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Windows 7: Crackling/Distorsion using SoundBlaster X-Fi Fatality

07 Mar 2013   #1

Win7 Professional x64
Crackling/Distorsion using SoundBlaster X-Fi Fatality


I have a SoundBlaster as stated in title.

I'm getting weird sound effects when using the system. These are random and stay until reboot. It gives me the feeling the soundcard may be broken, or that a memory leak of some sort occurs.

I have a video on it here, and I hope it'll describe the problem sufficiently. as you can see, resetting the settings for SB on the creative control panel remedies the problem for a while, but it always returns.
Anyone have any ideas what might be happening and how I can fix it?

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08 Mar 2013   #2

Win7 Professional x64

No idea? Sound card broken?
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08 Mar 2013   #3

Windows 10 64 bit

Assuming the SoundBlaster sound card is OK, there are many reports, here and other forums, of Popping and Crackling in Windows 7 systems (and some on Win 8 systems).

Unfortunately, there is no "one fix" for the problem. It can be some system latency issue, a bad sound driver, a video driver, Wi-Fi connections, etc.

The first and easiest thing to try is to "reseat" the soundblaster sound card. With the PC powered off, remove the card then reinstall.

Run the DPC Latency Checker program and see if that shows anything.

Some motherboard monitor/control programs have been known to cause this.

Reinstall the latest sound drivers, from Creative, and the latest NVIDIA video drivers.

EDIT/ADDED: You can also remove the Soundblaster and go back to using the in-built sound on the motherboard to see if that also has the problem. Also, DO NOT have both the integrated audio and Soundblaster both enabled. This can cause conflicts and many problems. Disable the integrated in the BIOS when using a separate sound card.
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08 Mar 2013   #4

Win7 Professional x64

Thanks for reply good sir. Will try this asap, also check if I can disable sound in uefi
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