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Old 07-16-2007, 03:15 PM   #1
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hello. i have noticed about 8 months now tht whenver i play any sound wahat so ever whose file is located on the hard drive, and the hard drive is being accessed tht the sound becomes extremely distorted ( slowing down ) and when it is done being accessed it(the audio) plays as normall. this happens in any application or game and it pisses me off
the wierd problem is, this thing started to happen just outta the blue. i have onboard sound... realtek 97 or something with the latest drivers.

i have a
maxtor 40 gig
384 mb ram
page file of 1 gig
2200+ sempron processor
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Old 07-16-2007, 07:53 PM   #2
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Try going to Control panel>>power options>> and make sure that the Hdd's are not set to turn off. That would cause a delay as you describe as the hdd spins up from being idle.
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it was set tht way

if i am playing music and i opened a word document, the music would become distorted....
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Old 07-17-2007, 04:31 AM   #4
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try:
control panel > system > > advanced > performance
click adjust for best performance

How old is this system?
Do you have norton installed?
Some extra ram is always preferable.
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Just to be safe, back up all your data ASAP. What you have said isn't normally a sign of total failure, but one never knows when a hard drive acts up. Better safe than sorry.
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i ran some hard drive tool thingys and they all said tht the hrddrv is runningg well and shows no sign of crashing
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As long as you ran the Maxtor tools, it is a decent bet. However, I would still back it up because I know what it is like to lose everything from a drive that is even operating without fault. Your choice.
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lol.. i noe.. its just tht i'm not able to backup right now... i will be getting a 200gig soon so i'lll wait i tro all my stuff on there
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Could also be that your pci bus is saturated, it may be time to add some memory if you can 384Mb of memory is barely enough to have XP working, much less play any games 1Gb would be ideal if your mobo supports it. Also make sure you are using an 80 pin ide cable.
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hmm i got a ECS 741GX-M... do u think it would support a 200 gig?
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It should, but consider a memory upgrade before hdd upgrade. Also, since you have onboard graphics I susspect the bus saturation is your most likely problem, its a dated mobo, multitasking is going to be a problem with only a 533 fsb (ie video, music and programs) more memory will help a bit, but it may be time to consider a more robust mobo & upgrades to keep up with your useage & needs
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i got a video card.. AGP 5200FX 256MB Ram

i wont upgrade till prolly next year, because at the moment i am broke.
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I totally understand (been furloghed for 2 years myself) The 5200 is a stable card, but keep all the eye candy turned off for best performance, its no match for current games
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hahah dude i know.. i played NFS Carbon by the grace of god.

i clocked up the 5200 to 275 core clock and 400 ram
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heey, sorry i took so long to reply again. i replaced my ATi Radeon 9250 AGP 8X with a Geforce 5200 FX AGP 8x and i have noo sound problems. thanks for all the suggestions tho
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