PC Maintenance

Today is my day off. I spent much of it trying to fix a problem that has been randomly plaguing my PC for months: occasionally — and more often than not — while playing multimedia files (MP3s, DVDs, etc) my PC makes popping and crackling noises whenever I type. Which is more than a little annoying.

Having uninstalled my SoundBlaster Audigy 2 drivers the other day and reinstalling I thought I had fixed the problem. I hadn’t.

So today it was back to the newsgroups archives and Google. I spent much of this afternoon updating Audigy drivers, flashing the BIOS, and installing newer motherboard chipset drivers. Here’s hoping.

Fingers-crossed I may now have fixed it, but I’m not going to hold my breath. But so far (… so far!) I’ve not had any problems. And I even had a game of Star Wars BattleFront without my PC locking up on me, which was what usually happened.

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 46 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall. Currently on sabbatical. I am a priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, and I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir.

One thought on “PC Maintenance”

  1. Is there anyone out there with and extra copy of soundblaster 2 audigy platium installation disk, we lost ours in a fire…

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