Ok - Wow. Their audio driver
is much more recent. I can update it, but I feel confused: Why is this stuttering now? I've had the system since 2008, and it just started stuttering this year.
Ok, that doesn't matter - I'll update the audio and see if it works. I have a much bigger question. Should I be updating everything?
I mean, I'm not having other trouble. Like I mentioned, I re-loaded a factory installation because of the audio issue, alone. (But, it was back immediately - imagine my joy!) When I first started playing around with computers, the philosophy was more like 'don't fix it if it ain't broke' - We didn't flash BIOS or do anything except for trouble-shooting. So - my BIOS right now is A05, and this Dell page shows A14, for example. Should I just wave everything over and see how things run? I do routine backups, so I'm not worried about f-ing it all up - if I have to, I have a Vista image.
I appreciate the help. I think I'll do the audio driver asap, and see if it works. A DVD skipped today, so the 'latest' one I got yesterday didn't fix it. I play DVDs with VLC, usually, btw.
Thanks again for the help as this goes - just trying to understand, and save $ by avoiding upgrading. I like Vista, and it seems like it should be able to run on 4 gigs of RAM. The only reason I was considering Win 7 was to go 64 bit, to add RAM in the hopes this was a RAM issue, but I increasingly doubt that.