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When I try to use audio (YouTube, Audacity, LMMS, etc.) I get this kind of skipping noise every couple of minutes (on average, sometimes it starts happening every few seconds) and so it makes watching videos and making music (or even listening to it!) almost impossible (for example "Hello" becomes "Hel-el-el-el-el-el-el-elo").

When I restart pulseaudio, it seems to stop for a couple of minutes, and then starts again. My audio was fine a couple of weeks ago, and so I have no idea what the problem could be


Running Lubuntu 15.04 (vivid), on a Lenovo T61 laptop.

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This seems to be caused by your system running out of RAM.

  • Increase your swap
  • Disable the GUI on your next reboot for testing purposes
  • Test using a non-memory consuming player like mplayer and see if the stuttering problem persists.

If this stops the stuttering problem you only have to upgrade your RAM

  • How much more ram would you recommend? (I already have 4GB) – RoboX Labs Dec 23 '15 at 15:35
  • Lubuntu's system requirement recommend more than 1GB , so 4GB is more than enough ,. RAM doesn't seem to be the problem , I suggest you try the answers to this question it may help you : askubuntu.com/questions/160618/audio-stutter-in-in-ubuntu-12-04 – user257256 Dec 23 '15 at 16:46
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    Okay, that looks like it worked, I'll comment back if it stops working. Thanks! (For now.... :D) – RoboX Labs Dec 26 '15 at 21:02

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