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Computer Timing Messing up - thus messing up music

by happylowman / October 29, 2005 1:36 AM PDT

Whenever I play music on my computer, it is getting off beat. It seems some seconds last longer than others. Looking at the start menu's clock, also makes it look like seconds are inconsistent.

This makes the music slow down and speed up accordingly. It makes a kind of clicking and growling sound and gives the music an effect similar to the one you can get on Windows media player when you change the speed. It does this while playing from CDs or the hard drive. It dosen't always do this - but usually.

I have a Dell Dimension 2400 and I run Windows XP Home edition.

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The symptoms..
by jackintucson / October 29, 2005 6:04 AM PDT

you describe could be caused by several things. Bad power management or failing power supply. The CPU isn't powerful enough to the jobs you are running together. Not enough memory to support the tasks you are running. The CD player itself might be at fault.

Please provide us with more information. Use the red print above to guide you.

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by happylowman / October 30, 2005 5:17 AM PST
In reply to: The symptoms..

It happens no matter how many programs I running. And I'm sure it's not the CD player becaue it happens weather i play stuff from my hard drive or a CD.

The CPU should be powerfull enough, all i use it for is typing, internet, and music.

I doubt memory is the problem too - it happens weather i have one program running or ten.

I really don't know how to check about a failing power supply.

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Other things...
by Papa Echo / October 30, 2005 7:19 AM PST
In reply to: Symptoms

Drivers for your sound card - update them. Check your sound card "settings" at its properties, maybe there is a setting for TONE + or - , Karaoke settings....tempo.....

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Power supply test...
by jackintucson / October 30, 2005 11:31 PM PST
In reply to: Symptoms

You could use a vohm meter to check the voltages. A less technical way would be to replace it and see. If you do replace it, get one rated at least 450w. This would allow for future expansion without worrying whether or not you're exceeding its capacity.

and life goes on...


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How is the music when you play it
by Ray Harinec / October 30, 2005 9:17 AM PST

with absolutely nothing else using the CPU's resources? Shut down all loaded programs except the sound player.

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