Sound crackling until reboot then fine until shutdown


I am not sure if this is in the correct section but here is the problem:

When I start my computer everything runs fine until I play a game like World of Warcraft (3D game). After about 1/2 hour I start to hear some sound crackling. The mouse starts to stick, the system becomes unresponsive. If I do not do anything eventually it will freeze, sometimes resulting in a blue screen. When I first hear the sound popping, I have enough time to quickly exit the game, restart my computer, re-enter the game and then the problem does not re-occur.

In other words, it only comes about after a cold boot.

So, nowadays, I start my PC, then I restart it and I can safely do whatever on it with no fear of it crashing. If I do not restart it, then within 1/2 hour it will crash.

Some specs:
2 X 260's
Onboard sound/LAN

I have updated everything.

Any ideas?
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  1. PSU? brand? model?
    Have you checked your cards temps?
  2. Hi,

    Actually I once knew how to do this but its been several years. How do I check temps again?

    Out of curiosity, if the temps were too high, how does the restart fix it? I would have thought that the problem would be consistent if the temps were too high.

    Here are my more detailed specs:

    Case ( Ikonik Zaria A20 Aluminum Gaming Tower Case w/420W Power Supply Black )
    Power Supply ( 850 Watt -- Corsair CMPSU-850TX Power Supply Quad SLI Ready )
    Processor ( Intel® Core™ i7 920 Processor (4x 2.66GHz/8MB L3 Cache) )
    Processor Cooling ( Coolermaster V8 CPU Cooling Fan System )
    Motherboard ( Asus P6T Intel X58 Chipset CrossFire and SLI Supported w/7.1 Sound, Triple-Channel DDR3, Gb LAN, S-ATA Raid, USB 2.0, 3-Way SLI PCI-E MB 3-Way SLI )
    Memory ( 6 GB [2 GB X3] DDR3-1333 Triple Memory Module Corsair XMS3 Dominator w/DHX technology )
    Video Card ( 2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260 896MB w/DVI + TV Out Video - running SLI mode )
    Video Card Brand ( EVGA Powered by NVIDIA )
    Hard Drive ( 500 GB HARD DRIVE [Serial-ATA-II, 3Gb, 7200 RPM, 16M Cache] )
    Sound Card ( 3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard )
    Network Card ( Onboard LAN Network (Gb or 10/100) )
    Advanced Build Options ( Tuniq TX-2 High Performance Thermal Compound The best interface between your CPU and the heatsinks )
  3. you can use program called CPU-Z:

    see what is your current temps...
  4. How does this look?

    Hardware monitor Winbond W83627DHG
    Voltage 0 1.06 Volts [0x84] (CPU VCORE)
    Voltage 1 1.71 Volts [0xD6] (VIN1)
    Voltage 2 3.33 Volts [0xD0] (+3.3V)
    Voltage 3 4.94 Volts [0xCE] (+5V)
    Voltage 4 11.82 Volts [0xD4] (+12V)
    Voltage 6 1.90 Volts [0xEE] (VIN6)
    Temperature 0 53°C (127°F) [0x35] (SYSTIN)
    Temperature 1 39°C (101°F) [0x4D] (CPUTIN)
    Temperature 2 30°C (85°F) [0x1C5] (AUXTIN)
    Fan 0 1197 RPM [0x8D] (SYSFANIN)
    Fan 1 1962 RPM [0x2B] (CPUFANIN0)

    Hardware monitor Intel Core i7 920
    Power 0 29.27 W (Processor)
    Temperature 0 38°C (100°F) [0x3E] (Core #0)
    Temperature 1 36°C (96°F) [0x40] (Core #1)
    Temperature 2 41°C (105°F) [0x3B] (Core #2)
    Temperature 3 39°C (102°F) [0x3D] (Core #3)

    Hardware monitor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    Temperature 0 63°C (145°F) (GPU Core)

    Hardware monitor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    Temperature 0 62°C (143°F) (GPU Core)
  5. well, your report says that your card temp is 63'C, right?
    when idle or when you are in game?

    When you are gaming and you hear crackling sound again, alt+tab to get in windows desktop and see what temps did you get...
  6. OK, when I am in game, and I start to hear the crackling I got these temps:

    Hardware monitor Winbond W83627DHG
    Voltage 0 1.05 Volts [0x83] (CPU VCORE)
    Voltage 1 1.72 Volts [0xD7] (VIN1)
    Voltage 2 3.33 Volts [0xD0] (+3.3V)
    Voltage 3 4.97 Volts [0xCF] (+5V)
    Voltage 4 11.88 Volts [0xD5] (+12V)
    Voltage 6 2.03 Volts [0xFE] (VIN6)
    Temperature 0 61°C (141°F) [0x3D] (SYSTIN)
    Temperature 1 33°C (91°F) [0x42] (CPUTIN)
    Temperature 2 48°C (118°F) [0x1A0] (AUXTIN)
    Fan 0 1197 RPM [0x8D] (SYSFANIN)
    Fan 1 1918 RPM [0x2C] (CPUFANIN0)

    Hardware monitor Intel Core i7 920
    Power 0 38.93 W (Processor)
    Temperature 0 40°C (104°F) [0x3C] (Core #0)
    Temperature 1 39°C (102°F) [0x3D] (Core #1)
    Temperature 2 43°C (109°F) [0x39] (Core #2)
    Temperature 3 41°C (105°F) [0x3B] (Core #3)

    Hardware monitor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    Temperature 0 79°C (174°F) (GPU Core)

    Hardware monitor NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
    Temperature 0 65°C (149°F) (GPU Core)

    At this point I just reboot and the PC is fine....until I shut it down and boot it up cold again.
  7. hmm, your temps are still normal...
    No overheating.

