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All videos have audio lag.

by LuckyOri / January 19, 2014 10:41 PM PST

Hello fine people! My story is thus:
I ran one too many programs at once it seems; causing the video I had playing to lag. My machine is... a classic, so it's not unusual for it to be overworked. However, even though I've closed all the extra processes and have things running smooth and normally, EVERY video I try to watch online still has audio lag. That is to say, the sound is skipping and sounds a little like the people are underwater. Updating my flash player did not fix this.

This happened to me once before, and I jumped to system restore. That did the trick, however I'd like to know what causes this and if there are other solutions.
I know everybody's time is valuable, so thank you so much for reading.

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The first thing
by Jimmy Greystone / January 19, 2014 10:47 PM PST

The first thing to try with any Flash related issue, is disabling the hardware acceleration. You'd think after this long Adobe could have fixed that, but apparently not.

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Does this machine have an IDE drive?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 20, 2014 12:10 AM PST


I missed which OS but the XP DMA BUG is well known to do that. There was never any fix from MSFT for that one. Mystery as to why.

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Please do the XP DMA RESET before drivers.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 21, 2014 1:40 AM PST

Now there are some that want a dissertation on this covering the whys and how it affects sound and more.

If you want to really screw up a working PC, start down the driver road. It rarely ends well.
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If full reload fixed in past
by James Denison / January 20, 2014 2:35 AM PST

save yourself the trouble this time and do just a reload of the audio drivers separate, which hopefully are available as such from motherboard or computer manufacturer.

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Could you explain how to do this?
by LuckyOri / January 21, 2014 1:36 AM PST

I've never heard of reloading audio drivers - could you explain how to do it?

An update: I used system restore again last night but this time the problem came back. I just started using Norton Internet Security, which I guess is more resource heavy? If this is going to happen all the time, I really hope I'm able to understand an easier fix.

I'm on XP. I turned off hardware acceleration and updated flash player, but no luck.

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by James Denison / January 21, 2014 2:04 AM PST

Don't know what your system is, the model of your computer, nor even the model of your motherboard.

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