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Why does my music sound like chipmunks are singing?

by zizo76 / February 28, 2007 8:00 AM PST

I don't know what I downloaded or what I changed. All I know that when I play music on my PC it sounds like the chipmunks are singing. I think it is a problem with my sound card, because I tried all of the suggestions given by microsoft and none of them worked. I would like to avoid a Sytem restore, but this looks right now as the best solution. If somthing similar has happened to you, or you know how to correct this please do tell. Thank you.

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A known issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 28, 2007 8:19 AM PST

The sound card driver is not the correct one for your system.

I'd look for you but you missed that forum note.


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by CBevil / March 2, 2007 9:39 PM PST

Check the sounds properties in control panel.

I ahe seen this exact problem before when Karaoke mode was enabled.

Go through the "Sounds and audio devices" program and carefully check all the tabs, paying special attention to the advanced tabs.

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Music sounds like Alvin & the Chipmunks
by gwen-z / September 26, 2010 11:56 PM PDT
In reply to: Karaoke

Thank you for posting!! My day drives off of my music and this issue occured while I was trying to get my day started. I thought I would have to purchase a new sound card but not today!!

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Change Play Speed Settings
by DigiSat / March 3, 2007 8:25 PM PST

You did not mention what you were using as a player but I assume it is the Windows Media Player. If so, at the top of the player click on "View", when the "View" window opens, click on "Enhancements", and you will get another window with many selections. In that window click on "Play Speed Settings". On the bottom left part of the player, it will open the Play Speed Settings window where you can adjust the speed of the music played.

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by zizo76 / March 4, 2007 9:04 AM PST

I figured out what the problem was. apparently bob was right, I had to reinstall the drivers. I assume that when my sister installed a game on the computer it changed the settings and assumed that I had a different sound card, but when I re-installed the driver for it, it worked like a charm.

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Chipmunks in your speakers. At last ,I've found the problem
by michael-cawthorn / July 26, 2010 2:15 AM PDT

It was as easy as this. "Right click" on Realtek Audio Manager (which should be an orange speaker near to your clock, bottom right of your screen). "Left click" sound manager. Click sound effect 'if not already on' when equalizer appears on screen alter the karaoke setting using the up and down arrows to zero.
I hope this will be of some use to everyone with the same problem as the trouble shooter never suggested it.

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Thank you CBevil
by smajovic1 / October 14, 2010 7:20 PM PDT

"Check the sounds properties in control panel.

I ahe seen this exact problem before when Karaoke mode was enabled."

Thank you, that was be a problem, you help me a lot!!

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Chipmunks are gone
by schmidt0 / May 6, 2011 5:04 AM PDT

Thank you Michael, this was such an easy fix thanks to you and now I don't have to listen to the Chipmunks Happy

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thanks so much
by lilishone / December 7, 2012 4:30 AM PST

I was getting tired of trying everything! And when I read this I went and try it and IT WORKED!!! Thanks So Much!! Michael

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