posted on Mar, 4 2006 @ 10:51 PM
BH, you guys tried installing a power conditioner of some kind? At the major computer stores, try finding a special power strip called an IsoBar. It
will help remove EFI and random noise in your power line. To me it sounds like it could be dirty power, and cheaper sound cards and onboard sound can
be susceptible to such things and cause noise like that. I'd try that first, and if that doesn't work, you might try reorienting the computer in the
room, as sometimes that can help if you happened to setup in a particularly nasty spot where interference can be a problem. You change computer
When you try the other sound card, you gotta make sure and disable the onboard sound from the bios before you install the new soundcard in a PCI slot.
And I'd stick with a Creative Labs soundblaster card, unless you are wanting to move up into a more expensive option.
Also you said Intel 815....did he mean the 815E chipset? Not that it would really matter- That does not sound like a driver problem to me, but it
might be. But if your DH is good with computers, I'm sure he tried the latest driver for the onboard sound.
With computer and audio setups, one cheap or bad cable can really mess you up, as cheap ones tend to be less well made, and skimp on shielding. So
that is why to go for finding an IsoBar or something like that first, because it may solve the problem with cheap cables picking up interference, and
regardless, is just a good thing to install in front of the wall socket for your computer power anyway.
You might also try to make sure and keep audio and other cables away from power cables like the PC power cord or especially cheap extension power
chords. And if they have to touch, make them touch at right angles, minimizing the contact area. The worst is when you put audio or other cables
running close and parallel to any power cables. Thassa no no. Good luck.
[edit on 4-3-2006 by TrueAmerican]