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I have a Creative X-Fi Titanium Fatality Pro, owned since late 09, maybe early 2010. Yesterday, I had a few videos open in different tabs; while switching videos, my audio cut out and videos started playing very slowly, something like 3 seconds to pass one second of video time. I thought it was a browser or Flash issue, but after some trial and error, I think I've narrowed it down to the sound card/driver, when running cudaminer to mine coins (at least, that's the only miner I've tried). I have no idea why the two are interacting, but I can get it to happen consistently.

I've tried uninstalling the Nvidia audio, wiping out the Creative drivers and re-installing fresh, removing the card and using onboard, and using whatever stock drivers that Windows installs. If I'm not mistaken, it only happens when I have Creative's drivers installed; I boot, everything is fine, I can listen to music, watch videos locally or offline; I start up the miner, and after some time, maybe a few minutes, the audio will cut out, and the slowness begins; it extends to basically anything using audio, so YouTube videos, local videos/music all play slowly without audio. The strangest part is that I've been mining like this for a couple of weeks now, it just randomly started.

It actually kills the driver somehow too; even restarting doesn't fix it, and I've had to reinstall the last two trial runs. I'm currently using the stock Windows driver, and I was able to mine and listen/watch with no issue. I'd keep using this driver, but it doesn't recognize the mic port on the card, which is a deal-breaker. I'm not expecting anyone to have a solution, but:

1. Has anyone heard or seen anything even remotely similar to this?

2. Any ideas for this alternate driver situation? I'd like to avoid Creative's drivers anyway, but I need that mic slot.

Thanks in advance.

EDIT: I left it on mining overnight, this morning the audio was fuzzy and staticy. I'm beginning to suspect that it's the card itself, which would be strange, since the card "resets" on driver re-install.

EDIT2: Huh. I did a clean driver reinstall, and was just poking around, gaming and whatnot without mining. It just happened again with a game up, albeit way later than it normally does. So either the mining somehow accelerated it, or something crazy is happening. I said screw it and bought a new card. I'll consider this resolved, I suppose.
Edited by EfemaN - 1/5/14 at 1:09pm

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sounds like it auto updated the driver. since you uninstalled you cannot roll back driver... maybe cd that came with card? never had problem with creative drivers, but similar issue with HDMI and realtek drivers... I had to hide update in order to stop it from updating each time I fixed it.

it's a long shot, but it could have something to do with audio coming from video card.
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There hasn't been an update from Creative since last January, and I don't let Windows Update auto-install drivers, so it can't be that.

I don't have anything actually using the video card audio, I had removed the Nvidia drivers just as something to try.
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Did you check your DPC latency with DPC latency checker?
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Did you check your DPC latency with DPC latency checker?

I did not, I haven't heard of that until now. I assume this is it .

I've been using this card for years, and it just started happening; and now that I'm back on onboard audio for a couple of days, the problem seems to be gone. In the context of my sound card, say I saw the latency spikes with it and the Creative driver installed, what would that tell me? How would I use that to make a decision?
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I did not, I haven't heard of that until now. I assume this is it .

I've been using this card for years, and it just started happening; and now that I'm back on onboard audio for a couple of days, the problem seems to be gone. In the context of my sound card, say I saw the latency spikes with it and the Creative driver installed, what would that tell me? How would I use that to make a decision?

In order to be large enough to slow down videos and such, the spikes would have to be massive. At least you would know the cause.

You can then use LatencyMon to determine which driver or program is causing the DPC issue and update/uninstall/correct the driver. On my computer, my latency issues were caused by Gigabyte Easytune.
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I did not, I haven't heard of that until now. I assume this is it .

I've been using this card for years, and it just started happening; and now that I'm back on onboard audio for a couple of days, the problem seems to be gone. In the context of my sound card, say I saw the latency spikes with it and the Creative driver installed, what would that tell me? How would I use that to make a decision?

In order to be large enough to slow down videos and such, the spikes would have to be massive. At least you would know the cause.

You can then use LatencyMon to determine which driver or program is causing the DPC issue and update/uninstall/correct the driver. On my computer, my latency issues were caused by Gigabyte Easytune.

Well, that helps. I'll have to poke around with this tonight and see if I can find anything. If I understand this correctly, I am to run DPC Latency Checker and watch the latency readings while the problem occurs; if I see lots of red, I start disabling devices until it goes away. Then I move to LatencyMon; what do I watch for? I'm assuming I should look at the Drivers tab.

Thanks
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LatencyMon's drivers tab should be able to tell you which .sys files are causing the issues- look for the ones with the highest average and peak latencies. You can do this even before you start killing services. You'll probably have to google the .sys file's name to determine what its for, though.
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