Music and voices are garbled

February 14, 2013 at 17:15:03
Specs: Windows XP

Whether I access music from the internet or play a CD the Music's lyrics come out intermittently garbled. I've made sure that all my drivers are up to date but the problem persists.

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February 14, 2013 at 18:12:22

Was it working Ok & suddenly changed?

How much memory do you have?

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February 15, 2013 at 09:55:09

I know it's not easy to explain sound in words but can you elaborate a bit on "garbled".
Is it out synch or distorted or something else?

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 16, 2013 at 09:05:23


Thank you for responding. I've had this problem now for several months and I have become exceedingly frustrated trying to find a solution to this problem. My recollection is that it was working fine and then it wasn't. I have 2 GB of RAM and a maximum of 4092 MB of virtual memory.


PS. I switched speaker last night but the same problem persists.

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February 16, 2013 at 09:12:37

Derek, You're right, it isn't easy to describe sound but I'll do my best. There may be several things happening through the course of a song playing. The speed of the music may momentarily slow down like an old 45 RPM record that is switched to 33 RPM. The garbled sound, well that's a little more difficult to explain. It's almost like someone gargling and trying to sing simultaneously or singing under water if that makes any sense.

Anyway, thanks for responding.


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February 16, 2013 at 09:21:23

jast, most motherboards have onboard sound, try fitting a sound card from an old comp, borrow if you have to & see if that solves the problem.

Of course, if you already have a sound card, take it out & cable back into the onboard connections.

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February 16, 2013 at 09:42:52

I think you've explained the sound admirably. Reminds me of Daleks but that might
mean nothing unless you are from the UK. Here's one (they are not friendly):

Some good ideas at #5, also wonder if it gets any better if you reduce volume as an overload is possible (waveforms getting squared - peak clipping).

The "intermittent" and "slow downs" leave me even more baffled. Software, including drivers, isn't usually intermittent although it might be influenced by other programs.
I had vague thoughts about the sound buffer being "drip fed" and causing slow downs but didn't really get anywhere.

Generally the symptoms makes me think "hardware" but that's about as far as I got.
Will keep thinking but don't hold your breath LOL.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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February 16, 2013 at 10:06:39


Thanks. I'll have to do a little research to determine where the sound card, if there is one, is located. I have a Sony Vaio VGC-RB30 Series computer.


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February 16, 2013 at 10:10:15


I too, enjoy watching the Doctor and the speech pattern of the Daleks is not far off except that the music can play normally and then transition out of sync momentarily.


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February 16, 2013 at 12:15:00

jast, I googled your model & it comes with a sound card.

Take it out & clean the contacts, clean out the socket, then put it back in.

Clean out the dust whilst the cover is off.

If sound is still faulty, borrow a card to test.

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February 17, 2013 at 11:43:00

Thank you Johnw, I will follow your advice and I'll let you know the outcome. I will begin working on it tomorrow. I do so hope it's only a sound card.

Again, thanks.


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