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Sound Blaster X-Fi [Sound issues crackling]

Question: Sound Blaster X-Fi [Sound issues crackling]

Hi Everyone,

This issue has been going on for about a year now, both on 32 and 64 bit XP. My computer is around 3 years old, and no hardware has changed since then.

All my drivers are up-to-date, BIOS updates, software, patches, windows etc.

I have had lots of "theories" or "temp fixes" sent to me but in reality are not suitable.

When I play music (with any player) sometimes the sound crackles, to resolve the issue I have to pause then unpause the song and it stops for the duration of that song.

My Sound Card:

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Sound Card - OEM (PCI-Express) to expand...

I have found lots of information, but non suitable.

Sound issues with crackling and popping
A number of owners of X-Fi cards have come to experience what is known as a constant popping and crackling noise during use of the cards. Creative has attributed the case to be NVIDIA nForce motherboards, however many other users who do not use these motherboards continue to experience the sound issues. Creative has not provided a fix as of yet for this to expand...

I have 680i SLI NIVDIA motherboard.. but none of the above fixes work.

There's tons of websites/webpages with people having the same problem. to expand...

...any help at all I would be very very grateful!!


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Preferred Solution: Sound Blaster X-Fi [Sound issues crackling]

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Answer: Sound Blaster X-Fi [Sound issues crackling]

It's a bit hard to suggest without going through everything to see what you might have tried already (although I did have a look at your second link and a very quick look at the third). So please excuse if you have already tried the following, or if they seem too obvious (more hardware than software suggestions, as you have perhaps been trying mostly software, by the look of it).

It kinda sounds like something's deteriorating, and when you give it a moment to rest, it resets itself.

You haven't mentioned anything about your speakers (or headphones). Are they OK? Have you tried others, or tried yours in another computer? Can you try a USB speaker (if you haven't got that already)? How are the connections/cables/jacks?

Do you have an onboard audio driver you can try (ie take out the sound card)? Can you borrow a sound card to try?

Maybe it's a poor connection, including solder joint, in there somewhere. Hard to track down - have to try swapping things.

Is your problem confined to one medium (CD/DVD, stored audio files, downloaded music), or does it happen with all types?

Does it happen when you're eating Rice Bubbles? -D) (It's late, OK?)

Any possibility of interference from nearby electronics or electrical appliances?

Is your power supply unit OK? (Don't know why these last two items would be fixed by pausing the song, but I'm running low on ideas - maybe I'll stop here and let someone else have a go...)

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I've had my new sound card for over a week now, and I've had constant problems with the sound since then. It's better than the complete lack of sound I had before, but now it's starting to get on my nerves.

My SB 5.1 VX card constantly makes crackling noises when in windows and other audio is not playing besides regular windows sounds (folder opening, errors, etc) and even with all volume set to maximum, it's still incredibly quiet all the time.

I use a pair of headphones, although the speakers have the same issue when I use them. Neither speakers nor the headphones have drivers or anything of the sort. They're both plug and play.

Any assistance fixing this problem would be appreciated.

Answer:New Sound Blaster 5.1 VX card crackling and low volume...

Upgrade your drivers, which version of windows are you running? I had a similar problem with a Sound Blaster card when I moved from 32 bit to 64bit windows, that turned out to be a driver issue.

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I understand that an oem sound blaster live.5.1 card may actually be made by a different company other then creative labs. I purchased this sound blaster live 5.1 (sb0990) from ebay. The seller claims that the drivers can be loaded down from creative labs (which is not true, I found out). Creative labs only have updated drivers that still require the drivers that come with the computer (being oem)and being an oem card Creative labs will offer no assistance. I went to several sites that carried drivers for the sb live card, but when I tried to use them I get a message during the driver install that says, "sound blaster card not detected). So how do I find out what drivers I need for this card and where do I get them from?

Answer:Need driver for OEM sb0990 sound blaster that isn't detected as a sound blaster card

Re: Need driver for OEM sb0990 sound blaster that isn't detected as a sound blaster c


Are their any codes as in ID codes or stickers on the card at all, specifically one that may help trace its origin is an FCC # or S/N # ?

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Hi guys I have an issues about sound crackling. I bought Y510p around OCT 21st and everything was fine except the sound, so I send my laptop for Depot repair service. However, the problem was not solved, so I send it again. But again, much to my disappointment, It wasn't fixed at all.  Here's what they've done for my laptop. 1st attempt: replaced motherboard, speakers and reload OS 2nd attempt: replaced motherboard, speakers, audio jack, OKR and reload OS  I also tried settings and drivers stuffs in the forum, but It wasn't helpful. One solution that changing power mode helped a bit, but it was a temporary expedient. Lastly, I bought an external USB sound card and tried it. Unfortunately, this one wasn't helpful either. Please help...

Answer:Y510p sound crackling issues

Is it the same on battery and charger?

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Hello all,

My sound had recently become stuttery, crackling, and sort of metallic sounding, maybe 'tinny' is the word. This is an issue both through HDMI and headphones. I've tried reinstalling and updating my drivers, I've cleaned a fairly nasty bit of dust from between the heatsink and fan, I've ran LatencyMon which prompted me to try DriverBooster which installed things I was sure I already had, and finally I've flashed the BIOS to the latest version. I'm not getting immediate audio issues at the moment but LatencyMon still reports in the 'red' on 'process latency', ISR and DPC 'routine execution times'. When idle I still get high 'hard pagefault resolution time'. Among the culprits, according to LatencyMon, are USBPORT.SYS, tcpip.sys, ndis.sys, ataport.sys and HDAudBus.sys. I did read that some of these monitoring programs incorrectly report activity on Windows 8 so maybe I HAVE fixed it? Any help would be very much appreciated.


Answer:DPC issues, crackling sound, not sure if solved

Stuttering, crackling, etc has been an issue in Win 7 and to a lesser degree in Win 8, from posts I've seen. There is no "one fix" for the problem. Drivers are one area that has helped, both the Sound drivers and Video drivers. Wi-Fi connections are another known cause. Another issue is that sound is considered a "low priority" Interrupt device and is placed on a Shared Interrupt (IRQ) with a higher priority device. The sound can be "interrupted" by the higher priority device and thus stuttering.

Latency Mon is supposed to work in Win 8, but DPC latency may or may not show sound problems. The DPC Latency Checker is NOT Win 8 compatible. I have a recording studio and very attuned to audio latency problems, not "system" latency problems that the DPC latency programs address.

Finding the problem will take a bit of time. First issue is the sound driver. You should have the correct sound driver supplied by the Motherboard vendor (preferred driver).

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I recently bought a sound blaster 5.1 VX...................while the computer tries to install the drivers for it the BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH appears....................I checked for some posts n replies but no clues.................i downloaded the latest drivers compatible with windows 7 (which I use) the same problem comes again...................plz do reply.

System Config: Windows 7
2 gb Ram
Core 2 Duo

Answer:Sound Blaster 5.1 vx, Sound Card, Creative Sound Blaster 5.1 VX

It might be a conflict with your onboard sound (if you have some)?

I know this can happen because i have a Sound blaster 5.1 myself, and it likes to throw a BSOD now and again with my onboard Realtek audio.

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I recently purchased the new T400 laptop and am having some issues with sound quality.  Frequently, the speaker sound choppy and broken.  On top of this, I can hear a crackling/popping interference coming from the speakers.  I first noticed the issue while listening to music over my wireless connection.  I have tried listening through the headphones port and the problem persists.  Restarting the computer usually fixes the problem temporarily, so did opening a song in i-tunes and playing it for 10 seconds until the audio corrected itself.  Since then, I have noticed that the problematic sound quality is not confined to music over the Internet, with similar effects occurring in i-tunes and during the windows start-up and shutdown music theme.  In addition, I have had my computer lose all audio capabilities twice until the computer was restarted; the mute was not on, the volume was all the way up, and all of the volume controls were balanced. Is this a harware or software problem and how do I go about troubleshooting my computer?  I read the Lenovo troubleshooting page for audio issues, but since my computer is brand new, I didn't know if it was nessisary to try and intall the latest drivers and BIOs?    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.  Thanks!

