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Sound skipping/stuttering

Q: Sound skipping/stuttering

Some time within the past week, all the audio I play on my HP PC started skipping and stuttering. Sometimes just a split-second pause, sometimes the machine-gun digital stutter. It doesn't matter if it's iTunes or streaming from my browser. I just downloaded and installed the latest driver from Realtek today; it made no difference. Please help! Thanks.

A: Sound skipping/stuttering

Maybe Mr Fixit can help
If he cannot, try a system restore. If that works, great. If not, it will give us a lead on the potential causes; since it is not the OS.
Tips for fixing common sound problems
System Restore - How to

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Hello everyone. This is my first post and hoping that it will prove to be a successful plea for help. Recently, like within the last week, my computer has started to "stutter." Better described as "skipping." Really noticeable when I listen to a music CD in the CD ROM, watch a youtube or CNN video (the video and audio both stutter.) Also, my cursor seems to stutter as well. I'm not technically versed in these matters but am real good at following step by step instructions. the computer is an HP Pavilion a1101n purchased in 2005. i wiped out the hard drive last evening and reinstalled to factory specs but that didn't work. I am completely at a loss now. If anyne out there can guide me through a troubleshoot plan, I would be most appreciative. This has to be a relatively simple problem to diagnose but for the novice like me, I don't know what to do. Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Computer stuttering and skipping

First thing that we need is your system specs. Mainly your CPU speed and ammount of memory. This can be found by right clicking your my computer icon and selecting properties. The first screen that comes up should give you that information.

The second thing we need to know is when you reinstalled it to factory, did you use a restore cd, or did you do a fresh install from something else.

The thrid thing is to make sure that all your drivers are installed and up to date. Right click your my computer icon and go to properties. Then click the hardware tab, and enter into the DEVICE MANAGER. Make sure there are no yellow warning marks on that screen.

Let us know what you find out and we will help you more.

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Since I installed Windows XP Pro, my music files have been skipping at times. My mp3's from the HD would skip every 30 seconds if I move my mouse around or type while my cda's from the CD would skip more often than the mp3's. This never happened on 98/ME. I've played the files on different media players(WMP, Winamp 2x, 5x) so I know that can't be the problem. I have the latest DirectX 9.0b. I attached a image of my sound devices, which one would be my sound card or do I have to look another place? I looked for drivers for all of them, but no luck :( Is there an official site for them cause I can't find it. Thanks

A:Music Skipping/Stuttering

How about some details on the system? MB make/model, processor speed, sound card, etc.

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Hello, This is my first post here but I've heard good things from you guys!

I have a small (annoying) problem with my mouse. If you drag it across the screen it will skip or stutter. I know its definatly not the mouse because I updated the drivers for it and used other mice and still have the same problem.

I have a feeling it has something to do with me upgrading my BIOS the otherday cause thats when this first started.

Any help would be great, thanks


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all of my music is skipping stuttering when I play it in any player... I have XP btw... with all my programs closed too... Ive tried pretty much everything... and been googling it all night! please help! thanks ~ JonModerator Edit: Moved topic to more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

A:All My Music Skipping Stuttering

Might want to look for updates for your audio drivers. You could always go to the windows update site, and check the hardware updates. That or go to your manufacturers site.

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I recently had my new ibm thinkpad replaced because of skipping audio. When I look at the performance monitor, cpu usage jumps up to 100% every time skipping occurs (it skips on all sound files, not just cds). However, now the brand new thinkpad is doing the exact same thing. It happens even when I run no other programs but media player. Is there some way to track down the process that is causing the skipping? Possibly some kind of driver conflict i guess..but how to tell which one? Any help is appreciated.



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Please don't double post, it will confuse people and you stand to get less of a focused member effort on your problem.

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I'm desperate to fix my computer - it keeps skipping and stuttering about every 2 seconds. This all started when my Comcast cable modem died and I installed a new one. Comcast will not help me, of course. I found your forum after searching - my problem seems to be VERY similar to this guy's problem: His was fixed with a setting to one of his adapters. Mine does not have his same problem.I have run a virus scan, disk cleanup, disk defragmenter, the checkdisk thing, a windows-based memory test on the RAM, and the HDTuner (results attached) all referenced in that other post. My computer does not seem to have any of those problems. The only wierd thing I have found is that my CD burner creates the blue screen of death when I try to burn a CD. Not sure if this is related to my computer acting up, but I guess it could be. When I try to format a CD, it gives an error: BAD_POOL_HEADER.There are also some events on eventvwr but I am not sure if any are significant.Does anyone have an idea for more diagnostics or as to what possible setting could be off as a result of the new cable modem's installation?I am running a DELL XPS M1210Windows XP Pro - Version 2002 service pack 3Intel Core Duo at 1.83Ghz1.99 GB of RAM

A:Skipping and Stuttering Computer

Did you use ANY Comcast software when you installed the modem?

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ya all my music files no matter what player are skipping glitching stuttering ... it sucks ... hah.. .any help is appreciated ... thanksLogfile of HijackThis v1.99.1Scan saved at 11:04:07 PM, on 5/5/2007Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\WLTRYSVC.EXEC:\WINDOWS\System32\bcmwltry.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccSetMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccEvtMgr.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\ccProxy.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SNDSrvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\SPBBC\SPBBCSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Symantec Shared\CCPD-LC\symlcsvc.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exec:\program files\common files\logitech\lvmvfm\LVPrcSrv.exeC:\Program Files\Symantec\LiveUpdate\ALUSchedulerSvc.exeC:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\VS7DEBUG\MDM.EXEC:\Program Files\Microsoft ... Read more

A:Music Messing Up Skipping Stuttering

anyone?! any help here? thanks

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Hey all, i have a very annoying problem where when im trying to play my game (league of legends) my mouse will randomly skip or stutter which causes huge problems as its a point and click game... i know its not the mouse itself cause I've already replaced one mouse that was also doing the problem. Its not batteries either. The current mouse im using is a wireless hp comfort mouse and the old one was a wired basic Logitech mouse

A:Mouse stuttering or skipping randomly

Hi Zulfy,

Try to update the drivers of the mouse from the hp's website.

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Yesterday I tried to watch some videos on YouTube and I noticed at points during the video the footage would sort of stutter or skip ahead a few seconds, it's sort of like a millisecond freeze and then the video will fast forward a second to catch up with where it should be, all the while the audio remains unaffected.

It happens every few minutes, and I've tried looking at videos in different players but the result is the same, the stuttering remains, it's not bad enough to mar the experience altogether, but it's enough to be constantly noticible and draw my attention away.

I've looked into some possible solutions, such as gong into about:config and altering the time interval Firefox saves the tabs at, since one piece of advice said this was the issue, but extending the time interval doesn't seem to make any difference.

I've also tried uninstalling and reinstalling Adobe flash player but it hasn't helped.

There doesn't seem to be too much information out there on the issue, so I'm at a loss of what to do at this point?

The only thing that changed yesterday, was the day before I had updated my Nvidia drivers, but I really don't see how this could be the cause.

I don't think specifications have much to do with this issue, but it's better safe than sorry.


Processor (CPU) Intel? Core?i7 Quad Core Processor i7-3770K (3.5GHz) 8MB Cache
Motherboard ASUS? P8Z77-M: MICRO-ATX, USB 3.0, SATA 6GBs, ATI?CrossFireX
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A:Video players stuttering/skipping with Firefox?

The driver update could cause the problem. Make sure the resolution has stayed the same. Also, it could be a connection issue either with your modem/router or ISP.

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I was messing around with some audio configurations the other night, basically trying to get things to sound 'louder'. Anyway, whatever I did I guess has made audio just about unlistenable. I don't want to fully restore my computer but is there a way I could just restore the audio settings? I think I've restored most settings for the audio but maybe I'm missing something.
I have a Lenovo laptop with "Realtek High Definition Audio" for the playback.
**edit: Seems to only be happening through iTunes! Just blasted some music through Youtube and the audio was fine.

A:Crackling, skipping, stuttering, lagging audio

Well, I searched around and it seems to be an issue with making sure the sound playback is at the same sampling rate as iTunes. So far so good. If anybody has the same issue I recommend making sure your iTunes sampling rate is at the same rate as the playback device settings.

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I have a Dell Inspiron 1420 running Windows Vista 32 bit with SP2.

A few days ago, I noticed my hard drive was almost full. So, I ventured into my computer to determine what I could get rid of. I purged everything simple (multimedia), then did some program removal (lazy housekeeper). Then I ran CCleaner and Registry Mechanic to hopefully pickup any of the little bits my early spring cleaning may have left behind.

With it being late at night, I didn't have my volume up but noticed my mouse pointer acting a bid odd.

