My system is the following:
Core 2 Duo e6420 @2.9Ghz lightly overclocked
2x2GB DDR2-1066 RAM
Sapphire Radeon HD5850 Xtreme
2x 1TB Samsung F3
1x 640GB Western Digital Caviar
Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic PCI
Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
I am having significant issues with my sound card. These started about 6 months ago and have happened occasionally since.
When I turn my computer occasionally the only sound I can hear through my headphones is a very loud static or screeching sound, with the original sound which should be playing very faintly audible in the background.
No matter what volume level I have set, this screeching sound is almost deafening.
Apart from this, however, I haven't had any problems with the soundcard.
I have the my motherboard's realtek HD audio disabled in the BIOS and uninstalled in windows. I have tried various Creative X-Fi drivers, none have completely fixed this issue. Uninstalling and reinstalling the Creative drivers fixes the issue on the next reboot but the screech will come back within a week or two.
I did not have this issue on my previous Creative Audigy 2 ZS sound card.
According to Device Manager the X-Fi is using IRQ 23, along with the ICH9 USB controller hub.
I have tried moving the X-Fi to the only other PCI slot which isn't in the way of my graphics card, but that results in the system hanging on the windows loading screen.
Any advice on how to fix this issue would be greatly appreciated.