I have a weird issue with the sound on my computer. It’s been going on for a while, and it’s one of those things that’s annoying but not a dealbreaker, so I’ve just been living with it.
Computer has a sound card, a Creative SB X-fi. Drivers are up to date.
When I first turn the computer on, everything works great. Sound is fine. But every day or so, my sound starts to get static-y. VERY static-y, to the point that I can’t really do anything that involves sound. A lot of the time, it’s just a browser issue - videos and such have so much static that I can’t bear to listen to them. Sometimes (but not all the time) other sound-enabled things like games are static-y as well.
At that point, this fixes it:
close all browsers, make sure any Chrome or Firefox processes are gone via the Task Manager.
Kill the CTxfispi.exe (SPI (Creative X-Fi Module) via the task manager. I typically have to do this several times; I’m not sure why, but when I kill that process, it doesn’t delete it from the task manager, it sits there. I kill it a few times.
Voila, sound works again, no static.
WTF? It’s obviously a software problem, but why does it keep happening? It started doing this maybe 6 months ago. I did install two internal hard drives around the time it started happening, but I can’t really pinpoint that to the exact day it started.
More importantly, how do I fix it?