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Help, music keeps on stuttering

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#1
I'm using Vista x64 Ultimate
Specs:
Asus P5E Mobo (0702 bios *updated*)
Q6600 - 3.2 ghz prime stable
4gb munskin ram (default timings)
USB Headphones Microsoft LX-3000 (most up to date drivers installed)

My music player (WinAMP, iTunes) always stutter when I load a page off any browser (IE7,FireFox,GoogleChrome) after I left my computer on for a long time(4+ hours). I first thought it was ram that was affecting it but I'm not so sure. The longer I left my computer on the more likely it'll stutter, but I can fix about 98% of the stutter by rebooting my computer.

The stuttering only occurs when I load the page, but stops when the page finishes loading. Sites with more pictures will cause more stuttering, and this doesn't happen when I play any games.

Anyone know of this problem?
 

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System One

  • CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 Quad-Core Socket LGA775 @ 3.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    Asus P5E Socket 775 Intel X38 ICH9R Chipset Dual-Channel DDR
    Memory
    Mushkin EM2-6400 DDR2-800 4GB EM Series CAS 5-5-5-18 240pins
    Graphics Card(s)
    Sapphire ATI RADEON HD 3870 512MB GDDR4 x 2 Crossfired
    Sound Card
    8-CH SupremeFX II Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    LG Flatron L1710S 17"
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#2
i have never had the experience of that exact problem but i have had one like it.

first, open a music file and play it through the affected application

then go to start menu, then click on accessories
followed by system tools, and then select Internet Explorer No add-ons

load a web page and see if you still get the distortion...

if you do get the distortion, you could try reinstalling internet explorer

if u still get it after that, it may only be simple things like the priority of the application, which can be changed with task manager under the "proccesses" tab. but i wouldn't think it was the priority, due to the fact you have OC CPU

do you use advanced performance on your hard drive?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Acer Aspire M5630
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600
    Motherboard
    Acer
    Memory
    4GB DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    nVidia GeForce 8400GS

eXAKR

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#3
Apologies for bumping up an old thread (especially since I'm new here), but I came here via a Google search and I happen to be facing a similar problem as the original thread starter. In my case though, my computer is an one-year-old Acer M5630 running Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit. The stuttering issue started and worsened only recently, especially after i had accidentally dropped a phone on it.

The problem seems to happen not only when I load a page in a web browser (Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, etc.), but also during other high-load CPU activities. The problem is only especially bad when something is loading in the web browser though.

I have ruled out a speaker problem (I have tested it with other devices and they work fine), so there's definitely something wrong on the computer itself.

Full specifications:

Acer Aspire M5630
Intel Core2Quad Q6600 2.4 GHz
2GB of RAM
Nvidia GeForce 8600 GS (I'm including this as I did read somewhere that graphics card may cause some audio problems indirectly)
Realtek High-Definition Audio (integrated with the motherboard)
Creative I-Trigue 2300 speakers
Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 32-bit
 

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Geitje

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I have exactly the same problem as the first poster: sound stuttering on browsing heavy imaged sites (like google maps), and it usually starts if computer is on for a couple of hours. It worsens then, the longer the computer is on, the more stuttering, ultimately even on performing other intensive tasks (not only surfing), though to a far less extent.
I checked temperatures. Seem all normal (GPU is 60 degrees, but that's not abnormal for a GPU is it?). No mem leakage in RAM, happens also if little software is running in the background. It happens on firefox as well as internet explorer and when playing music in foobar as well as in media player.
I have the idea I tried everything, except for a clean reinstall of vista, will try this soon. If that not helps, I'll send it back to manufacturer for repair.

My specs:
Fujitsu Siemens Amilo Desktop Li3740.
Running Win Vista Home Prem. 32bit.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.5 Ghz.
4 GB RAM.
NVidia GeForce 9500 GS 512MB.
Realtek High Def. Audio (on board).
NVidia Nforce Networking Controller.
Harddisk: ST3500620AS ATA Device

Any other ideas I could try?

Hope you can give some reactions...
 

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and33g

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I had this problem around a month or two ago with firefox. After searching extensively I believe I found a thread on apple's itunes support page about this issue. Basically for me at least the shuttering would only occur when loading web pages with lots of images after resuming my computer from hibernation mode

The best solution was to update your sound drivers either through Device Manager or from the sound device's website. Actually it may have even been through Dell's integrated update manager because I have a Dell Inspiron 1520

I specifically had the problem with SigmaTel High Definition Audio CODEC however I found an update for the drivers and this fixed the problem. Sorry that I'm a bit scant on details but it was a while ago.

Hope this rambling message was of any use goodluck...it's a pain in the arse I used to cringe every time my music was interrupted

P.S. for some reason the problem has now started again when I use Chrome...any fixes for this one? maybe I should update the drivers again
 

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pakuniman

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haha i signed up just so i could reply to this see if it could help.
i saw on another website they talked about buying a dedicated sound card, cuz the integrated one is going to share your cpu power and is gonna make it stutter, i might buy one soon
 

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lolbot

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I tried a dedicated card... no help. I get this same issue on two machines. I recorded a Youtube video:



*EDIT*

First off, thanks for the awesome response time in approving the post... great mods you have here. Sorry for the edit, but I should add more info-

1) I have this issue with Vista Ultimate X64 SP1 and SP2.

