skipping audio and hard disks
Posted on 2003-02-21
Hi everyone. Please excuse any newbie erors.
I have an ongoing problem which is taking months off my lifespan. I have a home-made machine, now based around an newish ASUS A7V8X mobo and an AMD XP series, half gig ram etc etc. AGP and PCI gfx cards (geforce2 and TNT). Windows XP with most updates. Two disks: a 30GB IBM deskstar primary and an 80GB deskstar (yes I know I know...NOW) secondary.
I used to have a Yamaha SW1000XG, great sound card until when I upgraded to this new motherboard (other one died a strange death, that's another story), it was skippinmy g all the time, distorting the sound too, nasty for a #300+ sound card. So I used my other sound card a turtle beach thang, and that's doing the exact same thing. Now the yamaha won't work properly in my old machine, which I've got over (just).
I've disabled the internal motherboard sound card, that makes no difference. In fact I'm tempted just to buy a(nother) Digital amp so I can get rid of ALL these problems, but will it?
The REAL problem is this: whatever I do, any use of hard drive(s), especially my old and slightly dodgy 30gig Deathstar, seems to cause mad clicking and stuttering in ANY sound output (wavs, winamp, WMP, realplayer etc). However, I've found streaming mp3s from my other pc works fine. Sounds like a problem with the PCI bus to me, but I Can't do ANYTHING to stop it happening. Both drives are on the same channel for now. I have bought a new 80GB WD drive to replace the 30gig but have a feeling nothing will happen.
It's worth noting that this was hardly a problem on my old motherboard, an similar Abit one, this didn't happen.
This is more than just annoying since I am quite involved with music and skipping / distorting sound is a bad BAD thing. Has anyone had experience with these kind of problems? TIA