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    Audio Experts Help Needed

    Well everything has been running AWESOME! since Sept '05. All of a sudden yesterday I go run my GPS and the songs start advancing to the next song in the list every 5 seconds or so....Not sure why.

    Well I rebooted trying to get out of this rut. Now my audio is all messed up. I thought I blew and amp or my Creative MP3 + external USB device. But every item I connect to it a laptop or an MP3 player sounds great. Now the issue lies with my PC.

    What happened to now cause my sound to sound hollow with the voices faded in the back ground and the music playing load. I tried Media Player and it sounds just like Winamp.

    I loaded updated Creative drivers since I was using the default with Windows XP and that didn't help. I need serious help here because I am out of ideas to try. I was going to reload RR but at this point I don't think that will help because it happens independent of RR.

    Short of reloading my OS I'm not sure how to fix what went wrong.

    Thanks for any ideas other than above I can try.

    Chuck

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    It does sound like a software issue to me. Have you tried Windows Media Player Classic?
    C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player\mplayer2.exe

    I think it is related to whatever is decoding the mp3's. Either it is using the wrong decoder or it got all fuddled up somehow. You might try uninstalling any extra software you think might be causing an issue. Media Players, codec packs, etc...
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    This is a total driver issue uninstall it delete your temp directory delete the actual creative directory and start over. The fact that it works fine on the laptop shows that it works with a clean install. You can also look around here and online for flushing creative drivers and starting over.

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    Thanks for some of the advice. I tried the MP Classic and it does the same thing. Now I'm only getting audio out of the left side of my vehicle. I agree the drivers are totally hosed.

    I will look around on how to flush the drivers all out, if someone has a direct link to it and knows it works please provide it here. Not sure what happened in RR or if it is even RR related but it was working fine until I loaded GPS so it could be RR or even iG I guess. Just very weird.

    Thanks,
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    Well I tried flushing the drivers out and it did not work at resolving my issue. I am totally lost as to what went wrong. The voices are still hollow and it the back ground. It's very weird, as the rest of the audio sounds OK. The voice will be ok if I move the L/R all the way to the LEFT. As soon as I go back to the center line it will start fading into the background again. Almost like the L/R is canceling each other out.

    Looks like the only option is an OS reload. ARGH!!

    First serious issue so I guess it could be worse like this happening in the middle of winter

    I'll hang on for a day or so to see if anyone might have additional things to try based on the details I provided. Again if I take my laptop and hook my USB MP3+ to it all the music works great and I can fade L/R without any problems.

    Chuck

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    You can always try pluggin a different sound card in place and removing/disabling the other one to see if it works -- probably will, but then you'd have to have a sound card on another computer or just laying around to try it.
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    I was also going to say that try the onboard card.
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    I tried two different USB audio cards both by Creative and both did the same. I have not tried the onboard audio for Epia 12k.

    I'm thinking the driver issue may not be a creative issue but maybe those resident within XP. Not sure how to fix that.

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    You basicly didn't do anything by using another creative card. There drivers are **** anyone here would agree. Go try your onboard driver simple try will let you know.
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    OK I installed the onboard AC97 drivers and I have the same problem.

    I think I'm out of options. Time for a reload

    Thanks for all the ideas.

    Chuck

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