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New Athlon 64 X2 4400 CPU causing sound/video problems

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October 17, 2007 10:00:36 PM


I replaced my Athlon 64 3500 CPU in my eMachines T6524 with an Athlon 64 X2 4400 CPU. When I go to run Doom 3, the sound is garbly, crackly, and the video has performance problems, it runs slower. If I bypass the Live-24 card and use onboard AC97 audio, there's no crackly sounds. However, the sound quality is not as good as the Live-24 was before the CPU upgrade. I am at my wit's end.

What should I do?

Radeon 1900 GT
SoundBlaster Live 24-bit
3 GB RAM
200 GB HDD
October 17, 2007 11:13:02 PM

CyberPilgrim said:
I replaced my Athlon 64 3500 CPU in my eMachines T6524 with an Athlon 64 X2 4400 CPU. When I go to run Doom 3, the sound is garbly, crackly, and the video has performance problems, it runs slower. If I bypass the Live-24 card and use onboard AC97 audio, there's no crackly sounds. However, the sound quality is not as good as the Live-24 was before the CPU upgrade. I am at my wit's end.

What should I do?

Radeon 1900 GT
SoundBlaster Live 24-bit
3 GB RAM
200 GB HDD




AMD released a dual core driver that should fix your problem. Go to AMD.com and check out Support.
October 17, 2007 11:27:50 PM

>> What should I do?

Upgrade to intel.
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October 17, 2007 11:34:29 PM

niz said:
>> What should I do?

Upgrade to intel.



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October 17, 2007 11:42:52 PM

niz said:
>> What should I do?

Upgrade to intel.



You're not very helpful. :non: 

You are a troll! :pfff: 

I'm going to leave negative feedback on you... :kaola: 
October 18, 2007 12:11:10 AM

I had an issue with NWN going berserk when I upgraded to an X2-4400+ (that was over 2 years ago!) An updated AMD driver should do the trick like a previous poster said.
October 18, 2007 1:02:08 AM

I loaded AMD Dual-Core Optimizer and also AMD Athlon™ 64 X2 Dual Core Processor Driver Version 1.3.2.0053 for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 (x86 and x64). After rebooting, I am still encountering the problem.

I called MSI, and they told me they don't have a BIOS patch for this board as it was custom made for eMachines. Chatting with eMachines got me nowhere, so I sent them an e-mail. I hope they can get me a BIOS patch, as this is what AMD recommended.

Does anyone have any other ideas?
October 18, 2007 9:22:41 AM

I'd recommend not holding your breath.
I really can't see eMachines doing any BIOS patches unless it's effecting every or most machines of a certain model.
Can't see them doing anything as they sell machines pretty much "as is". They make small enough margins anyway so i don't think they would spend money to support third party additions to their systems.
I'm really just assuming that they won't as i've had no real experience and how these boards are supported by the big OEM PC sellers.
Bound to be someone on these boards who has though.
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October 18, 2007 11:28:09 AM

Does your eMachine support that CPU?
October 18, 2007 12:17:11 PM

Proprietary motherboards are rarely great for upgrades with a few exceptions. You have tried assigning a different irq and using a different slot for your sound card, I am sure.
October 18, 2007 9:36:05 PM

Actually, onestar, I didn't before. After reading your post, I did, and it corrected the problem.

Question is why? Before, the IRQ was 21, and now it is 20. Is the correction due to the physical moving to another slot, or to the new IRQ assignment? Why would this correct the problem? It it like a traffic jam, and by moving the card or changing the IRQ it freed up another lane for traffic?

Thanks for your input, one and all!
October 19, 2007 5:22:32 PM

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