Click on the battery icon in the bottom right and then turn off Power Saver mode.
Hello cfred. Is your laptop also an Inspiron 11 3147?
I want to add your solution to the Choppy/Skipping Audio FAQ but I need to know the model and operating system. Thanks.
Correct, I have the 3147 with the Intel Pentium N3530 Processor (2M Cache, up to 2.58 GHz) and Intel HD Graphics.
This issue was causing me great irritation--
Go to Control Panel, Device Manager, Sound Video and Game Controllers
Select the Audio controller and select Update Driver Software
Do not select the option for Windows to Search automatically for updated driver software
Instead choose the manual option to Browse your computer for driver software.
Make sure "Show compatible hardware" is ticked
Select High Definition Audio Device
Click next, accept the warning.
And that worked for me!