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    So the system I'm running is a VIA EPIA 533 Mhz w/ 192 MB RAM, 20 gig HD.. thats all thats relevant ATM I think, and using either Windows Media Player or Media Engine the MP3s skip a little here and there.. nothing major, every 45 seconds or a minute a little "blurble" type thing.. but its noticeable..

    any ideas? oh yeah, running XP Professional ... adding more RAM might help I thought, or an external (to the motherboard) sound card to relieve some of the processing load?

    I'd rather not buy anything new if possible.. seems that 533 Mhz w 192 RAM should be able to play MP3s smoothly.. at least my old 233 did.
    VIA EPIA 533 MHz
    256 MB RAM
    7" Lilliput VGA Touchscreen
    20 gig HD
    Media Engine 2.1.4
    GPS - Earthmate/SA2004
    802.11b Connectivity

  • #2
    You need to either:
    A. Slim down XP by stopping services you won't use from starting up and removing things like IE if you don't plan on using it. There is a thread on here if you search.
    or
    B. Buy more memory.
    7" Lilli TS, Soyo K7VME, Semperon 2200, 160GB Maxtor, 512mb PC3200, Deluo GPS, Panasonic Slim DVD/CD RW, Linksys WMP545G , Opus 150w, XMDirect, XP Pro, FP, IG [XXXXXXXXX-] 90%
    ATVMS.com

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    • #3
      yeah get more ram, dude. You should trim down XP anyway.
      Car: 2000 Audi A4 Avant 1.8t
      Carputer 2.0: removed. Back to stock.

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      • #4
        Just to test.... If you have a wifi card, disable it for a while to see if it goes away. I have noticed my 300MHz laptop skips like that when I drive by a wifi access point in someone’s house or building and XP tries to connect or gives me the balloon behind MediaEngine that says "wireless network detected". If I pull the card out it does not do it.
        Randell Kelly

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        • #5
          definately ram, my windows XP uses anything from 200 ~~> 400 megs for simple applications. (i have 512)
          Mine needs to be updated.

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          • #6
            I have ben having the same problem latley...I did add a WIFI card. But I also have a 1.3 celeron, and plenty of ram.
            I'm down to 1 of 2 conclusions
            1. The hard Drive is going
            2. The wifi card is somehow affecting the performance.

            I'll do some more testing
            BossTone74

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            • #7
              ok, i'll try slimming down XP and see how that works
              VIA EPIA 533 MHz
              256 MB RAM
              7" Lilliput VGA Touchscreen
              20 gig HD
              Media Engine 2.1.4
              GPS - Earthmate/SA2004
              802.11b Connectivity

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              • #8
                Also, are you using a variable bit rate on your MP3's? I've had nothing but luck with XP's built in media player liking variable bit rates, but I've had other programs have problems with them.

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                • #9
                  Try Winamp 2.x.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bosstone74
                    I have ben having the same problem latley...I did add a WIFI card. But I also have a 1.3 celeron, and plenty of ram.
                    I'm down to 1 of 2 conclusions
                    1. The hard Drive is going
                    2. The wifi card is somehow affecting the performance.

                    I'll do some more testing
                    I have a wifi card in my MAME cabinet and have noticed dramatic differences in game play with it plugged in. Games will stutter and not run well at all when the usb wifi card is plugged in. The machine is running Win98, Athlon XP 1700, 512MB of DDR.
                    '03 Sierra Denali

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                    • #11
                      sound drivers
                      Pete Kastner www.KastNERD.com

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by beaverpants
                        sound drivers
                        good addition to the conversation!
                        BossTone74

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