One cause of pausing, dropouts, etc is Internet connection.
Download and run the free (and popular) Resplendence Latency Mon program. It may help to identify what is causing it.
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Thanks for the suggestion. I ran the test, and it did give a warning that I am having issues with audio and video playback LOL, but the program suggested to disable throttling, which is something I can't find out how to do on my dell, there is nowhere to do it in the control panel or in the bios as suggested.
I'm beginning to suspect it might be the battery which is near the end of it's life according to bios diagnostics.
Here's what LatencyMon said:
Your system appears to be having trouble handling real-time audio and other tasks. You are likely to experience buffer underruns appearing as drop outs, clicks or pops. One or more DPC routines that belong to a driver running in your system appear to be executing for too long. One problem may be related to power management, disable CPU throttling settings in Control Panel and BIOS setup. Check for BIOS updates.
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