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Music playback causes freezing

By darcon3k ·
I just got a hercules digifire 7.1 sound card and after playing music for about 4 minutes (it varies, one time it played for 12min) my computer completely freezes. Mouse doesnt move, ctrl-alt-delete does nothin etc... I thought it might be a software incompatibility causing it so I ended closed everything running. Then I used taskmanager to end the processes of everything that I didn't need and these are the processes that I left running.

explorer.exe
taskmgr.exe
ctfmon.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
msdtc.exe
System Idle Process
system
smss.exe
csrss.exe
winlogon.exe
services.exe
lsass.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
svchost.exe
dllhost.exe
spoolsv.exe
winamp.exe (Playing music using windows media player causes freezing too, also while playing any games including Deus Ex IW demo and Starwars K.O.T.O.R.)

Also checked if it might be an IRQ conflict, but in device manager (viewing resources by connection) my hercules digifire 7.1 card is useing (PCI) 7 which nothing else is using.

Tried Hercules tech support but inorder to email them you gotta make an account, and their state field doesnt accept anything. Doesnt seem like I'll be getting a reply from their webmaster about that anytime soon =(

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by Curacao_Dejavu In reply to Music playback causes fre ...

most likely it's the driver that the causing problems, upgrade the driver of the sound card, and reinstall direct x 9 again.

Leopold

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by darcon3k In reply to

Tried upgrading the driver again (When I installed the card I just went to the site to get latest driver instead of using one on CD) but the problem persists. And to reinstall directx 9 I would have to uninstall it first right? Is that even possible in XP or should I just install DX9 over my existing install of it?

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by TheChas In reply to Music playback causes fre ...

Which version of Windows?
And, how much RAM and free hard drive space?

For W98, I have seen a number of memory leak issues with both IE6 and DirectX 9.

Do NOT install either unless the driver for the video card supports DirectX 9.

Also, for W98, if you have more than 511MB of RAM, you can have problems.

For W2K, or XP, you want a minimum of 256MB of RAM for any heavy computing use.

To see if you have a memory leak, run the system monitor utility while playing some music.
If the system shows more and more RAM usage, you have a leak.

Chas

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by darcon3k In reply to

Ive got WinXP Pro, 768MB ram with about 450MB free, my C: drive is in a 20GB partion, with 10GB free. I like installing stuff that takes alot of space in another partion to make defragmention faster. Ive got a ati radeon 9800pro which is fully DX9 compatible so that shouldnt be the problem.

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by darcon3k In reply to Music playback causes fre ...

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by donmars In reply to Music playback causes fre ...

Try uninstalling winamp and run media player alone see what happens. Might be a territorial fight going on between them.

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by darcon3k In reply to

I just deleted my XP partion, reformated, and did a clean install of XP again. Installed all the windows updates, installed ati and then hercules drivers. Tried playing some mp3s in WMP and still froze =(

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by donmars In reply to Music playback causes fre ...

One important thing I am not sure you are doing, when installing updates make them the very last thing you do as far as configuring your computer goes. In other words install all drivers and apps and THEN install updates, never updates and then drivers. Many times the drivers themselves are updated by the updates. If you update first then the drivers installed after are not touched or hooks to them were never modified since they were not there! This probably is not the cause of the problem but you gotta do it right to be sure.

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by darcon3k In reply to

Windows updates also update the drivers? Sorry but that sounds wrong to me.

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