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Weird audio problem

By Nick_M
Sep 10, 2003
  1. Hi

    About 2 months ago I did a massive upgrade on my PC(processor, mobo, ram) and everything was going ok until I started to notice problems it had with audio in some games.

    The audio stuttered and was garbled for a few seconds, this audio problem seemed to conincide exactly when I got a slight FPS hit.

    So I though it might be the on board graphics that came with my motherboard so I went down to my locla PC world and picked up a Soundblaster 5.1 digital, after installing the card and all drivers in the box I fired up the game that was having the most problems with the sound, GTA Vice city.
    The problem also effects Cd's being played on my computer, sound skips ,jumps and garbles.

    While the problem was slightly improved it was far from gone and the sound problems were still occuring. The strange thing is that with some games the audio is fine and with others the problem is really bad.

    My freind says he thinks its the CD drive I have, but Im not sure about that. I have disabled Creative disc detector but the problem still persists.
    Oh and I did disable the on board sound in Windows and in BIOS.

    My specs are:

    P4 2.4 Ghz with Hyper Threading enabled
    512 DDR pc2700
    Geforce 4 Ti 4200 64mb
    40gb hard disk
    Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Digital
    Intel D865GL motherboard
    All running under Windows 98 SE

    Can anyone please help me?

    All replies appreiciated:)
     
  2. gabbana

    gabbana TS Rookie

    I am having exactly the same problem, although my spec is totally different to yours.

    Althon XP 3200+
    1 Gb Crucial PC3200 Memory
    Sapphire Radeon 9800 Pro
    Audigy 2 Sound Card
    120 Gb WD 7200 HD
    Winfast K7NCR18D Pro Mobo (NForce 2 Chipset)
    Win XP Home Edition

    It was all fine until about 5 days ago. The only thing I can think of that I installed was a Windows Update.
     
  3. gabbana

    gabbana TS Rookie

    I've just checked again. It doesn't occur when you first install a game. I just installed Splinter Cell, ran it everything was A-OK. When I reset the machine and played again. There it was, the screeching from hell.
     
  4. gabbana

    gabbana TS Rookie

    I've sorted my problem. I re-installed my Catalyst 3.6 drivers and no more problem. I have no idea what would be causing yours though. Try an earlier Nvidia driver?
     
  5. Nick_M

    Nick_M TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 31

    Yeah good idea I'll get the latest and report back.
     
  6. Chrome

    Chrome TS Rookie

    hey

    gabbana, did you ever have the 3.7 catalysts? I have a similiar setup as to yours and I previously had a ti4600 from nvidia, switched to 9800 pro and now my sound in games is bad. I have an audigy 2 with latest drivers, 3.7 cats, xp pro, tried everything from uninstalling sound card to reinstalling, rolling back sound card drivers to older ones, messed with every audio setting, no irq conflicts, moved sound card to different slot...all to no avail. My last thing (which would seem a rather strange solution) would be to try a different catalyst driver. Any ideas?
     
  7. gabbana

    gabbana TS Rookie

    The problem was only occurring with the 3.7's. I reverted back to the 3.6's and have/had no problems at all.
     
  8. Bajsen

    Bajsen TS Rookie

    Try change the sound Acceleration Level under sound in the DirectX Diagnostic Tool (start/run/dxdiag)...
     
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