Sound card issues, cutting out, jittering, cracking, choppy audio

After a rebuild of my pc I was being plagued with sound issue/s. Everything seemed to be fine, then when watching a youtube clip I would get a stuttering, jittering drop out, this was made worse whenever I would scroll the mouse.

First I unplugged all USB devices . rebooted, started disabling drivers from within windows and had no luck.

Searching the internet I found a cool tool DPC Latency Checker that allows you to find whether your system has drivers that may affect audio performance. When it runs it will show a chart with either red or green bars. Red being bad there are errors, driver conflicts or green everything is. So I downloaded it and ran and here is what I saw.

Bad… bad.. bad.. driver issues as you can see.

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Just prior to upgrading my PC I purchased a USB3 PCI-express expansion card to give me more USB3 ports, however this one card alone was the bane of all my problems. After removing this card and re running DPC Latency Checker this is the result I got.

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All green bars, no more choppy audio, a nomrla life again. but a PCIe USB expansion that doesn’t have a home in my new rig.

Hope this helps any of you out when you are ever experiencing any sort of audio issues. Use this tool to check the driver/s.

Upgrading to Windows 8 RTM Evaluation

Windows Settings



  1. Intel Chipset Update
  2. Check for any missing drivers
  3. AMD Catalyst Software


  1. Visual Studio 2010
  2. Sql Server 2012
  3. AVG Anti Virus
  4. Google Chromre
  5. Windows Live 2012
  6. MSI Supercharger (msi website)
  7. Acronis True Image 2012
  8. WinMerge
  9. Visual SVN
  10. Tortoise SVN
  11. Resharper
  12. SqlComplete
  13. Google Drive
  14. Revaluate Twitter Clients
  15. Try Fence and bins

Sql Server Setup – Restart computer Failed

How many times have you tried installing Sql Server only to get a fail message stating that your machine needs to reboot.

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This is usually due to some file operation required and can be resolved easily by removing a key from the registry without the need for rebooting. (Note: Do this at your own risk)

1) Run “regedit” from from the run menu (Windows Key + R)

2) Navigate to the following path in regedit

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3) Find the key named “PendingFileRenameOperations” and Delete

4) Hit Re-run and you should be onto the next step of installation.