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Volume fluctuations

Discussion in 'Audio' started by traumer, Jun 16, 2003.

  1. traumer

    traumer Member

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    I am getting random volume fluctuations from any file i play-be it MP3 from hard drive or from internet radio.

    I changed to new winamp player and it still occurs, also happens with real player.

    Is this a dying soundcard or is there a virus that targets Mp3's?

    thank you for any help.
     
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    tigre Moderator Staff Member

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    You say "random volume fluctuations". I assume this means if you play back a file twice the fluctuation is different. If this is the case it's probably something hardware-related. To get more security about this you could
    - try if it still occurs on a clean fresh Windows installation (up to date sound drivers etc.) - back up your boot/system partition before. ;) or use another HDD for testing
    - try foobar2000: http://foobar2000.hydrogenaudio.org
    You can choose different output modes (DirectSound, WaveOut, Kernel Streaming) and find out if the problem lies there.
    - try other audio formats than mp3 (Ogg Vorbis, Musepack ...)
    - open Windows Volume Control (doubleclick on speaker symbol) and watch if some sliders move while playback (-> virus ?)
     
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    I have done some experimenting with different file types and even played some video.

    I had wondered about a virus because i had downloaded some music, but when i played a cd I had bought it did the same thing.

    I have found a volume fluctuation with all types, so I am convinced this is a hardware problem.

    Te machine has onboard sound and i think the sound 'card' is at the end of it's life.

    Thanks for your help you helped me narrow it down and more properly trouble shoot.
     

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