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Scratchy/Poppy/Clicky mp3 audio

Lately (past 6 months or so) listening to mp3's on the computer has not been that fun. All of my music has pops, clicks, or sounds scratchy. I don't think its the speakers because it happens when the (Bose) headphones are plugged into the computer headphone jack and speakers are turned off, too. My drivers are up to date, should I uninstall then re-install? Device manager says the audio card is working just fine.

It is an on-board soundcard: Realtek High Definition Audio. I have Vista Home Premium 32 bit, on an E-Machines computer. Driver version of soundcard is 6.0.1.5404.

I use WMP11, Winamp 5.541, and iTunes 8.1.0.52 and the problem exists while listening to mp3s on all of these programs. Same issue with .wav, .wma, and .ogg as well, not just mp3, but the majority of my tunes are mp3.

Any ideas? Thanks in advance :)


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  • plastikfear May 12, 2009

    Actually I just re-booted and then only opened the audio program and made sure uneccesary processes were not running in the background and the audio is fine. Maybe thats what it was, thanks!

  • Jerry Naidoo May 11, 2010

    Have you any services running in the background , they would cause that.

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So this has been solved , thanks for you feedback

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