Hi audio people!
I'm attempting some housekeeping and problem solving at the moment here
but it might be best to seperate my 2 sound issues and post in this forum.
It's a bit confusing so pls bear with me ....L/R channels
My speakers play both channels fine but using the headphone socket gave me just the right channel. It wasn't a huge issue so I just ignored it - I thought it might be the socket: the end of the hphone jack not touching a plate or something (BTW this is a HP Pavilion notebook & with not much room to lever something back into position I wasn't going to try it)
around the time I posted about my fujacks virus I tried to play an old game (IL2)and I got both channels - weeeeeee
just for a short while
2-3 days after that, I got full stereo again (on a different game) but again it was short lived (less than 2mins) I'm back to just 1 ear on the headphones again whatever I listen to. The headphones ARE fine and given that I did get both channels however briefly - it's not the socket is it?
any thoughts? Choppy...sometimes
Recently DVDs & CDs got choppy (can't pin it down to any action (e.g. install, Windows auto update virus warning) as I rarely watch films on the HP (and I don't play audio 'coz of the missing channel) Gameplay sounds absolutely fine - if I forget that I've only got 1 channel
Same with Ableton which also bleeps away smoothly in 1 ear.
While watching/listening I also notice the HDD indicator lamp flashing away 'in sync' with the dropout (if that's what it is). This happes in all media players itunes WMP & Intervideo WINDVD). I thought "CPU or memory?" so had a bit of a clean-up, freed some space on my system partition (7G) and moved my itunes folder onto a USB HDD. During today's fiddling about I thought I'd try some music from the USB drive & it sounded clean*!
OH..... I am writing AS I diagnose & I'm starting to think it could simply be the DVD ROM (dirty lens? I'll clean it, eh? but why is audio & not picture affected?)
*still leaves the missing channel mystery 'tho!!
thanks for reading and ideas much apreciated