Realtek, Windows 7 64RTM Crackle/static/popping

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  1. Posts : 13
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Vista Ultimate x64

    Draex said:
    I'm really at a loss what to do bar buy a seperate sound card, disable all onboard sound and use that.

    Any suggestions would be muchly appreciated.
    See my prior post a couple pages back. . .After trying everything and sometimes thinking the crackles/pops were gone, only to return after a few reboots, I did get a Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium card and disabled the onboard Realtek sound. Not one crackle (and better sond overall) since then.

    Get the sound card, try it and if it does not work return it. If it does, let us know.
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  2. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Pro x64


    So I was having similar problem. My on-board sound card (realtek acl888) was crackling and making nasty sounds. even the windows startup was cracking. i thought it was either drivers or bad onboard card. so i updated the drivers but to no avail. then i purchased an old SB Audigy 2 card to test it out. And it did the same thing. If I booted into ubuntu using a live cd it would fix the problem. no cracking. this lead me to think it was 7, or the 64bit drivers.

    My Solution: when I first built the computer I intended to do some OC'ing. Which I did. Then ended up leaving it at stock after a while. (may try again later) however i was using Easy Tune v6 from Gigabyte to help with the overclocking.

    Using this program: dpc latency checker - Google Search

    i figured out that it (Edit:Easy Tune v6) was causing realtime issue performance for my computer. (possibly how it interacts with the processor to do the soft OCing?) by disabling this from starting with my computer and turning it off, this solved my sound problems.

    I was VERY HAPPY and I hope you will be too!!
    Last edited by whitespace37; 12 Sep 2010 at 10:30.
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  3. Posts : 64
    Windows 7

    you said that "it" was causing realtime issue performance but it's not clear what "it" was. What did you disable to resolve the problem?

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  4. Posts : 2
    Windows 7 Pro x64


    Sorry for being unclear. I had Easy Tune v6 from Gigabyte, set to start automatically. I was originally using it to OC (for testing, then move settings to BIOS), but later was using it to manipulate the fan speed for the processor, by shutting this off and setting it to not start automatically solved the problem for me.
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  5. Posts : 2
    windows 7 64 bit

    I Have this problem too - sound crackling, buzzing, popping and eventually it slows the pc down and bluescreens or restarts.

    However if I reboot when its buzzing or popping it generally is ok for a few hours or days, and it can just go again.

    What on earth is it. If it was drivers wouldn't it do it all the time? I reinstalled them all anyway. ATI, Realtek, dunno what else now, and reverted back to old ones.

    Is anyone else having the bluescreen business as well?
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  6. Posts : 1
    Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit

    I just installed the 251 drivers off of cnet, released in the last month or so, and it seems to have fixed my problems.

    Link: Realtek High Definition Audio Codec (Windows Vista / Windows 7) - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET
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  7. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    I tried the 251 drivers and they are not working -- I believe a lot of the reports of successes are false and due to the problem temporarily going away after a restart. After a restart, DPC Latency Checker reveals low latency levels and there is no sound issue. Within 4-5 hours after restart, DPC Latency Checker starts to show higher latency readings and the sound popping and crackling come back.

    I'm so fed up with this issue -- About to buy a cheap sound card off of NewEgg.
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  8. Posts : 1
    Win 7 64b

    This is the SOLUTION for Gigabyte motherboards!!!

    I had the same issue with pops and crackles. I am using a gigabyte motherboard with eassytune software as well. You don't need to waste money on a whole new separate sound card.
    1. Go to gigabyte's website and download their new BIOS drivers for your motherboard. They know about the popping issue whilst using the easytune software and had an updated bios file to fix it.
    2. Install gigabytes new bios update. It worked for me. I also told my computer to not bother loading easytune on startup as I don't need it. Although pops are no longer there if I do load it.

    I installed many many sound drivers and none ever worked. Some made the problem only very slightly better.

    Download the new bios updates and become a happy camper just like me.
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  9. Posts : 3
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    I am experiencing this issue with the Asus P5Q, not Gigabyte motherboard.
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  10. Posts : 67
    Windows 7 Ultimate x86

    you say you are having the same problem with Asus board?, but are you using Asus's program that does the same thing as gigabytes EQ6??
    it might be called PC probe II or something like??
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