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    Posted: 26 November 2016 at 6:29pm
For ease sometimes I just set up a playlist in WMP and play it at random. Lately I've noticed that after a while it starts to distort and I have to restart the computer. This has happened on 3 different computers. Any ideas?
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Are you using built in sound card or external?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Sypa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2016 at 7:42pm
Question is why are you using windows media player?  Smile

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Or VLC Media Player..

Suspect the, "onboard software inbuilt sound" is stealing too much ram and/or cpu over time?

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote levyte357- Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 November 2016 at 11:33pm
Which version of Windows Ken?

Try £10 usb key sound card, see if it works better.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote knet94 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2016 at 12:35pm
Lev, I'm using external sound cards. Operating system is Windows 10. I have 3 external sound cards. @ Sypa only use it for convenience. @ nicky I do also have VLC which I am using now and will monitor the situation. Your explanation sounds the most feasible so far.
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Worth watching the windows task manager (ctrl-alt-del and task manager) when it is happening. If there is any process that begins to take a lot of CPU time or RAM it could be your cuplrit.

Another thing to check is any AV s/w entering a scheduled scan or any s/w running an update in the background you can't see.
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Yeah did try that but didn't see anything obvious.
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Ken, what is machine make/model, CPU, Mem size, Hard disk size, age of machine?

Is Bios up to date?


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Remember this happening on 3 different machines and 3 different soundcards. The one that I am using this moment is quite old, perhaps 5 years. It's a HP 2.4ghz with 4 gig of RAM. CPU isss AMD Athlon and there's 1tb hard drive. The updates are always applied. That's all the info i have.
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Could be ancient sound hardware, wrestling with Windows 10.

Grab yourself a used £150 Dell E6420 laptop with Core I5 CPU, 4Gb Ram & Windows 7 COA.
Update to latest Bios.

Upgrade to Windows 10 for free.

Sure your problems would disappear.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote knet94 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 November 2016 at 10:19pm
Thanks for the advice Lev but this machine was upgraded from Windows 7. The other 2 machines are newer HP laptops upgraded from Windows 8 with newer external sound cards. These exhibit the same problem when listening for long periods.
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