All of my sounds and video has become distorted in Windows XP. The start up chimes, msn alerts, DVD video, mp3's, everything except the log off chimes and the Direct X troubleshootng test sounds seem to be affected.
The distortion is a mixture between a chopping like a scratched record and a lag in windows media player and the general windows sounds. When playing mp3's through Itunes the distortion emmediately appears to be less, but then becomes a lagging echo (especially if I touch the volume slider). It actually sounds exactly like the bridge in the Fat Boy Slim song "Rockafella Skank (Right about now, Funk soul brother?)".
The symptoms appeared after a low disk space warning appeared and I began to burn off some data. I hadn't closed MSN and the online alerts had the lagging sound which I ignored assuming it was because of the resources the burner was using. However, after I was finished, deleted some files, and ran a defrag retrieving 20 gigs of space the msn sound problems had spread to everything.
I tried following the advice left in other sound related threads of updating the audio drivers, and checking for any red flags (or exclaimation marks) in the audio devices list, uninstalling and reinstalling itunes, but nothing has made any difference so far. I haven't gotten to trying to update video codecs yet because I don't see why they would have an effect upon the windows chimes.
I went through the malware detection process in the hijak this step guide and have all of that log information if necessary. But as far as I know (which is only as far as the small lists tell me) it only came up with various cookies. I do have all of the logs though.
So thats my "help please!" rant. If you do take up my cause and find my responses sporadic it's because I'm currently living in Korea, so my time zones a little off.