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Few Computer Problems (audio/other hardware)

By bgallz
May 11, 2009
  1. I have been having these problems with my computer for quite some time now and I have no idea what could have been the cause.

    Problem #1

    When I have my music playing and I open another program, the sound like lags up real bad when its opening the program (like it is loading so much the audio cuts off at parts).

    This happens like with any program really, from firefox to dreamweaver. Some programs don't do it, like ventrilo.

    Problem #2

    When my computer is running for a little while with some programs open (probably over an hour or two) it starts to freeze up momentarily. The freezes get longer and closer together until finally it either shows the blue screen of death or just stays frozen to where I have to turn it off manually.

    *** Sometimes when I start the computer it can't locate my CD drive, or my internal hard drive, or sometimes other components (like my external HDD).

    Please help me fix these, thanks very much!!!
     
  2. Spyder_1386

    Spyder_1386 TS Rookie Posts: 498

  3. bgallz

    bgallz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have performed all the steps of the first thread and have done the 2nd thread's instructions.

    I am not quite sure if the problems are solved, but I went into my minidump folder and it was empty. Not sure what that means.

    Thanks very much!
     
  4. bgallz

    bgallz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I have run all the test and looked in minidumps folder but its empty. Not sure what to do now, still having these problems. Haven't had a blue screen in a long time now - probably since I posted this, but still the audio lagging, etc.
     
  5. lcwolfman

    lcwolfman TS Rookie Posts: 21

    What operating system are you running/system specs?? If its XP or higher open the run command type msconfig then the startup tab and uncheck everything hit OK and restart the computer.. (This stops those programs from running when the system starts and can be enabled again at any time).. See if the problem continues.. If not then you probably had to many programs running in the background..
     
  6. bgallz

    bgallz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am running Windows XP SP3. I tried turning off all programs on start up and it doesn't help. It seems like things just perform slow in general.
     
  7. Quantex_rox

    Quantex_rox TS Rookie Posts: 123

    I know what it might be.

    What make/model of motherboard is this?

    You might have bad capacitors.

    http://www.badcaps.net/pages.php?vid=5

    Read here and check your motherboard's capacitors, but it could also be a problem with your power supply.

    Please state what brand/model your power supply is.
     
  8. lcwolfman

    lcwolfman TS Rookie Posts: 21

    What are your system specs?? Video card, sound card, amount of memory and such..
     
  9. bgallz

    bgallz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Motherboard: nVidia nForce 680i
    Video Card: BFG GeForce 9800 GTX
    Power Supply: OCZ 700W
    Memory: 4GB DDR2

    Its onboard sound card.

    None of the capacitors seem to be faulty or have stuff coming out of them.

    Thanks!
     
  10. lcwolfman

    lcwolfman TS Rookie Posts: 21

    I have read about a lot of people having problems with that board and sound problems (among other things) usually its mentioned with creative sound cards.. When the sound starts to lag do you notice any drop in system resources (viewed through windows task manager) (high cpu or memory usuage)??
     
  11. bgallz

    bgallz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I never looked at the system resources during these moments. I can't move my mouse or do anything during the lag times anyway, the screen freezes and so does everything else.

    It's not just sound problems, the computer generally runs SLOW. My parents old computer downstairs that is running single core 3.0GHz 1GB memory is running faster than my duo core 2.33GHz 4GB memory. Opening/closing programs, etc.

    Thanks for any help!
     
  12. bgallz

    bgallz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Anyone else have any ideas for these problems? So far it looks like a motherboard issue?

    I was a little worried when I put the PC hardware together at first but I guess that wouldn't be causing these problems. Thanks!
     
  13. bgallz

    bgallz TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I am still facing these problems. Is this looking like a motherboard issue?

    Memory, graphics card, are brand new.

    The CPU is also very new, it came with the motherboard.
     
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