So this is a problem that's been bugging me for half a year or so. Usually, I start up a video on Youtube or the like and for about 2-3 minutes it runs smoothly, but after that, the audio skips a bit (kind of like a record skipping) and the RAM spikes. After the hiccup, it tends to run normally, but after a few seconds, it'll skip again and occasionally, the audio will degrade and all audio played back through the browser sounds heavily distorted until I restart. I used to run Firefox, but when this problem popped up, I would get this: so I switched to Opera, which worked for a little while, but the problem came back. I tried Safari and Chrome, but it's still there. So here's all the troubleshooting I've done thus far: 1) Repaired/verified permissions 2) Uninstall/reinstall flash 3) Uninstall/reinstall java 4) Delete Flash preferences 5) Reinstall audio codecs but nothing seems to work. Here's my Macbook info: Model Name: MacBook Model Identifier: MacBook2,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2 GHz Number Of Processors: 1 Total Number Of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 4 MB Memory: 2 GB Bus Speed: 667 MHz Boot ROM Version: MB21.00A5.B07 SMC Version (system): 1.13f3 Sudden Motion Sensor: State: Enabled System Version: Mac OS X 10.5.8 (9L31a) Kernel Version: Darwin 9.8.0 Boot Volume: Macintosh HD I'm running Leopard and I have installed all my software updates. I do run Adium, Mail, iCal, Quicksilver alongside Chrome, but even with all of those closed, it still persists. I have a feeling it's a hardware problem, so that's why I posted in this sub-forum. So yeah, any help would be much much appreciated.