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some new things to check on now. Temperature sounds promising. Resysteming sounds harrowing,
just switched from XP last year
My system is Vista 64 (shame, I know, but it was OEM & I need to be legal on that gear) and you are right about the bloaty mess that is Creatives driver. But AFAIK the right version, set to least intrusive processing. Uninstall was done with its own, a 3D gamer page tool, then manual double check. My Linux is Mint Mate, throws the same tiffs, albeit less often, when crunching music or movies, puts the same pops in Audacity tracks. Uni threw out 3 of those buckets, thus I had the privilege ✔ of a HDD transplant, other mobo, ATI to Nvidia graphics and fresh RAM etc. but nothing changed. And on-board sound has the same problem, now that's esoteric.
Is there any stress test / compatibility tool pertinent to Creative or more generic? Any audiovisual people who had to deal with ram-bus-output bottlenecks? For all the Sherlocks here - if I recall correctly, it first happened when testing a speech synthesis thingie running on OpenAL, crashing with the noise of (image attached).
In other news, today my laptop screen went grayscale (after rotating the display with trusty old Nvidia 7.6.730 riding 8600M GT) and is now stuck on that. All good at loadytime, then just after login it switches back. Win7-64 on pre-unibody Madbook Pro.
WHAT DO don't bother, it's a good look, really.
FMLifecycle.. time to make money for a new rig eh. INNIT