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Stuttering Sound!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by AlmostThere, Apr 1, 2001.

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  1. AlmostThere

    AlmostThere Thread Starter

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    I have Windows 98 and have onboard sound. ie a VIA AC97 chip. The problem is that the sound in some games is choppy and stuttering(Half Life works, Phantom Menace-Stutter!).
    I have tried various drivers to no avail.
    According to Device manager and System Info there are no conflicts (though I know they lie sometimes).
    Any advice..? Apart from buying a real soundcard...
    Thanks
     
  2. ~Candy~

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    How much ram do you have and how fast is your processor? And what else might you be running at the same time?
     
  3. AlmostThere

    AlmostThere Thread Starter

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    Of course. I should have said. I have a celeron 433 with 128MB of RAM. I never run anything else in the background, at all. How much CPU power does an onboard chip use..?
     
  4. bryan763

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    Wish I had a fix for you, but I wanted to reply because I'm having the same problem. I have an MSI mobo with on board sound, VIA chip set. My sound seems to stutter as if resources are low. It does it when my modem is initializing for dial up (intro audio) and when playing video and audio intense games ie; Grand Theft Auto III. I bought a hardware accelerated sound card Phillips Sonic Edge 5.1. Installed with on board audio disabled and got the same thing. Playing MS Flight Sim or Unreal 2003 I don't get the stuttering. Ive updated drivers, checked for IRQ Conf., shut down all un-needed services and background apps to no avail. Not a real big problem but it bugs me. number one I can't play a $45 game I baught.
     
  5. bryan763

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    PS My system meets/exceeds recommended specs for the games and apps it stutters in.
    AMD T-Bird 1.2G 512 pc 133 ram, nvidia 32 meg agp x4
     
  6. MysticEyes

    MysticEyes Banned

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    For todays games this isn't quite enough, you could try more ram. Most games also have sound quality settings, try a lower one. As far as minimum requirements, those are always false.

    As far as sound cards, many with fancy Audigy's also have similiar problems.

    You have been to the maker's site and checked under support I presume.
     
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