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#1 kadh2000

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 02:19 PM

My old Audigy started making crackling noises so I replaced it with a new card: Soundblaster X-fi Extreme Music. Now it takes several seconds for programs to start, programs to close, or files to save. During those seconds, I can't do anything but wait for the operation to complete.

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Dell Dimension 4700
Pentium 4 2.80 GHz
1 Gb of RAM (4x256 Mb DDR2 SDRAM)
80 GB Hard drive
Radeon X300 Graphics card
Soundblaser X-fi Extreme Music sound card

I run ZoneAlarm as my firewall / antivirus and I use Spyware Doctor for other malware.

Any suggestions that will improve performance? I really like the sound quality I've gotten from the sound card and would hate to have to replace it.
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:43 PM

Most likely the old drivers weren't properly installed. Try clean sweeping and reinstalling the drivers. Linky.
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Posted 02 November 2006 - 12:49 AM

Bingo. All fixed. Took forever though and was a royal pain.
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Posted 02 November 2006 - 03:01 AM

Yeah, after going through the procedure at couple of times it starts to get really annoying. But at least it usually clears up any driver problems.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 01:27 AM

Sigh. I spoke too soon.

I'm still very slow after ending or starting a program. I'm wondering if the sound card incident wasn't a coincidence. Or at least if I have two problems at the same time.

Suggestions, other ideas? The sound card, to all appearances, is now properly installed.
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 04:53 AM

How big is your power supply? Just looking at what you put there, I think you need a good 350 to 400 watt PSU. tigerdirect has a link down the page called "The truth about power supplies". Click on it and it lists what power is used and you can see if your supply is big enough. Maybe the new card is taking a more power.. :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 November 2006 - 01:03 PM

305W that came with it. I'll check the tiger page and see what it says.

Based on their report I need something to handle from 394 to 514. Guess I'll be upgrading that too.

Edited by kadh2000, 03 November 2006 - 01:19 PM.

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