Answer:T400 sound issues: sporadic stuttering and crackling

Hello, first thing to do is burning recovery dvd´s, you´ll need 3-4 dvd´s.Then save your C:\SWTools folder, there are all needed drivers in it, especially gfx drivers are important. Then I would mention to install new audio drivers with System Update, see if it fixes crackling. If not, then try a Linux Live Cd, boot with it to check, if it´s a Vista (software) or hardware problem. The last thing, if Linux has shown no problems, is to install Vista from your recovery dvd´s. CheersAndreas  

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I have been having some strange things happening with my PC lately that are driving me nuts. Periodically the mouse will start becoming very laggy in a way where the pointer is almost just skipping around the screen getting stuck for seconds at a time. If I'm listening to music or watching a video the video will freeze for split seconds at a time and the speakers will make a crackling sound. I have checked drivers, I have run virus scans, I have cleaned registries, I have tried different mice, and have checked temps. Everything seems to be alright. Like I said its not all the time but becoming more and more frequent. I think I notice it most when browsing the web. I haven't found much on the internet that matches my symptoms perfectly, and I'm out of any ideas of what could be going on. Any suggestions would be awesome, and if you need anymore information let me know. Thanks in advance!

Answer:Crackling sound, laggy mouse performance issues

I'm having almost the exact same problems. When I play music or watch a video I'll hear occasional but frequent crackling sounds, and the wireless mouse has started to skip and lag. I've had the laptop for just over a year now with no problems at all, until the above symptoms started happening a few weeks ago. I'm using Windows 7 on a Dell Studio 1558. Any type of help would be appreciated.

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I bought an XPS 13 9365 just two weeks ago, and had to reinstall windows 10 because of several touchpad issues (pointer lag, two finger scroll and general gestures problems) just after two days of usage.  After reinstalling Win10, touchpad problems persist to a point that a mouse is a better option to work with the PC.
Reading online, there seems to be a general problem with Win10 and touchpads from long ago.  Tried all types of remedy, adjusted all options under settings> mouse> touchpad and found no real solution.  Don't know to really go the synaptics driver replacement route or wait until Dell comes with some advice or driver updates.
On the other hand, from time to time (+10 times now on last 20 days) a loud beep-cracking sound comes out of the speaker no more than a second long.  First a beep and then a cracking sound. Very strange because no resource hungry apps were being used, nor music app.
I just moved from apple, hoping that this dell 2-in-1 was the way to go, but to be honest, I am very disappointed.  This is an overall very good PC, but I wonder how they managed to have a very good and responsive touchscreen and a lousy touchpad.  Having in mind that this is a premium laptop, this kind of problems are not supposed to happen.
I welcome anybody having these problems or found some type of solution to share them with the community.

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I recently installed Windows 8. My Creative suite is seen in the start screen, however when I try to initialize the console or anything else..nothing happens. The upgrader indicates I have the most recent version. I've been to Creatives site but cant find drivers for the X-FI MB. Anyone else have this issue?

Answer:Sound Blaster X-FI MB issues

The Xfi MB is a software "enhancement" to the integrated sound module in your PC. Do you have the install program, to reinstall it? If you have a Dell, the My Dell Downloads should have the download for it. I had this on one of my PC's (provided by the motherboard vendor) but I didn't try to reinstall it on the PC that I upgraded to Win 8 as I never used the features.

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I thought migration from Vista to 8.1 had gone too smoothly. Sound works after restoring defaults in Creative Diagnostics but on close down error message " VolPanlu.exe - Application Error The instruction at 0x6fdcf2ae referenced memory at 0x02439aa4. The memory could not be read. OK." I re-installed Creative SB X-Fi Extreme Music software and updated to the 8.1 driver. How can I get the pc to remember to save the sound settings please?

Answer:Sound then no sound,vista to 8.1, VolPanlu (Sound Blaster) problem

The solution via Creative:
Delete all Creative software (I used Revo uninstaller)
Run a registry cleaner (I used CCleaner)
Install the Windows 8.1 driver.
Sound was still being lost on shutdown but the answer was to put the pc into sleep mode, wake up, then sound remains stable in Entertainment Mode. I have no idea why that prevents default to Game Mode which caused loss of sound.

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I'm not sure if this is bad but i installed on my friends PC a sound Blaster Live! And when i try to insall the driver from the disk or update drivers online it says no card found on your system. the wierd thing is the card works and produces sound but no drivers are shown installed. Should i leave it as is ot find a way to install the drivers?

Answer:Sound Blaster Live! Issues...

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I bought a Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 sometime ago and when i first put it in my comp, the sound was sorta quiet and it never got as loud as it used too be.

I thought my speakers might be messed up but thats not the case. I have all of the updated for my card so i came to the conclusion that i have a hardware problem.

So, i am wondering if anyone knows how to fix this, to somehow turn up the volume on my card, because when i listern to music sometimes, i can hardly hear it.

Also, i tried updated some software and when i try to install it, it says that there is no soundblaster installed on my system but yet all the drivers are working and the software for it too.

All of my volume controls are all the way up and all of the software and everything else has max volume. So if anyone can help me i would appreciate it cuz im planing to buy a speaker system and i wanna know that my card works before i waste my money for nothing. Thanks.

Answer:Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 Issues

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ok here we go. i'm getting a hissing noise out of my head phones and speakers and it go's away when i turn the volume down. the mic/line in ports don't work. when i turn the volume all the way down then go up one notch it shoots up to 100. and also there is only sound coming out of one side of my head phones and speaker. until i mess with the master volume the seems to control one side and the volume one the remote that controls the other. i need help asap i was in the middle of recording a album when all this started. and yes i'v uninstalled and reinstalled and updated the drivers.

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I have a sound blaster live 5.1 digital everytime i use it my pc would lock up after a few hours etc this only happens when i put the sound card in...i also tried disableing my onboard sound and still have this problem...

i am running

windows xp sp2 pro

2 gig ram ddr

psu-450 wats

intel pentium 4 3.2 ghz hyprer threading...

my mobo is pt800-ce

or it would just lock up my entire pc when a lot of stuff is going on but my pc runs great no lag every nothing only when i put this sound card in i start to have problems any ideas or fixes?

Answer:having issues with my sound blaster live 5.1 digital help!

Any Help!?

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Which is better, the Audigy SE or the Live 24? Please help!

Answer:Sound Blaster Audigy SE vs Sound Blaster Live 24?

I got the Sound Blaster Live! 24. It is really good, but the bass is a little loud.

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It's a new Dell and it has been making crackling sound since I got it.
I spent an hour on the phone with a technician who restored the laptop with Windows 8.1 to an earlier point in time and it stopped crackling for the rest of the day, but the next day, the noise was back.
The worst are "ding" sounds, they have more crackle than ding. Video playback is bad but at least we can understand what is said. Youtube is bad. mp3 audio is bad. Crackle is there with earphones too.

Answer:Dell Inspiron 11 (3147, Mid 2014) makes crackling sound whenever sound is played

lelouIt's a new Dell and it has been making crackling sound since I got it.
Hello. If it made the noise right out of the box you probably should have returned it as defective during the brief return period. 
Does it make the noise only when running on battery power or also when plugged into house current?

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Dear readers,

I'm the owner of a toshiba l665D and there is a problem.
Every time i have to use something involving
sound it sounds rubbish.
The sound isn't played smoothly there are pauses and there is a big cracking
sound sometimes in it.

This is not because of the speakers, I have also tright it through the headphone tube.
Could this possilybe because of a damaged soundcard.

It's sound really rubbish and the laptop isn't even 2 years old yet.

What could it be?

