In all my years of working on computers this one is starting to make me go mad. here's what i'm trying to figure out. about a week ago im playing in a BF3 skrim match and all of a sudden i get this horrible static sound (like an FM transmitter is out of range) coming from my headset. i think nothing of it at the time so i just switched audio sources. 2 days ago i popped in my LOTR trilogy DVD and 30 minutes into the movie. this time on a completely different audio source the same exact thing happens. i can still hear the audio from the source but it riddled in static and its happening more and more rapidly. Any Idea's or solutions you may have run across with similar situation would be great. So far i've narrowed it down to something with the hardware. Linux also suffers from the same issue, it seems to recover but then immediately becomes more static'e. windows remains constant with the static until you restart the audio source then its fine for X minutes. the problem occurs more frequently in Mult-Channel audio sources the Center always seems to be the first to go followed by the rear, then side, then front..thankfully the sub isn't affected. ive done Virus Scans, and im clean aside from a false positive, which i know what it is.