egad its horrible! just rolling along, and all the sudden the most annoying scratching loud noise starts and stays. Sometimes it will go away but mostly never does. extremely loud and harsh. Athlon 1.2 768 Ram GeForce 4 MX440 soundblaster Live Soundcard 6x DVDrom 24x CDRW Windows XP Pro Since this has started, I went and installed the latest Sblaster drivers and DirectX 9.0 as well as the latest Nvidia beta's. Im at a loss. I posted this at a bf community board and they didnt know why but siad they ahve heard about this before. pfft, 45.00 for a game i love to play, but hate to listen too. LOL! thanx guys for any advise you can offer me.