Answer:Satellite L665D - sound isn't played smoothly - crackling sound


I think this is not related to faulty sound card but due to old iRST (Intel Rapid Storage Technology) driver.

I found an thread about very similar issue.

Update of the iRST (Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver) to version V10.1.0.1008 or higher should solve this problem.

I recommend trying this out!

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Hi.My laptop model is hp 15g009ax.When i stop hearing song or any audio in earphones, after approximately 6 seconds I hear a quick crackling sound. The crackling sound comes after any sound that ends or After the specific application that is playing the audio is closed). I will tell you what is did to stop this.1) I updated the sound driver from hp support website specific to my model. Didn't work2) Tried the earphones in other phones and lapotps. Working fine.3) Thought the problem is with windows. So dual-booted windows with Ubuntu 14.04.1. When I tried Ubuntu without installing it, earphones seemed to work fine without crackling after sound ends. But after installing Ubuntu and checked, the same problem repeated, but this time crackling sound started coming before the sound starts and after the sound ends.This is very irritating and after reading some articles about this problem, Some said the problem is due to interference(Not sure) of motherboard with soundcard.Can you please specify the source of this problem and a solution to it.Thanks In Advance

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Hi folks,

Recently I was setting up a VPN client (PacketIX), and the setup wizard suggested some Audio/Video Streaming "Optimization" tweaks. I didn't pay attention and confirmed.

Since then, I often hear some crackling / popping noises. For instance, this systematically occurs when I Alt/Tab between a running game and my desktop.

An obvious guess is that the damn VPN client messed up some sound settings, but I can't figure out what to do.

I've found a good deal of DPC latency workarounds around here which I tried in vain.

Any ideas ?


Answer:[Sound crackling ] VPN client messed up my sound settings

Try a system restore to before you installed the VPN client. (System Restore)

Then reinstall the VPN client and don't let it fiddle with the audio settings.


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Hello, about 3 days ago i bought a sealed brand new HP OMEN 17-W03np which comes with Windows 10 Home (64-bit), i noticed there were some problems with the sound which have been a constant problem since day one. Before and after any sound plays there are these pops/crackling sounds that are noticable (and pretty irritating), the sound appears to play fine after it starts but in a few occasions the sound actually started breaking and there were random pauses while playing sound. There was also this one time the volume randomly went up and down on its own when pausing a sound (in this case it was a video) and then playing it again.Random pops/crackling have also happened while i was on my browser on web pages but there was no sound sources in the web page at all. I've attempted to use earphones while testing sound, and while using them the pops/crackling sound sometimes come out through the earphones, but sometimes they also come out through the notebooks built-in speakers despite the fact the sound is then played through the earphones (which i found pretty strange). This is my first experience with HP and i have to say i am feeling quite dissapointed, could this be a software problem or will i have to send my notebook back? I'd also like to point out that no major program/software installations have been done as this is a brand new notebook so most of the programs/software in it right now are the ones that come pre-installed with the notebook. I will a... Read more

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I've been having issues since February's windows updates with crackling sound typically in DirectX games and some video playback such as Steam. In an effort to isolate the problem out I've gone over all my drivers and dust contamination yet again this month. I removed both the 3.51 and 4.01 Klite packs and the VLC player I had been using. Registry cleaned and defragged.

My sound card is an Audigy Fatality champion series with the front panel breakout box.

June 3 2009 driver for it #

Dxdiag attached as well.

Next on my list is to see if maybe there's new drivers for my tv tuner capture board which does have sound card resources apparently.

As a side note, I use Ventrilo daily. When ever I launch it after a fresh reboot and connect to a server it locks the PC up for like 90 seconds before behaving normally and displaying the MOTD. It's done this for maybe 6 months. Whenever I have bad game problems I can generally disconnect and reconnect from the vent server without that little annoyance. I want to lay the blame at DirectX, but I've tried several forced updates of it without any improvement.

Playing in the APB beta as well, and thru tips from those players disabled multimedia network throttling in the registry which improved in game performance there a ton.
I really do not want to reload this machine as it takes an eternity to get everything back the way I like it.

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I recently purchased the Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX and am having problems getting it to actually play any audio or record any sound.

I've browsed other threads with similar issues on this board and as such have disabled my motherboards onboard audio in my BIOS settings, have reinstalled the drivers from disc and from the Creative website, and even attempted to use Driverpack Online to download any missing drivers. However my problem still persists.

I can see that the Sound Blaster Audigy FX is present on the sound option on the control panel, but it never actually plays any sound. Additionally, whenever I try to play a test sound in the speakers advanced properties I am returned with the error "Failed to play test tone".

I've included a few screenshots that might help make things a bit more clear, and I'd be very appreciative of any help I can get with this issue.


Audio under Speccy

The playback menu, speaker properties, and the error I am returned with when I attempt to test the speakers

Recording menu

Answer:Creative Sound Blaster Audigy FX Sound Card, no playback/recording

First thing, I assume you have correctly attached your speakers to the new SoundBlaster.

As you have a separate sound card, did you disable any on-board (on the motherboard) audio in the BIOS? If not, that is the first step. The on-board, is still enabled, can conflict with the SoundBlaster.

Also, temporarily disable the AMD HD audio in the Device Manager for testing (the AMD is for HDMI audio). Reboot after doing this.

Finally, although this has may not have any affect on playback, the default recording device should be the SoundBlaster "What You Hear". In the Recording sound panel, RIGHT click in an empty area and then check to show Disconnected and Disabled devices. If the SoundBlaster was installed correctly What You Hear should now show up and you can enable it and make it the default recording device.

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I upgraded my Win XP to Win 7 like 1 month ago.
Downloaded all drivers (from their sites) updated them... then i open WMP 11 and start playing some music. After listening to that i heard some weird sound lag, I believe its called crackling. I searched on internet found some solutions, but none worked and none was for mine sound card.
This wasn't happening on Win XP.
Oh and if i have older version of driver it works way batter (only hear crackling when my cpu goes up to 1000MB (100%) ), but then my Microphone goes really quiet like I disabled microphone boost.

Hope you understand my problem.


"Windows","Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (Build 7600)"
"Internet Explorer","9.0.8112.16421"
"Memory (RAM)","1023 MB"
"CPU Info","Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz"
"CPU Speed","2802,0 MHz"
"Sound Card","Speakers (C-Media PCI Audio Dev)"
"Display Adapters","NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 | NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 | RDPDD Chained DD | RDP Encoder Mirror Driver | RDP Reflector Display Driver"
"Monitors","1x; Generic PnP Monitor | "
"Screen Resolution","1024 X 768 - 32 bit"
"Network","Network Present"
"Network Adapters","VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter | Hamachi Network Interface"
"CD / DVD Drives","2x (D: | E... Read more

Answer:Genius Sound Maker Value 5.1 Crackling Sound

Here Two Pictures from two programs (DPC Latency Checker V1.3.0 and LatencyMon), while playing music.
The results are pretty much the same.

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In the last week, all sound on my laptop has started to crackle slightly. I changed headphones, but realized that thats not the problem. If i increase volume, the crackling gets worse, and distortion really sets in. Strange....only started happening last week. I have tried reinstalling my sound card driver, but no change there. Have looked around all my audio settings but cant find any clues. music etc is still listenable, but there is just a faint crackle constantly annoying me. and distortion if i turn the volume up louder.

Does this mean my sound card is wearing out?? or is it a physical prob inside?

my sound card is : Conexant AC link audio
i have windows xp home edition on a HP compaq nx4800

any help would be much appreciated!!


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My motherboard is a PCCHIPS M848LU V1.2 and the onboard sound is a C-Media AC97 (I don't know the exacts of it, but I think I can find out) It has up-to-date drivers

I just bought this comp from, its an AMD Athlon XP2600+, maxtor 30gig 7200rpm hd, 128mb ddr pc2100 ram (512 PC2700, whenever it gets here...) nvidia 128mb geforce4mx440, Windows XP Professional SP1a, 52x24x52x cd-rw..onboard NIC, onboard sound.

