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iTunes Music is Choppy - Windows 7

By bedouinrising
Jul 7, 2009
  1. I am dual booting Windows XP and Windows 7. When I play iTunes on the Windows 7 partition, it plays from the music folder on the XP partition. The music is really choppy - is this a problem with Windows 7 or just a common issue when playing music from a different partition?

    CPU - AMD Athlon 64 3400 +
    OS - Windows 7 Ultimate RC / Windows XP
    SOUND - Realtek AC'97 Audio
    HDD - 160 GB Barracuda
    VIDEO - ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Series
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Update the Realtek sound driver from the motherboards website. I doubt if you are going to find a driver for Windows 7 but the Vista sound driver should work
     
  3. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,361   +52

    I have seen several posts concerning poor, even no, sound under Win 7. This seems a major unsolved problem with all issues of Win 7 up to and including RC1. You will just have to hope MS sorts it out in the full release. As to whether it is caused by being read from a different partition, I would say extremely unlikely, unless Win 7 cacheing from other partitions is equally badly designed.
     
  4. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    ok, i downloaded the realtek driver for vista but during installation it says "rtkvac.sys file not found" and then stops. What should i do?
     
  5. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    ok - i managed to use the driver installation found on techspot specifically for windows 7, and it worked - the driver updated successfully. But itunes is still choppy. I tested an mp3 file on windows media player and it played fine. When the exact same file played with itunes, it was choppy. Does this mean that itunes currently doesn't function well with windows 7, and are other people noticing this problem? Or is it still some problem I have that shouldn't be occurring?
     
  6. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Are you running 64 bit or 32 bit Windows 7? If you are running 64 bit, you have to watch carefully when you install iTunes. It tries to install 32 bit iTunes by default. You have to Google for the iTunes 64 bit download location
     
  7. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    i'm running 32 bit windows.
     
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Ok,
    I don't know what else to tell you... I run Realtek HD built into my Abit IP35Pro motherboard under Windows 7 Ultimate RC. iTunes plays fine. What antivirus program are you running?
     
  9. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    kaspersky 2010, and a full scan showed no malware
     
  10. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Are you running any other malware or scanning programs? I use Kaspersky on computers that are too slow to run better programs like Avast or AVG
     
  11. bedouinrising

    bedouinrising TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 90

    no i'm not - but do you really think it could be a virus thats causing this?
     
     
  12. gbhall

    gbhall TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,361   +52

    Your experience is common. Some people find running itunes in 'Vista compatibility mode' works well, but basically, you are waiting for Apple to get it's act together.
     
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