I have a Asus Xonar DS and when i am in my windows XP install i have found that my sound subsystem does not respond well. I have this weird crackling static distortion when any sound is played. When this happened i uninstalled / reinstalled then rolled back the drivers to the last release and it seemingly worked fine for a day. However i am back to having a sound distortion. I know the hardware is fine as my Linux Distro Sound Works and i use these speakers for my tv as well as they have separate hardware channels.