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# 15416 21-Aug-2007 22:41
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Has anyone come across the issue with Soundblaster Live 5.1 cards and disk activity affecting the audio output?
IE: When the disk is accessed, the audio slows down/splutters/clicks.

I've read a few forum threads on sites about this, and it appears to be a conflict betwen the Via Chipset drivers and the Soundblaster card.  However I haven't been able to find a solution (other than to try a different brand soundcard).  My motherboard has Via KT333 chipset on it.


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  # 83263 22-Aug-2007 06:12
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I think it's because all the traffic is on the PCI bus.  When I was having similar problems on an older PC (using an Audigy card) I found a PCI latency tool that some people swore by. In the end my problems were solved once I moved onto a PCI-Express based platform. This link discusses some of the issues: . If you Google for the PCI Latency Tool, maybe it will help you, didn't have too much luck with it myself.

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  # 83267 22-Aug-2007 07:43
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Are you on Vista?  Some say there's an issue with the drivers provided by Creative for Vista which cause crackling.  I've certainly noticed it on mine.

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  # 83283 22-Aug-2007 09:13
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No, Windows XP Home SP2.  What I might try tonight is swapping soundcards between two of my PC's.
My other PC has the Intel chipset. It may work in there.  The original soundcard which was with the motherboard with the KT3333 chipset was a Soundblaster audigy which had no problems.  Perhaps I will swap round the cards and see if the original soundcard has the same problem.  If it doesn't then I'll leave be.  If it does then it must be a problem elsewhere (unless anyone can offer a solution) ;)


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