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Old 07-10-2008, 11:35 AM   #1
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I am having a problem with the computer at work that I am using. When I open almost anything, even just a Firefox window, the sound starts crackling. I can watch the CPU usage and it doesn't max out. In a normal situation, a computer will usually just slow down a bit if the CPU usage goes up, or at least in my experience.

So, with that said, any suggestions?

Just a note, I can not upgrade this machine since it is a company machine, but I can troubleshoot and tweak it at my pleasure.

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Dell Dimension 8110
Intel Celeron D 2.53GHz
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onboard graphics and sound
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Old 07-10-2008, 11:51 AM   #2
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honestly if its a work machine then id ask your it department or tell someone, its really not a good idea to try repair your own works compueter
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ccleaner on google, download give it a clean see if it helps.
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I am having a problem with the computer at work that I am using. When I open almost anything, even just a Firefox window, the sound starts crackling. I can watch the CPU usage and it doesn't max out. In a normal situation, a computer will usually just slow down a bit if the CPU usage goes up, or at least in my experience.

So, with that said, any suggestions?

Just a note, I can not upgrade this machine since it is a company machine, but I can troubleshoot and tweak it at my pleasure.

Basic specs:
Dell Dimension 8110
Intel Celeron D 2.53GHz
1GB RAM
onboard graphics and sound
Usually electrical crosstalk inside the computer caused by poor design. One of the many reasons why onboard sound is not a great option.
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Default Re: Sound crackles when CPU usage rises

ssc I appreciate the advice, although the company I am with is not a cooperation or anything. It is a personally owned business and I work with the IT department :P They have already given me the go ahead to work with it as I like, I just can't buy any new hardware because they don't want to put any money into it.

antdemo I will give ccleaner a try, I use that at home and like it

and dj-chris, it may be crosstalk but I don't believe it is because i am not getting the same kinds of sounds that I've heard with crosstalk before, but I will keep that in mind
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oh ok if you've got the go ahead,

id try ccleaner although im not 100% sure bout that, try updating your drivers
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That is my next plan of action is a driver update.
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Could it be the PSU? I mean, this is a total guess, but doesnt power usage increase, as CPU usage rises? Do you know the wattage of the PSU?
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no, I don't know the wattage of the PSU, although I highly doubt that is the issue, simply because it should be plenty to support the system.
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