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Audio Stutter

  1. #1


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 PRO

    Audio Stutter


    Hello,

    I've seen many threads around these forums regarding this issue but I didn't come across a "fix".
    My situation is the following:

    Every now and then, the audio of the PC stutters, its like it skips kinda when you're listening to music from a bad CD.
    I have the latest drivers from my manufacturer, and yes it says they are for windows 8 and not 7.

    My motherboard is Gigabyte X58A-UD3R. The built-in audio is Realtek ALC889.

    If you're gonna suggest removing the Realtek drivers and stick with the windows ones, this is not a solution for me as I need the Realtek HD Audio Manager in order to map the sound channels.

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  2. #2


    The RealTek drivers are the preferred drivers. If someone only has the generic basic function Windows HD Audio Codec, the first thing I recommend is to install the proper drivers from the PC or motherboard vendor's site. Do you have the RealTek drivers from Gigabyte? or from RealTek? If not from Gigabyte get them as a first step.

    If you installed the Gigabyte Easy Tune (version 6 came with my gigabyte motherboard) uninstall that. It is a known system "hog" and can cause a lot of system latency problems (which could cause your problem).

    Skipping, noise, etc has been a problem since Vista. Unfortunately there is no "one fix" for the problem.

    One suggestion, go to the Device Manager, RIGHT click on the entry for the RealTek and then LEFT click "uninstall" DO NOT uninstall the drivers. Restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect and reinstall the sound. Sometimes Windows will install it on a different shared IRQ and fix or minimize the problems. The sound is always on a shared IRQ (Interrupt) with a higher priority device. The higher priority device can "interrupt" the lower priority device (in this case sound) and could also cause your problem.

    While you are in the Device Manger, you should only have sound entries for your RealTek sound card and if you have HDMI audio from your video then you should also have the HDMI audio entry. Any other entries in there such as a rogue HD Audio Codec should also be uninstalled to eliminate any potential conflicts.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 PRO


    Quote Originally Posted by justinhd View Post
    I have the latest drivers from my manufacturer, and yes it says they are for windows 8 and not 7.
    As for skipping, noise, etc, I would have to disagree with you, I have never had problems with the sound in Windows 7, and I was using the same driver (not per se).

    No, I do not have EasyTune installed, never did, ever.

    I will try to remove the driver and let windows install it automatically as you suggested.

    As for having something else in there other than Realtek High Definion Audio, I do, but I can't remember at this point if I installed the HDMI Audio drivers for my GPU or not, will check back later.
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  4. #4


    When you said "manufacturer" I didn't know if you were referring to the motherboard manufacturer or the actual chip manufacturer. We get posts about having "manufacturers" drivers and we ultimately find out they are using drivers from RealTek site and not the PC or motherboard vendor.

    If you go to the windows 7 forum, the Dell forums or just do a google search you will find many threads about this.

    Do a google search for "sound stuttering".

    I'm not blowing smoke.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 PRO


    Sorry for the confusion.

    What I meant is that I have drivers downloaded from the chip's manufacturer, Realtek.
    Gigabyte hasn't updated its drivers since 2010.
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  6. #6


    I'm using the RealTek drivers from Gigabyte site for my GA-Z77X-UD5H motherboard. I installed the drivers from the Gigabyte drivers disc that came with the motherboard. The Win 7 drivers work perfectly on Win 8.


    I don't know what the difference (if any) there is in the drivers. I do know there is a statement on the RealTek site about using Vendor drivers.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 PRO


    If removing the drivers and letting windows reinstall them doesn't get rid of the stuttering, I will try with Gigabyte Drivers.
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  8. #8


    Did you have any luck?
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  9. #9


    I had a big problem when I built my desktop computer back in 2009 on a Gigabte GA-EP45-UD3R with audio stuttering.

    Turned out that it was some goofy "power saving" gigabyte utility that I had loaded from driver cd (or got from the Gigabyte website). It was supposed to help make the PC greener, but it resulted in constant audio stuttering.

    Wish I could remember the exact name of it, (maybe I will go scour the 7 forums and see if I mentioned it there).

    Edit: Found it (does anyone actually have the Sound Stuttering fix? - Windows 7 Support Forums)
    The utility was called "Dynamic Energy Saver". I got rid of that and my problems were gone for good.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8 PRO


    Didn't try it yet, was a bit busy...
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