having a strange problem here and not even sure where to begin figuring this out.
whenever i open winamp or Ableton Live 6, I get a HORRIFIC sound from the audio output of my system.
its like a loud white noise / buzzing sound. it comes through the laptop speakers, or if i hook in headphones, it will come through there as well.
also, winamp wont even open all the way, the sound starts as soon as I try to open the program, but winamp itself never loads and from there I have to restart my system by holding my power button (start menu -> shut down becomes unresponsive) with Live, the sound starts right away as well, but the program itself will load, but is very slow and the sound will stop once you close the program.
i thought it would happen anytime i opened any audio related program, but it doesnt happen with windows media player or Sony Sound Forge. I can play audio just fine using these programs. so my audio hardware is not entirely shot.
ive never experienced a problem like this, and dont really know where to start. my device manager listings for 'audio devices' say everything is working properly.
just to give the most information possible to any reader who can help, I have just upgraded my memory today, and been trying to 'thin out' my system for better performance over the past couple days. I dont know if these would have anything to do with this issue, but have to mention it. i dont know if any audio related services or settings were disabled / changed in the past couple days of tweaking. The memory was recognized fine by the bios, and my system in general feels clean and stable, with no other problems except this.
any help is appreciated, i need to use LIVE!