I have upgraded from Windows XP Home Edition SP 3 to Vista Home Premium.
Since then my Skype sound has deteriorated to such an extent that it is useless. The sound from my speakers becomes garbled after a few seconds. I’m told that I come across perfectly clear at the receiving end. My sound card is a SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio.
1. I used a program called Driver Detective to upgrade to the latest drivers. It installed a driver for RealtekAC’97. With this I was unable to get any sound at all. I rolled back the driver without success. I finally had to use System Restore to get any sound at all.
2. I searched for a driver for SoundMAX Integrated Audio and downloaded a file called WDM_3665.rar. My version of Winzip (10.0) would not open this.
3. All the utilities I run (except for Driver Detective) tell me that all my drivers are up to date.