Hi my recording quality is very bad and spotty

Hi I have a Compaq laptop. When I record any news or radio announcements the audacity all versions have spotty recording. It records fine for a few seconds and then it is spotty. Is there any settings on my sound system or I have to tell audacity where to look for the sound? I have window Vista operating system. Any tips would help. Regards. Victor.

sounds like you have too much other stuff running
andor not enough free ram
perhaps not enough disk space too
but interference from other programs is most likely
along with not enough ram
but stopping other programs may help the ram problem too

the docs here list two programs that will automate stopping the extra stuff. couple of web sites on the net give more detailed info to do it manually.