I have a computer I bought recently just for music...no internet, no printers, etc. Anyway, periodically there would be a sputtering while I was playing...kinda like what DJs do or techno guys do with their sputtering techniques. I've turned off all unnecessary programs, optimized XP per some instructions I got on a different website, adjucted the buffer settings on my soundcard, but the problem persists.
The odd thing is that it wasn't just when I was playing many samples and/or many voices and tonight I noticed something I hadn't before...the problem keeps recurring every 2 1/2 minutes or so. I'm guessing there must a program or something lurking in the background....any ideas?