Anyway, whenever I play *most* (I say most because a few mp3s either from winamp radiostations or mp3s on my harddrive dont crack, but the sound quality is still alittle bad) it cracks some-what badly, some worse than others.. I've tried reinstalling the drivers and messing around with the settings, no help...everythings brand-new, so think it might be defective, or an hardware conflict? Thanks in advance.

Answer:Sound crackling, bad quality (onbored sound)

Well you could visit the PCCHIPS website and see if they have any updates for the Sound.

Also try another pair of speakers, could be bad speakers or a damaged cable/plug.

Thats a fairly nice machine, however you shouldn't have skimped on the motherboard - its one of the lowest end manufacturers of mobo's.

You may be better off by simple buying a PCI soundcard - I recommend a Creative Soundblaster - and disable the onboard sound. You'll get better quality sound and better performance in games.

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Hi! I just installed a new mother board and cpu. Its an ECS 755-A2 mother board with a 3200+ AMD Sempron/64-bit CPU. It's not the best, but i was trying to save money.

Before, I had a soyo and a 2800+ AMD Athlon XP and i had the Sound Blaster Live 5.1. Now with this ECS mb, the sound card doesn't get detected anymore, even in device manager. I downloaded the new driver for the Sound Blaster Live 5.1 from their official website and when I came to install it... it said that there were no Sound Blaster cards detected on my computer even though it was securely pushed in IN a pci slot!!

Then I decided that I don't need sound blaster so i installed the driver for the integrated sound card on my mb (realtek AC-97) and everything LOOKS fine according to their program and the control panel (sound and audio options) but i dont receive any sound from anything at all. I was planning on buying a NEW sound card but then i decided to test this Sound Blaster Live 5.1 on my bro's computer. Ironically, it was detected on his 1.2 ghz AMD Athlon Thunderbird and now i'm puzzled as why it wasn't detected on mine.

What solutions have I tried?

I installed numerous drivers for both the sound blaster and the integrated sound card repeatedly and there wasn't any hope.

I re-installed the OS twice (I'm willing to do a third though)

I don't know what else I can try.. can anyone help and please don't say the mother board :[?

3200+ AMD Sempron... Read more

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Hello. I installed a new Creative Sound Blaster Zx sound card and installed the drivers from the CD and have found that the controls/features from the Z-Series control panel are not activating. The video within the control panel itself runs but there is no sound. Windows shows there is sound playing from it though but nothing can be heard. Do I need to turn something else on or adjust more audio settings somewhere?

As another note, before I was able to install the drivers from the cd itself, Windows had automatically installed something after recognizing the new hardware, then I ran the driver CD. I also had a previous external sound blaster audio card/driver that I was using before.

Thank you for the help. Have a great day!

Screenshot of Issue:

Answer:Creative Sound Blaster Zx Z-Series control Panel = no sound

What OS are you using.

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Hello there,
As in the title: I have lost sound after latest Windows 10 update, which happened yesterday (23rd June 2017) - I am using Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card. I have tried reinstalling the drivers, then reinstalling the device, then reinstalling the device and the drivers - nothing helped. When I am testing the device I can hear something really silent - but all of my audio settings are maxed. I do not know what to do next to fix this issue.

Thanks in advance for any tips and advices.

P.S. Also the system and the Sound Blaster Z-Series control panel does not see my microphone plugged, but it is plugged to the same place as before the update. I also checked the settings in the Sound Blaster Z-Series control panel, and everything is set as before the update.

P.S. no.2 : The system does see the Sound Card working, as for example when I play a youtube video that sound indicator next to the Sound Blaster Z device in sound settings is going green and moving.

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I'm looking to buy the Creative Lab Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eX sound card, but I'm not sure how compatible it is with my current system, which is an HP Pavilion 7960. It says you need an available adjacent slot to the PCI card for the Audigy extension, which I don't know what it means.

Also, I saw a picture of it online and I see that it comes with two cards and a black box. I figure that one card is supposed to be the actual sound card, and the other is this mysterious Audigy extension. But what is the black box?

Answer:Creative Lab Sound Blaster Audigy Platinum eX sound card

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I installed windows 7 a little while ago but i cant seem to get a driver that will recognize my sound card. the computer doesnt think its installed correctly but when i was using Xp it was just fine. ive tried another PCI slot but no such luck. all of the drivers i have tried tell me that they dont see that i have the product on my computer.

anyone having the same problem ?

Answer:Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 24bit Sound Card

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy Windows Vista/Windows 7 Drivers version 2.18.0017

Creative ALchemy 1.41.02
Creative Audio Console 1.31.10
Creative Graphic Equalizer 2.00.65
Creative Dolby Digital Live Pack 3.00.03
Creative DDL License Activation 1.00.04
Creative MediaSource DVD-Audio Player 2.00.78
Creative EAX Console 3.00.56
Creative SoundFont Bank Manager 3.21.00
Creative Speaker Settings 2.00.60

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Hi! I just installed a new mother board and cpu. Its an ECS 755-A2 mother board with a 3200+ AMD Sempron/64-bit CPU. It's not the best, but i was trying to save money.

Before, I had a soyo and a 2800+ AMD Athlon XP and i had the Sound Blaster Live 5.1. Now with this ECS mb, the sound card doesn't get detected anymore, even in device manager. I downloaded the new driver for the Sound Blaster Live 5.1 from their official website and when I came to install it... it said that there were no Sound Blaster cards detected on my computer even though it was securely pushed in IN a pci slot!!

Then I decided that I don't need sound blaster so i installed the driver for the integrated sound card on my mb (realtek AC-97) and everything LOOKS fine according to their program and the control panel (sound and audio options) but i dont receive any sound from anything at all. I was planning on buying a NEW sound card but then i decided to test this Sound Blaster Live 5.1 on my bro's computer. Ironically, it was detected on his 1.2 ghz AMD Athlon Thunderbird and now i'm puzzled as why it wasn't detected on mine.

What solutions have I tried?

I installed numerous drivers for both the sound blaster and the integrated sound card repeatedly and there wasn't any hope.

I re-installed the OS twice (I'm willing to do a third though)

I don't know what else I can try.. can anyone help and please don't say the mother board :[?

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Answer:Both Sound Blaster Live 5.1 and Integrated Sound Card Does Not Work

Your Card

E-mail Teechnical Support for the Sound Blaster Card

The problem might just be the new board, it may not support the sound card, or maybe it really isn't plugged in all the way.

Happened to me with my Firewire card took me forever to put the dump thing in I keep pushin and pushin, but not to hard because you'll break the card and you don't want to do that.

so just keep pushin slowly it may look like it is in but it probably really isn't

I hope creative can help you with your problem.

Or ot may be the new processor/ board combination, why didn't you just get the Atholon 64 instead of the Septeron 64.

I don't think many cards are compatible with that

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I am so close to having my new audio system established. On the headphone side, all I need to do is place my order. However, I've run into a bit of a snag considering the sound card.

I was originally recommended the Sound Blaster Z to pair with my headphones. Exact card here, the one with the external microphone since I'll need it. Unfortunately, this sound card specifies Windows 7 and 8 as supported operating systems. I asked if it would still work for Vista, but the other forum (headphone forum) seemed to think that it wouldn't, unfortunately. I'm not looking to upgrade my OS. As horrible and clunky as it is, I've made it work for me.

IF it would work with Vista, than just let me know and read no further. If not, I'd love if I could get some recommendations for a comparable card.

I'm looking for the best sound card possible, given my physical and operational specs. I have PCI-E slots 1x and 4x free, and my OS is Windows Vista Ultimate 32x. The card will support both gaming and music, though I'm more concerned with gaming than music at this point. I'm not looking to drop a bundle (the SB-Z was a little on the expensive side) but as high as 70 or 80 is acceptable. Please let me know if you have any suggestions. I'm raring to place my orders, haha.