The next evening, I get home to do some browsing and the mouse problem is more clear, after a good nights sleep. Every second or so, the mouse stutters. More clearly, if you slowly drag the pointer accross the screen, the mouse moves, and every second or so, just for an instant it freezes. But, it obviously remembers where the pointer should be so it jumps suddenly after that brief moment to where the pointer should be. I can also see the progress spinning circle image on startup or when you start a new program has a noticable consistent hickup.

Now, it took another day for me to realize that the audio problem ties to this as well. To this point, I hadn't attempted to listed to any audio or play video. Once I did, I realized I was more confused than ever.

The audio has a stutter ever second or so right alongside the consistency with the mouse pointer. If you've ever noticed when a digital TV signal suddenly goes bad for a second and the audio sort of ... Read more

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Bump....pretty please?

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First, thanks for taking my problem! I will list my general system info at the end...
I've picked up a stutter/pausing/skipping every second (observable by monitoring the timer in the player). This happens in videos (mpg/avi), using different players, but also during typing (email/notepad), and scrolling (Explorer/browsers) -like clockwork. The images flow normally but then every second it pauses. The audio does not follow the pattern, but at times it does now sporadicaly crackle ever so slightly (but clearly didn't before). I've also noted now (via Processes Mgr) that my cpu is spiking every second as well, tho it never goes above 30% total yet still the video pauses. This cpu spike appears to be in the category called "DPCs" (no other category seems consistant or as high). I updated drivers for both my soundcard and videocard before noticing the problem, I've now tried rolling back my drivers but to no change (I presently have the new drivers from the mftrs installed). I also booted to another hd on my computer that has Win98se installed and all was fine there. I've also ran defrag, chkdsk, sfc, anti-virus (updated), and spy/adware (updated). Any ideas? Can drivers and/or dll's cause the cpu spikes and/or the video problems? If so, any ideas as to identifying/resolving this? Thanks a ton~

sys info:
NVidia GeForce2 MX400 videocard
SoundBlaster Live soundcard
C-Media AC97 soundcard (motherboard)
AMD Athon XP 1.2 processor
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Hey everyone,

My wife's computer has had a "skipping" problem for quite some time. I have been to the Malware forum and determined that the computer is cleaned - and they had me update windows and Java. I have run multiple virus scanners, spybot, adaware, have tried disconnecting wireless (i read somwhere that that could be it), checked memory, defragged, etc... basically everything i know how to do and i have not been able to remedy the situation. Basically whenever you run and audio or video file in any application (WMPlayer, Itunes, youtube, anything) it skips and stutters terribly. I think it really does it alot of times, it is just more noticable when you are listening / watching something continuous. The computer has plenty of available memory, is not maxed out in CPU usage or anything. Other than this problem, the computer seems to run flawlessly... I cant figure it out - if someone has time to help, it would be greatly appreciated.


System specs

HP Laptop dv5000
1.79 GHz
AMD Turion 64 Mobile
1 GB of Ram
Windows XP Media Center Edition
Version 2002, Service Pack 2

A:Skipping Audio/video - Stuttering Computer

Hello State Or Die,The event viewer may give some more information.1. Click Start select run2. Type eventvwr.exe3. Press enter4. Search through the groups for errors and warnings.5. Double click on each error and or warning.6. Locate the copy to clipboard button, (under the two arrows)7. Let us know what you find. (paste the results)Right click on MY Computer and select properties, click the Hardware tab and select device manager. Can you see any items with question or exclamation marks next to them.

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Hey guys,

I just did a fresh install of windows 8 on my system.

Specs are

Win 8
intel 3570k
8 gig 1600mhz ram
Asus p8z77 - pro
Baracude 1tb hdd
Kingston hyperx 240 g ssd

For some reason when watching you tube every so often 5 min. It seems that the video, audio and my mouse stutter. Just slows down and skips.

Not sure why this is happening. I have scanned with AVAST as well as Spy Bot Search and Destroy.

Any help would be great. THank you

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hi all. i made a post similar to this one before in the hardware section but im starting to doubt its a hardware problem. i have a creative audigy platinum 2 ex sound card that started to crackle and pop when i played sound in winamp. it wasnt too big a deal at first but it became louder and more invasive after a while. so i figured my sound card was the problem. so i got an m-audio audiophile 24/96 card and the problem was still there. this is terrible for me as i use a lot of audio editing/multitracking software. and these programs would also stutter and crackle whether i was recording audio or just playing back. so i figured whatever ill use the onboard soundcard for a while, but even that one is doing the same thing. with winamp the crackling wasnt as often as with the creative/m-audio cards. when i use any audio editing software however it would crackle a little then the whole comuter started to slow down. i made a habit of keeping task manager open while using the software to check what was eating up the cpu and it was the audio program. but i noticed if i closed the audio program quick enough the cpu load would transfer to another program and if i closed that program it would transfer to another program for a few seconds, usually my antivirus. another problem i have is with youtube. about a minute into any video the sound stutters so it sounds almost like an echo and the video along with it. in task manager it shows iexplorer.exe using 100% cpu. ive tried everything: i... Read more

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hello all
a week or so ago my sound on my pc became crackely and stuttering , i first noticed it while useing flight simulator , i thought it would be related to that but i get the same problem in windows media and div-x .
i have a build in sound on my ASUS P4S8X-X MOTHERBOARD , I have the up to date drivers and the soundMAX audio control package ( that came with the motherboard ) installed , i have 5.1 souround sound speakers ,
i have tried swaping cables around , different speakers , different settings on the control panel ,etc , no use

one other thing , i tried to use a voice control system for the flight sim (voice buddy ) and i could not get the mike to work or pick up my voice no matter what i did in settings ,
it may not be relevent but it all worked fine before i did a reinstall a few weeks ago with a bigger hard drive
runing XP with service pack 2

any help gratefully recived , the pc is hopless without sound
thank you

A:Sound Problem , Crackely And Stuttering /built In Sound

Try uninstalling Voice Buddy. If the sound is OK, then you know it was either a corrupt install of Voice Buddy or a setting in the program needs tweaked

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I'm having problems with my sound, i am getting a stuttering sound more and more frequently when watching videos online/dvds.

I have tried going into the device manager and updating my drivers in the sound section, but apparently they are up-to-date. Really don't know what to do next!

I have a Toshiba laptop, satellite series. I've had no joy on that website with support. I am using Windows 7.

Any ideas?!


A:Problems with sound when watching dvd, stuttering sound

Hmm well first of all Id make sure that you are experiencing this problem while watching dvds as well as online. The reason I say this is because if its just online it could be bandwidth and if its just the dvd, it could be the damaged media.

Assuming you are consistently having sound issues watching videos online and via dvd my first guess would be overheating.

Do you have the ability to play sound files without issues? Is the problem only with video?

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Hay guys.

I'm having problems with my Audio on my system.

I'm running Windows XP Pro with all the updates. to Serv Pack 3

My main board is AMD Althlon 64 X2 Dule Core Processor 4200+

I'm running 4 gig of ram but with Windows XP I'm only getting 3.21 Gb

I've Driver Detective installed and have downloaded two days ago the newer Soundmax drivers "SoundMAX_Audio_V51016480_XP"

But even before the update the sound was skipping..

More times than not its when I'm watching a DVD through PowerDVD 10 Mark II

again. I've uninstalled and reinstalled and nothing seems to put the problem right.

The last time somthing like this happend I ended up going back the the original drivers that came on disk with the mainboard.

But the problem keeps recurring.

I have Malwarebytes installed thinking it might be a bug in the system and AVG anti virus installed. Nothing found..

I have cleand out my system registry and still no Joy... So what is the problem??

Hope some one can point me in the right direction.. :darth:

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A few weeks ago, it seems after defragging, my sound skips. Haven't been able to figure out problem.

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Whenever I try to play a DVD, the sound skips. I've tried several different programs, but they all skip. The sound works fine when I play music or other videos that are already on my computer.

Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be? If it helps, I'm using Windows XP.

Thanks in advance.

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My computer is running really slow and for some reason the sound is skipping but only when I play DVDs. Please help.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
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Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

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I just put in a new Western Digital 200 Gb hard drive with a controller card. I reinstalled Windows XP and all programs on my Dell Dimension 8200 with Pentium4 (2.0 Ghz) processor and 512 mb of RAM. I have a Turtle-Beach Santa Cruz sound card.

My problem is: whenever I play MP3s or CDs or even video, the sound skips at points (especially when CPU usage is high, but not always). I have reinstalled the drivers from my reinstallation disks... no help. I have tried installing XP audio help. I have downloaded updated Turle-beach drivers from and -- no help. I have checked and there are no hardware conflicts. I ran software to cehck the card---it is working fine.

I have tried installing DirectX 9.0... no help.

Can anyone help me?