2) It happens on two different machines (ASUS M2AVM-HDMI and ASUS M3A76-CM motherboards) with both onboard and dedicated audio.

3) It's not faulty hardware, as XP X64 is perfectly fine.

4) I believe it's not actually audio related... more like the LAN. I have yet to try a PCI card. Will update once I do.


Good luck to everyone else... I feel your pain.
 
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I'm having this same issue. Vista x64, everything good after a restart, but with the unit on for a day or two will yield stuttering or static (iTunes, WM11, Media Player classic) when browsing the internet. Pretty much the exact same issue in the video posted. Strange thing is, I'm also using an ASUS motherboard, only mine is a P6T Deluxe. Not sure if it's an ASUS thing or a vista x64 thing. Hopefully something will come out of this thread. Haven't really found anything about this anywhere else.
 

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cwsault

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I had a similar issue, and found this topic on Google when trying to find a solution. Here's what I've found:


Symptoms: Sound stuttering / crackling / skipping / static when loading websites, or for some people, with other heavy network usage such as torrenting. Often grows worse with time since the last reboot. Can be noticable and immediate, or can gradually appear over time.


Technical Explanation:
High DPC latency. Usually an issue with a driver.


Cause: In my case -- COMODO Firewall. Known issue with 3.8 and up (3.10 currently) on Vista or Win7 RC. As of this post the devs have been aware of it for several months but have not yet been able to fix it.

Topic on their forums:
http://forums.comodo.com/firewall_bugs/comodo_uses_to_much_system_resources-t34562.0.html


Solution: Downgrade to COMODO 3.5, or uninstall.
3.5 available here:
http://forums.comodo.com/feedbackco...rnet_security_3557173439_update-t31145.0.html


This might not be the reason for your issue, but this post is meant to help other Googlers too.


If you don't use COMODO, the cause is still probably something causing high DPC latency. In that case, get the tool mentioned here to help you figure out what it may be:
https://forums.comodo.com/firewall_...m_resources-t34562.0.html;msg304996#msg304996
 
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John32118

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I had that problem on my new xp from dell. It occured when i played an mp3 and had nothing to do with web surfing.

It turns out that the computer was set to run in PIO mode rather than DMA which meant that I was losing about 99% of my processing power.

I went to device manager and reset the proper controls from pio to dam and the problem was solved.

I post this in case it helps somebody with a similar xp problem.

I have no idea if this is relevant to vista.
 

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lolbot

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Hmmm, thanks cwsault. I'll be checking this now. I'm using Zonealarm Extreme Security, but you never know...

It's extremely annoying having to boot into XP just to go online.
 

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lolbot

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cwsault- thanks for the heads-up! It was ZoneAlarm.

It was one of my prime suspects, but I had eliminated it early on because shutting it down never made a difference. I'd shut off all the services and within 15 minutes the problem would be back. Now I realize that Forcefield kept turning back on whenever I connected to the internet. It was never really shut off.

I just uninstalled it and everything is fine. Time to find a new security suite... AGAIN. Such a shame, because ZA was always a favourite of mine. :(

Found this topic, too: http://forum.zonealarm.com/zonelabs/board/message?board.id=win_za_msgs&message.id=21094
 

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midfingr

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#13
I'm sorry to read about problems with music stuttering and online browsing. The only time I've noticed stuttering is with VLC player and others. However not with WMP11.

Has anyone taken a look at what codecs are on the system? Maybe, by chance, there's some sort of clash or incompatibility with certain codecs. Just a thought.

Maybe, try Autoruns? Autoruns for Windows
and look in the codec tab.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    AMD Athlon(tm) 64 X2 Dual Core Processor 6000+
    Motherboard
    ASUS M3A
    Memory
    4GB DDR2
    Graphics Card(s)
    Palit Geforce 9600GT 512MB
    Sound Card
    Realtek HD onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic 22.5"
    Screen Resolution
    1680x1050
    Hard Drives
    Seagate 250GB x2
    Seagate 500GB
    PSU
    OCZ Etreme 500W
    Case
    NZXT Lexa series
    Cooling
    see Case
    Mouse
    MS Wireless Laser 5000
    Keyboard
    Logitech G15
    Internet Speed
    10 mb/s up 1 mb/s down

Geitje

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Thanks Cwsault, I am using Comodo, so great chance that's the issue. I now deinstalled it temporary, see what happens...
EDIT 29/7:
Indeed COMODO seemed to be the problem, as no stuttering occured since uninstalling it. Nice to have this solution, shame it took me hours to find the solution...
Comodo is to blam for such a huge bug wich is still unsoluted...
 
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