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Sound Card or Video Card problem?

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Old December 6th 03, 09:45 PM
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Default Sound Card or Video Card problem?

-----Original Message-----
Firstly I just upgraded to WinXP Pro from Win98SE. It

was a clean
install, and all the hardware was working well in Win98.

The hardware
in question is a Sound Blaster 16, and an Geforce2 MX

(32MB) running
in an Athlon850 with 384MB of RAM.

Everything in the install went smoothly, no hang-ups or

When I go to play any music there is a very strong

distortion. It
gets much worse with visualizations enabled, slowing down
significantly. I upgrade both Sound and Video card

drivers to no
avail. I have also removed and then reinstalled the

drivers. The mic
is not in so that doesn't seem to be the problem. The

distortion does
improve by reducing the screen resolution and even more

by disabling
the Nvidia drivers and going with the standard windows

However the distortions are always present and the sound

is flat.

This would lead me to believe that it is the video

card. However the
other correlation is that the sound improves as use of

resources in
reduced. I need some ideas on how to determine which

component it is
and if possible some ideas on how to fix it. I am

prepared to buy one
but not both of the components to fix the problem, if it

is hardware
and not software.

Do you have onboard Audio? How much RAM is installed?

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