Sounds like ya got a good card there, mate. Mine was the top-of-the-line for the 9300 a year ago. It still kicksbum now a days: F.E.A.R., CS: Source, Photoshop, Half-Life 2...
What are you particularly disliking about it?
Heh, I guess my last post might of confused more than it helped. Well, I tried out a new idea today. Oddly enough my sound/video stutters are gone (for now) because of it. I simply took an audio cd (Lacuna Coil: Karmacode) and loaded it into the disc drive. What do you know, my sound ceases to stutter and conforms to being crisp+clean audio again. It happens whenever I load an audio cd, I haven't tested what happens when I insert a DVD though.
Well, it's a temporary...
I uninstalled Sigmatel hardware and Windows went ahead and reinstalled and the problem yet persists. I tried to go through the device manager and disable random devices to see if I could find the problem. This didn't work. I then booted my machine in diagnostic start-up mode and the latency tool still displayed a wall of red bars. Aren't the devices all supposed to not startup in that mode?
BTW, DELL-Machina, I tried the diagnostic tool provided on a Dell CD that came...
Yo lads. I recently opened up my machine and cleaned out the fans/heatsinks. I have both Notebook Hardware Control and i9kfangui monitoring and controlling my cpu/fans. Everything is cool there. However, just now I'm getting really bad sound/video stutters and I caught a latency screencap to compare to the one I posted earlier today:
I'm strongly thinking this is an IRQ problem, but how do I resolve it?
Under the device manager I have no suspect drivers/hardware. Also, I checked XP's event viewer and found nothing funny per se. Thanks for the suggestions though.
I tried something else to figure out my problem, I went to the Creative sound forums and searched there for anyone having issues with sound. I found an interesting piece of software called DPC Latency Checker, what it does is show whether or not these sound/video dropouts are due to latency issues....
Thanks dudes but the suggestions didn't work. Just for test sake I ran Prime95 to bench my CPU and to compare it to other similar machines scores. Here's my result, tell me if it's normal (so I can stop worrying about a possible cpu problem):
Intel(R) Pentium(R) M processor 1.60GHz
CPU speed: 1595.90 MHz
CPU features: RDTSC, CMOV, Prefetch, MMX, SSE, SSE2
L1 cache size: 32 KB
L2 cache size: 2048 KB
L1 cache line size: 64 bytes
L2 cache line size: 64 bytes