I've updated with all the newest drivers from creative, still the sound is crackeling. When ever I open a program it does it. but when its sits there with nothing running its fine. Open a program does it, close one, does it. When im playing music it even worse. i really cannot work and play music at the same time, it drives me nuts. Could it be a memory issue? I have 256 megs, and it didn't ever do it when I ran 2000 pro. HELP!