It is truly amazing how a computer can still surprize you and make you shake your head in wonderment, even after twenty years of computer experience.
Since weeks I’ve had the problem that Flash movies were stuttering on my computer so much that I couldn’t even watch ordinary YouTube videos anymore. And I don’t mean the renowned problem of the hundred percent CPU usage during Flash playback – although I have that problem, too (and even after several years, a solution on the part of Adobe doesn’t seem to be in sight …), but to date, my computer had still been able to play Flash movies fluently. I had no idea where the stuttering suddenly came from, since I hadn’t made any changes to the system, neither to hardware nor software.
Today I googled for a solution for the nth time. And finally I found other people who had this problem, namely after they had copied large amounts of data back and forth between their harddisks or devices.  Well, that might of course have been the case for me, too – from time to time, I do indeed chase the gigabytes back and forth between my four partitions. But how the hell could that have any influence on the Flash player? Let alone the suggested solution: Uninstall the primary IDE channel!?
Well, I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a try – and it worked indeed!
Uninstalling the IDE channel is quite plain: Right click “My Computer” → “Properties” → “Hardware” → “Device Manager”. There go to “IDE ATA/ATAPI controller”, right click “Primary IDE channel” and choose “Uninstall”. After that restart the computer. Don’t worry, nothing can happen. The IDE drivers are an integral part of Windows and will automatically be reinstalled after the reboot.
Now, as concerns hardware and low level drivers, I’m not exactly an expert. Why this trick works and what it all has to do with the Flash player – only the devil knows. Or my former teacher for operating systems and networks during my studies.
I think it was also him who said:
How right he was.
Everything is always somehow connected with everything.