Read http://winhlp.com/node/10 on how to flip DMA to PIO and back to DMA to be sure it's not that.
..sounds like an old vinyl record playing .... over the past week or two my WMP 10 will not play without these static sounds in the background..mp3...wav.. all formats... I have a 5 yr old Gateway Media Center 500XL PC running XP SP2... I normally use FF2 as my primary browser... problem also surfaces using WMP 10 in both FF2 and IE7
I can play all formats in every other media player I have on this PC including Media Monkey and some others w/o any problems.. ...which leads me to believe that the sound card is okay.. only problem is with WMP 10.. I have not changed anything to this PC and have had all the other Media players installed for a long time..
I did install some required MS Updates and one or two were for the WMP .. can't locate them in Add/Remove programs( w/ show updates checked) as MS suggests to try to uninstall them though... if anyone has an idea how to locate them in any other way please let me know...
any ideas what the problem might be would be appreciated...and is there a fix...I tried reinstalling WMP 10.. still the same... as an alternative can't install WMP 11 as this system is prior to 2005 WMP 11 requirements