (drop out, hesitation, hiccup) stall. This is very brief but long enough to be noticible and if in the middle of mixing two songs together enough to ruin the mix by throwing the timing off.
If this were not a lease I would (gleefully) destroy the Vista and install XP since this seems to be the problem judging by the many, many blogs, tech support and forum entries that I have read.
When new there were many other problems. Slow loading of songs, long hesitations during play and the external hardware controller not recognized, is how I solved those.
I went to the Device Manger speaker settings and unchecked "Enhancements". I disabled the built in sound card, anti-virus, radio functions and anything to do with the internet.
I installed 1/2 Gb of RAM. It came with two 512's in two slots and I could only afford a 1Gb stick. So I have a total of 1. 5 Gb.
The improvement in performance was stunning, I was pleased to be able to use my dj software at its full capacity.
But then it happened, the same brief dropouts (and actual stopping of movement) in two different sofware app's.
I am stuck with this lease and if I remove any software (Vista) they will charge me $75.00 upon the return of the machine.
I hope I can be helped.
Thank you in advance.
DJ Replay

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My advice is what they don't know won't hurt them. Ssshhh! Don't tell anybody. What I would do is convert the machine to XP, then before your lease is up revert the machine back to Vista. This will involve purchasing a Vista disc if the machine was preloaded and didn't come with one. Dell is accustom to people wiping the hard drive and reloading the operating system before returning a leased machine. I do data recovery and hard drive wipes for several local companies that lease from Dell, because they are a bit paranoid (in my opinion) of any body (Dell) recovering their data. I even have nondisclosure forms for each of them. Your other option is purchasing a new hard drive, and setting it up with XP to run in your machine. This way you can just pull your drive with your info and data, slap in the original drive and hand it back when the lease is due, and they'll never know. The new hard drive is probably the better way to go of the two. Hope this helps and if you have any qther questions feel free to ask.

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