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Windows 7 to Make Your Ears Happy

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 49 comments

According to Microsoft, a high number of PC users experience audio clicks and pops when listening to music or watching a movie. Microsoft calls these audio anomalies "glitches."

Microsoft's Windows 7 blog team wrote:

Audio is especially sensitive. In order for you to hear music from your speakers, data needs to be delivered to your audio hardware approximately every 10 milliseconds, or 30 times in the blink of an eye! The challenge is that your PC is usually doing a lot of other things at the same time you’re listening to music, such as streaming that YouTube video or downloading that new song, and many of these other tasks have complex timing requirements as well. As you can imagine, it doesn’t take much – a slow network driver or a graphics driver that requires plenty of CPU time – to prevent your audio from reaching your ears in a continuous fashion.

Microsoft's Windows 7 blog team says that with the final release of Windows 7, users will experience better audio quality across the board. Microsoft's research team is working with several major PC vendors to get down to the root of the audio glitch problem but the company indicated that more than 4.3-percent of people had 10 or more glitches during each computing session.

Users alone weren't the only indicating factor for this study. Microsoft showed that laptop users experienced more glitching than desktop users. In fact, the number of laptop users experiencing glitches doubled that of desktop users.

More interesting is the fact that certain brands of computer makers showed my glitched units than others. Unfortunately, Microsoft did not reveal the names of the manufacturers that it studied.

Microsoft is doing a lot of things to improve the user experience of Windows. From revamping the taskbar to tweaking sound performance, Windows 7 final is shaping up to be a good update to Windows Vista.

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    jack102367 , June 22, 2009 7:52 PM
    @mrface

    Doesn't look like you do.
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    curnel_D , June 22, 2009 9:08 PM
    BadKharmaCDNI HAVE USED BETA'S AND RC FOR BOTH VISTA AND WIN7. CURRENTLY I AM USING WIN7 ON 2 SOCKET 478 MACHINES. NIETHER OF THEM HAVE ANY SOUND ISSUES THAT I CAN RECALL AFTER CORRECT/CURRENT DRIVERS ARE ADDED.AS A SIDE NOTE ... I HAVE TO SAY THAT I AM NOT VERY HAPPY WITH WIN7 EVEN AFTER TURNING OFF AS MANY OF THE UNNECESSARY BELLS , WHISTLES AND TRINKET APPS THAT I DO NOT WANT TO SEE OR USE.THE OS WORKS "OK" BUT IT IS STILL TOO SLOW FOR MY LIKEING AND HAS AN INTERFACE THAT IS TOO BUSY.

    Wow, thank you captain capslock.

    To quote a very powerful and educated man, "Seven sixteenths of one inch: That’s the distance you’d have to move your pinky in order to not sound like an idiot. I know the burden of pressing shift to capitalize is a great one, but c’mon, you can do better than that. I used to type emails in caps like yours, but then I decided that I didn’t want a job mixing concrete."
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    nirvanabah , June 22, 2009 7:54 PM
    mrfacedo you guys proofreaders or not?


    Is this intended to be ironic?

    But in response to the article, i'm impressed by all the little things MS is trying to do to make W7 that much more user friendly. Eventhough Vista wasn't as bad as people wish it was, and is great now after the SPs, they seemed to have learned a hard lesson from it.
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    thartist , June 22, 2009 7:35 PM
    Just use AIMP.
    Awesome, lightweight, and no glitches even in 100% CPU load. Gone are the Winamp glitchy days for me.
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    erigolhuhu , June 22, 2009 7:35 PM
    It is no secret that all the G50 and G71 line of ASUS notebook have a anoying poping noise!
  • 25 Hide
    jack102367 , June 22, 2009 7:52 PM
    @mrface

    Doesn't look like you do.
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    The_Blood_Raven , June 22, 2009 7:53 PM
    I don't usually critique the proofreading on articles, but DAMN!
  • 12 Hide
    nirvanabah , June 22, 2009 7:54 PM
    mrfacedo you guys proofreaders or not?


    Is this intended to be ironic?

    But in response to the article, i'm impressed by all the little things MS is trying to do to make W7 that much more user friendly. Eventhough Vista wasn't as bad as people wish it was, and is great now after the SPs, they seemed to have learned a hard lesson from it.
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    Grims , June 22, 2009 7:54 PM
    Enough proofreading comments, simply accept the fact they don't do it.
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    p05esto , June 22, 2009 7:57 PM
    who cares about proofing...they are diff language over at toms compared to US. Right??? I really don't know though :) 
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    Honis , June 22, 2009 7:59 PM
    Good article! Does this mean integrated sound cards will actually be worth using instead of buying nice hardware sound cards with release and forget drivers? I'm looking at you Creative!

