Unexplained Sudden Speaker Static

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etnalibrarygirl

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I own an Averatec 3200 laptop with a vinyl ac'97 codec combo driver and just in the last day I've gone from having perfect sound, to having scratchy, crackly sound in my speakers. The laptop is about 6-7 years old, and I've never had problems with it. There are moments where the sound is fine when I'm testing it through the Vinyl Deck program on my laptop, then other times where the crackle comes out. I had my laptop restart itself yesterday unexpectedly and when restarted, Microsoft said there was a problem with my sound card. I ignored it, then this morning there was a blue screen that shut me down completely. When I restarted my computer, the sound was in the crackle stage. Prior to that, even yesterday, the sound was fine.

I have started using 8tracks.com for listening to music, and I just downloaded an update for Adobe Flash Player. I can't remember what update it was, I just loaded it this morning, right after the blue screen.

I've tried updating my drivers for the sound card, system restoring, changing settings and running Microsoft's Fixit, tool for speaker testing, and disabling and enabling the sound system. To no avail. I'm still getting a serious distortion and crackle from both speakers and headsets. I'm not sure about uninstalling the sound driver as I am not familiar with such things.

I would love some help in this department.
 
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