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Stutter in mouse, audio, video

About a week ago, I did a virus scan with Norton and found a few things that were automatically quarantined. I then deleted them, ran McAfee, Spybot, AOL anti-spyware stuff, and CCleaner. I've defragged about eight times, and everything should be fine from what I can tell (I'm not an expert!), but every second or so, my mouse stutters. The button is sticky, I can't drag and drop or scroll very well, because it won't drop stuff, and the audio and video both stutter at the same interval. What else can I do, besides wipe my HD and start fresh?

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Mouse

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What type mouse are you using and how old is it?

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MS Intellipoint

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I actually just bought and installed a new mouse a couple of days ago, thinking this might be the problem. It's an optical Intellipoint, and installing it didn't change anything. I also did the MSCONFIG thing and turned off all the startup stuff, to no avail.

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(NT) (NT) Did you try the PIO and back to DMA trick?

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The who in the what?

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I don't know what that is. I'm good at following directions, though, if it's explainable!
One other note on my problem: After I reboot, everything works just fine for a while, no matter how many different things I have running, and then eventually, after five minutes or twenty, the stutter begins.

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Noted in this article.

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It worked...

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I think it worked! I still don't really understand why, or what the problem actually was, though. Is this something that may happen over and over, and if so, what can I do to prevent it? It's nice to know that it's so simple to fix if it does recur, but I'd rather it didn't.
Thanks so much for your time. I really appreciate all your help!

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It's a bug...

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XP will silently move from DMA to PIO and not report the change. No cure noted, but a simple procedure.

Bob

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