    Unrelated:
    Has the double header problem come back or is this a extraneous glitch?
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    tweak13 , June 22, 2009 8:09 PM
    i swear to god if win7 isn't what its being hyped up to be.....
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    curnel_D , June 22, 2009 8:18 PM
    Toshiba is by the worst offender. Almost every Toshiba laptop I've worked on has had this issue. And many more have some serious issues with any playback at all, despite the computer being idle otherwise.
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    curnel_D , June 22, 2009 8:20 PM
    p05estowho cares about proofing...they are diff language over at toms compared to US. Right??? I really don't know though

    The toms hardware you're reading has articles based out of the US and English speaking EU offices. There arent really any excuses for it.
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    Wayoffbase , June 22, 2009 8:36 PM
    tweak13i swear to god if win7 isn't what its being hyped up to be.....

    Considering that you can use it right now,... yes, it pretty much is. It's not going to do your dishes, make you lunch, or turn your aging budget machine into a supercomputer, but yea it's the best version of windows to date.
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    kezix_69 , June 22, 2009 8:53 PM
    GrimsEnough proofreading comments, simply accept the fact they don't do it.

    yeah really - this article gets its point across. Good enough for me.
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    curnel_D , June 22, 2009 9:08 PM
    BadKharmaCDNI HAVE USED BETA'S AND RC FOR BOTH VISTA AND WIN7. CURRENTLY I AM USING WIN7 ON 2 SOCKET 478 MACHINES. NIETHER OF THEM HAVE ANY SOUND ISSUES THAT I CAN RECALL AFTER CORRECT/CURRENT DRIVERS ARE ADDED.AS A SIDE NOTE ... I HAVE TO SAY THAT I AM NOT VERY HAPPY WITH WIN7 EVEN AFTER TURNING OFF AS MANY OF THE UNNECESSARY BELLS , WHISTLES AND TRINKET APPS THAT I DO NOT WANT TO SEE OR USE.THE OS WORKS "OK" BUT IT IS STILL TOO SLOW FOR MY LIKEING AND HAS AN INTERFACE THAT IS TOO BUSY.

    Wow, thank you captain capslock.

    To quote a very powerful and educated man, "Seven sixteenths of one inch: That’s the distance you’d have to move your pinky in order to not sound like an idiot. I know the burden of pressing shift to capitalize is a great one, but c’mon, you can do better than that. I used to type emails in caps like yours, but then I decided that I didn’t want a job mixing concrete."
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2009 9:09 PM
    Article number 24354783467 describing how awesome Windows 7 will be.
    Microsoft learned a lesson with Vista.
    I´m quitting this site.
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    deputc26 , June 22, 2009 9:24 PM
    My Dell Vostro cracks and pops constantly, I sent it in twice and they were like "we'll fix it" then they sent it back saying "we did nothing because we couldn't find the problem" no doubt there hdd had a brand new OS and no other progs in the background.

    annoying
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    jhansonxi , June 22, 2009 9:56 PM
    This sounds like (excuse the pun) a software bug fix more than anything else. Of course, economy AC '97 devices aren't helping.
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    Wayoffbase , June 22, 2009 10:42 PM
    BadKharmaCDNI HAVE USED BETA'S AND RC FOR BOTH VISTA AND WIN7. CURRENTLY I AM USING WIN7 ON 2 SOCKET 478 MACHINES. NIETHER OF THEM HAVE ANY SOUND ISSUES THAT I CAN RECALL AFTER CORRECT/CURRENT DRIVERS ARE ADDED.AS A SIDE NOTE ... I HAVE TO SAY THAT I AM NOT VERY HAPPY WITH WIN7 EVEN AFTER TURNING OFF AS MANY OF THE UNNECESSARY BELLS , WHISTLES AND TRINKET APPS THAT I DO NOT WANT TO SEE OR USE.THE OS WORKS "OK" BUT IT IS STILL TOO SLOW FOR MY LIKEING AND HAS AN INTERFACE THAT IS TOO BUSY.

    How old is socket 478? Your's is obviously a situation where you would want to stick with XP. An moldy old OS for moldy old hardware.
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