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Distorted/slowed/screeching sounds

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Since the last few weeks, my computer started to play all of the windows sounds *Such as the startup sound, or the one playing as it closes, and every other windows sounds* in a very distorted way, that sounds like as if it was slowed down. It's a bit hard to describe, but it's a bit screechy, or scratchy...

Still, any mp3 music is playing correctly, and continue to play correctly even when a windows sound sounds all distorted.

I've tried a lot of things, searched for answer over the net, but nothing seemed to be working.
And yes, my sound driver is up to date.

And, well, Just to give more content. I tried playing Diablo 2. Every music playing in background were played correctly, but still, all the "monster dying" sounds were distorted. And in the options, if I tried putting on "environmental effects" sounds, well, everything got distorted at that point. And if I closed the game after and tried to play Mp3 in Winamp, they were distorted. Had to reboot my computer after.

I hope you'll be able to help me with those info! If you need any other information, or record, I'll do my best to give it to you!

Thank you!
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Follow the instructions HERE to check your PIO settings.

Make sure you change it to DMA mode if its there.
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Thank you for your answer =)

But I checked that before, and re-checked just now, and everything is on "DMA (If possible)"
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Anything else I could do?
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Sorry I seem to have looked over your post, wont happen again :)

Now can you just answer these questions just as a quick check to do some more research:

1 Do you have a sound card or is it integrated sound, eg sound from the motherboard

2 What speakers are you using? are they on board the monitor or are they external speakers

3 Do you ave a Windows Disk?

Also I would like some other information which you can get with a report:

Please can you download and install Everest from HERE
Once its installed (leave all of the options just keep pressing next) double click on the shortcut.
Then once its running:
1: In left pane expand Computer folder.
2: Click once on Summary
3: In upper menu, go Report
4: And then to Quick Report-Summary
5: Save it in text file, and paste it in your next post

Don't include anything under the line "DEBUG- PCI"

See the image below for more information.

Now just something to try. This should only be done if the answer to question 3 is yes. We are going to scan your system for broken/ missing system files.

1 Click Start then select run , then press enter. A run window will open

2 type in cmd then press enter. Another window will open

3 type in sfc then press enter. Another window will open

4 type in sfc /scannow then press enter ( notice the space between the (sfc & /)

Now a scan will start , have your Windows XP disk ready. If your PC asks for the disc insert the CD into your CD Drive. When the scan is finished you will need to close the cd and all open windows , then remove the CD.

Then post back with the results.

Again sorry for the delay. If i do it again which i will try not to then just send me a PM. :)

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Edited by rev_olie, 25 July 2009 - 03:34 AM.

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Hello^^ I'm very happy to get an answer, thank you =D

First of all, about your questions, the sound card is integrated to the motherboard.

My speakers are external ones. They are somewhat old, but I tried different ones and headphones also, and the problem is still present.

And third, I don't have a windows disk, and I've never been quite sure why ^^'

EDIT: Okay, I found how to put it in english =D It's gonna be easier for you this way ^^'

--------[ EVEREST Home Edition © 2003-2005 Lavalys, Inc. ]------------------------------------------------------------

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Quick Report
Computer NOM-57YMIPGZ4RD
Generator Max
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2009-07-25
Time 10:17

--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name NOM-57YMIPGZ4RD
User Name Max

CPU Type Intel Celeron, 1800 MHz (18 x 100)
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset Intel Springdale-G i865G
System Memory 1024 MB (PC3200 DDR SDRAM)
BIOS Type AMI (09/08/06)
Communication Port Port de communication (COM1)
Communication Port Port imprimante ECP (LPT1)

Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce 7600 GS (256 MB)
Monitor HP Pavilion MX70 [17" CRT] (THLDQ06543)

Audio Adapter Intel 82801EB ICH5 - AC'97 Audio Controller [A-2/A-3]

IDE Controller Intel® 82801EB Ultra ATA Storage Controllers
SCSI/RAID Controller SCSI/RAID Host Controller
Floppy Drive Lecteur de disquettes
Disk Drive Maxtor 4D060H3 (60 GB, 5400 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)
Disk Drive WDC WD2000JB-00KFA0 (186 GB, IDE)
Optical Drive QI5464H WIY715B SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive QI5464H WIY715B SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive QI5464H WIY715B SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive QI5464H WIY715B SCSI CdRom Device
Optical Drive SAMSUNG CD-R/RW SW-224B (24x/10x/40x CD-RW)
Optical Drive SAMSUNG DVD-ROM SD-616F (16x/48x DVD-ROM)
SMART Hard Disks Status OK

C: (NTFS) 54618 MB (1649 MB free)
D: (FAT32) 3993 MB (927 MB free)
G: (NTFS) 100775 MB (8323 MB free)
H: (NTFS) 86917 MB (25917 MB free)
Total Size 240.5 GB (36.0 GB free)

Keyboard HP PS2 Keyboard (2K - 3)
Mouse Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical (IntelliPoint)

Network Adapter Carte réseau Fast Ethernet PCI Realtek RTL8139 Family (
Network Adapter Hamachi Network Interface - Miniport d'ordonnancement de paquets (
Network Adapter Hamachi Network Interface #2 - Kaspersky Anti-Virus NDIS Miniport (
Network Adapter Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector (

Printer Fax
Printer HP DeskJet 880C
Printer HP Deskjet F4100 series (Copie 1)
Printer HP Deskjet F4100 series
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB1 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - USB Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB2 Controller Intel 82801EB ICH5 - Enhanced USB2 Controller [A-2/A-3]
USB Device HP Deskjet F4100 Printer series (DOT4USB)
USB Device HP Deskjet F4100
USB Device Logitech Microphone (Pro 5000)
USB Device Logitech QuickCam Pro 5000
USB Device Logitech USB Camera (Pro 5000)
USB Device Nintendo Wi-Fi USB Connector
USB Device Périphérique USB composite
USB Device Prise en charge d'impression USB
USB Device Souris Microsoft USB Wheel Mouse Optical

Problems & Suggestions:
Problem Disk free space is only 3% on drive C:.
Problem Disk free space is only 8% on drive G:.

Thanks a lot, again =)

Edited by Max321, 25 July 2009 - 08:17 AM.

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This is a problem..
C: (NTFS) 54618 Mo (1737 Mo libre)
XP wants 15% of drive free to operate correctly. Currently you only have 3% free and that can cause some problems.

What I would suggest is Uninstalling All Programs you don't need or don't want anymore through Add/Remove Programs

Do this by going to
Start and then to Control Panel
Click Add/Remove Programs
Carefully choose the program(s) you don't need
Click on each Program then click Change/Remove and Follow the Uninstall Instructions

You may be prompted to Restart your computer.
Restart once you have all the programs you don't need uninstalled.
Be careful not to remove anything needed by your computer, some of which you may be unfamiliar with the name,

The next issue you need to be aware of is to Backup your Data Files.
For this I would suggest using a External Hard Drive Enclosure. This will allow you to keep your Important Data safe and Separated from the main system in case of problems. The cost for this kind of Backup System has come down a lot. I would suggest a 500 Gig capacity for your needs. Since you will only be Backing Up Data Files Only this should be sufficient to do that for you. Follow the next two links to see examples of the price you will be looking at.

I suggest going to Microsofts Backup Tutorial[/b] and follow the steps to do a Backup to a External Drive and also it will guide you on how to do a Scheduled Backup even at night.

Another way you can do a Backup is by using DVD’s. This method is just as effective and can be done using the same steps as above.
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