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I was aware that this card was on the "THE X-FI CARDS THAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED" list when I got it, but I just couldn't believe that it would sound any worse than the onboard and paid $7 for it. But it seems to really have trouble. I get crackling and poping when playing music, like the volume is turned up too high, yet it isn't. This issue is across windows and Linux, although I haven't messed with drivers under Linux too much. I'm told it works better with the latest alsa drivers, but if drivers were the case I wouldn't think the issue would also be under windows with their proprietary driver.

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Have you tried it on another PC? just to check if its faulty.
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