Ripped the Xtreme soundcard out of computer. Noticed it was plugged into a high definition audio bus, so there is going to be no "moving" that card. It is where it is. So again, I just ripped the sucker out altogether.
Next I tried my external USB soundcard to see if that would be ok now---nope. Snap crackle pop, just as I had yesterday with it. Not nearly as annoying as the high-pitched screetching/distortion as I get with the Xtreme card I ripped out, but still annoying. Disconnected that sucker.
Finally, I used the internal sound attached to my motherboard. Madness----the thing on back of my PC only has a coax digital out and a coax digital in! No line level analog ANYTHING to hook to. WTF?? This wasn't gonna be easy. Went to the closet and grabbed a hi-end audio DAC with coax in to convert the digital out off the PC to the DAC coax in and finally out to my speakers. Well, IT FREAKING WORKS!! No snap crackle pop, no distortion, nothing. Tested it every which way and the problem is completely GONE.
Bottom line is the only way to eliminate issues is to use the internal motherboard sound and coax out to an external DAC at this point. I guess I could live like this, but it seems to be a CRAZY workaround to the original issue.
For giggles once I got everything working perfectly I plopped the Soundblaster Xtreme card back into the computer. Was thinking maybe through all the messing around I may have luck and it would work. Nope. Same static distorion when "mousing around".
Has anyone ever seen a motherboard with sound that is only COAX out and in??? It says itís a RealTek High Definition Audio. It has a control panel which has some decent options, even up to 24 bit 192 decoding, but as I am tied to coax out I canít listen to what that baby sounds like on its own as my external DAC is doing the decoding.
Scouring the back of my PC for regular line out/in/mic jacks the only thing that looks like a clue is a black cover over the back portion of my PC that says DO NOT REMOVE. Iím wondering if thatís what Iím looking for and that HP covers up the motherboards sound jacks when they ship with an upgraded sound card like I bought (the SB Xtreme) so that end users donít get confused on where to hook their audio up to??? The control panel for the RealTek does show line level ins and outs as well as coax in and out are available but I donít see them physically on the PC!
Edited by joeljoel1947, 13 November 2010 - 02:34 PM.