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Hey All,

I had a customer of mine drop in an LG LGW2 (LW20 / LW20-4BDA), The issue was that the startup tune was skipping like a scratched CD, even Media Player had the same issue playing files, I fiddled with a whole lot of things, and the issue still stayed, so I performed a Format/Reinstall, this fixed the issue... So to me it was software all along, I loaded CA Internet Security (I dont like it, customer swears by it!) and some Compro DTV programs to run his TV Tuner. Everything was running fine. Now, a few weeks later the issue has come back, there has been next to nothing installed on it since.

The laptop is running XP Home SP3, the audio card and chipset drivers are the latest. I have increased the ram and still the same result. Has anyone had the same thing and if so how did you fix it?


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When playing anything with sound i get random skip or scratch sound. Its almost not even noticeable and thought it was maybe a bad download. It does this on every mp3 i have and also movies and also blue ray. I'm running Windows 7 64bit 8GB ram a GTX 285 GPC and a Gigabyte GA-790XTA-UD4 mobo. I've installed the newest sound drivers from the manufacturer's website and turned off all sound enhancements as i've read on other forums that claimed that would be a good "Fix". Can anyone help?

Edit: It skips with my speakers or my USB headset, i'm not sure if that helps any. I'm starting to think it might be a bad onboard sound card, anyone else have any ideas?


A:Sound is Skipping

Just tried uninstalling my sound drivers, restarting then installing the newest drivers and no luck, its still skipping.

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My audio skips/jumps all the time...from MP3's to just the windows start up jingle, I get skips. I have tried updating drivers, updating DirectX, registry cleaners, full anti-virus and spyware protection, and have even formated my hard drive; but no luck. Any ideas?

Thank you in advance!

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Hey guy/girls,

I was wondering if somebody has had this problem, I have just bought a new ASUS motherboard with video and sound onboard, a Celeron 700mhx CPU and 500MB RAM. Everything has been set up on the computer with all the appropriate drivers. When launching programs or just surfing for that matter the sound skips a lot. Would this be a Celeron problem or is there something that I am missing. OS=Win98.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


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Hello All,
Let me start by describing my setup. I have my desktop computer connected to my ultra 4k tv via a 20 ft hdmi cable. A couple of days ago I noticed that when I play a video file from my computer the sound is skipping and popping. However, when I play a pc game on the tv using the same setup the sound is fine. When I watch the same file on my computer it works perfectly, so I know it isn't the video file. Also, I tried a different hdmi cable and the problem persists, so I know it isn't the cable. Prior to this new problem everything was working fine. I have reinstalled my video cards drivers, but this didn't fix the problem.

My computer:
msi motherboard
processor: Intel core i5 - 3570K CPU @ 3.40GHz 3.40 GHz
Installed memory (RAM): 16.0 GB
System Type: 64 - bit operating system (windows 7 ultimate)
display adapter: Nvidia GeForce GTX 970

My TV:
Vizio 43" ultra 4k tv

Anyone have any idea what could be causing this?

A:Sound is skipping

Have you tried to hook it up to another television via the HDMI cable and see if the problem persists? What program (software) do you use to watch the videos? I personally like VLC media player, because you can adjust the sound timing if needed.

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At some point my laptop just started with the sound. Video plays fine it is just the sound. The next thing that I noticed was during boot up it takes longer on the screen that says windows is now starting up. I got a few errors stating that I might not have privileges to do the task I was requesting and to contact an administrator. I would try to do the same task again and it would work fine. I read this topic and tried somethings and it did not help. :// I ran SFC and it ran and then vanished. I assume that means everything was OK. Checked the event viewer and found some errors but none consistent with the start of the problem and because of the hanging during start up I think the problem is deeper. But not sure.

A:Skipping Sound

Hello raidencmc,

The errors in the event viewer, could you paste them, although they may not be related they may give clues as to the problem.

Have you performed a disk clean-up and defragment?

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I'm running Windows XP with 2 GHz processor, 512 DDR RAM, a 120 Gig hard drive, GeForce 4 video card, and a SoundBlaster sound card. The only programs i always have runnig are Norton AntiVirus and AIM.
The Problem is that my sound keeps skipping - whether it is an Mp3 or just a video file (in which case both the video and the sound skips)...
Is there a solution to this?

A:Sound skipping

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Hi, when I play a song (actually it happens with all the sounds on the computer) the sound skips and breaks, generally for about 20 seconds and then it starts coming out clear. It's very annoying because anytime a sound plays it's broken and the beginning of every song skips and breaks for about 15-20 seconds. I'm using a Compaq Presario 3000 with Windows XP Home Edition and I'm not really all that good with hardware so I guess I'll just list what I'm reading from snooping around in the device manager. Under "Sound, Video and game controllers" there is a list: "Audio Codecs, Avance AC97 Audio, Legacy Audio Drivers, Legacy Video Capture Devices, Media Control Devices, Video Codecs" So I guess the Avance or the Legacy things are what I'm using for sound. Sorry if I didn't list what you needed to know, if anyone could help I'd appreciate it very much. I thought maybe the card was lose or something, but it's a laptop so I wasn't really sure how to go about fixing any suggestions on discovering/fixing my problem would be great. Thanks.

A:Sound is skipping

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Often the sound on my computer skips for half a second (kind of replays the same sound it was on for several times in that instant) then continues normally. I don't really have any clue why.

Also when ever the sound skips on several games (World Of Warcraft and Counter Strike: Source are the ones that I can think of) their frames per second speed up or slow down drastically.

By the way it is a laptop and I get the skipping using the onboard speakers or headphones plugged in.

A:Sound skipping

I'm having the same problem, after installing a new sound card.
If you haven't found it already, you might want to take a look at this:
It's the result from a search on "sound card skipping" in the hardware forum.
hopefully it will solve the problem for both us.

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ok heres what i have going on. my hard drive failed recently so i installed windows on another hard drive a 600gb Hitachi drive. install went well but every sound that plays comes out sort of static or glitchy i guess it sounds like everything is skipping. well this computer was my old back up computer witch became my every day computer so i still have the hard drive for the backup pc with everything installed as well its just smaller at 160gb its a western digital drive. if i use the smaller drive there is no sound issues everything works as it should but when i use the bigger Hitachi 600gb drive i get sound skips and the pc in general seems to run slow. is this a sign that the bigger drive is going to fail or did something install wrong?

A:sound skipping/glitching

When you installed windows on the Hitachi drive did you install the drivers starting with the chipset then audio,video,lan,wifi then any others and have you installed all the windows updates. I would also ask did you test the HDD with a diagnostic prior to going ahead to check the drive was ok Downloads | HGST Storage

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I'm having a big problem regarding listening to music in nearly all my media players. I always use Winamp, which I've never had any problems until today. When I play any music the sound skips badly, sounds distorted or doesn't play at all. This is the problem in iTunes, Foobar2000 and Winamp.

Strangely, the sound doesn't skip in Windows Media Player or VLC player. Playing videos, movies or games (CoD4, TF2, Crysis etc.) is no problem, though. The sound's perfect in videos and games, but music is messed up.

I've tried restarting and reinstalling Winamp but no luck.
^a sound clip, which hopefully sounds distorted to you too :<


My PC specs, if it matters:
Geforce 8800 GT
Intel Core 2 Duo E4500 @ 2.20Ghz
Windows XP
2 Internal HDD (80GB each) and one 500GB External (I've tried disconnecting the external but the skipping continues)

A:Sound skipping badly but not in WMP

Well, after reinstalling Windows, which fixed some other problems but not the skipping sound , I've come to the conclusion that the files are the problem. It's strange that I can simply rename the mp3 files to .wma and then they play perfectly in any program!

My solution is to embark on renaming about 15 Gb of music's extensions to .wma (using FileBoss) then converting them back to fresh, new MP3s in a better organised music folder ;D

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Ok so i'm getting very very frustrated i just bought my Hp pavilion Dv8000 with windows XP from a pawn shop (so i just have the laptop and power supply nothing else) about three weeks ago and noticed that the sound skipped on everything that i listened to except DVD movies, so i looked around on the internet to see what the problem was and really couldn't find anything, i updated my audio driver and tried everything else i found that i was capable of doing (i'm not computer smart at all and have no more money) i would really like to know how to fix this problem before i get to frustrated and throw my laptop out of my moving car lol. Anyone that is willing to help please remember that i am a computer idiot and dumb it down for me so i will understand what to do.

A:Hp Dv8000 sound skipping

Does this include listening to music on like YouTube? As it could be the program to listen to music itself.

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So I have no idea where to post this thread because I am completely computer illiterate.. but here it goes..
I have a Compaq Presario v5000 and my sound is skipping and disoriented. It happens all the time, with AIM, startup, shutdown, youtube, cd's, dvd, you name it, it skips. The computer is running really slow, windows takes forever to boot..probably 15 minutes, any files I need to open are also reaaallly slow. I tried a system restore..but obviously it hasnt been turned on, until I just now turned it on so thats out of the question.
Ive been reading around and trying various things like update the drivers..but they wont install..its saying no media device is found. I have also downloaded hijack this, and spybot just to see if its some spyware causing the problems.
I have nooo idea what to do if anybody has any suggestions i would really appreciate you help and willing to try anything!

