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Hey guys!
So I have a Glow Audio Amp One tube amp plugged into my computer. I usually use a dedicated DAC (Dac dstroyer) but recently have been having stuttering audio issues. It doesn't always happen and sometimes when it starts it goes away after a little bit. I thought it might be my DAC so I plugged directly into the USB DAC on the Glow Audio Amp one. I still get the issue. Also, when I change USB ports the issue goes away but only for a little bit. It also happens whether it is in the USB port on the computer case or from the motherboard.
All my computer specs are in my signature. THe issue happens on League of Legends, Youtube. Spotify...anywhere. Any ideas????
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Uhhhhhhhhhh.....I have no idea why your usb would just randomly act up like that.

Try plugging in a flash drive and try copying and pasting files (files that do not matter) when you hear the stutter. If there is a problem when you do that, then the issue is much bigger than just audio. Otherwise it could just be some weird latency issue that you can diagnose with latency checking software (there are a number of programs you can choose from. Just google latency checker and choose what ever you like best)
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post #3 of 9
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Originally Posted by Tjj226 Angel View Post

Uhhhhhhhhhh.....I have no idea why your usb would just randomly act up like that.

Try plugging in a flash drive and try copying and pasting files (files that do not matter) when you hear the stutter. If there is a problem when you do that, then the issue is much bigger than just audio. Otherwise it could just be some weird latency issue that you can diagnose with latency checking software (there are a number of programs you can choose from. Just google latency checker and choose what ever you like best)

Ok so I searched google for a latency checker and found this site : http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1655607/optimize-dpc-latency-windows.html

I downloaded the program called LatencyMon 6.00 and ran it. There results were: Your system appears to be having trouble handling real-time audio and other tasks. You are likely to experience buffer underruns appearing as drop outs, clicks or pops. One or more DPC routines that belong to a driver running in your system appear to be executing for too long. Also one or more ISR routines that belonf to a driver running in your system appear to be executing for too long. At least one detected problem appears to be network related. In case you are using a wlan adapter, try disabling it to get better results. One problem may be power management, disable CPU throttling in control panel and Bios setup. Check for BIOS updates.

WHYYYY whatttttt
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Ok so I searched google for a latency checker and found this site : http://www.tomshardware.com/faq/id-1655607/optimize-dpc-latency-windows.html

I downloaded the program called LatencyMon 6.00 and ran it. There results were: Your system appears to be having trouble handling real-time audio and other tasks. You are likely to experience buffer underruns appearing as drop outs, clicks or pops. One or more DPC routines that belong to a driver running in your system appear to be executing for too long. Also one or more ISR routines that belonf to a driver running in your system appear to be executing for too long. At least one detected problem appears to be network related. In case you are using a wlan adapter, try disabling it to get better results. One problem may be power management, disable CPU throttling in control panel and Bios setup. Check for BIOS updates.

WHYYYY whatttttt

Simply update your BIOS and close down some tasks while you are playing games or what not. Personally I would do a BIOS update, and then format your PC so that all the drivers and controlling software is all up to date and in tip top shape.
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post #5 of 9
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Simply update your BIOS and close down some tasks while you are playing games or what not. Personally I would do a BIOS update, and then format your PC so that all the drivers and controlling software is all up to date and in tip top shape.

thank you... am i able to update the bios without a format? I want to try it first and then I will format later. Also what is the best way to go about updating my motherboards bios ? (motherboard is in sig) I have never done that before. And I assume I would need to find all teh latest drivers for my motherboard after the bios update?
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thank you... am i able to update the bios without a format? I want to try it first and then I will format later. Also what is the best way to go about updating my motherboards bios ? (motherboard is in sig) I have never done that before. And I assume I would need to find all teh latest drivers for my motherboard after the bios update?

Oh boy, then I would definitely format the hard drive. I mean technically you don't HAVE to, but it is usually a good idea to keep up with updating your bios. You do not have to format your hard drive, but once you consider all the viruses (that you may not even notice), driver issues, registry errors, and so on, you start to understand why it is a good idea to format your drive every six months or so. (unless you are running an SSD)

More specifically, no, you do not have to format your drive to update the BIOS. Each mobo company wants you to update the bios differently. Go to your mobo page on gigabytes website and they should have some type of instructions to update the BIOS.
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post #7 of 9
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Oh boy, then I would definitely format the hard drive. I mean technically you don't HAVE to, but it is usually a good idea to keep up with updating your bios. You do not have to format your hard drive, but once you consider all the viruses (that you may not even notice), driver issues, registry errors, and so on, you start to understand why it is a good idea to format your drive every six months or so. (unless you are running an SSD)

More specifically, no, you do not have to format your drive to update the BIOS. Each mobo company wants you to update the bios differently. Go to your mobo page on gigabytes website and they should have some type of instructions to update the BIOS.

Did you think I mean I have never formated my hard drive? Lol.. I have done so many times I just meant I have never updated my BIOS before. I will look at gigabytes website
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Did you think I mean I have never formated my hard drive? Lol.. I have done so many times I just meant I have never updated my BIOS before. I will look at gigabytes website

Ah good, then go forth and update. smile.gif
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post #9 of 9
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Ah good, then go forth and update. smile.gif

haha thanks for your help! I updated my bios and running the latencyMON program seems to be fine now. Hopefully it will stay this way
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