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Old 07-17-2010, 02:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Computer is 2 years old, never had any real performance problems until now.
When I'm playing music, or have any sound for that matter, about once a minute it freezes/distorts itself for ~5 seconds. It happens all the time, even if I'm not doing anything resource-intensive, but it's worse when I'm playing a game or something. The video of a game also freezes sometimes (at the same time as the audio), but not as often. And this happens when I play Warcraft 3... a 10 year old game that I used to play on my old pentium 4 just fine. Drivers seem up to date, and I ran malwarebytes and it didn't find anything wrong.

When I reboot, it's fine for about a day before the problem comes back.

To help describe the audio issue, here's a short clip where you can hear the sound getting messed up for the first 5 seconds (playing from my itunes):

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Old 07-17-2010, 02:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you tried updating your sound drivers?
Onboard audio?
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They say they're up to date, plus I don't think that would be the problem because of the video getting messed up too. If I leave my comp on for 3 days straight, eventually my mouse ends up spiking as I drag it along the screen and have to reboot.

Edit: Just tried to play TF2 and had no chance. Spiking like crazy. My internet is bad, but my computer is obviously the one at fault here.
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Have you cleaned out the hsf?

Run memtest on your ram.
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Ran memtest, no errors.

Temps look fine. Haven't cleaned it out in a while - I'll do that tomorrow, but I've let it sit without dusting it out for far longer than this and have never had any problems, so I'm guessing that won't fix it.
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Old 07-19-2010, 02:21 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Have you ran chkdsk /r ?

See if that clears anything up, also, have you reinstalled your drivers?
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Ran chksdk /r, we'll see how it goes.

Didn't reinstall drivers.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:05 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Problem still exists. Games spiking every few seconds, sound distorting/buzzing when listening to music, watching a video, or playing a game.
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