Audio crackling/popping, what else can I try to get rid of it?
Posted on 2003-02-24
I've just joined so don't have many points but will offer you all what I can.
I have an audio crackling problem that I just can't seem to get rid of. I experience it when listening to cd's and MP3 from the hard drive, in fact pretty much any audio.
I've mananged to narrow it down to only happening when I install a driver for my graphics card? Here's what I've tried so far:-
3 different graphics drivers from leadtek and Nvidia.
Using creative sound drivers and what windows installs by default.
Tried a different graphics card and tried all combinations of cards in different slots.
Updated via drivers.
Checked that there is no IRQ sharing going on. The only sharing is between the onboard sound and two entries of 'via Rev 5 or later USB Universal Host Controller'.
Muted line in and tried combinations of muting and adjusting other volume options.
Reinstalled XP Pro 6 times and fully updated it.
My system specs are:-
GeForce 4 Ti4200 A250LE (Leadtek)
Soundblaster 5.1 Live
MS 6340 Motherboard
When the problem started I had just installed XP pro (or at least somewhere around that time) and had sound coming off my motherboard, a creative ct5880. Crackling was particularly bad when the visualisation were on in media player whilst listening to music. I also noticed moving the mouse around over buttons and right clicking could cause crackling.
After trying everything I could think of I borrowed the soundblaster card to see if this would solve it. This improved the crackling, but it is still there.
I also tried to disable the onboard sound in the BIOS but for some reason although the manual says I have an option for this it wasn't there. I disabled it in windows instead. Is there another way of doing this?
I went back to my old operating sysytem (ME) but also had crackling, so I'm not sure if changing to XP had anything to do with it, so I'm now back on XP again.
Has anyone got any ideas or suggestions as I've totally run out of them.
Please, please ask for any other information that may help that I missed out, I've just finished a stint of nightshifts so the brains a little fried!!
I'm banging my head up against the wall here, so any help would be seriously appreciated.