A:sound skipping like crazy!!

SpyBot is not a good choice, old news. Try some other newer frequently updated on-line scans.

Here's one. Hit the orange 'Start Now!' box.

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This is driving me nuts! hopefully one of you clever people can help me out.

For a couple weeks now, my sound has been skipping, it started with just the sound, now my whole pc skips. I have my earphones in now and can hear the skip like clockwork every second.

Now I know it started when I was playing diablo 2, the sound would start skipping and the game would skip a frame, seemingly just one frame, every few seconds, enough to make it impossible to play and make me have to quit. Of course, it kept doing it even after I quit the game and was skipping on menus and anything else in windows.

Usually it fixes it if I restart the pc, but sometimes it doesn't and I have 2 restart over and over, and I've had enough!! Short of re-formatting my drive or pulling out hardware I'm willing to try anything, so please clever people of tech support, help me!!!

A:Sound skipping - XP related

Maybe a corrupted sound driver. can you tell us if your sound-device is on-board (ie integrated on the motherboard) or a separate PCI sound-card?
If it's on board we need your motherbaord make/model or the make/model of the PC if it's a branded one such as Packard Bell, Dell, Compaq.

If it's a no name PC (nothing wrong with that, mine is) download 'Belarc Advisor', install it, run it, and post it's audit details to us. Should help us identify the motherboard:

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My system is a Dell OptiPlex GX110 733mhz PIII, 256mb RAM, running Win98se, onboard audio (SoundMax), video, nic, and usb. PCI cards include SCSI and modem. There are 3 open PCI slots. The sound quality is generally pretty good, however, it skips with just about any computer use (including internet browsing, opening applications, saving files, etc.). Even Windows sounds skip on boot, although its not terrible.

After reading numerous posts on similar issues, I have (1) uninstalled and reinstalled the audio driver (it is up to date via the Dell website); (2) upgraded to DirectX 8.1; (3) made adjustments to the Advanced Audio Properties sliders in Multimedia Properties in Control Panel; and (4) made adjustments in my audio software applications (Winamp and Real Jukebox). The foregoing adjustments resulted in slight improvement, but did not totally resolve the problem.

In reading other posts, I also noticed that IRQ conflicts/sharing may be a cause. There are no apparent conflicts in Device Manager, however, there is sharing, and my audio shares IRQ 5. My IRQs are as follows:

0 System timer
1 Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
2 Programmable interrupt controller
3 Communications Port (COM2)
4 Communications Port (COM1)
5 SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
5 Intel 82801AA SMBus Controller
5 ACPI IRQ Holder for PCI IRQ Steering
6 Standard Floppy Disk Controller
7 ECP Printer Port (LPT1)
8 System CMOS/real time clock
9 Adaptec AHA-2940U/AHA-2940UW PCI SCSI Control... Read more

A:sound skipping and IRQs

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I have a problem and I don't know if its specifically with FF. When a music video in Youtube is playing in the background as I browse another site in FF, I hear the music occasionally skip-pause as I use the mouse,scroll button or keyboard.This also happens when I move the pages up and down using the side bars.I tried getting more ram ,getting the latest adobe flash, and shock wave but the problem persists. Any help by the community would be appreciated.

A:Sound skipping problems.

Hi and Welcome to TSF!

When you are browsing with youtube open it is possible that Firefox is then drawing on a good bit of your bandwidth causing it to buffer when you are browsing on another tab. Either make sure no-one in your household is using the net heavily i.e downloads and streaming or perhaps upgrading your broadband speed. Also make sure you have the latest version of Firefox (v15).


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Hello, been a while since I posted here.
I've searched around on google and on these forums about sound skipping in windows 7; most results are for the end of songs skipping, but that is not my case. Every sound that plays, whether it be the logon chime, sound from games or music, you name it, it skips.
I don't know what might have changed in the last 72 hours, as this issue arised within that timeframe. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers for my soundcard (Onboard SoundMAX something-rather).

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
Asus M3A32-MVP Deluxe WiFi/AP
AMD Phenom x4 9950
4GB Mushkin RAM
1.2+TB of storage
Logitech Z-2300 2.1 Speakers
POS Ghetto Mic

I will do my best to provide any additional information that could help the diagnosis of this issue. Thanks in advance!

A:Windows 7 x64 All Sound Skipping

The second you mentioned this problem I knew you had a sound max that came bundled with an asus board. Had to actually go to soundmax for the update, asus didn't have anything post vista available.

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im having this problem 2weeks ago which started by sound crackling and then followed by cpu used up to 50 percent on a core duo2 processor which also makes disables my ,mouse temporarily but if i move the mouse on a highlighted icon it registers the mouse bieng on the icon but no pointer apears to be present it will then come back after 5secs.this hapens when i use windows media player and firefox also it hapens often,how can i fix this?

p.s have tried reinstalling graphic card driver and also in task manager no processes are being used up.plz helpp?

A:Sound skipping and cpu spikes

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Well I have tried using 3 different sound cards on my computer and they all do the same thing so right now I'm just using the one from my motherboard (Intel D945GTP) and it's doing the same thing. I have updated all the drivers and such and this issue just started happening this week.

If i plug in headphones or a headset, the sound is perfectly fine, it's just speakers that it does it with (yes I have tested more than 1 set to make sure it isn't the speakers themselves doing it)

So.. Anyone know what the problem may be? If you need any more information just ask.

A:Static/skipping sound

scratch the working with my headset/headphones... used to.. now it's all static no matter what i use..

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A:Still cant figure out sound skipping.....please help!!..

uninstall the sound device from the device manager reboot the machine and windows should install the drivers for the sound system..when you reboot the machine

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Sound Skipping, Rarely, But Sometimes

Hi Guys... Question For You (Obviously)

Every one and awhile my computer will skip kinda like a CD but its very obnoxious! >,<
Example, When I Start UP It Makes The Beautiful Windows 7 Start Up Sound....
Do Do Doo Do-Skips Obsessivley for 1 or 3 seconds- and resumes

It Does This Too When I Am Muti-Tasking, Right Now I Am Listening To Music, And It Works Very Nicely, But When It Does Eventually Skip, It Freezes My Computer For Like 3 Seconds, And Does The Obnoxious Noise.

Is It My Hard Drive? Or Like Is It My Processor?
I'm Only 15! Btw >.<

Its A Laptop.
Sound Card Information:

A:Sound Skipping, Rarely, But Sometimes

The "skipping" at boot up can be where the sound is initialized in the Windows initialization process.

Skipping at other times, especially during multi-tasking can just be because the sound is on a shared IRQ with a higher priority IRQ item (common). 2GB of RAM is minimum for a 64 bit OS, I'd upgrade to at least 4GB of RAM. May not help the skipping but it will help the overall system.

One thing to try, go to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the entry for the Conexant audio device and then LEFT click to "uninstall". DO NOT uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the sound. This may also put it on a different shared IRQ and help with the skipping.

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My sound is skipping when playing any type of audio(cd, mp3, video), approx. once a minute for about 2 or 3 seconds each time. Maybe I need to update my sound card driver, but not sure how to do that. I have a DELL xps computer with a Sigma Tel Audio sound card. I ran dxdiag in the start/run menu, the driver is sthda.sys, Version:5.10.4548.0000, Date 6/6/2005. Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is obviously very irritating when trying to listen to music or watch video.

A:audio/sound skipping

Did you try uninstalling/reinstalling the driver?


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Hey basically I have this problem with the sound having a slight skip / crack every 5 seconds or so. This is happening in games, music playing software and online videos. I'll admit that it's only a very slight thing, but I find it to be very annoying.

I tried using DPC Latency Checker and it said: "Some device drivers on this machine behave bad and will probably cause drop-outs in real-time audio and/or video streams. To isolate the misbehaving driver use Device Manager and disable/re-enable various devices, one at a time. Try network and W-LAN adapters, modems, internal sound devices, USB host controllers, etc." The levels got up to 30,000us+

I tried disabling the LAN adapter and sound devices which yielded no change (had no idea how to safely disable USB host controllers)

I've tried uninstalling then updating my Realtek Audio drivers to the latest version for my motherboard.

I should mention that I built this computer (was my first), so is there anything I might have missed / did incorrectly that could be causing this? Or could it be something else?

Thanks for any help you can provide.

EDIT: Problem was caused by a program the motherboard installed. Guessed what it was designed to do...enhance the performance of the PC. Nice job there.

A:Sound Skipping Every Few Seconds

This sometimes happens if you have less RAM or the system memory is going full due to unnecessary services. You can update your drivers to Realtek HD Audio and see if that works, if not then go to task manager and check your RAM usage or try giving your Media Player or game a higher priority.