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I'm trying to make my "Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum ex" works on Windows 7 64 bits, I did install the most new version of the drivers provided by Creative Labs, it seems like it is installed without any problems....the Device Manager shows all drivers are installed correctly...when I run the audio test the graphic moves like if the soundcard actually works but the real thing is: THERE IS NO SOUND!!, I have done all the tests that Creative labs recommends in their page but I got nothing, please could somebody help me to make this sound card works??

Thank you!

Answer:Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Platinum ex does not sound in Win7x64

That is an old sound card and what Creative calls a "legacy" card. Do you have the SB set as the default audio playback device?

Do you have any integrated audio (on the motherboard) devices enabled? If you do, disable that in the BIOS as it can conflict.

Try reseating the sound card (with the PC off) and see if that makes any difference.

Have you tried plugging a headset into the GREEN speaker jack on the rear of the card, in case your speakers are the fault?

Also, please fill in the My System Specs as it helps us to try and help you.

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I have a sound blaster live! 24 bit sound card and it would be very helpful if someone could tell me or send me a link of the pin sets so that i can hook up my front sound.
thank you

Answer:Sound Blaster Live! 24 bit font sound hook up

You have to use the motherboard sound connectors to connect the front sound

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I installed a Sound Blaster Audigy Fx to run digital communication with my ham radio gear. After installing the SB the original IDT ports don't work. The IDT does not show in the Deives Manager. I tried down loading the IDT drivers but got a message not compatable and download failed.  I have done this on other HP computers I have owned with no problem.Thank you any help you can give me. LarryC4 

Answer:On board sound gone after installing Sound Blaster Audigy Fx...

Hi: See if your BIOS has an onboard audio setting. If it does, it may have automatically gone to disabled when you installed the add on video card. Check the options you have for the onboard audio setting. If it is on Auto or Disabled, change it to Enabled, save the setting where you made the change, and again when you exit. The sound should work on both devices then. And if the audio card doesn't work with the onboard audio setting on enabled, then change it to Auto if the onboard setting had been on disabled.

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Hey guys,
I just recently bought a Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit external sound card to connect my 5.1 speaker set into. I plug the Sound Blaster into my laptop which runs Windows Vista Business.
I have been able to get all the speakers working with the Windows drivers installed using the "Virtual Sound" option (Control Panel -> Sound -> Speakers -> Enhancements.) Windows tests all speakers correctly also.
However, when I install the updated Creative drivers it will continue to use only 2 speakers even with DVD's etc... even though Windows understands I am using 5.1
I would just leave it without the Creative drivers, however I need them in order to record audio properly through its inputs.
Has anyone else encountered this, or know how to fix this? Damn Vista always causing problems
Any help would be appreciated.


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i have a dell computer and i just got it back because the second hard drive went on it so i had to load everything back on it. But everytime i reinstall my sound card that is sound blaster live 24 bit. It works right when i install it but once my computer gets shutdown or restarts. It stops working and no sound will come out. I tryed unstalling and reinstalling it and it does samething.Any help please?

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Hello --

After I upgraded to Windows 10 from 7 Pro, there was no sound. Obviously, Creative Labs has yet to release compatible drivers for many of their sound cards. Nevertheless, I found out that I'd make it work by changing its modes back and forth via its Audio Control Center. I have to do this every time I reboot the system.

Do you think the problem is with the driver or Windows itself? If it's the driver, why world it work simply by re-setting / changing its option?

Thanks in advance!

Answer:Sound Issue in Windows 10 with Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium

I too have the same issue only for me no one seems to be wanting to help me out with this one for some reason. I have a x-fi titanium pci express and I still would like to know why it has been taking so long for creative to get off their duff and get the windows 10 drivers and software out prior to its release this past wednesday because right now I have sound from only 1 speaker even though I have a 5.1 audio surround speaker setup for my pc.

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It makes it sound like the only way to get sound from all of your speakers is to enable cmss and click that top option. The only way I can get sound from all of my speakers is to enable the bottom option. What is the deal, and am I getting the best/worst sound in the way I am doing it?

Answer:Sound from all of my speakers (Sound Blaster Live, Audigy)

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This seems to be a problem that Creative has not been able to fix with new drivers. The work around is to limit the computer to below 4GB of memory. Has anyone come up with drivers that work so I can use all my memory?

Answer:Garbled sound NF4/Sound Blaster XFi Gamer with over 4GB memory

Sorry but your post leaves lots of questions. Can you tell us what the issue is with what piece of hardware or software? System specs?

See this - How To Ask For Help


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I just bought this sound card and installed drivers for Windows 10. (and a crapton of bloatware with UI of Win XP media player...)
Everything works well except one thing: when I change the sound (or mute) I don't see Windows 10 volume bar. I mean these:

The sound itself changes, but there is no indicator. Is there a way to fix that?

Answer:Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro - default Win sound indicator?

In desktop computers changing the volume is only indicated at notification area (clock) by the number of "waves" there are next to the speaker icon. The volume bar is only visible when you change the volume from dedicated keys or key combinations (usually in a notebook). So when in a notebook you press the key combinations for audio level, you see the volume bar on screen, but in PC there is rarely such combination on the keyboard. Changing the volume from the speaker icon doesn't show the volume bars.

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I have put the sound card into my computer and made sure that I've hooked up everything correctly, but I have ran into a problem with it. When I ran the download "Product Identification Module Update" from the Creative website, it's telling me that I don't have the right OS, and tells me to update to Windows 7 or later versions. Well, my problem is that I have Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit, which I know is plenty new, and I don't understand why it's not letting me download the update/driver for the sound card. Please do help if you are able to

Answer:Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Sound card issue

MrRatigan, Welcome to SF. Check to make sure that you have fully updated W7 and then double check and see if the Creative downloads will take then.

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Hey guys. I just rebuilt my computer myself due to a processor and mobo failure. Before the computer fried, I had windows Vista 32bit installed and my card ran fine minus all the good Creative Labs programs (equalizer etc.). The card worked. I rebuilt my computer, brand new everything other then the sound card, same Windows Vista. I get everything up and running and I come to find out Windows is not recognizing my card. I checked the motherboard one time just to make sure it was plugged into the PCI slot all the way. Whoops! Wasn't plugged in all the way. Start it up, still no recognization. Well? I download the latest drivers from It starts extracting, then I get an error saying "Setup was unable to detect a device." Now I'm stumped. Any suggestions?

Answer:Sound Card problem: Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS


If you rebuilt your PC did you have to get a new Motherboard and if so what one is it, make and model version please as many come with onboard sound these days and this needs in some cases to be disabled in the BIOS menu to allow the PC to see the PCI add-on one.

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I have recently reformated and in spite of getting the latest driver, the sound is very garbled. I have had this before but have forgotten how I cured it. The sound is fine from the soundcard source but is not so from the Control Panel 'Sound' source. I guess this is internal to my motherboard.Any clues?Windsor.

Answer:Sound Blaster 64 Gold garbled sound with W98SE.

The sound cannot be Sound Blaster originated.It is the sound s that are generated when windows is entered etc.The first time one is generated it is OK. But from then on it is distorted.Thanks crx600 for your advice - but no go!Anybody else got any ideas???

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I have put this sound card in and when windows starts up it play this little sound after the windows clip, and i dont want it to play. how can i turn it off!.

Answer:Creative Sound Blaster Sound Card

You have to go to creative eax in the start menu and in the lower right hand corner there is a little blue box with eax on it ,click on the little thing that looks like a page in the box and you can dissable it there.

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My DELL 4100 PenIII 933/133 384mb 20 gb Win ME has no sound. I tried to uninstall the sound driver thru Devise Mang. That did not work. What should I do?? Can I remove the sound card & put it back. Would that work?? ODIE

Answer:No Sound - Sound Blaster Live Disabled??

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Hello all!

I just installed a Creative Sound Blaster: Value 1024 (WDM) from 2001, I know it's quite old, but it's the only one I have available to me.

