Skipping itunes

in Genius Bar edited January 2014
I've read just about every single fix on the internet to try and stop this from happening.

I have a dual 2.5ghz G5, my user folder and music are on 1 hard drive, the other hard drive is a boot disk. Both are internal SATA drives. 2.5 GB RAM

My itunes skips on occasion. I encode at 320kbps so the buffer size is roughly half as effective as it would be normally (w/128kbps AAC or whatever people normally use).

Obviously it's a problem with the hard drive being accessed, but from where?

It skips almost every time I load a web page, but sometimes it just skips when I'm idle.

It skips less when the itunes window is closed, which is really crazy.

I have plenty of RAM on this thing, and I don't mind doubling the itunes buffer, but how would I go about doing that?

I have tried playing the files from 2 different hard drives (recently went from the stock 160GB which skipped to a 500GB which skips).

Before you respond, here are the things I've tried:
  • Trashing the iTunes Prefs

  • Playing the songs in quicktime (the files are fine)

  • Checking for odd background processes (makes no difference)

This has been going on, to some extent, since panther. Tiger was the worst though.
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