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Music Playback is Choppy

Q: Music Playback is Choppy

I am running XP/Win7 on my AMD 64 Athlon 3400+ powered Pavillion. I have an integrated Realtek AC'97 audio card and lately I've noticed that all music playback is choppy - whether it's iTunes, Windows Media Player, or Youtube. I've tried different speakers, headphones, etc., but reagrdless of the hardware I use, I still get the same problem. It sounds as if the music is being paused and then played very quickly throughout the song. I don't really notice it in Windows sound effects, but that may be because they are short in length. I notice this happening on both XP and Windows 7 and don't know why.

Please help!!!

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A: Music Playback is Choppy

Try updating your audio and chipset driver. There could also be a program running in the background taking up to much memory or CPU cycles. If you listen to music alot you should get a dedicated sound card. You can get a really good Audigy on Ebay for under $15. Onboard audio is notoriously troublesome. Too many other things in the system can interfere with it.
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Once check your laptop or desktop chipset drivers are working fine or not, its effects the other related devices functioning. update or install the latest chipset drivers and video and audio drivers which are compatible with your system.
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What are your system specs?

Some possible solutions: Make sure Windows is up to date. Try updating your sound driver (post your system specs and I will show you how to).
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A:Audio playback and recording crackles when everything was fine a few days ago

What motherboard do you have? Check if the default BIOS have the onboard sound enabled, and if so, disable it. (assuming you have onboard audio).

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Rock4MUSIC said:

I have a budget of 500-550. The purpose for this computer is for music production. Ill be using cu base 5, ill be using vsti such as east west, toon track superior drummer,trillian etc. (To give you guys more of a visual) Ill be running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit.
Tomorrow ill look around for parts, prices, I just realize am better off of building my own unit.

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Any suggestions , references....Click to expand...

I'm thinking that without gaming ambitions, the new Intel core i3 CPUs might meet your needs with their integrated graphics. These give pretty decent scores in
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You should first subscribe to Newegg's Email list, so you can grab your parts as they become available on sale.

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And the matching integrated graphics H55/ H57 boards in the Gigabyte brand; 1070549182 107173338&name=Intel H55/H57 Be sure to pick one with 4 memory sockets. (4 out or 5 do). I have this one;

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A:Audio playback crackles & pops, CPU spikes, and system lags - its killing me

About the Audio Playback Crackle...

I know it has been a while but hope this helps someone with similar issues just thought I'd register and post away the solution that fixed my audio playback crackling...
I am not sure if this would help you guys with your problems but it definitely helped me a lot and I think its worth a try.... I recently started to get those nasty crackles during audio playback + the windows sounds WDM / Direct Sound (no DAW or recording) I tried all sorts of codecs+updates to chipset drivers+directx+updates+sound card drivers to no avail.

I just did not want to do a system restore or a reinstallation of the OS because its a hassle at first and many have reported on the net that it still fails to fix the crackling audio issue so I am not sure if that would fix it or not as I have not tried it,but it seemed to be the CPU hanging as well that caused the sound to struggle though my PC is quite ok when it comes to specs and I was sure that it could not be the sound card either because it was working just fine until two days ago and I've updated my drivers too (M-Audio Audiophile 192)therefore, I assumed there was something wrong somewhere else and started to google out....

Anyways,to make the long story short I found out the problem and fixed it... I've realized that the IDE Controllers were messed in the device manager my controllers were set to use the DMA if available but was currently reporting in PIO Mode or not capible,I will not go into the deep details of what they are for but basically my HDs connected my IDE /SATA Controllers were struggling to write/read the data and there was a delay on data transfer rate I guess although it was not noticeable when copying data from one HD to another,it was what causing the CPU to crawle and the sound to crackle and stuff...

I also noticed that my PC went really really fast after using the DMA +Ultra DMA modes not to mention the joy being able to listen to my MP3s after two days of sleepless nights...

I felt like registering here to post my comments about to help some others to avoid this annoying problem...

Please check the link here on how to fix it or better how to set your IDE/SATA Controllers to DMA Mode without physically changing any jumper settings of your drives,

I hope it helps....

You will need to go to the Device Manager and check if your IDE controllers were set to PIO Only mode or DMA if you see anything fishy in there please check the link below that helped me fix this in 2minutes and after a reboot it was all good again,I hope you can fix yours too,

so here is the link ;

please edit the hxxp to http as I was not able to post the links here yet I had to change it but I've just signed up to post this link in the hope that it helps someone fix their problems so I wish the moderators here would see my point ,thanks ...Good Luck all...
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To Err Is Human....To Forgive Is Not in the Nature of Computers...

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looks like you've used too many filters or sound effects/enhancements.
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try limiting your plug-ins,ie :
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