It's not just with streaming. If I'm playing mp3s with windows media player and I start downloading a file, the audio will start breaking up, stuttering, or become distorted until the download is complete. Also, I use a program called FL studio to compose music, and if I have a lot of instruments going at the same time, it will start distorting and stuttering like my computer can't handle it.
Here's the thing, none of this used to happen. It's not a case of my computer not having sufficient hardware. It all used to be fine but about 6 months ago I formatted and reinstalled Vista after getting a bunch of malware (I now use malwarebytes). Ever since formatting and reinstalling Vista, now all the sudden my computer acts like it's this big strain to play audio, whether it's streaming, windows media player, or any other audio program. It doesn't matter.
I've ruled out the sound card being a problem. I thought maybe that was it, it's integrated in the motherboard that came with the computer, I went out and got this $100 soundblaster sound card. Unfortunately there was absolutely no difference, the problem persisted.
Everything else with my computer works just fine, it's not slow or anything. It seems to just be with playing audio. I would appreciate any help! I can tolerate it when streaming, but when I'm trying to work on music it's a real pain.
My computer is an eMachines T5088, Pentium 4 3.20GHz, 1.5gb ram. Running Vista. I've tried closing every single program (I thought maybe it was the malwarebytres protection module but problem still persists after closing that and everything else), thinking maybe it would free up resources for audio. It only helps by like 2%, that's obviously not the solution. By the way, I have uninstalled and reinstalled drivers, no difference.
I'm really hoping someone can help....thanks in advance!
Edited by donjoe6, 28 January 2011 - 01:48 AM.