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Dave Mar 26, 2007, 03:09am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I have recently encountered problems with my sound in XP SP2. I think it may have to do with my sound drivers.

When I playback mp3's or other sound related things, they seem to stutter/skip.

I have tried uninstalling and re-installing my sound drivers for my Sound Blaster Live card but nothing helps. No matter what I do, nothing works.

Please help!


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Bitmap Mar 26, 2007, 10:36am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
Have you tried using different programs to playback MP3's?

Windows Media Player
WinAmp
VLC
etc,

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Dave Mar 26, 2007, 10:46am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
That is one of the problems, it happens during multiple games and even sometimes when I play a song on iTunes.

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FordGT90Concept Mar 26, 2007, 02:09pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
The drivers you are using aren't a perfect match to the card. Use the drivers that came with the card/computer and it should fix the issue.

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Dave Mar 26, 2007, 03:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
Are you sure? Because I have tried the drivers straight from Creative's website and the built-in Windows drivers for SB Live! cards and nothing happens. I have tried both and they both have the same effects even after uninstalling and reinstalling them both.


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Bitmap Mar 26, 2007, 09:19pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
Hah, oddly enough I'm experiencing a similar problem, except that I have a SoundBlaster X-Fi XtremeGamer.

Damn you, Creative!

Edit: I rolled back the drivers to the ones that shipped with the card, it's working fine now. :)

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Dave Mar 26, 2007, 09:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
I'll have to try the driver rollback too.

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Dave Mar 26, 2007, 11:52pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
I tried rolling back the drivers, no good. I tried 3rd Party drivers (kx project drivers) and still I have the same problems.

I am no longer think this is a problem with my sound drivers since because the same thing happens with onboard sound card. Is it Windows itself?

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FordGT90Concept Mar 27, 2007, 01:00am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
If you've ruled out the speakers, it's definitely the drivers. If you haven't tried using the original drivers that came with the machine, do it. By rolling back, you probably went to the standard audio driver... not the ones that shipped with the card.

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Yahoda Klaus Mar 28, 2007, 10:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
stuttering and mutes can mean two things: playback errors or too much traffic on the PCI bus for a driver to handle.
(1) Try putting the sound card into a different PCI slot (and one that does not share resources with network controller - check mobo manual)
(2) Go into BIOS and disable onboard ac97 in there - if you have onboard sound
(3)if you still have stuttering open up the task manager and end any non system processes that you do not need. With XP SP2 this list should not be longer then 30 items when you boot. If it is 50 or so you have loads of software you do no need running in the background hogging your bus.
(4) Start windows in safe mode (F8) - deinstall Live card, reboot normally, and install Live Windows XP drivers. Reboot.

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Dave Mar 28, 2007, 12:51pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
Thanks, changing the PCI slot fixed it!

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_MD_ Mar 28, 2007, 01:12pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
Yahoda Klaus said:
stuttering and mutes can mean two things: playback errors or too much traffic on the PCI bus for a driver to handle.
(1) Try putting the sound card into a different PCI slot (and one that does not share resources with network controller - check mobo manual)
(2) Go into BIOS and disable onboard ac97 in there - if you have onboard sound
(3)if you still have stuttering open up the task manager and end any non system processes that you do not need. With XP SP2 this list should not be longer then 30 items when you boot. If it is 50 or so you have loads of software you do no need running in the background hogging your bus.
(4) Start windows in safe mode (F8) - deinstall Live card, reboot normally, and install Live Windows XP drivers. Reboot.



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d f Feb 28, 2009, 11:49am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
I had tried every suggestion I could find on google to fix the stuttering apart from re-installing Windows XP until I found a solution that works for me. Maybe it will work for you.

I've got Windows XP Service Pack 3, 2 gigs of ram and it was stuttering badly.

To fix this all I had to do was go to Task Manager by pressing ctrl-alt-del, right click on iTunes.exe under the Processes tab and set priority to Above Normal.

You will have to do this every time you use it unless you create a .bat file to make it happen automatically.

This is how I created the bat file (below). You will need to change the bit after "abovenormal" to wherever you have saved iTunes. Mine is saved on my P drive in the itunes folder, but yours will be saved somewhere else.

I opened Notepad and typed the following:

start /abovenormal p:/itunes/itunes.exe

Then Save As itunesloader.bat

Now all you have to do is double-click on that bat file to open iTunes in above normal priority mode every time.

Hope this helps some frustrated people out there.

Damien

Ronnie Gallion Aug 14, 2009, 01:08pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
I too have been experiencing the same issues as Dave for several months. Tried all the roll backs, driver download/reloads, nothing worked until I tried Yahoda Klaus' suggestion of moving the sound card to another PCI slot. So far so good. No more skipping and stuttering. Thanks Yahoda!

Ronnie Gallion Oct 06, 2009, 12:49pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
Well it worked for a while but the skipping and stuttering has returned only not as severe as it was before. I'm out of spare slots so not sure what to do next.

john albrich Oct 07, 2009, 10:11am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
You sound relatively experienced. Have you checked that you just may be overloading your CPU with too many background processes, services, or applications? (e.g. using Task Manager, Process Explorer). And of course disabling any startup programs you don't absolutely require to be running (by using autoruns or similar).

Some process and services take a LOT of CPU power, and recent updates can drastically change how much they require without any warning. (Anti-virus programs among the worst of them, and sometimes just temporarily disabling the AV suite can ID the culprit...then you have to find an alternative anti-malware suite)

Douglas Smith Jan 02, 2010, 10:42pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
Switching the PCI slot did the trick for me as well. Just for the sake of other people who might be looking for this solution here are some more details about my symptoms. The stutter I was experiencing did not seem to be coming from CPU over-utilization. The stutter occurred only occasionally while listening to MP3s and watching Videos, say every 5 minutes +/- The stutter was a hard stutter that lasted for half a second, also causing video to seize.

Stumbling across this forum post absolutely made my day. I had tried uninstalling sound drivers, switching to on-board output, different media players, changing my display settings, prioritizing player processes, new codecs, you name it.

Rob De La Porte Jan 13, 2010, 08:11am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Edited: Jan 13, 2010, 08:13am EST

 
>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
Since buying and setting up a new NAS (Arkara single bay) I'm having this problem too. Newly ripped/bought content along with older files which used to play fine now skip, stutter and/or jump.

The problems seem to happen in exactly the same place for those tracks which skip but it doesn't happen for all tracks.

This problem affects playback over wireless network for my Laptop and Desktop and over the wired network for my Xbox running XBMC.

I have tried copying the files and playing them locally and the problem still ocurrs - so I don't think it's a network speed problem.

Last night I spent a large amount of time uninstalling software (including AV and pretty much all applications which load at startup) but the problem still persists. Looking at Task Manager whilst the files are playing is no help, the CPU load starts quite high (on iTunes startup particularly) but soon drops to less than 10% with no spikes when the files skip.

Tonight I'm planning to move PCI card slots on the desktop to try and fix it there (won't be able to do this in my Xbox or laptop tho') but failing that is it possible that during the transfer from various hard drvies to the NAS that the files have become corrupted? Would they still play at all if they were corrupt?

Any help or tips would be greatly appreciated.

EDIT: I'll also try the priority level adjustment but I don't think this will fix it because of the variety of platforms and programs I have used to try to play the files

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>> Re: Sound stuttering in XP, might be sound drivers
Technically it's possible that files got corrupted in a transfer, but usually it would just not play or stop after some time.

Shuttering and etc are problems with drivers most the time. Do you have any utils that test your speaker arrangement? Like speaker calibrator or something where you click speakers and it plays sound from that speaker? See if those sounds shutter.

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