After continued issues my previous hard drive, I finally invested the time to
install a 500 gig drive I'd had (brand new). I do a lot of media work, run
video as well as music/sound from my computer using computer speakers, my
stereo amp, or both. Previously, before the new install, the sound was crisp.
Now, the speakers buzz when there isn't sound playing and, most disturbing,
any keyboard strokes stutter any sound files being played at the time. I
can't play sound and type as it is a garbled mess.
- I've tried another keyboard and the problem didn't go away (not a USB
- The computer uses the Yamaha AC-XG sound driver
- It's a mini-studio, so sound inputs include a Web cam (used for Skype
calling), a Tascam USB box I hook pro-microphones into for recording, iPod
that's hooked up, and a digital camcorder. Again, all were previously
- The only output signal, for everything, as far as I know, is the Yamaha
driver with the standard sound card the computer came with.
- It's about a five-year-old Sony Vaio (1 gig ram, 3+ gigs processing speed,
first hyper-threading model) and, until the previous drive failed, has always
been reliable, even when heavily taxed with multiple programs/hardware.
A few noteable quirks from the past:
- After the initial writing of XP (Home Edition) onto the new drive, I
realized the absence of the sound driver. I found the Yahama it had always
used on-line and installed. Because the initial Sony recovery disks were not
in cases (it was a display model), they were beaten and never able to
complete a re-install. I had tried once before. I had issues two years ago
where the anti-virus program fought the registery until it was unuseable. I
didn't know what to do with bad disks, nor why the performance suddenly was
crap. Geek Squad figured out the conflict, they couldn't get the recovery
disks working either, but issued me an upgrade disk instead of having to pay
full retail. I have to start with the Sony disk, or my laptop recovery disk,
which validates the old software and allows me to run the upgrade disk to do
the install. Dunno if that creates issues or not. Didn't when Geek Squad did
Sorry it's long, but that's all the details I think I can provide.