A sound problem (easy edition)

My soundcard isn’t working properly. Whenever I play an MP3 it sounds like I’m playing it on an old record player: it pops and crackles while I’m typing. It is very annoying.

I suspect that it’s to do with the hardware drivers — that’s the special software that allows the my soundcard to commuicate with the rest of my PC. It’s so bad that I’m going to have to wipe my hard disk clean and start again. AGAIN!

A sound problem (geek edition)

How annoying! My soundcard is back to its old tricks of popping and clicking while I’m listening to MP3s and typing. I know what you’re going to suggest: well, Gareth, don’t do those two things at the same time! … just, don’t go there!

I wondered if the problem was with my onboard soundcard interfering with the new. So I uninstalled my Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 drivers, and then my NVidia NForce2 motherboard drivers, booted to safe mode (F8 on boot-up) and ran Driver Cleaner Pro to create as clean a slate as possible for the reinstallation.

It didn’t work. In fact, it made things worse. Now my PC swears blindly that I don’t have a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 installed! Even when I disable the onboard audio in the BIOS. In the end I’ve manually installed the latest driver and I still have problems. The motherboard drivers didn’t install without their own problems either.

I don’t have time for this. But I’m going to have to find it from somewhere. Guess what I’m going to be doing this week … reinstalling Windows XP. AGAIN!!

Come on hardware drivers people, get your PC drivers working properly! It’s not too much to ask now. Is it?

All Saints’ Day

Almighty God,
you have knit together your elect
in one communion and fellowship
in the mystical body of your Son, Christ our Lord:
grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints
in all virtuous and godly living
that we may come to those inexpressible joys
which you have prepared for those who truly love you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord
who is alive and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God now and for ever.
Amen.