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By phil ·
This ones really got me baffled.

I've a PIII 500 with 256M memory running a Soundblaster 128 PCI & a Voodoo 3 3000.

Recently (for no discernable reason) my PC's sound & video playback have started to become "choppy" or "clicky". This happens when I try & play a game or when I try to play wav, mp3 etc files.

Having installed the latest version of Direct X, my sound card drivers & sound card software & downloading all the lastest windows updates & Installing Media Player 7 I was still at a loss.

I turned off the Acceleration for the sound card which seems to fix some of the problem with mp3's but wav files just become even more jerky.

I've removed the drivers & software for my card & re-installed them - no change.

then to make matters wore I've descovered that Real Player & Quick time seem to handle the problem files quite happily (aargghh). This, of course, does not help with my game issues).

I think I may well need help!

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by Krunch In reply to Choppy/clicky Sound

I found this on the web regarding problems with the SB 128-PCI card and a few games.

"Go to the Windows 9x Control Panel and select Multimedia. In the Audio Properties page, select ADVANCED PROPERTIES. Then select the PERFORMACE tab. Set HardwareAcceleration slider to the 2nd notch and then select apply. This should clear up any sound problems you may encounter in the game. "

HTH!

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by phil In reply to Choppy/clicky Sound

Whilst this usually dose fix a number of sound issues with SB cards (especially in 3D games) the error seems to be more serious than just an acceleration error.

The sound is still very choppy when I try this (though the video sequences clear up slightly)

Thanks anyway

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by dmiles In reply to Choppy/clicky Sound

This sounds like more of a tracking problem created by the cd-rom reading at a faster rate than the speed of the cd,this will happen mostly with copied cd's.

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by phil In reply to Choppy/clicky Sound

Also A possibility but it happens with Mp3's & Wav files on my hard drive too.

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by phil In reply to Choppy/clicky Sound

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by Big Ray In reply to Choppy/clicky Sound

Is your soundcard sharing an IRQ with another device. I had a problem with choppy wav files, because my PC was sharing the soundblaster IRQ with my ethernet card. Once I removed the ethernet card my problems disappeared. Go into device manager and check for any conflicts on the sound card. The look through some of your other devices to see what else is using that IRQ. If there is something else, either try to change the IRQ on the soundblaster to a free IRQ, or disable a device that you donot use to free up an IRQ. After freeing an IRQ reboot and the PC should automatically reassign IRQ's to the remaining devices.

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by phil In reply to Choppy/clicky Sound

Yes, this seems to be exactly whats wrong with my system! Unfortunately now my PC is not letting me change my IRQ (it keeps changing it back when I reset the PC). Oh well

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