Yes, I know it sounds strange. Recently I noticed an odd problem whilst playing back audio via winamp 2.95, or via any other audio player. When the monitor goes to sleep the audio stream, may it be from the hard drive or from the internet, starts to skip. As soon as I "wake" the monitors, it sounds normal. It only happens when the monitors go to sleep and it just started about 2 weeks or so ago. Doesn't happen when the screen saver comes on. I also ripped (recorded) a stream from the internet while the monitors were sleeping while listening to the stream as well. Skipping started when the monitors went to sleep...I left it go, made not of the time when the monitors slept then played back the stream. No skipping. So it appears that whatever service/process puts the monitors to sleep interferes with audio output to the speakers. This does not happen when the screen saver comes on and I do not have the HDD set to sleep either. I'm using the on-board sound which is: soundMAX digital integrated HD audio driver version 5.10.1 (latest) Here are the specs to my box including screen shots of services, processes and start up info: http://user.pa.net/~starner/puterproblem.htm I even used systernals process monitor to monitor what happens when it goes to sleep. There was nothing present that seemed out of place that wasn't there prior to the problem. But I can certainly get a screen shot of that as well. I have uninstalled the audio drivers, power cycled the puter, reinstalled, no change. I tried streaming an MP3 via quicktime and it still occurs so it is certainly JUST output to the speakers. Short of reinstalling windows or trying another sound card, I'm out of ideas. I could do either of those, but that doesn't help me understand what is happening and I really rather not. That merely fixes the problem by going around it, much like disallowing the monitors from entering sleep mode. Any Ideas?