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Problems with sound

by ac85282 / November 16, 2008 2:15 PM PST

I have a Dell desktop with a SoundMAX Digital Audio sound card. When
playing any of the media players, Windows Media, Real Player or any video sites such as youtube, the sound is scratchy and garbled. I've been told it is not the card, but some adjustments that need to be changed. Other than adjusting the volume control which doesn't help, I have no clue as to where to start fixing the problem. It is urgent I get it fixed. Can anyone help?

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Sorry if this does not apply.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 16, 2008 10:05 PM PST
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The machine details are sketchy, the OS not noted but I'll try.

Be sure the IDE channels are in DMA mode. Read http://winhlp.com/node/10

Consider if the OS was changed from stock there can be missing motherboard drivers. Find and install those.

Good luck and sorry but I can't find enough detail to hazard a better guess. You could be on dialup or "other."

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Sound Problems
by ac85282 / November 17, 2008 12:55 AM PST

Thanks for the info.
The pc is a Dell Dimension B110 with xp. I went to the site you
listed and there was a link to try. I did that and had also, on
others suggestion, dowloaded winamp. Almost all of the noise has
stopped. Every now and then, there is a tiny bit, but not near
what it was. I can now get the work done I needed to do.
Thanks much, your suggestions were very helpful.

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