Not sure if this is a hardware or software problem or both. I have a 5 year old Toshiba Satellite laptop. It runs Vista 32-bit, has plenty of free disk space, has upgraded 2GB RAM, and has a dual core Centrino CPU. Yes, not the fastest machine but usually adequate.
If I play a video file using any of the popular players (WMP, VLC, etc) and fast forward, at first everything works well. Then after a while the playback will stutter and sometimes entirely freeze, though the time counter keeps running. I have the latest versions of software, drivers, codecs, etc.. The disk has been defragged. I don't have lots of applications running, in fact task manager shows CPU and memory utilization is often under 50%. Cache RAM has been cleared. I have messed with controls on media players and none of the optional performance things seem to matter.
This is not an overheating issue. Will do this whether PC was just turned on or has been on for hours. Temperature in room is often very cool.
I'm a bit puzzled, especially by the fact that it works perfectly at first (always). Seems like some sort of buffering problem but I don't know where to look for this or even if this is the problem. I would appreciate some help on this if anyone has some ideas. Thanks.
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