Hello! I've posted here a few times, but I have a new problem today. As of around Monday, my laptop has had very interesting issues with its audio and sound functions. It started when I was using itunes (which is a fully updated version.) Ocassionally, the music would "hang," skip, or just temporarily freeze. The program itself wasn't freezing, just the music. It was very disconcerting, and I quickly found that it could be a CPU issue. I closed down a few programs and it seemed to go away. However, the problem has returned with full force, and seems to have gotten worse. Itunes will randomly stop playing (no sound whatsoever even tho the player itself is NOT frozen and I can freely scroll thru my library) and all youtube videos will only play a few seconds before coming up as an error, no sound. Restarting my laptop does seem to help sometimes, but all the issues return after a while.
On top of this, when I scroll my mouse quickly in Firefox as well as Chrome, my music crackles and there is a static playback, as if my laptop cannot handle me simply using a browser AND playing music at the same time. Any time I open a tab or put any sort of load on the laptop the problem compounds and I almost can't hear the music over the horrible noise. I checked my CPU usage and found that it was barely topping 60%, sometimes dipping as low as 30% when this issue is occurring. It doesn't seem to be a CPU pull that is the issue, but at this point I'm not even sure any more. I have updated all drivers within the last year or so, but that could also be a possibility. I am a freelance artist, and I need to listen to music in order to work, so this has been very hampering to my creative output! Any possible solutions would be very welcome. I am not SUPER computer savvy, but I would very much like to hear what you guys have to say about this one.
My laptop will be a year old on Christmas. As an aside, I tested to see whether this would occur with an in-browser music player (such as Spotify) and the issues are there as well.
Edited by sushiandpie, 18 December 2014 - 12:37 AM.