Of course, it's a PC, that's the default state. I mentioned it to the windows expert here at work the other day, he suggested it needs a complete rebuild. What a load of nonsense! I don't mean he's wrong, I mean it's nonsense that something like that should be necessary.
not necessarily. Totally depends on the user. some people will click *anything* and then they wonder why their pc is screwed when they've allowed half the internet access to ti and it's being used to relay spam to half of china
I'm not one of those people though.
It's more faff though isn't it? It's not that I couldn't (I'm a UNIX system administrator), I just can't be bothered when I've got a perfectly good streaming system working perfectly well at home (I only use the laptop for listening to music at work, my phone does a better job of it!). That's kind of my point. All that effort and EDITED about, just to listen to a few tunes.
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Nice try but this is just playing audio stored on the internal HDD!
OK I looked Dell, their cheap PCs are good value no doubt but if you want anything special they are very inflexible with their options and if you want high grade stuff like SSD and high Ram then prices are expensive, I went to Scan computers who were cheaper and better spec,, come with decent sound cards, video cards as standard or you can upgrade at decent price. I think Dell are built down to a price so you may get a good processor but they will cut down on other components and then do sneeky things like not supplying the Windows software disk unless you pay extra.
As for speeds I can play anything, the only thing that is slow is this forum sometimes. I can even have a large 1 GB photoshop image open and play spotify or whatever, your guy at work is maybe right it needs sorting out.
It's a Dell but it's the same hardware as all the others underneath.
I wouldn't have thought anything "special" would be required just to play some music, if quad core and 4GB of RAM isn't cutting the mustard then I'm not convinced the peripherals are going to be important.
To be honest, it does what I want it to do perfectly adequately and that's view webpages and do the odd Excel spreadsheet. I just expected it be able to play a couple of songs without struggling as well. Too much to ask for though apparently.
Let's be honest, you're not interested in getting the issue sorted, you just want to whinge don't you?
No but you miss the point (more on that in a second), it is however the fault of the PC that with 4GB of RAM and a quad-core processor it still isn't capable of playing simple audio without stuttering just because I happen to have a number of webpages open in Chrome, that's just pathetic!
your pc sounds utterly screwed to be honest!
Perhaps it isn't? I'd say the fault is more likely to be with the operating system than the hardware anyhow. Does the onboard sound chip not function?
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But you say you can't even play a track and have a few pages open? And it does not support the 16bit files? For music I would have a SSD. Did you get the Windows disk? One reason why I would never buy a Dell again, had so much trouble with my last PC.
Why did you buy a quad core with 4GB for surfing the net?
Partly but I would like to get it sorted, I just don't want to have to go through the rigmarole of a complete system re-installation to do it. It's not a big enough problem for me to go through all that, just a minor irritation, I just get annoyed at the things in general though, like why the hell does the phone sync software on this thing need to be using nearly 300MB of RAM? That's nuts, it does nothing for 99% of the time it's running and wastes 300MB!
I think it's a driver issue of some sort, the onboard chip does function but playing back any audio, be it local files (flac or mp3), spotify (free, so only low bit-rate), youtube video, videos on the BBC website, gives this regular stutter (every ten seconds or so), coinciding with a blip of CPU usage up to about 10-12% from the virus-scanner (although even if you disable the virus-scanner the issue still persists).
Yup, some software is an absolute (insert rude word here).
I would however recommed updating all the drivers - if the music is stuttering, sounds like could be a driver issue.
Just make sure you do the chipset drivers as these can cause all sorts of wierdness!
edit - you beat me to it. At least that's one thing dell is good at, finding the drivers on their website
I just don't get on with Windows. Not much use to you I guess, but I prefer Linux for these things. Each operating system has its pros and cons, but Windows should work a lot better than it does given its cost.
Perhaps there is some other settings work around?
Things like the iplayer is notorious for having problems that is more to do with BBC bandwidth and your ISP and broadband speeds than your pc I would say.
Sounds like you have some serious issues though even my old Dell (7 years old) with 1GB ram runs bettter than your one.
Ifind Win 7 much better than XP, shuts down in 5 secs and opens in about 10 secs not minutes like before. Could upgrade to Win 8 for £15 but did not bother as that seems more for mobile/ipads/touch screens than PC based monitors.
Few=close to 40... Chrome is using over 2GB of RAM at the moment.
Sorry, my fault, that's a separate issue, the onboard sound card supports every bit and sample rate I could want but stutters with playback, it's the external USB sound card I bought that only supports 16bit-48kHz or 96kHz or 24-bit 48/96 kHz (so no support for 16bit 44kHz CD quality audio if using WASAPI).
No, I didn't get a windows disk.
It was the best spec for the money that I was prepared to pay, I do a bit of gaming on it occasionally but mainly because I'd used lesser spec machines and been very irritated at waiting for them to do anything, so I was happy to over spec it to get smoother performance. I also wanted the option of being able to do a bit more with it if I wanted to, I just haven't really needed to do much else with it.
You'd think so wouldn't you but the sound card driver is 4 years old and completely up to date apparently! That was the first thing I looked at!
I thought that initially but it doesn't explain the local file issue, nor the fact that the other people in the office have no such problems and I can stream the same thing using my phone without any slowdowns or stuttering.
Like I said, in general use, it's fine, it's just this one issue with audio that's got me stumped.
My neighbour's got Win 8 on his new laptop, EDITED is that all about?
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