Jerky Mouse & Sound Issues

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Performance' started by Ben Trasherson, May 15, 2007.

  1. Installed Vista Ultimate 32bit on new WD 200GB hard drive.

    I'm running:
    - Supermicro MB
    - P4 3.2Ghz
    - 3GB RAM
    - Radeon X600 Graphics
    - RealTec AC97 Audio
    - Logitech Wireless KB & Optical Mouse

    My Vista low base score is 3.5 and everything else is 4 or 5, so I'm
    assuming it should run fine.

    My problem is this:
    - Mouse movements stop frequently, jerky type, then catching up with
    itself, delayed.
    - System sounds, online or local music, etc... flutters too, like the mouse.

    I notice it more often when the hard drive is working. When I turned off
    the Windows Search Indexer, it improved 70% because there is less HD
    processes however the problem still exists.

    I've updated all drivers from vendors, etc.. without success.

    Basically, when the system is doing nothing, the mouse moves normal, but the
    second the drive works, or sound plays, CPU activity, etc..... intermittent
    mouse behavior starts. For example, if I went to a media page that plays
    embedded Windows music/video the sound will flutter and scrolling the page
    makes it worst.

    Any ideas? It would be greatly appreciated, I'm starting to go crazy. :)

    Ben Trasherson, May 15, 2007
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  2. Ben Trasherson

    Victek Guest

    I'm running:
    It's clear that the keyboard is wireless, but is the mouse wireless, too?
    Is the wireless receiver connected to the computer via a USB or a PS2 port?
    Victek, May 15, 2007
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  3. The wireless keyboard and mouse are connected normally via the normal older
    ports, PS2, there is a separate wireless charger/station.

    I'm sure the problem is not a wireless issue because I've already tried
    using non-wireless keyboard/mouse thinking the same thing.

    I think the real problem is affecting the mouse movements, video/music
    playback, keyboard, etc... but not directly this type of problem. It's like
    when your hard drive is working and you see the hourglass icon rotating (in
    Vista it's the round light circle spinning), it stops moving for a second at
    times during the hard drive process... this is sorta like the same experience
    I'm getting with all my peripherals.

    Whenever I get a system sound like email coming in, someone on my buddy list
    logging into IM, etc... the sound is also fluttered, duplicated, stuttering.

    My computer constantly stops with a Desktop Window Manager error, I think
    this is related somehow because it's a new type of display rendering. I'm
    thinking if I can shut this off and revert to the old method it will help.

    The plot thickens. Thanks for your response, please let me know of other

    Ben Trasherson, May 16, 2007
  4. I had exactly the same problem.

    I doubt it'll help you, but on the off-chance.... I cured this on my
    machine by unplugging my Readyboost drive. It had got into some sort of
    strange state (the internal LED was flashing even when the PC was powered

    With 2G of RAM I decided not to bother with it.

    Steve Thackery, May 16, 2007
  5. Ben Trasherson

    Victek Guest

    Check that your hard drive is using DMA for data transfer:

    "control panel/system/device manager/IDE controllers/ATA Channel 0/Advanced
    Properties Tab"

    The suggestion to stop using ReadyBoost (if you ARE using it) is worth
    trying, too.
    Victek, May 17, 2007
  6. Yeah, the drives are in Ultra DMA Modes, DMA enabled and I don't use
    ReadyBoost either. I've even went as far as checking/updating my controller
    drivers with no success, everything working fine.


    My mouse still stops randomly to then catch up with my movements (the most
    annoying), the system sounds still flutter/duplicate rapidly, playing local
    videos still studder like a bad connection. When I double click on a
    program or a folder, the standard system click sound is multiplied, sounding
    like click click click click really fast.

    Here's one for ya... I went to my kids myspace pages and the embedded page
    must studders badly too and moving the page up and down makes it worst and
    my mouse of course stops moving sporatically as well.

    Any ideas I'd appreciate it, working in this type of environment is
    literally becoming unbearable. :( Hope we find a cure, I know it's
    probably something simple, one thing that affects it all.



    FYI, the Desktop Window Manager error was fixed by turning off Aero (thanks
    to Andy from MSFT)
    Ben Trasherson, May 17, 2007
  7. Ben Trasherson

    Victek Guest

    You could try disabling sound in the CMOS (BIOS) setup (just as a test of

    Disk maintenance, I.e. disk cleanup, check disk, and defrag?

    Check the motherboard BIOS version and find out on the web site if you have
    the latest version.

    In the old days I would have there was a resource conflict (such as IRQ,
    etc.) but that's not supposed to happen anymore.
    Victek, May 17, 2007
  8. Check if some errant process is bringing the system to its knees.
    Taskmanager (Ctrl-alt-del, select taskmanager), processes tab. Is anything
    hogging the CPU? HTH James :)
    James David Byrne, May 19, 2007
  9. Hello James,

    I checked that too, Task Manager is normal, no unknown processes or spikes.

    I also have the latest BIOS version too from SuperMicro.

    I'm starting to think Vista is just not as compatible as it should be, I
    might never solve this problem. It's so annoying trying to move the mouse
    pointer over a button or listen to music when it keeps stopping. :(

    Thanks again... if anyone else hears anything please let me know.

    Ben Trasherson, May 21, 2007
  10. Ben Trasherson

    Spirit Guest

    If you are running Aero and your low base score is your video card try
    turning Aero off....
    bet it works fine now....... I had same problem....
    Spirit, May 30, 2007
  11. Ben Trasherson

    LT Guest

    Ben, not nearly as proficient in settings as you and those who have posted
    previously but I had the same problem as I'm brand new to Vista. I changed
    virtual memory up to 2065mb and also added 2gb of RAM and it fixed my
    stuttering problem on media playback and mouse. Adding RAM isn't the cheapest
    solution bit that combined with expanding v-memory worked for me. Good Luck.
    LT, Jul 10, 2007
  12. Ben Trasherson

    LindseyLou Guest

    Removing my flash drive with ready boost also fixed my mouse doing
    little jig. Thanks...;
    LindseyLou, Dec 12, 2009
  13. Ben Trasherson

    Stepheng17 Guest

    Hey man,
    Ive got a post going on for the smae issue. It's not related to how
    hard the computer is working, because I have An Intel core 2 Quad q8200
    2.33GHz runing full speed with nothing open and I still have the
    Stepheng17, Feb 9, 2010
  14. Ben Trasherson

    TheDuck Guest

    Start task manager and see what threads are using the CPU time. There are
    loads of threads running in the background whether or not you have programs
    TheDuck, Feb 13, 2010
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