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Old 12-28-2008, 12:31 AM   #1
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Default Audio randomly distorting / jumping in volume - help?

I am using Windows XP with a Pentium 4 i845GE chipset (if that helps)

Recently my sound has started doing one of two things at random intervals.

It will either all of a sudden as I am listening to something, degenerate into a thick mess of modulating distortion which goes away upon restart.

or

It will jump in volume 2 or 3 times louder than normal with a scratchy bassless distortion when I am using Winamp, and is usually fixed by closing and reopening Winamp.

I have tried:

Completely uninstalling and reinstalling Winamp.

3 different soundcards. (It stareted doing it while I was still using my on board Realtek AC97 card, then tried a Creative Soundblaster Audigy, it still did it, so I went and swapped it for another Audigy to be safe, still did it)

I have tried 2 different sets of speakers and a pair of headphones.

I have wiped all my audio devices and drivers, disabled the on board sound and done a fresh install with the Creative Soundblaster Audigy.

Still does it, I am at a complete loss.

Can anyone help me, PLEASE!
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:49 AM   #2
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Default Re: Audio randomly distorting / jumping in volume - help?

did u clean it? dust can be very bad at some times, other then that, are you useing like midi? or just mp3... if so, use the sound u have in the MOBO, its just as good
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Old 12-28-2008, 07:24 AM   #3
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Default Re: Audio randomly distorting / jumping in volume - help?

Yeah, I have cleaned it out.

It is doing it with all formats. I just notice it more in Winamp because I constantly have music playing, but once it is set off it affects everything, video files, streaming audio (myspace etc)

I don't know what MOBO is but that doesn't sound like a very good solution to the problem, I'd rather actually fix it.

Edit: Oh right, motherboard, no it isn't just as good and like I said it was doing it with the onboard sound before I got the PCI card.
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Old 12-28-2008, 06:06 PM   #4
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do you do midi or no?
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