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SmoothCriminal
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Let me first start off by saying that I have a 680i Nvidia motherboard and a Nvidia G force 7950 over clocked 512 graphics card.  Last June, my sound began having issues.  The sound would no longer play high pitches (only low) and the sound was terrible.  After doing some basic troubleshooting I had determined that the on board sound I was using was at fault.  So, I got a sound card (an older Sound blaster live) and installed it correctly.  The sound only worked intermittently and had the same problems (yes I had the newest driver).  Doing some more research I found out that there was some known sound issues with the 680i motherboard (most of the forums I read said that their issues came from having dual SLI 8800 graphics cards, but the same issue with sound, I disregarded the differences in set up).  I determined that I would eventually have to send in my mother board, but I put it off for a while (I am lazy!).  All of this was happening on XP.  Yesterday, I upgraded Ubuntu from 7.04 to 7.1, and low and behold it had native support for my wireless card, so I decided to actually use Ubuntu.  I then discovered that my sound works perfect on Ubuntu (f*** you Microsoft!), leading me to wonder, why is my sound on XP screwed up?  If I can I would like to avoid a clean install (but I will probably do one in a few months).  Thanks for reading this excessively long question that could be summarized in a few sentences.  I appreciate any help I receive.

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Your question boils down to "It works with Linux, but not with Windows XP. Why?".

It could be the drivers, but I'd also be mighty suspicious about that overclocked vid card. I suspect you're using some soft-mod registry key type thing to overclock the card that isn't happening on Linux. The overclock is causing general instability (hell, maybe it's overclocking your system busses aswell) which turns out to be most noticable in the sound.

I'm guessing, of course, but it sounds right.

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What are you using to play the sounds? Not hardware, but the software. Media Player, VLC, etc.

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The graphics card came factory over clocked, so I don't think that is what is causing it (hopefully).  As for the sound, I have tried most things VLC, WMP, ITUNES, lots of internet video things.  I just got an e-mail back from Nvidia suggesting I change the driver from theirs to Realtek (he said theirs has had some issues), so I will try that and get back let you guys know of the results.

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