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This just started today; I'm trying to think of details to add. Everything has been working flawlessly for months. Today, at some random point, my sound suddenly stopped working. I restarted, it returned; during a YouTube video, a sort of scratch/spike came up and the sound died again; restarted, sound came back, started listening to music and in less than 10 minutes sound went fuzzy and severely slowed down; I noticed that various noises since then (like my e-mail notification ping) are slowed down and fuzzy.

I don't see anything that would cause this. No recent software updates, etc. Any ideas? Dying sound card? Anything seemingly unrelated that would cause this?

Thanks in advance.

UPDATE: (resolved?)

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I ran a hardware diagnostics program from work, all of the criticals passed.

As I said above, my second video card wasn't starting up, and the BSOD was a video error; driver re-installs and reseating didn't fix it, so it's on its way back to Newegg (their customer service is amazing, seriously). I'm back up to my regular clocks, and sound has been running flawlessly; I can't say why the issues are related, but so far it seems as if the second card was somehow causing the issues.

Edited by EfemaN - 4/12/11 at 3:22pm
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If you haven't already, remove the drivers and install them again - it would be a good idea to use something such as DriverSweeper to remove the old drivers fully before installing again.

If that fails, I would try reseating the soundcard.
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I began getting weird instabilities and even hard restarts in Windows; I thought it might be an overclock issue, but it seemed to come up at whatever clocks I set it to.

I got a BSOD a bit ago, checked the error code, did research, and it seems to be an issue regarding a video card that gets sent a restart command (following some video subsystem issue) and if that's not followed, the computer sends a 0x116 BSOD. I've noticed that my second card doesn't want to start anymore; trying an old driver now.

It's strange that these issues started happening suddenly. Now that it might be multiple things, I don't even know where to begin, especially without a reliable way to test for issues...

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Originally Posted by tUDJ View Post
If you haven't already, remove the drivers and install them again - it would be a good idea to use something such as DriverSweeper to remove the old drivers fully before installing again.

If that fails, I would try reseating the soundcard.
Thanks for the reply. I'm having these inklings that it's not actually a sound card issue, but rather a motherboard issue or a faulty video card somehow conflicting with the sound (maybe the Nvidia sound drivers?).
Edited by EfemaN - 4/12/11 at 10:28am
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Anytime I see a BSOD that crops up seemingly randomly I always go straight to a RAM test.
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I ran a hardware diagnostics program from work, all of the criticals passed.

As I said above, my second video card wasn't starting up, and the BSOD was a video error; driver re-installs and reseating didn't fix it, so it's on its way back to Newegg (their customer service is amazing, seriously). I'm back up to my regular clocks, and sound has been running flawlessly; I can't say why the issues are related, but so far it seems as if the second card was somehow causing the issues.
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