Music hardware problem...
I've got a problem that has completely baffled me. I have eliminated every possibility I am aware of and tried every applicable suggestion I can find on the internet. I hope somebody here can help me.
My music is crackling, popping and jumping slightly: just enough to throw off the beat and totally ruin the music.
Im no expert, but let me tell you the possibilities I think Ive eliminated and why:
--My speakers: they work fine with my iPod.
--My sound card: the problem persists with either my internal or external sound card.
--My drivers: Ive updated these, and as I said above, it doesnt work with either card (they do use different drivers dont they?).
--My hard drive: Ive tried both my internal and external drives. Both have plenty of space and are freshly defragged.
--My processor: closing down everything hasnt helped and it doesnt run at more than 50%.
--RAM: Ive made sure plenty is free.
--My mp3s: CDs have the same problem.
--Ive tried various outputs. The headphone jack doesnt work any better than the USB output to my external sound card.
--Ive also tried switching to waveOut only in the Quick Time settings.
--This problem is new. Ive never had trouble with it before, no matter what I was running in the background.
--My external sound card is new, but the problem started before I got it.