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I want to know why an update would do that.
Originally posted by tinfoilman
reply to post by mblahnikluver
Did it come back on after the update? Before reading take note this is a worst case scenario thing. Your problem is probably NOT this. Your computer has to be really messed up and retarded before this will happen. But it's just something I've seen before.
If it came back after the update finished, check if your CPU is running too high or the system is overheating. Java updates can be large. Seems odd it would be a Java update. Usually Windows updates are worse CPU wise, but whatever.
Anyway, back to topic. A large update can cause a lot CPU usage. It could just be maxed out and not have anything left for sound processing. It also could be overheating, and if so, the CPU may slow itself down to cool off, and therefore it will get maxed out way easier than it should. It can't run at full speed.
If so, I've seen the sound go out on some systems. Why? Maybe because sound is a lower priority to the OS so it's the first thing it shuts off. Or maybe the CPU just doesn't have anything left to push the audio out to the card.
Also, was the audio you were playing off the hard drive? Updates can also cause a lot of disk access. Perhaps your computer couldn't buffer new sound data off the drive fast enough. The update was using all your disk transfer speed. A faster drive or more ram may fix that.
Another reason was maybe because Java was doing/updating something sound related that caused your sound drivers to simply crash. Happens, sometimes drivers crash. Reboot, drivers restart, everything is fine.