    Try swapping your card and then boot again to let you play, after that see if the problem still exist...
    Did you install the latest driver?

    This is happened only in 1 game or the other games as well?
  8. It happens in anything that is "video intensive" which is why I posted it in this forum. So it happens in any MMO 3D game and if I play a 2 hour movie for example. If I don't do those things, the computer works just fine.

    It is the weirdest thing. If I cold boot and then do a restart then I do not have the problem and can play all day long.

    I have also noticed that if I boot up, then shut down completely, then boot up again, I do not have the problem.

    If I leave the computer all alone for a few hours and let it go to sleep...then come back and start playing some game I will have the problem.

    To me, it almost seems like it whenever the parts get "cold" I have the problem.

    Sounds crazy I know.

    The symptoms are the sound popping/crackling. Then the mouse starts to stick. Then eventually the system freezes or blue screens. At the first sound of sound popping I have about 5-6 minutes until it becomes completely unstable. If I exit the game without rebooting I can continue to use the system normally but if I go back into the game then shortly I will start to hear the popping again. Restarting the computer fixes the issue every single time.

    All of my drivers are completely up to date.
  9. strange, i don't understand about this "cold" thing...

    Anyone can help us?
  10. Guys, he said he sometimes get BSOD's. Odds are, memory is bad/incompatable with the motherboard. Heck, sounds a lot like the freezing issue on nforce motherboards...[Crackling followed by total lockup, occasional BSOD].

    I'd run a memory test, and try giving the RAM/NB a bit more voltage. [Thats how i fixed my 790i, at least...]
  11. I've tested the memory. Seems fine.

    But if it was the memory, why does the system work fine after doing a restart?

    I almost feel that it is some kind of service that runs like once/day or every few hours that somehow locks up the system. That would explain why the restart fixes it.
  12. I have exactly the same issue. I have tried diferent sound cards, and USB sound. And I have tried 2 different graphic cards from Nvidia. GTX 275 and GTX 460. Same problem. The sound is getting crackling noise in games after about 15-30 minutes play. This only happens when I boots up my PC when its cold. After a reboot its ok. THis happens everytime.
    So what can it be? Its anoying and I want a solution to this problem :??:
  13. I went for several months just doing the boot up and then immediately reboot thing until last month when I finally broke down and bought a Macbook Pro. I'm done with the issue and I haven't been happier. At least I can count on the hardware working properly.

    I believe it is something with the RAM and/or Vid Card but I still cannot understand why it only happens after a cold boot.
  14. I am facing the same problem :-( I do not think there is a problem with RAM ,because after the restart it is all fine. The same reason is for the temperature. I have also the Asus motherboard P6T and NVIDIA GTX480 so I think there is a link to Nvidia drivers or Asus Six sense sw. But it is difficult to verify it as after the restart the problem does not appear. I have updated all chipset drivers and re-install Nvidia HD audio drivers. I played for few hours without any problem. We will see today what is going to happend and I let you know.
  15. I have the same problem as well I was wondering if anyone has come up with a solution? I have a Asus computer with 2 nvidia gtx 260s and the computer works fine for 10 minutes then freezes up sometimes giving me a blue screen and I have to shutoff power and restart it. After restart the computer works fine please help!!
  16. Hey, im having the same issue, after a cold boot sometimes the sound is messed up and the mouse lags then if i dont restart i get a blue screen... its been hapening sence i started using win 7 64bit its preety annoying... just wondering if any 1 found a fix :) specs are
    core i7 920 2.66 (no oc)
    6gb 1333 (no oc) ram
    1tb wd caviar black (the new 1)
    ati 4890 (xfx)
    asus p6t se mb
    creative xfi champion series

    everything updated last thing i can think of is maybe the bios is in need of updating even tho these boards are preety new...
    i use windows 7 as i said and i doint think thats the issue...
    im open to ideas (tho have tried a lot)...
  17. Same issue here, driving me nuts. Being in a game by itself doesn't do it, but doing something intensive like fighting almost immediately brings the crackling and within about 5 minutes, the computer crashes. It doesn't matter if the effects are maxxed or minimized, same issue. After the reboot, I'm good for the rest of the day. In 20 years of building computers, this is the first one I've ever had this issue on.

    Anybody found a solution yet?
  18. Doesn't look like it.
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