There are many software to free up your RAM by disabling unnecessary services like Auslogics Boost Speed.

If these wont work please reply.

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I recently managed to build my first ever PC, which works but some time when I try to install something or run applications it one of the drive starts skipping.

Now I have tried scaning for errors but that came up with nothing. If I was installing something from disk I would need to eject the disk for it to work again. It sometimes does it when I run application as well, I can't however figure out what is wrong with.

Also bare in mind that when it does this, the app that is running does not work, so something don't always install.


A:Getting a strange skipping sound, Need help

all the hardware is brand new by the way

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I thought at first it was just my external speakers but I unplugged them and it does it from my laptop speakers as well. It's been happening for a few days now and it's really bugging me! Is it my sound card or my speakers or something else? I've done Norton and Adaware searches just to see if that helped anything but nope. It's also been slowing down my Firefox lately. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Sound keeps on skipping and cracking

anyone? I just did the windows sound troubleshooter and none of that helped. By the way I have a Gateway Laptop w/ Windows XP

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I upgraded from XP Home to PRO, now my sound drags and skips on playback of cd's and dvd's. Any suggestions? Thank You

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This happens in all media players I have on my computer:

It'll play the song but it'll skip all the time... I dunno what to do. Any help?

A:Having problems with my sound (skipping)

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Hi folks,

Really hope someone can help me with this problem as it's driving me crazy.

The sound from my card is stuttering badly when I'm playing games etc. It appears to stutter badly when say FMV is playing or similair.

Here's my specs:

PIII 866
256Mb Ram PC133
SBlaster 128 PCI
32Mb PCI Riva TNT2 Graphics Card
Win 2000
20Gb HD 5400rpm

I've eliminated the CDROM as the source of the problem, as when solely reading from the HD the problem still occurs.

Could the problem be being caused by the HD? Do I need a faster one?

Any help to solve this problem would be most appreciated.

Many Thanks,


A:Stuttering Sound

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Hi there!

Im at my wits end with my sound problem on my new pc. Having just bought the new pc, i have found that performing any other task while listening to music causes the music to irregularily stutter or skip, like a scratch on a cd

It happens when using i.m. or a web browser, even when typing (in fact most frequently when typing)

I have tried upgrading both the audio drivers and video drivers. I use a memory optimiser program, and so i know that the free ram is almost never below 60%, so im farely certain RAM isnt the problem. The problem occurs on everything, from itunes and windows media player, to the audio from youtube videos.

Please help me solve my problem as its driving me crazy

Thanks in advance

A:Sound Keeps Stuttering

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Recently, the sound on my computer started stuttering, and sounding all scratchy. Everything stutters, except midi files, which don't play at all. I'm using an integrated sound card, on an Intel D865GBF motherboard.

Thanks for any help!

A:Stuttering Sound

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I have the sound stutter problem when playing music, video and games. It is sometimes incorrectly referred to as a problem with windows media player. Any sound for me stutters every few seconds, sometimes its gone for a few hours and comes back. I have realtek drivers, the latest, and have tried old ones. Ive tried turning off exclusive mode and many other common tricks like changing quality etc.

Obviously I am looking for a fix but im afriad if i ask I will get nothing but all the home remedies that work for a while, or people think it works but the sound problem comes back. If someone had this problem and eliminated it I would love to hear how its done. However, I would like to also know the reason for the problem, does anyone know whats causing it? Maybe moderators or forum members that have seen this problem floating around. This is mainly to avoid the "Maybe your holding your phone to close" type responses from people who have not seen the problem before, that being said, any ideas are nice. This is obviously a windows 7 problem, maybe there is no good realtek drivers out yet, although i hear similar complaints about creative on w7 forums. does w7 handle sound differently. I'm afraid that this is actually a fundemental flaw in the operating system. Does anyone here have windows 7 rtm 64 bit with working sound??? If so do you have any unique sound settings/caching/memory settings?

A:does anyone actually have the Sound Stuttering fix?

Please, do not provide detailed system specs. They will not help at all. OK, go ahead and provide detailed system specs.

The problem with your assessment of a serious flaw in Windows 7 - not all users report or experience the same problem. There are some issues with RealTek though. All of which can be addressed.

Could also turn out to be an I/O issue or even CPU spiking. Can't begin the analysis until we have...

In your case, a detailed model number or service tag will work.

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A:Sound Stuttering

Welcome to TSG!

Try this:

Go into control panel
"Sounds and Audio Devices"
reduce the sample rate for the audio and see if that helps!

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It seems like this problem has been famous since 2007...

So I just bought a new laptop, HP Pavillion nv9925nr. Specs are AMD Turion64 x2. ram is at 4gigs ddr2 667mhz. Nvidia Geforice 7150m and a Conexant High Definition Audio card (all this is onboard... dur)

Anyway, my problem is that every minute or so the sound stutters, all my drivers are updated, got all the windows update thrown in there, and it still does the stutter thing every minute or so. Is there any solution to this problem to save my sanity? Thanks : D

A:Sound Stuttering

Hi TemperFire, welcome to the vista forums

No cure yet as far as I am Aware of...
Just the normal workaround

Right click the speaker icon in the tray select Playback Devices select your default output and on the enhancements tab Disable all enhancements.

Hopefully that should do the trick but if not try disabling all enhancements in the playback application (media player)

hope this helps

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New user to windows 7! Everythign runs and works great minus the sound!!! It stutters and echoes very badly every so often. And being an avid player of Conan i use Vent. Vent does not even work. Any help provided is greatly appreciated!

A:Stuttering Sound

Have you been to the Dell website and downloaded the latest drivers?

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I have Windows 98 and have onboard sound. ie a VIA AC97 chip. The problem is that the sound in some games is choppy and stuttering(Half Life works, Phantom Menace-Stutter!).
I have tried various drivers to no avail.
According to Device manager and System Info there are no conflicts (though I know they lie sometimes).
Any advice..? Apart from buying a real soundcard...

A:Stuttering Sound!

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hi all.

when using media player the sound keeps stuttering towards the end of each track.

can anybody help? i have no idea why this keeps happening.

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Lately I've been having issues with my sound for my PC. When I watch videos, listen to music, or play games the sound seems to keep stuttering at times. I just switched to another sound card instead of the built-in MB sound card but the problem still persists. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!

My PC Specs are as follows:

Intel i7-4770K Haswell
ASUS Maximus Hero VI Hero
G.Skill RipJaw 8GB Ram
Gigabyte GEForce GTX 770 4GB 256-Bit
Windows 10

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about a month ago what at first I thought alone was my CD player.. any CD or DVD I played the sound seemed to stutter..the DVD visually were fine but sound was bad. but If I play anything from my windows media player its all fine or listening to any music online is fine too...until the other day I put in a cd full of pix and the music I was listening to online started to stutter. also windows media will not let me burn any CDs and was then burning cd's with roxio now that doesnt work or just takes for this all connected?? please help my wits end and do not have the time or money to take my pc in..

A:stuttering sound

It sounds like you have too much running it the background and it is choking the system while you are multi-tasking. It is normal to get a hiccup in sound while reading a CD as the ATAPI interrupt halts the entire system temporarily, but not like you are describing. You can resolve your issues through two means:

a) Uninstall unnecessary and superfluous software that you don't use or arn't really required for proper operation, check the bottom right hand corner and see how many programs you have running in the tray, if there are lots then you should do some cleansing. To uninstall in Windows XP go to Start, click on Control Panel, now click on "Add / Remove Programs". To uninstall in Windows Vista go to Start, click on Control Panel, now click on "Programs and Features".

b) You could disable some software from starting up with Windows instead of getting rid of it completely by going to Start, clicking on Run (or holding down the Windows Key on the keyboard and pressing R) and typing "msconfig" without the ". On the second to last tab labled "Startup" you can untick the entries to stop them from starting with Windows, make sure you don't disable anything critical though!

c) Reinstall Windows with a fresh copy and rid yourself of the OEM c*ap that comes with most PCs.

Hopefully you should be able to get the amount of background processes down by removing unneeded software, you can check how many processes are runnin... Read more

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I recently encountered horribly slow speeds on my computer, this i put down to the amount of unecessry programs that produced also, unecessary processes. The result of this was me reformatting my computer. The ironic thing now is that since reformatting, the speed has only worsened, i didn't even think that was possible, ive scanned high and low for any anomolies, finding none, and its really getting tediously annoying.


slow start-up
sound skipping (random breaks when any sound file is playing, this includes video etc.)
Slow speeds, i can barely run some games, even when making the process high priority.
can anyone shed light onto my annoyance?

A:Pc slowness, sound skipping, need some pointers

You formatted.. and it continued? It is one of 2 things, you have a worm. Or it is a bad hard ware part. Try replacing the battery in the Motherboard.

