When I first put Skype on this machine a couple of - XPSP3, netbook,
single core processor - it ran well enough. OK, it's not a particularly
powerful machine, but as I say, it ran Skype well enough, especially in
sound-only mode (which I use a lot as I have blind correspondents).
As time has gone by, as both Skype has updated and I've added other
stuff to the machine, Skype has grown worse and worse: up to a few days
ago, it had got to the point where it worked moderately, though tended
to fall over after a few minutes - but usually reconnected itself when
that happened, so was tolerable.
In the last couple of days, it's taken to not working at all - it comes
up, but sort of freezes, not getting to the point where it shows the
list of contacts. It does get past the login stage - I see that briefly.
I say "sort of" freezes, because it is flickering the minimise,
maximise, and close buttons, as if they're fairground lights. (Those
buttons - and the Skype window in general - being of the default XP, or
possibly even Vista or 7, appearance [rounded windows, blue and red
buttons], rather than the scheme I've chosen for the rest of my windows,
which is square windows and buttons like Windows '9x - "classic" I think
they call it.)
Poking around on the 'net, I found the problem - or, at least, Skype
tending to take most of the CPU - was pretty widespread, but solutions
aren't; there is the suggestion that it has gained bloat, of course, so
I tried an older version - I got it from oldversions, where there was a
note that loading a version before (I think it was) 3.6 might lose your
contacts, so I went for one of the 3.6x ones. It seemed to make no
(Incidentally, I have upgraded the RAM here from 1G to 2G - I'd bought
the 2G when I bought the machine, but not got round to installing it; I
finally did so a few months ago in the hope it would cheer up Skype
which had slowed by then. I haven't noticed any difference - in
anything, really; this didn't surprise me since Task Manager showed my
usage as normally around the 700M level or less. Obviously way back when
Skype was working better, that was with the 1G.)
While unloading that version (3.x), I got to the Skype page that said
something like sorry to see you go, which had a button for reload, so I
did - getting version 5.8.something. Which, then, worked - at least, it
got as far as showing my contacts list, I didn't actually try using it.
During the next day or two, I got the freeze again, and just tried a
reboot - after which it came up OK again as far as the contact list. I
actually spoke to someone using it after that, which worked, though not
well - but did include video.
Just now (well, a few minutes ago when I started this tale of woe!) I
noticed my newsreader running very slow, so looked in Task Manager, and
Skype was hogging the processor: I'm guessing someone tried to call me.
I tried to switch to Skype, and it was doing its fairground lights with
the buttons again.
Any suggestion as to what I (or Skype) might have done? I've loaded
various things over the last two or three years, but can't think of any
one of them that is likely to be the explanation. (It's not my link -
that's 6211k upload 378 download according to a mybroadbandspeed.co.uk
I've just run, which is [a] not at all bad, especially for a rural
location, [b] the same as it's always been.)
I'm asking here as I feel I'm more likely to reach people with similar
systems to me, and that there isn't really a Skype-specific support
system that actually works (I tried).
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G.5AL-IS-P--Ch++(p)Ar@T0H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
"Bother," said Pooh, as Eeyore sneezed the crack all over Owl.