I’ve been having a problem while watching shows or movies in VLC and Youtube for a while now, and it really got on my nerves and I decided to try to fix it today. The problem is the Audio playback would stutter every few seconds then cut out (silence) for a few seconds, then it would come back. This wasn’t an issue with the files. I tried everything, updating drivers, setting tweaks in VLC, downloading Media Player Classic, Disabling Audio Effects in Windows Audio Settings, changing codecs for Youtube. Then I stumbled on this blog post. I did have Airserver and thought it might be the issue. I disabled it, but the issue still continued. Finally I found that I still had the AirPort Base Station Agent running in the tray. I closed it and the problem went away instantly. I thought I’d share in case others ran into the issue as I spent a few hours on Google. After figuring out, I thought I’d reinstall Airserver, and it’ hasn’t happened. So it turns out, it was just Airport Base Station Agent, searching for drives to use.
One amazing thing that I love about having multiple Apple products on the network is that they are aware of each other. Today after getting home from work, I was notified that a firmware update for my Airport Extreme was available. Why would I have an expensive router? Because Apple routers are very solid and I still have had to reset one in the three or four years that I’ve been dealing with them. It’s good to just buy one router than to keep replacing one every couple of years.