A sound problem (geek edition)

How annoying! My soundcard is back to its old tricks of popping and clicking while I’m listening to MP3s and typing. I know what you’re going to suggest: well, Gareth, don’t do those two things at the same time! … just, don’t go there!

I wondered if the problem was with my onboard soundcard interfering with the new. So I uninstalled my Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 drivers, and then my NVidia NForce2 motherboard drivers, booted to safe mode (F8 on boot-up) and ran Driver Cleaner Pro to create as clean a slate as possible for the reinstallation.

It didn’t work. In fact, it made things worse. Now my PC swears blindly that I don’t have a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 installed! Even when I disable the onboard audio in the BIOS. In the end I’ve manually installed the latest driver and I still have problems. The motherboard drivers didn’t install without their own problems either.

I don’t have time for this. But I’m going to have to find it from somewhere. Guess what I’m going to be doing this week … reinstalling Windows XP. AGAIN!!

Come on hardware drivers people, get your PC drivers working properly! It’s not too much to ask now. Is it?

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 52 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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