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I've been trying to fix this problem for weeks. I'm stumped, Creative don't seem to have too much left up their sleeve either. Let's start with the problem. My Audigy 2 NX USB is working perfectly fine. It worked fine on my machine before i upgraded it, and if i switch it over to my laptop right now, it works perfectly. The only issue it has is with this computer only. It's a very strange issue, because i've been able to fix it partially, but never make it go away entirely. The problem only occurred when i upgraded the below listed CPU, Board, and Video card.

Before i get into the symptoms too much, here's a full list of my system specs. If you require more information about ANYTHING, mail me at [email protected]

AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ Socket 939 "Manchester" ~2000MHz
ASUS A8N-SLI Nforce4 400 SLI MCP
1024MB (2x512MB) Kingston ValueRAM PC2700/DDR333 Dual-Channel
BFG Tech BFGR78256GTOC Geforce 7800GT 256MB 256-bit GDDR3 VIVO PCI-E x16
Western Digital 200GB 8MB Cache IDE 7200RPM HDD WD2000JB-00GVA0
Seagate 120GB 8MB Cache IDE 7200RPM HDD ST3120022A
USB Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 NX
iomega Dual DVD 4x2.4x4x2 DVD +/- RW DVDRW4216IND-A
iomega 52x24x52 CDRW CDRW64896INT-B
Panasonic 3.5" Floppy Drive
Philips 109B5 19" Flat CRT Monitor (1280x1024 85Hz)
Creative Inspire 5200 5.1 Speakers
Logitech Cordless rechargable mouse MX700
Logitech Cordless Elite Keyboard
Thermaltake Xaser 'Shark' Silver Aluminium ATX Ca... Read more

A:USB Audigy 2 NX. Sound skipping and cracking.

Hmm... Creative E-Mailed me telling me i should 'clean sweep' the installation of the card. i did that, and now it's problematic 100% of the time.

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Trying to determine if this is a hardware or software issue. My HP laptop sound starting skipping recently and I've tried everything! Updated new drivers...Nothing...No Conflicts in Device manager...I'm even having problems when I record sound now: the playback is all garbled and synth sounding...Can I change out the sound card?

I have an HP Pavillion dv1000
Windows XP Home
Sound Card: Conexant AC-link Audio

Hopefully someone can help!

Thank you,

A:Skipping Sound/New Driver doesn't help

Hey goodone

Sounds more like a hardware problem to me.


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Well, I am not sure if this is the proper place for this question... oh well.

For the past few years my computer has been sort of crashing, that is to say that the image and sound start to skip like a CD and will sometimes stop after like 1 second, other times 30 seconds and other times it will last for a few minutes, or until I decide to just restart to save time. I included a little look at the task manager's cpu usage graph, the spikes in cpu usage correspond to skips that I experienced, the final spike lasted for about 30 sec, the other were only a few seconds.

It is really quite random and over the past 2 years I have been able to find no pattern revealing what causes it to skip, it just starts and stops seemingly at random, though it happens more often when I have many tabs open in google chrome....

I ran mem-test and it was error free, I also ran CCcleaner and it still is happening, I am sort of at a loss here, I have no idea why my computer is doing this. My PC specs are as follows:

- Windows 7 Professional
- Intel Core2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4 GHZ
- 2 gb Patriot Extreme Performance SDRAM DDR2 800
- ASUS P5N32-E SLI Plus
- GeForce GTX 260 896MB
-300 GB WDD velociraptor
-1 TB WDD Green Power
-OCZ GameXStream OCZ700GXSSLI 700W ATX12V SLI Certified CrossFire Ready Active PFC Power Supply
- HT | OMEGA Claro Halo Sound Card

Any insights or help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance!

A:Computer image/sound skipping

Two likely causes:

1) Either you have a bus-mastering issue (IRQ steering bandwidth bottleneck), or

2) Your hard drive has fallen back to PIO mode. Even a SATA drive is slower than
molasses in January, when stuck in PIO.

The bus-mastering issue is a tough one, because you may have to install an alternate HAL
to force Windows to to obey resource/IRQ assignment (Windos default HAL overrides the CMOS settings, so forget the BIOS setup screen).

The latter case involves editing the registry, and I'm not familiar enough with Windows 7
to help you there, but it should be similar to 2000/XP, and there are a couple of values
you have to delete, as they are 'flags', to prevent manual setting of your ATA drives,
and these flags must be cleared in the registry.
Of course, here are other possible issues, too, such as drivers, extensions,
application bugs, spyware, malware, filesystem fragmentation, etc... but I'll bet you a
dollar against a dog biscuit it's one of the two above.

If so, then it's a Windows issue, and not a hardware issue.

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Hey guys.. I've had this problem for awhile now, when I'm doing anything on the computer, whether it be playing games or just browsing the web, every now and then the movement and sound will start freezing every 1-2 seconds, and to fix it I have to restart, then it happens another time, maybe 1-3 weeks later.

Immediately at the time of this happening, in the event viewer this error pops up more than 30 times:

Source: Cdrom
Category: None
Event ID: 15
The device, \Device\Cdrom0, is not ready for access yet.
For more information, see Help and Support Center at

and I noticed around the same time as that happening another error shows up in the event viewer:

Source: nv
Category: None
Event ID: 14
Unknown error on CMDre 00000001 000000c0 40004be3 00000004 00000084

Thanks in advance

A:Non Frequent Freezing/Sound Skipping

Oh I forgot to add, I have Windows Service Pack 3

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No hw/sw changes. Sound from web, games, cd's, etc has an interrupt for about a second or less at random times. Sorta like something is buffering but the sound skips a word or a music note entirely. External sound system is ok when used externally. Broadband (RR) is up to speed and constant. No matter the source, the skipping occurs.

What steps next?

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Hello Everybody.

Brief Intro
This is my first post here. I lurked this forum and many others trying many solutions to the similar problems of others to no avail. I chose to join this forum to ask my question because you all seemed the most knowledgeable. I know a bit about computers, as I spent a while as an Electrical/Computer engineering student before I switched to Mechanical to focus on robotics, and have dealt with many computer issues before. This one has me stumped at the moment.

Problem: Windows sound and processes "skipping" approximately every 2 seconds. The optical drives do NOT have this problem unless I am trying to run other processes simultaneously. Mp3, Youtube, Streaming video, MPEG, all skip. It is really more of a flutter than a skip, like the signal is being broken down bit by bit for a second and then it goes back to normal. Repeating over and over. It just started doing this randomly one day when i fired it up.

Things I've tried:
-Reinstall Audio/Video drivers
-Ran Cleanup
-Ad aware
-Manually checked running processes for things running out of Temp
-DirectX diagnostic
-Disabling wireless zero configuration via admin tools
-System restore
-Defrag hard drive
..and a bunch of other crap I gathered from forums that didn't do anything.

System Specs:
Toshiba Satellite laptop.
1.6 GHz Single core Intel
100 GB Hard drive
512 mb RAM
Windows XP SP2.

Anything else you need to know, ask and I'll get it for you.

A:Laptop sound skipping / Processing lag. Please Help

you need more RAM
especially if you're trying to run multiple applications and streaming video.
you need to go to toshiba's website and find out what the best ram your machine will take is, and how much you can expand to.
Try and upgrade to at least 1GB, and if you can go to 2GB thats even more recommended.

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Hi everybody, for the past few months my computer has been acting strange, and I figured it was time to ask someone else for help before I took it into the shop.

I'll start off with my computer.

Microsoft Windows XP
Home Edition
Version 2002
Service Pack 2

Pentium, 4 CPU 3.00GHz
2.99GHz, 512 MB of RAM

HP Pavillion zd8000 laptop.

Now the story :)

I bought this computer a while back, worked fine for a long time. Then the hard drive completely died on me. Brought it in, and got the hard drive replaced. It was sweet, it worked amazing for a good week. The out of no where the computer took forever to start up. When the windows XP sound that plays at the beginning played, it played all crackly and skipped parts, and was really drawn out (the sound goes for a good 3 seconds, but it went for like 6). Confused, I just went about my daily business on the computer, and started up Cubase, a recording program I use. I opened up a song I was working on and the program would freeze up often, skip seconds in the song, and made it impossible to work with. I went onto the internet and the internet was acting very slow too, not too bad but noticeably slower. Logged onto you tube, and the videos were skipping sound terribly. Still confused, I opened up Itunes, and all my music was skipping too. I checked the task manager and my CPU usage was off the charts, with almost nothing running. I deleted a bunch of stuff, reinstalled the drivers and still no... Read more

A:Sound Skipping, Computer Being Slow

anyone? before i bring it into the shop.

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Since a few weeks ago my sound on my emachine is skipping and lagging.
Sometimes It will go mute completely. I checked all audio levels and nothing was mute or turned down.

