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Why do i keep getting a distorted sound output.

I have just built a pc consisting of the following
1.2Ghz Celeron cpu
Aopen Mx36le-UN motherboard (with onboard sound, graphics)
Having tried 2 different o/s's and a alternative sound card, i still keep getting a distorted sound playback on anysound output. I have tried different speakers and headphones, but still no luck. Is there any other  avenue i can exploit in order to get to the root of the problem.



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exdos
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philby11Commented:
When you tried the addon sound card did you disable the onboard card in the bios?
Also have you checked under the mobo for any loose metal that could be causing a short?
Good luck
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exdosAuthor Commented:
The onboard soundcard was disabled beofre i installed the pci sound card and i did check the board for any loose particles
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chicagoanCommented:
Tried lowering the wav input volume?
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CallandorCommented:
Have you plugged the speakers into the correct output jack?
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philby11Commented:
when you say "Having tried 2 different o/s's" did you upgrade from 9x to 2k or XP?
have you tried any other sound programs?
you may have corrupted codecs.
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exdosAuthor Commented:
thanks for the replys
The sound was turned to a reasonable level and i did plug the jack into the correct connection. I installed Xp first, noticed the problem and to carry out my diagnostics, i tried formating the drive and installing win98 to see if that solved the issue
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philby11Commented:
Is there an amp involed or is it straight from the S/C to the speakers?
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philby11Commented:
Also have you tried various sound programs?
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exdosAuthor Commented:
its straight from the S/C to the speakers & i tried usng winamp, wma, sound properties!
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chicagoanCommented:
tried freeing an interrupt so that your sound card isn't sharing one?
(yeah yeah please no flames on m$'s interrupt steering gang)

You have any other multimedia gear?
Checked all your tasklist processes for an application that might be interfering?
http://www.answersthatwork.com/Tasklist_pages/tasklist.htm
(That's a good excercise anyway!)

Tried turning off  virus protection?

Tried facing west and chanting "Kill Bill!"?
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CallandorCommented:
What type of sound files?  mp3?  wav?  Consistent across different types?
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CallandorCommented:
What type of sound files?  mp3?  wav?  Consistent across different types?
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asmodeusnzCommented:
exdos,

This can happen if you don't have the EXACT sound drivers, its sounds (no pun intended) that you have "close" drivers but not the right ones. Bear in mind that both Win98 and XP (especially XP) will install Plug and play drivers automatically, but they might not be the right ones.
I would check you have the latest and correct drivers first.

Cheers
Rodger
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LucFCommented:
So, you've tried different sound cards, but have you tried different speakers?? Could be your speakers are crappy, you can also try connecting your speakers to a walkman or something like that, to sort this out.

LucF
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asurada2003Commented:
Have try to plug in the speaker line the right way?
Check the connection.
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exdosAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the suggestions, I have tried different speakers aswell as headphones just to remove my doubt about the speakers. I went onto the mobo manufacturer's website to download the drivers, installed these and made no progress!
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exdosAuthor Commented:
I will try the suggestions posted by chicagoan & asmodeusnz when i get some free time.  
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GHOSTRIDERCommented:
also check and make sure that there are no extar inputs, like an open mic channel etc. Get these from the systray icon. disable any other than wav out and test, then add them back 1 at a time...
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v_khandelwalCommented:
I'm facing same problem. the sound is distorted . I have creative soundblaster card as well as onboard sound. I have checked everything mentioned above, but still ..no luck
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asmodeusnzCommented:
If your sure you have the right/latest driver for your sound card and operating system then the soundcard itself must be faulty/playing up, since its onboard, that means the motherboard.

Try disabling the onboard sound card in the BIOS and replace it with a PCI or ISA card if your board takes ISA. Try ISA first, they seem to be a bit more reliable in my experience and see if that fixes the problem. Also try different slots on the motherboard, you may just have a faulty slot.

If not, you have to consider that your motherboard is faulty.

Cheers
Rodger
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v_khandelwalCommented:
as I mentioned, I have creative sound blaster card. I have checked the card as well as the onboard sound.  I hear pops and clicks while playing games(both with onboard sound and creative card) . the sound is okay, when playing audio files.

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GHOSTRIDERCommented:
try reinstalling direct x, as this can sometimes sort issues like this.

you may want to reinstall your soundcard drivers after the dx update..
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v_khandelwalCommented:
I have already installed direct X 9a and latest drivers for sound card...
still .. facing the problem.
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chicagoanCommented:
There is an extremely long thread of people with AC 97 onboard sounds that have various problems here:

http://www.computing.net/beos/wwwboard/forum/314.html

ALthough I must say that machines I have worked on, including my wife's (which has winamp running all way long), when used with the proper chipset and sound driver have worked fine (her's is an XFX mobo with AC97 0nboard).



 
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v_khandelwalCommented:
Let me restate
1. I have tried both, soundblaster card and onboard sound , and problem is same.
2. I was using the same driver, games etc for a long time without  this problem.
3. There is no resource conflict.
4. problem continues with Windows 2000, windows XP

--Could it be the problem related with motherboard?????
 
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