If this thread is in the wrong spot then please cut a noob some slack, im a fast learner. So let me cut to the chase. My system was fine until a few weeks ago when i installed age of mythology and my just sound cut out during 10 - 15 minutes of gameplay. Its been the same ever since not only with the game but with other media as well. When id be listening to music with media player, watching a movie with vlc or power dvd, ect, all the system sound would just cut out after a wile and only a reboot would bring it back. There are no problems when the pc idles but as soon as i use any media, bye bye sound. Ive noticed popping and clicking sounds from my sterio speakers too. Ive removed my 56k modem, did a clean install and downloaded the latest drivers twice (so no conflicts im sure) but still no joy. Im starting to think its a hardware problem. My specs are as follows: xp media centre edition v.02 sp2. Amd socket 754 semptron athlon 64 processor 1.80Ghz, 480mb ram. Foxconn 760GXK8MC winfast motherboard. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.