Then I realized that the only way to restore the sound was to log off and log back into my account.

It isn't just media player either. It's all windows as well.

It just started this out of the blue one day.

I also tried letting it cool down for a night and when I turned it on the sound was fine for a bit but began skipping again?

is there anything I can do myself to fix this problem?


A:Sound is skipping and eventually stopping

hello & welcome to TSF,

these are just steps to get us started

now what i need to do is go to your (device manager)

now once there you will want to select from the toolbar of the window(veiw) then a drop down menu / from it you will select (show all hidden devices)

now if you see any (red or yellow) quotation marks , make a note of what they

now go to the (event veiwer) this is thru the (administrator tools) in the control panel
here you will find 3 to 4 subcatagories

you will want to check each of them for this is where windows keeps track of all errors
now you will want to make notes of the errors that have been recorded ( you do not have to make notes of double entries just of the dates of their happenings & how many there is)
you will get more information on the errors if you (right) click them / then select properties


do you have a Windows Xp cd, not the restore cd's that come with some systems, the cd will have the Windows logo & 3D hollowgram/image on it

if you do not maybe you can barrow one from a friend/family member/co-worker as long as it is the same version that is on your system

if you have (Windows XP Home Ed. sp2 ) then the cd will have to be that / if you have a cd with (Windows XP Home Ed. )you will have to slipstream (SP2 ) onto a disk that you create

this also applies to (Windows XP Professsional )

now if you do have the Windo... Read more

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I have a strange problem (I guess everyone says that for all of their problems) and it is that Windows Media Player 10 stopped playing music files on and off CD. I was playing Green Day, and as soon as I double-clicked on it, it would play a second or so nicely, then it would start skipping. I tried playing in iTunes, and it works perfectly. I don't know what's happening with WMP. I like WMP for all my music files, but I'm so frustrated that it doesn't work!

EDIT: Somehow, it fixed itself, so I guess I don't need this thread anymore, but if it comes again, I'll ask you guys!

MODERATORS: Please delete this thread. Thanks!

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Once in a while (usually every couple hours), my computer starts skipping over any sound output--music, youtube, movies, random windows sounds, etc.

When I restart my system the problem is fixed (temporarily).

On another forum I read that iTunes may be the prob. because of its RAM-hungry attitude, so I D/L WinAmp but got the same issue. Even the lightest weight media player that i know of,VLC, skips as well.

At other times media players do not function at all--that is, when i click on a file it opens in iTunes, VLC, or whatever, but the song progress bar stays at 0:00 and no sound comes out. Even on the YouTube does the same.

Anybody know what's going on here?

A:Sound skipping on all media players

does the pc have a sound card? if so try updating the driver for it.

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Hello you guys have helped me out before and hopefully you guys can figure out this little ditty of a problem.

My Girlfriends sister just got a brand new compac presario V5201US Labtop. She has had it for maybe a week or so and when she plays any type of music, (from cd,mp3 ,or streaming auido) it skips and pops, and is very unpleasant.

We have tried to talk to the tech help at compac but they gave us the run around about improving the virtural memory of the device and then closed the talk. we tried that (xp now looks like 2k) but we still have the same problems. I thought it was the sound drivers but im no techie. Do you guys have any ideas?

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Hi everyone,

I have a 3-year old Toshiba A100-989 laptop. I did a complete reformatting about 5 months ago. Everything worked fine for quite a while.

Now the computer takes forever to start. When the windows XP sound that plays at the beginning played, it played all crackly and skipped parts, and was really drawn out. Listening to MP3 or watching videos is of course impossible now. It again takes an awful long time to shut down or to start programs.

I attached the hijack log file and hope that anyone can help me.


PS: Windows is up to date, virus scan runs smoothly too.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 14:07:17, on 10.01.2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.6001.18702)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\EvtEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Intel\Wireless\Bin\S24EvMon.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple\Mobile Device Support\bin\AppleMobileDeviceService.exe
C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
C:\Program Files\TOSHIBA\ConfigFree\CFSvcs.exe
C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG8\avgnsx.exe ... Read more

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Ok, well, I am completely stumped already with this problem.

Almost every time I play a game, my computer will eventually freeze with skipping/crackly/weird beeping in my headphone noises. Sometimes this takes 4 hours to happen, sometimes it takes 10 minutes..I don't know, its horribly random. Updated all hardware drivers, installed updates, flashed bios help.

Well I replaced the 2 obvious choices, videocard (Radeon 9800 Pro) and soundcard (SB Audigy 2 ZS), and it to my dismay, made no difference (other then my games looking/sounding better till I froze). So I do a complete reformat to my C: drive, reinstall, update, etc help.

I then move on to the next (what I think) obvious problem..Heat. Install 4 case fans (1 Side, 1 front, 2 rear), 1 PCI slot fan, and a Volcano 11 with arctic silver on my CPU. CPU temp is at a constant 39 degrees C with mobo temp at 40C. Run up a game...freezes.

I have since replaced my RAM (2 sticks of 512 crucial DDR) and that still has had no effect. My HD is fairly new, as is my MOBO and processor. I am totally stumped. It only freezes when I'm playing harddrive based games, not on internet games or anything. It will never freeze on the desktop or exploring the internetor on any other type of program other then a game. Everything is updated fully, from the latest bios update, to the latest windows update.

I feel it is probably a problem with my Motherboard..but I want to be sure. Anyways, here are my specs:

AMD ... Read more

A:CPU Freezing/Sound skipping while gaming

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I have been having a problem that has been driving nuts.

Whenever I have hdd activity, My sound card stutters. It happens when I
play a game, listen to mp3's or view video files. All of my IDE drives are set
for DMA.

Here are the particulars of my system:
Asus P4T533-C motherboard
2.8 Ghz P4
1 gig rdram
120Gb Hitachi deskstar hdd
Sound Blaster Audigy Gamer
Geforce 4 4600Ti w/128mb of vidram
Windows XP Home SP2

Any suggestions?

A:stuttering sound during hdd activity

Try moving your soundcard to a different slot, also try disabling hyper-threading.

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After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10 my sound is stuttering/making 'electrical interference' noises.  I've been trying to solve this with the Windows Troubleshooter and various other fixes but in the end I ran the HP Support Assistant and it upgraded the drivers to IDT High Definition Audio which is what everyone seems to be complaining about anyway. It just so happened I was offline when I first tried it with the newly installed IDT drivers and it was perfect so I thought I had cured it but as soon as I went online the stuttering and interference returned. I'm baffled why this should make any difference but it means it still isn't cured.  Anyone any ideas please?

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hi, I posted

here originally thinking I had a hardware problem - but a tsf team member brought up that it sounded like malware, so here I am....

since I ran these logs, I uninstalled Adaware, guessing that Adaware plus Kaspersky was the cause of a couple of hangs.

Brief history, this is an HP510 laptop 50G hard drive that we keep in the kitchen, as in my little kid bangs on it, spills a little on it etc. Also it shares a router with the babysitter's computer, whose protection status, where she surfs, etc are probably not as careful as mine. Otherwise

Hp510 laptop
WinXP Pro SP 3
Kaspersky, WinPatrol, (for a few hours yesterday Adaware now uninstalled )
rarely used in questionable places like a hotel room, Starbucks, otherwise I surf through a router using a limited account 99+% of the time.

For weeks, Kaspersky updates had been incredibly slow. Also for quite a while , not sure which started first, the laptop has been ...s.l.o.w... - for example sometimes I'll type in a website name and none of the characters will show for a good 15 seconds, then they'll all or some of them show up at once..

a few days back Kaspersky couldn't open, I downloaded a new version of Kaspersky - now has Kaspersky 2010 - on a different computer then installed it to this one off a USB drive (ie, no surfing during the time of no Kaspersky), then at restart it ran chkdsk -- found a couple of bad sectors.

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A:slow and stuttering sound

what Adaware said...

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Hi, i just got a new pc and im having sound problems; basically every so often the sound sort of lags out and goes stuttery for about 1 to 5 seconds then resumes as normal. On the performance monitor cpu usage spikes up to 50-60% for the duration.

-Using logitech Z-10 speakers, got the latest drivers, and the problem occurs when im using different speakers also

-Running vistax64 on a pretty high-end pc, so really i shouldnt be running out of resources just to play sound.

-Bought a sound card, hoping to fix the problem, but its the same whether i use onboard sound or the card.

-The problem occurs in all applications, not just WM player

I think the problem is some kind of issue with data transfer and processing within the pc (whether its hard or software based i dont know). It appears to be only sound that displays lag/slowdown symptoms.

I tried sticking some music onto a flash drive and playing it from there, but again it stuttered so im guessing its not a hard drive issue.