After I installed it, it worked temporarily until I rebooted to finish the driver installation. After that, I've had no sound at all, and I need my sound for my games.

My computer specs are as follows:

Processor: Pentium IV AMD Athlon XP 2100+ ~2.1GHz
Video: NVIDIA GeForce5 FX 5200, 256MB Onboard RAM - Overclocked to 325 MB.
Sound: Creative Sound Blaster: Value 1024 (WDM)
MoBo: VIA KM266
Memory: 1GB 210MHz DDR RAM - 1 Stick
Hard drives: (2), 50.4GB SATA (7200RPM); 111.4GB SATA (7200RPM)
OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition SP3

Thanks for any help you can offer!

Answer:No Sound: Creative Sound Blaster: Value 1024 (WDM)

Get into the device manager and "roll back" the sound driver to the time before you installed the non-working driver... or remove the sound driver and reboot your computer and see if the driver is automatically reinstalled and working

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hey, i have a SB LIVE! 5.1 and everytime i start a game, after a few minutes, the overall sound gets some weird sounds like pops and they only disappear when i reboot my computer! but they come back when i start a game, i dont know if it is wave distortion or not but its really getting me upset ... and i updated the drivers with LiveDrvUni_Pack(ENG).

the games that i've experiencied this sound glitches are GTA San Andreas and Splinter Cell 1, they are the ones i've been playing lately...

Answer:Sound Blaster Live 5.1 Sound Glitches

yeah my SB live card has problems a lot when i turn EAX on in games. I've noticed it mainly when I'm running two programs that use sound at once...teamspeak and CoD, teamspeak and BF2...things like that. The surround works just fine though if i'm doing one or the other.

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My DELL4100 933/133 384mb 20gb WINS ME has no sound?? I tried to uninstal sound driver > Devise Mang and reboot. That did not work. What can I do to correct this Prob?? Please help me!! ODIE

Answer:No Sound - Sound Blaster Live Disabled??

I don't fully understand your post?

Anyway, make sure it's enabled correctly in the bios, find the driver details in Device Manger, and manually remove it if uninstall doesn't.

Then just reboot and the new hardware wizard should appear.

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Hi, I just reformatted and most is figured but my sound card. I have an SB Audugy (1) Sound Card. I had a lot of trouble finding a driver that would actually make it play any sound. I finally got one that worked, but it works badly. Whenever I play an MP3 or my alerts on MSN Messenger go off, it makes this really crackly screetchy sound. It must be something to do with the software. If there is any update software, do you think it could work, and where could I find it?Thanks.

Answer:Sound Blaster Audigy Sound Card

Scratchy sounds are usually the indication of bad speakers. How old is this computer?

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Hello guys,

Last night I was helping to a friend and connected his computer with mine by KVM switch. We had done all, I got unplugged KVM switch,reconnected my monitor,KB an mouse.Everything was just fine.

After a while,without reason, (or there may be some reason which I can't figure out),I just got lost out of my sound. Uninstalled and reinstalled all X-Fi apps,no good.

Now I have installed a fresh OS,updated (it's all accurate under my system specs),and all drivers,including SB X-Fi Xtreme audio.No good.

1.Device Manager recognizes proprely under Sound, video and game controllers (SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio/This device is working properly.)
2.Click on Speakers icon,on the General tab,Jack Information :No Jack Information Available
3.Check or uncheck box next to Digital output settings makes no difference
4.Headphones tested on another computer,working
5.Equalizer shows moving green line when playing audio,as if it work
6.No system sounds
7.There are 2 events in Event Viwer,attached to this post.

I have fresh Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 x64,no antivirus,no antimalware,no any other program,only updates, Adobe Flash Player,and drivers.

Starting to think that i'm missing something simple.Totally confused here after checking so many things so many times.

Looking forward to your response.

Answer:No sound on Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme audio

1. Reseat the SoundBlaster sound card (with the PC powered off, unplug then plug back in). SoundBlasters have a history of seating problems.

2. Post a screenshot of the Device Manager, Sound section.
Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums

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I just bought a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value and ive been having problems with Halo on the Pc. When i turn on Hardware Accelaration the sound is better than software but when its on i shoot a weapon and the sounds cuts on and off. Its annoying. So when the videos play i can hear talking sometimes and sometimes not. So whats could be wrong. Any Suggestions. Here are my System Specs: (just built)
MOBO: Forgot brand it think its MSI or ASUS but dont want to look for it.
CPU:AMD Athlon 64 3500+
Mem:1024MB of DDR-RAM
Graphics: Sapphire Radeon X800 Pro 256MB
HD:2xWD Raptor 74GB in RAID0
Sound: Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value (when for this one because i ran out of money on other components.)
PS:430W Antec

Answer:Sound Problems with Sound Blaster Audigy 2 Value

The first thing I would do is install the latest driver. Maybe you did this already but you didn't mention it. If you did and it isn't working, maybe an older driver might work.

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Done the research, and unless I've missed something, there's a caveat that hasn't been addressed in this issue.

I have an SB Live! value card, have installed the Daniel_K driver for it, following the suggestions about deleting the existing RealTek (which didn't seem to work, though I didn't put *any* time into why that didn't work), and scrubbing the system with the recommended driver scrubber - can't remember the name but it was recommended in an earlier post.

I *record* with the SB Live! value card because of the low-noise, and rock-bottom price that these are now available for. On-board sound has terrible noise floor issues. They all do. I occasionally play games with the analog joystick, and attach to the midi port to back up my Roland VG-8 guitar fx box. The card is fully utilized in my system, so I don't want to switch to the on-board garbage.

So, back to the problem. The Daniel_K drivers installed well, BUT, though I see the VU meter in the system tray responding on playback (i.e,, it jumps around indicating that Windows is trying to send the signal to the card), I get no sound out of the speakers. I've tried headphones with no joy. I've also tried the KX drivers (nice effort btw, but no midi, or joystick drivers with the KX stuff), with the same result. No sound from the card.

No IRQ conflicts, no DMA issues, etc. I've tried it in the only other slot on the mobo.

BTW, mobo is new, and uses the AMD SB710 southbridge. Does that Southbridge just n... Read more

Answer:Sound blaster Live! Value card - no sound

Most new motherboards only have a "bridged" PCI slot to the PCIe bus. Many PCI cards will not work or work properly with the bridged PCI slot. There are many posts about this on the recording forums.

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im trying t o figure out if i should use my on-board sound card or the Audigy se

I run vista
the board is a geforce8200a with IDT High definitiont audio device
and i want to know if by adding the Audigy SE will it improve my system performance or down grade it

2 gb of ram
2.8 ghz processor dual core

any other info just ask

Answer:Sound Blaster Audigy SE or on-board sound?

ok you will need to download this program because there are a few motherboards that use that

than after you have downloaded it right click on the file and hit extract or it might say unzip than open the extracted folder if it doesn't do that automatically than run cpuz. after its finished loading look at the top and click the tab that says mainboard than write down the information it says about your motherboard than post it here and that should make it easier to tell you which is better.

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Hi I installed Daniel K sound pack and its installed but get no sound?



Answer:Sound Blaster Live Value daniel k no sound?

Non Creative (SoundBlaster) drivers may or may not work. Best option, if there is no Creative Win 7 driver is to use a sound card that is compatible.

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Just need a quick installation guide. I took delivery of the above card today. The package contents where the Card, case badge and installation cd.I presume you just simply plug the card into an available PCI slot and install the drivers and Bob's your Uncle.The only reason I ask is that unless i'm mistaken the sound card I have now is a Audigy LS and i'm pretty sure there's a lead going from the sound card into the back of the dvd-rom drive and there's no such cables in with the X-Fi box.Thanks everyone.

Answer:Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic sound card

I had a look at package contents for the card at creative and is no mention of cd to card cable. You should have a quick start guide and a user guide in the box. On my old computer I had a soundblaster that worked ok with no cable even though it was supposed to have one. The data just goes through the ribbon cable. Maybe these fancy new cards don,t need a cable.

