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Sound Is Skipping

I have reinstalled all my codec's, my soundcard (SoundMAX), my WMP and every song even on the internet sound is skipping like a scratched cd! I have tried iTunes, VLC player and it still skips! Not sure what else to do! Can someone help?
Sound skips on start-up sound and any tone or sound that comes through the speakers. I have had the cpu in for repair of this problem and I was told it was a virus. I purchased Webroot following servicing/cleaning on the advice of the tech. The sound skip problem has returned even though I have been diligent about running Webroot. I have visited the dell site for updated driver... still no improvement. Help.

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  • JeffreyM1 Jan 16, 2009

    Windows XP is what came on the computer from Dell. Programs have been added since I received it, however, when the tech guy at my local repair shop serviced/cleaned the CPU all those programs were already on the machine. Following the service I referred to in my previous post, the problem with the sound skipping had stopped, only to return two months later. Thanks for reading and your reply.

  • JeffreyM1 Jan 16, 2009

    Sounds like a plan cpenzes.... what do I have to lose? I've been asked about the sound card by others off line, but since I've tried everything else, I'll give it a shot. Thanks again for your help... I'll get my oldest son to assist me on this one....

  • JeffreyM1 Jan 16, 2009

    Thanks again... that's my concern, whether or not it is a separate sound card. I'll get back to you after my 24 yo son and I take a look.


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Have you installed anything else on your pc
is this xp

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    DEKR Jan 16, 2009

    Have you tried shutting down removing the soundcard restarting

    then remove the driver from my computer properties hardware then devices

    write down your driver then shutting down again to put the card back in.

    then start up again.

    If this does'nt fix your problem then i think you need a new soundcard

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 16, 2009

    Let me know if that helped at all

    honestly it may just be a matter of a new card

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 16, 2009

    if it's a card you can't just remove then I would just uninstall it from my computer properties restart and see what happens

  • DEKR
    DEKR Jan 16, 2009

    even if it's not seperate you can uninstall or disable it through my computer devices

    then if you have to get a new one your son get just add the new one in the tower

    but then the old would need disabled


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