Im really running out of ideas, so any help would be vastly appreciated

A:Stuttering/Lagging sound

Sounds like a driver issue. What sound card and what on-board audio program are you using? There have been issues with Vista and or 64bit.

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I've recently installed a Gamesurround Hercules Fortissimo 2 sound card to solve my stuttering problem, but it's made no difference. Basically, as i play games the sound will stutter at the same time there is a graphic slowdown, only very brief but annoying.

My system is a fairly high spec (512 DDR, AMD XP 2600, Geforce4 Ti4800SE) so i'm thinking that i should not have these kinds of problems. Can someone please help?

A:Sound stuttering problem

Have you make sure that you have installed the newest driver? Older driver sometimes tend to be buggy.

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Recently, graphics have been stuttering. Sound stutters too, but I'm pretty sure the sound only stutters, clicks, pops and slurs when the graphics are lagging. I cannot pinpoint the source of the problem.
I put thermal paste on my cpu today and brought my temperatures down from 77C to 57C.
Still same problem so doesn't appear to be from overheating.
These problems are across the board from mp3s to video to gaming. Also, it happens on all media players. Sometimes if I load a webpage while music is playing, it'll slowdown the music and make it stutter.

This problem happens even with no other background things running. Directx tests, everything stutters to different extents. Even the small white box in the directdraw test isn't smooth and goes slow, fast, slow fast. In between direct x tests, parts of my taskbar temporarily vanish and then come back, suggesting a lot of cpu power or memory is being used. Is there a good program to test if my installed ram has become faulty?
My system is XP2000+, 768ram, and 9800pro 128mb.

I also noticed that cpu usage goes straight from single digits to 100% when dxdiag starts, and it goes to 100% when quake 3 starts.

A:Graphic and sound stuttering

i would think its the 768 ram holding you back.

I would try running memtest once and see what it tells ya.

Also, look in either the registery or msconfig and see if theres anything starting that you don't recognize.

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When my system starts up the start-up sound has gone & the first time the next system sound is generated [i.e. a click when you start exporer] this repeats continuously..... like a dripping tap.

Naturally this is very annoying and inhibits the playing of all audio/video.

My hardware configuration hasn't changed in a year and everything is [was] working fine.

When I reinstall - it works fine. It looks like it's something that's come off the net, after the third/fourth re-start [i.e. system restarts after installing software after reinstall] it appears yet again.

I connect through a cable modem and have anti-virus/firewall software. I don't have a router at the minute - but didn't experience this problem when I did.

Has anyone experienced this before? Is it a windows error/virus? And..... most importantly of all.... how do I fix it?

Many Thanks,

- Rog

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When my system starts up the start-up sound has gone & the first time the next system sound is generated [i.e. a click when you start exporer] this repeats continuously..... like a dripping tap.

Naturally this is very annoying and inhibits the playing of all audio/video.

My hardware configuration hasn't changed in a year and everything is [was] working fine.

When I reinstall - it works fine. It looks like it's something that's come off the net, after the third/fourth re-start [i.e. system restarts after installing software after reinstall] it appears yet again.

I connect through a cable modem and have anti-virus/firewall software. I don't have a router at the minute - but didn't experience this problem when I did.

Has anyone experienced this before? Is it a windows error/virus? And..... most importantly of all.... how do I fix it?

Many Thanks,

- Rog

A:Sound stuttering in Win2000

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Hello guys!

I just built a gaming pc for my girlfriend, the specs are:

AsRock Motherboard
8Go Ram
GTX 560
Intel Core Duo @ 3,00Ghz.

Her computer runs a lot of games on high with no problem, but the game she likes the most: Plants VS Zombies: Garden Warfare, has some problem.

It runs perfectly, with no frame drop or anything and then, all of the sudden, the game would freeze for about a second or two, with the sound looping. After the freeze, the game would resume running perfectly.

This happens a not precise moment, even in the menus. I've tried a lot of thing, but nothing seems to work.

Thank you very much!

A:Stuttering, Sound Loop

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I recently changed my system from a dual cored system and upgraded to the following spec

AMD Phenom 9950 2.6ghz quad core
Asrock Alive Xfire motherboard
Corsair Extreme series SSD 32gb
Windows 7 Pro
ATI Radeon 5770 x2 in CrossfireX
Sony Blu Ray reader
Corsair Hydro series liquid cooling
4 GB DDR2 PC6400
250GB Seagate Baracuda
750w high powered PSU with four 19 amp rails.

It has Windows 7 professional 32 bit system freshly installed on it. But it has a major sound looping and slight video stutter to it.

So i installed an external usb sound card and disabled the onboard sound in the bios to combat the problem. This did not help one bit.

So i try and play a file from my external hard drive instead of playing a youtube video, hopefully to try and see if it was my connection. Again nothing.

Im not really that technologically minded and i know that this system is much better then what i was running before but this sound problem is really driving me mad. I never had this on my previous system.

The only differences i can see between a totally fresh install is that this has a wireless card installed and that it has Microsoft security essentials installed too. Perhaps i need to uninstall these?

Any ideas people as it is driving me mad.

Many thanks in advance.

A:Sound and video stuttering.

When it is stuttering, what kind of RAM usage and processes do you see in Task Manager? What is eating up your CPU cycles and RAM--if anything? You might have something running in the background that you are unaware of, and that should show in the processes tab of Task Manager.

Have you tested your RAM or can you swap in other sticks?

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Two drives, E: & F:. F works fine.

E: stutters continuously when playing an audio CD. There is no problem with data, .MP3 etc, graphics/photos, only with audio CDs.

Device Manager tells me the drivers are up-to-date. Rebooting doesn't help.

Drive is a TSST CDDVDW SH-S223C ATA. Sound is on-board.

[Windows 7 Professional 64-bit, 4GB RAM]

Any ideas?

A:Sound Stuttering on Audio CDs

Do you have another DVD drive you can swap in to see if the issue disappears?

Have you done a system restore to a date before the problem began to see if it disappears?

Any recent software additions or changes in configuration?

DVD drives are commodities now. I don't know how long they can be expected to last, but I understand your reluctance to assume it is a bad drive.

Any chance you were multi-tasking at the time and putting a good load on the processor while playing the CD?

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MSI KM2M mainboard with on chip Realtek AC97 sound. Running Win98SE.

The sound "stutters" or echos, mainly within games but at other times also. I have all the latest drivers, DX9, etc.
I have another identical system that does NOT have this problem. A comparison between the two gives all the same info, drivers details, IRQ's, DMA, etc... I mean EVERYTHING shows exactly the same and yet this system stutters and the other one doesn't. HELP ! ! !

A:[SOLVED] Stuttering sound

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Just very recently watching videos such as the weather forecast etc. the pictures and sound are hopelessly out of sync. How do I correct this please?



A:Stuttering sound and picture

Hello Rob.

Try updating your sound card driver and your video card driver by doing a quick google search with your computers make and model.

example: "google search > "HP Pavilion g6 drivers"

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Hey all,

As of yesterday the sound on my PC started "stuttering." It's the same stuttering that happened before if i was listening to music and opening a huge pdf (for example) or something of that nature. Now it's doing it all the time. I even notice it sometimes on the Windows startup sound.

Here are my computer specs:
Dell Dimension DIM3000
P4 2.8Ghz
768 MB Ram
SoundMax Audio Driver

It does it in bothe WMP and WinAmp

A:Solved: Sound Stuttering

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Hi all,

I have 2 XP machines, both dells, 1 a laptop (inspiron m140) the other a desktop (dimension b110) that distort all sounds playing if the computers are running or loading anything. It doesn't matter if it's music or a video saved to the machine or if it's something I'm streaming, it all gets distorted. It's to the point where I can't listen to music at all anymore without it stuttering constantly. I don't think it's a hardware issue as both machines didn't always do this and I've checked and updated the drivers. I believe this may be some reaction to a setting I've affected, but can't be sure.

Any ideas?

Thanks so much

A:Distorted, stuttering sound


Originally Posted by ItsBenBroughton

Hi all,

I have 2 XP machines, both dells, 1 a laptop (inspiron m140) the other a desktop (dimension b110) that distort all sounds playing if the computers are running or loading anything. It doesn't matter if it's music or a video saved to the machine or if it's something I'm streaming, it all gets distorted. It's to the point where I can't listen to music at all anymore without it stuttering constantly. I don't think it's a hardware issue as both machines didn't always do this and I've checked and updated the drivers. I believe this may be some reaction to a setting I've affected, but can't be sure.

Any ideas?

Thanks so much

When is the last time you did a disk Defrag? it sounds as though there is a great deal of disk activity when you do anything, and that could be why your sound is getting distorted. You can check to see if it needs it. It will tell you whether or not it needs a defrag.


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when using media player the sound keeps stuttering towards the end of each track.

can anybody help? i have no idea why this keeps happening.

A:sound keeps stuttering towards the end of each track

i have the same problem.

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