Stuff has been gettin' rather weird
on my new computer as of the last couple of days. Until about wednesday or so things were just peachy, but now I'm hittin' some pretty annoying shit, and a lot of it seems to be related to audio.
First on late wednesday/early thursday I started noticing a good deal of popping and static in my audio, and stuff was skipping and jumping bit by bit - swapping out the headsets didn't do a thing, but after doing a full shutdown and reboot things were relatively back to normal. Just to be on the safe side I ordered a new set of headphones, since my current pair've been abused pretty badly over the years what with cord stepping and pulling them off the table and al that shit.
Then just about an hour ago, programs that made use of audio started going on the fritz - X3 Terran Conflict would hang after launching, when it did get to the menu it'd be really slow and freeze for a bit after inputting a command (accompanied by a sound effect, of course) and Winamp locked up whenever I tried to play a file. IE itself didn't crash, but anything that did produce audio was silent (Youtube, for example) - like the incident before, doing a full shutdown and reboot took care of things.
I'm not particularly picky about audio, so I'm using the onboard stuff from my motherboard, a Gigabyte GA-P55A-UD3
. Googling around for that model and various audio distress terms didnt turn up anything, though - in fact, the only thing that even seems to come close is a post in an old Windows 7 thread in which someone describes something like case 1, but I've not heard anything like the second episode. And the only real major change I made to my PC right before all this started was getting rid of AVG Free for MSE instead as someone reccomended in the essential windows 7 programs thread from a few days ago.
Is this just some Windows 7 growing pains? Or is there something a bit more sinister or problematic at work?