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Crackly computers piss me off.

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So ive got some computer problems which ill try to describe the best i can.

When I listen to music (mp3s CDs etc) through my laptop there are little crackle sounds every now and then and the sound skips. This does happen with video files too, only far less frequently. The crackle and skip happens most frequently when making music in FL Studio. It sounds like a buffer underrun only the underrun counter dosent tick over.

I dont have any spyware or virus on my computer. I don't think Its a soundcard issue either as it occurs whether i'm using the ASIO driver on my xiosynth or the onboard laptop soundcard.

This is my last stop before contacting dell warranty people and/or killing myself. Please help.

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Which  Dell have you got? Give us a run down on the vitals - memory, processor, software installed, which Os and version, which soundcard and see if you can do a screen dump of anyting running as a service (control panel->admin tools->services).

Sounds to me like it might be a conflict on one of your buses that the soundcard shares and the computer can't keep up with what's going on. Could be low memory as well... but being a Dell it's more likely a conflict on one of the busses.

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Inspirion 1501. It has been very recently formatted.

not a memory or processor issue, always have plenty to spare. Only things installed are FL Studio, Firefox, Spybot, anti virus shit.... I've just realised now that the anti virus software i'm using now (Symantec antivirus) is different to the software i was using before the formatt (it wasn't crackling and skipping then). Could this be the cause?

When in services am i safe to close all things that aren't services? Is this how i stop conflicts in busses?

Help very much appreciated Mate!

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Yeah - it depends on which antivirus. Norton (Symantec) is mental. Get rid of it, it'll try to check everything in real time and it's very very hard to set it so it doesn't. That means it'll constantly be fighting with your processor intensive app's for processing AND it also scans any files changing on the HDD = everything you decode from MP3 when playing back and everything you produce in FL!!

Symantec/Norton MUST DIE!!!

McAfee use to be very good, but they've gone the same way with hiding most of the setup so you can manually scan - McAfee does it real tiem all the time as well. Sophos is pretty good currently - give it a crack.

The best thing you could do is piss anti-virus off all together. Either run a seperate Windows boot image or jsut use a decent firewall/router and don't cruise dodgy porn sites :angry:

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we have massive problems with symantec client firewall at work it does some very bizzaro things and can really mess with performance particularly on laptops.

is internet without dodgy porn sites really the internet?

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don't cruise dodgy porn sites :angry:

add don't torrent dodgy shit to that and you're on your way to a %100 virus free pc.

last virus i got was my own fault for downloading some download speeder upper. stupid chinese virii - none of the nortons/symatecs/etcs did any good. so after much searching for advice to no avail (except in chinese) i got onto HijackThis and another program, processkiller i think. stabbed that mother through the heart and drank the blood. as you do  ::angry:

since then... no virii. now i wonder why i have antivirus software at all, all it does is interrupt me to say it won't start scanning until i shut firefox.

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I dont use antivirus at all. stupid maybe. but i wont surf anything dodgey and my downloads are limited to software upgrades. I let other people download movies and i use my phone for porn because i am a man on the go and never know when i am going to need a good fix.

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;D Get over it Mac Fanboi - you should be upset 'cause no-one can be bothered haxoring your machinage  :eatadick:

Yeah, i don't run AV either. When you use your PC enough, you quickly figure when it's not running right. Grab an application called "PrcView" (Process Viewer like Spazz mentioned). It does everything the Windows task manager does, but it'll run even if you don't have admin rights AND it gives you quick access to lots of power things to kill processes running on your PC. You can also select a process, right click and it'll give you a 'search' option where it does a web search to tell you what the process is. Helps in deciding if it's an essential service or one you can kill because it's not needed or malicious. You can then use ProcView to find out where the offensive exe lives and remove it after you kill the process and remove it from the service list.

Yeah... i know it sounds complicated... but grab a copy of prcview: http://www.teamcti.com/pview/prcview.htm and give it a belt. It's a pisser to use and works a treat.

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I take the safe way out and dont have my music machine on the net, good for productivity too :(

I still have AVG Free on it though, it's a good, free AV software that wont rape your system http://free.grisoft.com/

It's not free but I've heard good things about NOD32 as well.

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