I am having an intermittant problem with sound on my computer.
Sometimes it plays fine - especially if I reboot when it starts misbehaving.
At othertimes I get a lot of distortion and the sound jumps. Sometimes the distortion is a nasty squeaking - screeching noise, othertimes it is intermittant clicks, sometime regular, sometimes not.
It happens with Media Player, Real Player, Steinberg Clean and WavLab Lite amongst others, but sometimes it's OK with one and not with another.
I record vinyl records to CD and sometimes while I am recording I get the distortion - but its not there when I play back the file!
I'm at a loss to understand the problem, and haven't yet ventured into replacing the soundcard as I'm not sure I have the ability. (I'm OK with software installs, but I've never done any internal hardware installs).
The problem started last summer, but I'm not sure if it started after installing a game for my son (Delta Force/Armored Fist), or after the first of two power-supply unit failures, which all happened at around the same time. If the latter I suppose this could have damaged the card itself?
To try and fix it I updated the soundcard driver. I have a Soundblaster AudioPCI 128 Card which wasn't recognised by the creative labs automatic updater, so I had to try and locate the right one myself. Recently I have noticed two programs in the Add/Remove Programs listing - one for 'SoundBlaster AudioPCI 128' (which seems to be the earlier of the two) and one for 'Soundblaster PCI 128 Drivers' (dated October 2004). I thought this might be casuing a conflict, but device manager says my soundcard is working properly and I've run a check with drivershq which says the driver is good.
So, I don't know if I have a damaged sound card, whether I've installed the wrong driver or whether its something as simple as the speakers - though this last seems most unlikely.
I do hope someone can help me get this sorted.