Crackling Sound and sound related stutters in games


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I've been having issues since February's windows updates with crackling sound typically in DirectX games and some video playback such as Steam. In an effort to isolate the problem out I've gone over all my drivers and dust contamination yet again this month. I removed both the 3.51 and 4.01 Klite packs and the VLC player I had been using. Registry cleaned and defragged.

My sound card is an Audigy Fatality champion series with the front panel breakout box.

June 3 2009 driver for it #

Dxdiag attached as well.

Next on my list is to see if maybe there's new drivers for my tv tuner capture board which does have sound card resources apparently.

As a side note, I use Ventrilo daily. When ever I launch it after a fresh reboot and connect to a server it locks the PC up for like 90 seconds before behaving normally and displaying the MOTD. It's done this for maybe 6 months. Whenever I have bad game problems I can generally disconnect and reconnect from the vent server without that little annoyance. I want to lay the blame at DirectX, but I've tried several forced updates of it without any improvement.

Playing in the APB beta as well, and thru tips from those players disabled multimedia network throttling in the registry which improved in game performance there a ton.

I really do not want to reload this machine as it takes an eternity to get everything back the way I like it.

My Computer

System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Intel Pentium D 3ghz
    Intel D945GNT
    4x 1gb Crucial dimms
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA nVidia 8800 GTS 512mb
    Sound Card
    Soundblaster Audigy Fatality Champion series w/ front panel
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung Syncmaster 225BW
    Screen Resolution
    Hard Drives
    Seagate Sata's

    80gb usb
    300gb usb
    300gb usb
    500gb esata
    1000w thermaltake
    Grey with a Dragon window :)
    5x 6 inch case fans and 2 120mm psu fans
    Logitech G5
    Logitech G15
    Internet Speed
    16mbps down,/ 1mbps up Cable
    Other Info
    Logitech x-530 speakers
    Xbox Wireless controller