Sound Trouble

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by Mechanic, Aug 31, 2002.

  1. Mechanic

    Mechanic Guest

    I am having a sound problem which I have tried my best to solve, I have spent a week and several reinstalls attempting to fix this problem so I have come here as a last hope.

    The problem occurs in both windows and applications / games. I experience sound pops, cracks or static when my system plays a "rough or raw" sound as I would describe it, such as a tank / car engine or a large explosion. This is just a sound issue, as in it does not cause lag or crashes just annoying sound.

    Here is what I have done so far:

    FRESH REINSTALL
    PCI Sound Card - Creative Live! Value
    Installed Latest Drivers

    Result : Sound Popping and cracking in games.

    I tried the windows drivers for the card and the ones on the Internet, I also downloaded Intel Application Accelerator and my chipset drivers. I tried installing Direct X 8.1 for XP which is found on the cover CD on the official Windows XP mag. I experimented with sound acceleration in DXDIAG. All these proved to not help the problem in the slightest.

    I then removed the Creative Live Value card and tried it in a system using Windows ME this system also experianced sound issues with the card which indicates the card could be faulty. To further test this I put the card which was in the ME system, a PCI Creative Vibra 128, into the XP system. I know this is not a great card but the ME system had no troubles with this card.

    Result : Still having sound problems at the same situations but now I get static instead of popping and cracking.

    So I have tried two different cards and I still get sound issues when playing a rough / raw sound the only change in swapping cards was the type of distortion noise. I have also tried another set of speakers and the problem was identical. I also tried the card in another PCI slot. This card used to work fine with no problems until one day I suddenly noticed sound errors.

    Question: Have I got two bad sound cards, Is it a windows XP issue / setting OR do I have some kind of motherboard / PCI bus Problem.

    Extra Information:
    Dell Dimension 8200
    Dell Motherboard with 850 chipset (NO Onboard Sound)
    P4 2.0Ghz
    512 RDRAM
    GeForce 4 Ti4600
    Windows XP Home
     
  2. Mechanic

    Mechanic Guest

    Any ideas people?

    Apart from buying a new sound card, I'd rather get the old one working correctly again, I don't know what to do.
     
  3. Octopus

    Octopus Moderator

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    did you check Sound and Audio Devices in the control panel?
    when you mute the sound through a 3d party program like real player..there will be no sound till you set it on in the same program.
    your sound card is ok.wish you best luck.
     
  4. Mechanic

    Mechanic Guest

    I don't quite know what you mean but also I don't have any third party programs, just a fresh windows install, my sound drivers and updates for other devices and windows.

    So, this can't be anything like a third party program interfering, I don't know what you mean about muting, I am hearing sound its just not as it should be.
     
  5. Octopus

    Octopus Moderator

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    so go to control panel dude then click on Sound and Audio Devices. Increase the device volume.and don't forget the speakers volume,too.
     
  6. Mechanic

    Mechanic Guest

    I am not having a volume problem, my sound is clicking and popping. Nothing to do with volume. I need to know if this is a windows problem, sound card problem or motherboard problem.
     
  7. Octopus

    Octopus Moderator

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    just go there and see your settings
    did you use the same speakers on windows me?