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Annoying problem with sound crackling and skipping

  1. #21


    Boston
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    No problem. You should try running latencymon while listening to music or doing something that messes with the sound so you can check if something its causing high latency spikes when it pops/stutters. Its a really nice tool, far more detailed than DPC ever was, and will tell you exactly what is causing spikes. It could very well be a bad driver you can easily remedy

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  2. #22


    Posts : 15
    windows 8 pro


    Quote Originally Posted by zahl View Post
    No problem. You should try running latencymon while listening to music or doing something that messes with the sound so you can check if something its causing high latency spikes when it pops/stutters. Its a really nice tool, far more detailed than DPC ever was, and will tell you exactly what is causing spikes. It could very well be a bad driver you can easily remedy
    Thanks, I'll check this out.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 15
    windows 8 pro


    Ok...now the interesting thing. I downloaded the Latencymon. True it showed that my NDIS Driver ( network ) has the highest latency time. So I tried to update it. Now it shows NDIS driver's latency fine but still get a crackling and stuttering sound...here's the screen pic: Click image for larger version
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  4. #24


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    Also having High Latency issues am 100% sure this is a Microsoft Issue and they need to update windows.
    Am getting same two drivers has you plus c-media and USBport 2.0
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  5. #25


    Boston
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    You're definitely suffering from some extreme latency and I'm sure it has something to do with your issues. Does the current kernel latency stay at that level at all times? I've read that windows 8 has made some changes in the way the os timer works so maybe drivers need to catch up. What does the driver tab look like? There you can see exactly what driver is causing the issue.
    For reference this is what mine looks like;
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  6. #26


    Posts : 24
    Windows 8 Pro 64bit


    These my screenshots
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  7. #27


    Posts : 15
    windows 8 pro


    Ok. It looks like this is the culprit. NDIS.SYS. This driver or file takes almost 60% of the processor power causing huge spikes. How this can be fixed ? NDIS is located in system32, can it be modified or shouldn't be touched at all...?
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  8. #28


    Boston
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    The thing is that it could be almost anything causing that ndis latency. Any app or device accessing the web could be causing it. The thing I would try first is to disable all power saving features. A few include;

    Setting the pc to high performance mode in power profiles
    Disabling "allow the pc to turn off device" in device properties for nic, audio and usb
    Disabling "green power" and all wake options in nic device properties and also manually setting speed instead of using auto
    Disabling C-states and power savings in bios and if needed core parking in windows

    Also to minimize audio pops and weird sounds mute all non used inputs and outputs in sound properties. This makes a huge difference in cleaning up audio
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  9. #29


    Posts : 15
    windows 8 pro


    Thanks. I've tried every step you suggested for me to do. Nothing helps so I think although my comp supports 64bit architecture it's simply not up to the par with 64bit systems.I think the chipset causes spikes etc. So maybe we should leave the topic and I should buy a new comp that will suport better 7 and 8.
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  10. #30


    Boston
    Posts : 25
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Sorry to bump this again but i noticed something I should share. With the latest network driver at realtek.com I notice 1-2ms ndis spikes every few seconds on both windows 7 and 8. With the latest driver from windows update there are no spikes at all. Maybe you guys can try that out as well
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