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Shouldn't i be able to use an old win xp machine as an internet radio?

Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong?

I have a Dell Latitude D610 laptop. A recently installed Win xp home sp3 OS.  Pentium M 1.73GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 60GB hard drive.

I want to leave it in my kitchen so for 99.9% of the time I can listen to WCBS-FM in NY from their live streaming page  (that .1% maybe I'd surf to a page for a minute.)

http://player.radio.com/listen/station/wcbs-fm

 (although I guess I don't care if it's the web page or an app (on win xp?)

I've tried with IE 8 (should I download all the patches / get to a newer version of IE?) and with Chrome.  When I open the page, the audio stutters and if you look at task manager, chrome has 4 chrome.exe processes (with just that 1 window for the streaming page), taking up lots of RAM and most of the time 100% of processor time. Again, this is a recently installed win xp sp3 using dell oem reinstall disk.  Under add / remove programs, all that's in there is the wireless NIC drivers.

In chrome, I deleted extensions that were there (google docs, etc.).  Is flash native to chrome? I didn't install chrome.

For IE, the page loads, but the player doesn't start (Flash isn't installed on the PC?)

Their streaming audio uses flash.

Are there settings / different apps I could use to get past this.  I really don't want to spend more on RAM.

casual surfing seems to be OK / the machine seems not that slow.

Pentium M 1.7GHz is old / weak, but just to listen to the radio, should it need a more powerful processor?

Ok, it's VERY weak:

http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Pentium+M+1.73GHz

But it's an older machine.  There's new machines that use atom processors which aren't much better?
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john - thanks, but have to ask - (kinda rhetorical / above our pay grade, I realize):  If an atom isn't good for just a music appliance, why the heck are they selling them for bigger things : ) ??

Rindi - I guess I'll try that linux version. Can it / woudl you recommend installing it on the hard drive or booting from thumb is only / best way?

Steve - other websites (youtube, etc.) play ok. It's flash? taht causes the spike of processor usage?
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