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Screen stutter + sound

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8

    Screen stutter + sound


    Starting about 16 hours ago, I started getting screen freezes that last around 1 second, maybe a little less. Along with the freeze comes a sound, I can't place it but it is electronic, and most decidedly not normal. There are no accompanying error messages, crashes, or anything of the sort. The glitch occurs every 2-3 minutes, and is most disruptive to gaming.


    Malwarebytes found one malicious file, which I quarantined, yet the problem persists.
    I am on the Dell Inspiron 17r SE. As far as I can tell (and as far as device manager tells me) my drivers are up to date. I went and updated all 5 queued windows updates (which took a disturbingly long time for the ~800kb download, but thats off topic).


    Would appreciate any help, as I cannot find anyone with the same error on any sort of forum (There are similar, but different).

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  2. #2


    Posts : 1
    windows 8


    I have what seems to be the exact same problem. I have checked and updated all drivers, run virus and malware scans (to no avail), checked to make sure all my hardware is hooked up correctly. this has been going on for almost a month for me. A friend has the same problem as well, 6 months plus for him. he has gone as far as replacing most of the computer parts thinking they might be the problem, so far it hasnt helped either.

    The screen stutter and sound freeze almost always happens while a game is up in full screen. all devices plugged into USB ports freeze then restart. My headset will disconnect, the sound will redirect to my speakers, then switch back. after that all sound programs need to be reopened (raidcall, ventrilo, ect) game has to be restarted to fix the sound as it freezes and only plays the same sound that was playing when it froze. Skype stutters but fixes itself, almost no interrupt in conversations on there.

    My computer worked fine from the time i built it until about a month ago.

    Hoping someone can solve our problem.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Mine does not restart devices thankfully, but it sounds the same. I've noticed the sound is almost like a generator, or small motor.

    The only thing I can think of that I had done to trigger this is windows went and restarted my laptop to install updates yesterday, that's when the issues started.
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  4. #4


    Are any of you running large background services. Scanning etc. I used to have stutter but it was down to the pc not being able to run right whilst SETI was running in the background via BOINC. I had to reset SETI to run only when pc was idle. With my latest machine I am running not only SETI but two other diagnostics softwares and gaming at the same time with zero sturrers.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 94
    Windows 7


    You'll never find this kind of problem in XP. It's unbelievable how these modern systems are built...
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  6. #6


    I am guessing that the noise you are hearing is a 60hz tone, which is something commonly heard around electrical and electronic devices because wall power cycles at 60 hz (at least in the US, Europe is 50 hz). Here is a 60 hz tone someone uploaded to u-tube- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lnd57eOyesk that sounds very 'bass-y' to me, real tones I have heard working on/around electronics always sound more 'whiney', it could just be my speakers though.

    If the noise is coming from your monitor, I would recommend you search a forum for your monitor's manufacturer with the symptoms you described above. It may not be a serious problem. If the noise is coming from your computers power supply, that might be cause for worry. Hard for me to see how it could be coming from anywhere else, if it is a 60hz sound.
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  7. #7


    Quote Originally Posted by eatup View Post
    You'll never find this kind of problem in XP. It's unbelievable how these modern systems are built...
    Do you ever make a helpful post? or are you a troll 24/7?
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  8. #8


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    Are any of you running large background services. Scanning etc. I used to have stutter but it was down to the pc not being able to run right whilst SETI was running in the background via BOINC. I had to reset SETI to run only when pc was idle. With my latest machine I am running not only SETI but two other diagnostics softwares and gaming at the same time with zero sturrers.
    I am not running any large background programs, there is currently about 45% memory usage in task manager due to mcafee on-access scanner service and google chrome, but that is normal for my laptop. Since updating my graphics driver, and disabling a few startup processes the stutters have reduced to every 5 minutes or so.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by yu gnomi View Post
    -snip-
    The sound is more like 0:40 of this (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XX2xvGYn5ao) although slightly higher pitched. Thank you for trying to diagnose. The sound is playing through my headphones, not from any individual components of my laptop. I am thinking it might be something wrong with my cpu, or possibly windows, as a I doubt a sound card glitch would cause the screen to freeze, and vice versa for a monitor glitch.
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  10. #10


    out of curiosity, does this only happen when you are playing games, or does it also happen while you are browsing or doing other things that don't work your cpu too much?
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