Windows 7 sound garbled and distorted. Tried everything.

Hello,
I'm having the most insane issue with sounds in Windows 7. All of a sudden out of the blue it seemed like my headphones started dropping half the channels. I can hear mostly high pitched sounds but bass and especially voices are very quiet, laggy and distorted.

What's killing me is I can't find out why.

I've tried different headphones, but every pair does the same thing.

I've used different audio jacks (reconfigured in registry) no difference.

I thought the onboard Realtek card might have had it so I bought a new Creative sound card. Exactly the same thing.

I've installed and reinstalled new drivers, codecs and anything else I can think of.

I even booted into my Vista partition and the sound there is screwed too now.

Have I just killed some part of the motherboard somehow? I can't see how it could be anything else.
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  1. Processor
    Processor name Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
    Processor speed 2400
    Processor vendor GenuineIntel
    Processor count (cores) 2
    Processor ID Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6

    Other info
    RAM size 4.00 GB
    DirectX version 4.09.00.0904
    HDD - Windows partition 500 GB
    HDD - Largest disk 500 GB
    Video RAM 1 GB
    Windows version Windows 7 (6.1.7601)
    Regional settings English Australian
    Windows language English United States


    Bios
    1. Name Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
    Manufacturer Award Software International, Inc.
    Version GBT - 42302e31
    Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
    Release date Jul 17 2008
    SMBIOSBIOSVersion F6
    SMBIOSMajorVersion 2
    SMBIOSMinorVersion 4
    Bios features PCI is supported
    Plug and Play is supported
    APM is supported
    BIOS is Upgradable (Flash)
    BIOS shadowing is allowed
    Boot from CD is supported
    Selectable Boot is supported
    EDD (Enhanced Disk Drive) Specification is supported
    Int 13h - 5.25 / 360 KB Floppy Services are supported
    Int 13h - 5.25 /1.2MB Floppy Services are supported
    Int 13h - 3.5 / 720 KB Floppy Services are supported
    Int 13h - 3.5 / 2.88 MB Floppy Services are supported
    Int 5h, Print Screen Service is supported
    Int 9h, 8042 Keyboard services are supported
    Int 14h, Serial Services are supported
    Int 17h, printer services are supported
    Int 10h, CGA/Mono Video Services are supported
    ACPI is supported
    USB Legacy is supported
    LS-120 boot is supported
    ATAPI ZIP Drive boot is supported


    Base board
    1. Name Base Board
    Manufacturer Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
    Product 965P-DS3P
    Version x.x
    Is hosting board True


    Processor
    1. Name Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
    Caption Intel64 Family 6 Model 15 Stepping 6
    L2 cache size 4.00 KB
    Manufacturer GenuineIntel
    Processor ID BFEBFBFF000006F6
    Address width 64


    Disk drive
    1. Caption ST3250620AS ATA Device
    Description Disk drive
    Capabilities Random Access
    Supports Writing
    Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
    Model ST3250620AS ATA Device
    Size 250 GB

    2. Caption ST3500418AS ATA Device
    Description Disk drive
    Capabilities Random Access
    Supports Writing
    Manufacturer (Standard disk drives)
    Model ST3500418AS ATA Device
    Size 500 GB


    Display configuration
    1. Caption NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260


    Video controller
    1. Name NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    Adapter RAM 896.00 MB
    Video processor GeForce GTX 260
    Availability Running or Full Power

    Sound device
    1. Name SB 5.1 VX


    Operating system
    1. Caption Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium
    G:\Windows
    \Device\Harddisk0\Partition1
    OS architecture 64-bit
  2. Did you download the latest drivers from Gigabyte, the Realtek sound cards have been known to be a bit finicky unless using the latest drivers. I always update to the latset version directly from Realtek.
  3. Yes. I even went out and bought a new soundcard. No joy.
  4. hi jasta07.

    Is it worth to try what I found to fix the distorted sound on Windows 7? I posted on my website http://www.edwinraja.com
  5. jasta07 said:
    Hello,
    I'm having the most insane issue with sounds in Windows 7. All of a sudden out of the blue it seemed like my headphones started dropping half the channels. I can hear mostly high pitched sounds but bass and especially voices are very quiet, laggy and distorted.

    What's killing me is I can't find out why.

    I've tried different headphones, but every pair does the same thing.

    I've used different audio jacks (reconfigured in registry) no difference.

    I thought the onboard Realtek card might have had it so I bought a new Creative sound card. Exactly the same thing.

    I've installed and reinstalled new drivers, codecs and anything else I can think of.

    I even booted into my Vista partition and the sound there is screwed too now.

    Have I just killed some part of the motherboard somehow? I can't see how it could be anything else.


    did you manage to fix this problem? i have it too =(
  6. I came here looking for help to correct W/8.1 sound distortion, and found this worked: http://www.wikihow.com/Fix-Muddy-Sound-With-Real-Tech-Audio-and-Windows-7
  7. Hey, I was having the same issue, and went into sound settings>speakers>enhancements> then turned virtual surround on then off, no more underwater sounds.
  8. slims said:
    Hey, I was having the same issue, and went into sound settings>speakers>enhancements> then turned virtual surround on then off, no more underwater sounds.


    I guess the MS idea of "enhancements" can do that.
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