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I have just taken delivery of my new computer which has a Creative Audigy SB 7.1 sound card installed.
In my old PC the creative sound card had a 'Auditorium' EAX sound affect which I liked which is not listed in my new sound card.
Is it possible to download the 'Auditorium' EAX sound affect from somewhere and add it to the list in my new sound card.

Answer:Creative Sound Blaster EAX Sound Affects

Doesn't look like that card supports EAX see here

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Hi, I have just installed a new SB 5.1 VX card in my Pc after my old SB Live 5.1 failed. All indications are that the card was successfully installed, I have the latest drivers but to get a barely decent volume ( i.e enough to drown out the T.V) I have to have all the all the sliders up to 100%. At this level set on my old card, I would have no ear wax left!!! Have tried different headphones/speakers to no avail. Any ideas or have I bought a knackered card. BB

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This may help others having the same problem... After spending a whole evening trying to get sound from a successful installation of the sound card and driver, I decided to give it one more attempt. the next morning (with a fresh brain) . Here's what I did differently to get it to work...

Disabled Auto Installation of Drivers
Disabled Virus Protection and Firewall
Disabled Onboard Audio (BIOS)

Installed Sound Card
Installed Standalone Driver SB24_PCDRV_LB_1_04_0090
Opened Sound Control Panel > Speaker Properties > Custom and selected Digital Output Only (my speakers are digital) omit this if your speakers are analog

Hope this helps!

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Hi, Description:When playing music or watching videos with Windows Media Player, Microsoft Groove Music, or streaming media players like YouTube, the audio is distorted, and crackling or choppy sounds are heard. This occurs after the computer is upgraded to Windows 10 Anniversary edition.Operating Systems:Microsoft Windows 10 Enterprise (64-bit)Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)Resolution:To resolve this issue, disable the DTS Audio enhancement option in the Control Panel.1.Click Windows Start.2.Click Control Panel.3.Click DTS Studio Sound.4.Select Listening Experience.5.Uncheck the Audio Enhancements option.6.Click Save to save the changes.7.Close Control Panel. Cheers!

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I want to get the OEM but is there anything required to run it that comes with the Retail package? There are no differences in any of the specs/included equipment listed on newegg.

Answer:Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS PCI Sound Card "SB0350" (OEM or Retail?)

there isnt any specificatin difference of th actual hardware, just that retail comes in box and other opened with the drivers only.

get OEM, as i'm as well using just the card and drivers, though i have retail ZS

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As part of an update of my system I have just installed a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound card.The installation has gone alright and all the software is working and its own tests show no problems. However, I can't get any sound out of my speakers?At the moment I two rubbish speakers that only have one analog plug but the new sound card has three analog plugs (for surround sound). I have tried the plug in all three and get nothing. I am going to buy surround sound speakers but thought my old ones would work until I replaced them.What I really want to know is whether the card is iffy or do I need the correct speakers for the card to work properly (if so I'll get them tomorrow).Apologies for going on but any help would be appreciated.

Answer:No sound with a Sound Blaster Audigy 2

Not sure, but if you have the sound card set up for surround and are only using stereo speakers, would you get any sound ?Try checking the sound card controls to check it is set to stereo (2 speakers) stereo only, check the documentation or help files to see which cables are to be used for stereo sound only.

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here is the thing installed ubuntu on a pentium 3 with 168 mb of ram to give to my neibor! suprisingly it's faster then windows 2000 and at least it's up to date security wise.

Anyway it has an ISA soundblaster 16 HOW do i install the Module(driver) for it.
this is what i have come up with but can't get it to work

i first boot into it. login

then what?

It is a ISA Soundblaster. Not sure which haven't opend in a long time. i believe it is a sound blaster 16 not awe! pleas ehelp thanks.

Answer:ubuntu sound ISA Sound blaster

I'd checkout a few posts returned from googling: isa soundblaster ubuntu:

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Last week I was trying to copy some audio cassetts from my stereo to my hard drive. That was when I found out I did not have the appropriate sound card to do so. I cantacted Dell and purchased a sound card which is supposed to work with my system, which is a Dell XPS420 Windows Vista Home Premium. The sound card arrived, I installed the sound card and the Drivers from the CD which came with it. My speakers sound like a Microphone without a wind damper, and no volume. I disabled the "Digital Output Device {SPDIF] High Definition Audio Device} driver so their would not be any conflicts. Sound very fuzzy and very far away, even with all the volume controls turned up. The sound card is from Creative labs and is a Soundblaster Audigy 24bit. Normally I am very good with this type of thing. By the way I have contacted their Tech Support twice, went to the site and tried all their troubleshooting tips there. I gey whispering sound from the speakers when I move the mouse couser accross the desktop.

Answer:Sound blaster sound card

That should be I GET a whispering sound from the speakers when I move the Mouse Cursor accross the desktop.

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I recently installed creative sound blaster extigy. It worked fine for 3 weeks but now no sound. I have checked all connections, etc. Please help!!

Answer:Sound blaster extigy no sound

Try another sound card and then we can go from there...

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Hello .
i have a sound blaster sound card on my machine .
sound blaster 5.1 value

i have had some problems not being able to hear sound from all 6 speakers . i found out the problem . but this can only be fixed by installing the software that came on the cd . creativ play center .
well i pop in the disc and it says that there isnt any sound blaster dected on my machine .. well the card is installed and this is hte same cd that came with the card .
so i went and uninstalled the card and tried it again .. nothing .
why wouldnt it detect the card when its installed .
and yes the sound sound works - i have sound ..
just not all the speakers are working . and this is a setting in the play center ( creativ ) that i need to check . i have done this may times before in the creativ play center .
any help is greatly appreciated .
cheers T - MGT ..

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First time posting here, hopes are high.
I have a computer, athlon 1800+ XP processor, 512MB Ram, 30GB HDD, DVD combo drive, CDRW Drive, Sound Blaster 2 Card, Raden 8500 video card. Systems running windows 2000 professional, recently purchased Logitech Z-640 Speakers in hopes that I could listen to my movies in surround, but alas the speakers have thwarted me. I have it all wired correctly, speakers to sub, sub to center channel, center channel to the 3 surround outputs on my card. I get sound through the Front left and front right and sub, and if i press the nifty matrix button I get some use out of the center channel. The rear 2 speakers have not worked to date. I have the most recent drivers available from Creative, july 29 04 i believe was the date released. The speakers work fine if i switch the rear and plug them into the front. I tried to download the DVD-audio play software from creative, but it wont install, as well as the surround sound mixer program from creative. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
Neal Strong

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This may be obvious but have you gone into control panel/ sound and audio devices and made sure the 5.1 setting is enabled for your speakers? What happens when you try to install the various programs that won't install. Any error messages? Excuse my ignorance what is a "matrix button"?

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My boyfriend just bought a new sound card because the first one he bought wasn't working.

He's trying to use it in Teamspeak but nothing is working (He has the headphones hooked up but his voice doesn't work. *I made sure he had it turned on*)

He bought the Sound Blaster X-Fi and installed it, he uninstalled the first one through the control panel. (maybe not the correct way but he wouldn't wait for me to look anything up.)

Everything seems to be up to date but he can't record any sound. (had him try recording with Windows Sound Recorder)

He would like to be able to talk on teamspeak...

- He still needs to test everything in DirectX Diagnostic Tool. (but he's looking at other things at the moment :/ )

Is there anything that he might have over looked?

(I'm posting for him because he doesn't have an account here, and well I figured I get more help here than anywhere else.)

If there is anything else I need to find out, I'm more than happy to get that information. Also thank you for the help.

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what card was in there before? ive had driver problems with creative cards before and fixed it with a "clean sweep" as the creative techs call it. here's the link:,VARSET=ws:,case=1712
and go to the PCI Sound Blaster tab

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I have a Toshiba Qosmio X505/500.

