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Man, my audio and shit be gettin' FUNKY.

SorensonSorenson Registered User regular
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?

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    GnomeTankGnomeTank What the what? Portland, OregonRegistered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Audio static and popping can happen for a lot of reasons. Bad driver optimization, leading to CPU load popping (the audio starts to pop as your system takes on load). PCI bus interference from hard drive controllers (usually the result of a shoddy motherboard, which yours is not). Memory leaks in the driver, that manifest over time with usage.

    That said, with the full shutdown/reboot fixing it, it sounds to me like a driver memory leak, or just plain shitty drivers. Have you tried finding the latest driver package for that card? I assuming it's a built in AC97 audio deal.

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    SorensonSorenson Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    I installed a pack that game with the motherboard, but asides from that I haven't done anything with them and am frankly loath to for paranoia. If it were a driver issue, though, wouldn't this stuff have been going on from day one? Unless my computer automatically downloaded an update for it around the time this shit started, in which case I'm up the creek until another one comes along to fix it.

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    StarfuckStarfuck Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2010
    Do you happen to be running uTorrent by any chance? uTorrent has a nasty habit, at least in my experience of causing audio snap, crackle, pops.

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    SorensonSorenson Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    No, I use bitcomet - not the latest version, though, 116 was the latest that would run the installer, but I haven't booted it up today.

    And now this is weird. Oblivion's sound just crapped out and windows sounds like the clicks and shit are mute, but Youtube is fine, at least the video of Holy Diver I was listening to. Time for another reset, it seems.

    EDIT: Heeeeeyyyyy. Come to think of it, I think I had Youtube and/or Winamp running in the background as well the last two times that this happened. I wonder of this is some kind of an audio overload situation? The motherboard or the OS is trying to handle output for windows, general Internet Explorer and web page stuff (fucking noisy ads and scripts and shit!) Youtube or Winamp (both are open, but only one is playing) plus a game, so trying to keep track of all this shit just gives the PC temporary brain damage regarding audio, so to say.

    On the other hand, as I think about it when the audio crapping out completily this time and last it was apparently right after I'd launched or gotten out of a game, so maybe it's an issue of how the game is being flushed out of memory and the ending of the processes going with it - at one of these points it stumbles and fumbles the job, and then all shit breaks loose until the power's cut. I'll have to do some testing.

    EDIT: Well holy shit, while I was making the above edit the sound apparently came back, windows and IE and youtube and winamp and Oblivion. This stuff's certainely living up to the thread title.

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    grrarggrrarg Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Before you try anything else, update your audio drivers. The driver on Gigabyte's site is less than a month old. Driver discs are almost always outdated because mobo companies do not update them until they run out of stock and have to burn more.

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    elliotw2elliotw2 Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    grrarg wrote: »
    Before you try anything else, update your audio drivers. The driver on Gigabyte's site is less than a month old. Driver discs are almost always outdated because mobo companies do not update them until they run out of stock and have to burn more.

    A thousand times this. I've know someone who bought a sound card because their onboard started dieing, but it turned out to be old, crappy drivers

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    corky842corky842 Registered User regular
    edited March 2010
    Starfuck wrote: »
    Do you happen to be running uTorrent by any chance? uTorrent has a nasty habit, at least in my experience of causing audio snap, crackle, pops.

    Disabling utorrent's auto-updater might help (at least, it worked for me). This handy little program might help pinpoint the cause.

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