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By rbroome ·
Playing a game cd with audio tracks, the sound "stutters" when there is a video play as well. The system is a w98 with 32mb p166, 44x cd.

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by dmiles In reply to Sound problems

It may be that the CD has dust or scratch on ,clean the cd-rom with kit,and clean the cd,wipe across the cd and not in circular motions,also check the cd for scratches.
Re-check to make sure that all connections are properly seated.

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by McKayTech In reply to Sound problems

It sounds like your CPU is not keeping up with the game. Sadly, a P166 with 32meg of RAM is really underpowered for many of the games out there - I was recently looking for some software for my kids and was astounded to read labels that stated a minimum of a Pentium-II/450 with 64meg of RAM.

You might check with the game manufacturer -they often have workarounds posted on their Web site for these kinds of problems (e.g. sometimes you need to make a boot disk with certain CONFIG.SYS parameters and that sort of thing).

paul

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by rbroome In reply to Sound problems
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by drew_lgca In reply to Sound problems

I agree time for a new PC. You could try more RAM. Most games want a fast CPU and alot of RAM.

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by rbroome In reply to Sound problems
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by lump_16 In reply to Sound problems

What is the name of the game?
If it's anythign recent it's definitly your slow system.
Check the game manufactures web site though it could be a bug.

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by rbroome In reply to Sound problems
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by rogerndgreen In reply to Sound problems

I agree with all the other responses, it's time to visit upgrad city!
If your CD is an IDE model (probably) it makes quite a big hit on the CPU utilization (this wouldn't happen anywhere near as much as a SCSI CD with a good SCSI card, but that's another story) and there is most of your trouble.
As an example, my Pc is a 233 MMX, 128MB and 32x CD ROM. I have it setup to always run the SETI@home client, and if that is running when I try to play an audio CD, I will sometimes get "stutters" as well (with CPU utilization hovering around 100%!)
HTH
Roger

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