I have been having some major headaches with my Sager Laptop (runs a 3.0 ghz p4, 1 gig ram, 128 meg radeon 9000). Everytime I play a movie file (be it divx, mpeg, or DVD), the video and audio will skip/stutter very badly nearly every 60 seconds for about 1-2 seconds. The remaining 58 seconds has perfect playback. I have done a reformat and nothing changed. I am using the latest radeon drivers and have tried some earlier ones too but no luck. Once in awhile I will get really lucky and a video will play fine for about 20 minutes then do the major skipping ever 60 seconds after that. I have also watched task manager and the process "SYSTEM" jumps from about 2% cpu usage to about 20% cpu usage during the 1-2 seconds of skipping/stuttering. I know it's not a heating issue because my cpu temps remain fairly low during the entire time. Any suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated.
could the laptop have some hardware encoded feature for power saving? i say hardware because a format didn'dt solve your problem.