I keep having problems with sound.

The sound will become crackling and buzzy and then no sound at all although when I look at the speaker bar it is grrena nd moving.

I go to Control Panel and perform a SOund test. It shows the sound as moving and test results comes out ok but I dont hear anything.

Please help me.

Thank You

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Speakers are more than likely bad. If you do the sound test and don't hear anything + you hear odd sounds like crackling and buzzing thats going to be your sign. But, it wouldn't hurt to head over to Toshiba's website and pickup the latest sound drivers *just in case*.

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Hi. I recently reformatted my Dell xps 400.. The only things I installed were :
1)Sound driver off of a disc,
2)Video Driver off of a disc,
3)Network PCI Adapter software.
In that order.

When I installed the sound driver, It did not work. It played system sounds, but they were very distorted and scratchy. When I'm doing nothing, I can hear scratching/crackling noises coming out of my headphones. I got tired of troubleshooting and left for a few hours. When I came back, my sound seemed to be working. There were still those crackling noises, but it was working. (I have this problem on both of my PC's. It seems that if I plug my headphones directly into the sound caard I get them, but if I plug them into the front of the computer, the scratching noieses are dramatically reduced. I had the headphones plugged directly into the soundcard at the time).

After 30 minutes of listening to the radio, it just stopped playing. Now I cannot hear any system sounds or anything; all I get are those scratching sounds.

What might be wrong?

PS: Here is Dell's driver webpage for the xps 400.I have not downloaded any of these yet. WHICH DRIVERS ARE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY?

PSS: I don't have any antiviral software at the moment. Is it imperative that I get some as soon as possible?

Edit: I plugged the headphones into the back and I can hear sond. It is extremely distorted like it was originally.

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Hi all,

Am new to the forums so please be patient with me!

My machine is fairly old but runs Windows 7 32Bit perfectly fine. In fact I was amazed to find all the hardware is picked up fine and runs nearly as fast as XP did.

Have been using it for some time without issues but recently the sound has become what I would describe as crackly and breaks up. It happens when Windows boots and it plays the little intro tune, then when I log on its fine. Then if I play a Quicktime movie trailer for instance it crackles or Youtube etc.

My MSI motherboad doesnt have any downloadable drivers for Windows 7 so its using whatever is the defaults.

I have tried changing the sound settings to different qualities and also reducing it from 5.1 sound to 2 channel stereo but to no avail.

To make sure its not a hardware fault I have reinstalled XP and also Ubuntu with no issues at all.

I then reinstalled Windows 7 and immediately the crackling returns which puzzles me as I ran Windows 7 for months without issues.

I have also tried changing the emulation in the BIOS from AC97 to Azalia but again to no avail.

Any suggestions would be gratefully recieved.

Many Thanks


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Sounds like your on board sound isn't properly supported by windows 7. Did i read correctly that the crackling only happens on certain things? Also does your mouse lag or any applications lag when the crackling happens?

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So here is my problem,

I just got a new Win XP Media Center PC with 2 gigs RAM, 360 GB HDD, ATI Radeon video card etc.. I usually don't have many app's open at a time, but when I began playing the Sims I started using more RAM. The Sims 2 takes up about 550 MB of my PC's RAM. The sound on the game's sound crackles when the game is loading or if I am zooming in/out, even when I am clicking on items and giving commands. I tried EA tech support, but I then realized that the same sound crackling happens when I have many app's open using over 600 MB of memory.

I am using a Plantronics Gamecom Pro headset (USB). I tested the sound using a pair of stereo phone jack headphones, but the same crackling still happened.

What could be the problem? I checked all my sound codecs and everything seems to be working normally there.

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Hi everyone,
For the past few months I've had a problem on my desktop PC, where for seemingly no reason after a few hours of being switched on, the sound will start crackling.
I'm using windows 7 service pack 1 as my OS, and at first i thought the problem was with windows but now I'm not so sure, as the crackling will also happen on my VM using win 7 pro, and also Ubuntu (the only 2 OS installed on my VM).although they are set to use the host audio.
I then began thinking it must be my speakers so i checked the connections, which seemed fine and them plugged in some headphones to listen for the crackling through them, and found the crackling was also happening throught the headphones so this must discount it being a problem with the speakers.
The crackling sound can best be described as like the sound of when one plays an LP and it kind of crackles at the start. It can get worse than that at times though where it will pop and can distort the music.
The crackling happens when i play youtube video's or if i listen to internet radio, or use Winamp or Windows media player, and sometimes even with windows system sounds such as when you click to go into a folder.
I'm using Realtek high definition audio and recently updated the drivers hoping this would fix it, to no avail.
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to Bleeping Computer Community shinobiTry downloading Speccy and then install the program.  To post and publish a snapshot of your PC.. In the Menu bar, click File -> Publish Snapshot. Click Yes > then Copy to Clipboard. On your next reply, right-click on a empty space and click Paste on reply box then click Post.

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It would be helpful if you posted what you have already tried so we don't waste our time and yours making the same suggestions.

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Try to update chipset drivers too if any update is available.

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I have one game in which I get crackling sound its Sword of the Stars and the expansion Born of Blood.

Only problem is I have absolutely no idea what sound I have I used to have realtek, but now all I can see on my system is this.

I don't want to get the latest realtek if it is not what I have, anyone know what mine might be, I realise it will be hard but I have no other idea of where else to look, to be more helpful. It just says High Definition Audio Device

Hope someone may know

Jekyll and Hyde

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I don't want to get the latest realtek if it is not what I have

It is, or at least according to what is available from Abit it is,

Universal abit > Motherboard, Digital Speakers, iDome, AirPace, Multimedia

Seeing as what they have is the R1.90 and the latest is R2.10, I would go with the latest,

unless some of the other Realtek users have a better recommendation that the current driver.

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Faulty/dirty audio output connector?

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I am leaving for India and having problem with sound on my new Dell. The problem was not there before. Strange. I have Vista Windows Business and 32 bit.

I have a crackling noise in my sound. I went to personalize and went to look for Start Navigation settings and it has a question mark in a yellow sign. What does that mean??

I need to fix this problem.


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Go to start button, search. Then go to device manager. Update speaker driver
The driver associated with that yellow sign must be updated.

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this is really weird after my pc is on for a while like after i turn it back on from standby. My sound will be crackling when opening a file,program,website anything that uses cpu usage. Its more of a crackling sound like if i was moving around the plugs or something from the speakers. I know its not my soundcard because i tried another sound card. I put both of them in the same cab and i got about the same problem. After i restart my computer it seems to go away but i want to know whats the problem here.

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AMD Athlon 64 3400+ 800MHz
Sound Blaster Live 5.1 digital
Logitech® Z-5300e speakers
NEC FD1231H-302 Black Internal Floppy Drive
NEC Black IDE DVD Burner

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Check to see if your speaker wires are near any power sources, and move them around. On a side note, you might want to read the rules and edit your signature accordingly.

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I've just started to get a crackle which goes up and down with increased volume - any ideas? Dust??

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Loose connection?

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So i finally got windows 64 bit running rather smoothly...
(I need 64bit for my computer specs)

unfortunately.. when I play music some of the songs crackle. (WMP)

I know this isnt interference, but seems to be a driver issue.. (so I think)
even tho the drivers are the latest version.

I plugged the speakers into the motherboard and they worked fine.

motherboard has got latest bios update (but that didnt fix the problem)

Ive looked for solutions, new drivers, fixes etc without any luck.

Ive googled this problem many times, but always find the wrong information or unanswered posts.

an example of the music crackling:

open WMP play a song, the song may crackle. if it does, press Pause, then click play, and the crackling will be gone.

Im totally baffled! and just dont know what to do. :confused

Sound Card:

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Sound Card - OEM (PCI-Express) to expand...

I would be very grateful for a reply or two!

Thanks, Chris :wave

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