Set the IDE channels all to PIO, OK your way out, then go back in and change them back to DMA if available.
It's a known XP issue or bug and easy to do.
I own a Dell Laptop. It's relatively new (less than a year old).
Today, I started iTunes to play some songs but the sound was distorted and mushy.
I thought it was iTunes that was giving me the trouble. So I reinstalled it. But that didn't do anything
I reinstalled WMA but that didn't do anything either.
I panicked and went into Control Panel> Sound and Audio devices deleted all the codecs (about 10 different kinds) to see if that would do anything. Well, didn't do a thing. Now I regret why I deleted all the codecs.
So far when the every volume bar is up, and when I am playing any mp3 or wma files, my computer plays a very choppy and mushy sound.
But the funny thing is that every avi file I have still plays normal clear sound when every volume bar is up. Maybe that's what made me think that it's a codec problem not a driver problem.
Well here are the things that I'd like to know:
1. Does it matter that I went into the control panel and deleted all the different codecs I had? If they matter, how can I get them back?
2. What can I do to fix this problem of distorted mushy sound from mp3 or wma files?
I'd appreciate if someone can tell me how to fix my problem. Thanks.