I have a Sony VAIO RZ424 that came with onboard integrated SoundMAX card, but when playing games (Flight Sim 2004 and Colin McRae Rally in particular) I get a static-type crackling sound when doing things like changing engine power. I have Direct X 9.0(b) and the latest drivers (I think) for the soundcard. The sound seems fine when playing back music etc...
Has anyone else experienced this and how can I remedy it, or have I got a faulty sound chip?
I had this on my old 98SE machine, crackled at cetain times in games, normally played music ok only occasionally crackled. Unfortunately I never got it sorted before I got this PC, but I did install the latest drivers to no avail. Hope you have better luck than me. TR
Exactly right it used to happen to me on extremely noisy parts of 'Soldier of Fortune', it occurred after a re-install of 98 by a computer shop, I should have taken it back but the lad said no way. He had withdrawl symptoms because it was in the shop for 3 day's. But we are talking whole days not just parts of a day, it was amazing he even had to talk to us, in the present form and as though we existed. LOL TR
I've seen something similar on a Win98 PC & fixed it by adjusting acceleration. I assume you're on Win XP? Go to Control Panel > Sounds & Audio Devices > Audio > (Sound Playback) Advanced... > Performance, and try adjusting Hardware acceleration.