Audio players slows down pc

Acer / 3100
April 5, 2009 at 08:07:44
Specs: Windows XP SP2, Semprom 3400/2,5GB
Hi folks,

I searched across the forum and internet to a solution for this problem, with no success.

What happens is when playing in foobar (and it happened in to too) the system suddenly stops responding. A major LAG takes place through out all the windows for +- 7 seconds. A minute later the lag happens again. But, for some strange reason, sometimes the lag waits until more than 10 minutes to happen again. When the lag is going on, foobar is the only window fully operable and, if I close foobar, the lag instantly disappears. If I use winamp or wmp, which I hate, the problem does not exist.

In XP SP3 there was the problem. Then I made a new clean install of windows SP3 and the problem went on. Almost getting crazy, I made a new clean install of Windows SP2, this time, but the problem still goes on!

Even with a clean installation (no matter either full install or portable) of foobar2000, without using ANY components, the LAG is present.

My notebook is an ACER 3100 (Semprom 3400, 2,5 GB RAM and Realtek Audio). I've already used EVERY driver that I found for the sound card.

I'm very grateful for your help!


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April 5, 2009 at 08:54:11
So what happens when you use a different player, like WMP or Winamp? If no slowdown then I think you have your solution.

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April 5, 2009 at 09:26:41
New information: I was wrong, the problem still persists when using WINAMP or WMP.

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April 5, 2009 at 10:00:00
Run scans for malware/viruses/trojans, etc. If your sytem is already being taxed, the extra load from the sound card may be overloading the system.

Download a network meter and run in the tray for a while to see how much outgoing traffic you have.

Are you listening to internet radio or files from your computer?

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April 5, 2009 at 10:12:14
I'm listening to audio files within my computer. I've already scanned for virus/malware/spyware and it found nothing.

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April 5, 2009 at 10:15:30
What programs did you use to scan? Did you update them before scanning?

Download and use CCleaner slim. Run both the cleaner module and the registry module. Allow the registry module to make a backup. Get it below.

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April 5, 2009 at 10:49:48
I downloaded CCleaner, ran the file and registry cleaner.
I used Avira antivir and Spybot, both updated, although I think it's not a virus/malware problem, because I formatted the PC twice.

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April 5, 2009 at 11:36:34
Look in Device Manager at the devices by type to see if the sound is sharing an IRQ with something else.

Right click on My Computer and select properties> hardware> device manager.

Highlight the top entry and choose view> resources by type> IRQ.

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April 5, 2009 at 11:45:50
I found only one device in IRQ 16.

Take a look, please:


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April 5, 2009 at 12:13:05
Check out Task Manager and see if something is using lots of CPU cycles.

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April 5, 2009 at 12:43:14

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April 5, 2009 at 12:50:28
OtheHill, I've just discovered an interesting fact. If i'm using headphones, there are absolutely NO LAGS.

While not plugged-in, I provoke an LAG and then I right away plug the headphone's jack in and BOOM: LAG STOPS IMMEDIATELY!

What do you get?

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April 5, 2009 at 16:05:50
Then maybe something with your speakers is connected wrong.

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