Dell :: Audio Latency /Solutions With All Studio & Studio XPS
Feb 24, 2009
Recently i ordered a Dell Studio XPS and like many of you with dell's,my main use was to be for audio production,dj'ing or any sort of thing pertaining to music.After ordering and then reading up online,ALOT of people are having problems getting the latency and/or pops skips & jumps out of their sound source.
Some say the problems lie within the Lan card,some say video card.And most importantly,Dell does not have an answer to the problem because they are not trained to understand audio type situations(Unfortunately).So...Here is where we are going to solve this thing(or try really hard because besides that...these are prett good laptops otherwise) Once i get mine in the next 3 days,im going to tell you what i did because i WILL fix it or at least try hard and fail.
I decided to upgrade to Windows Vista Ultimate after having run XP Pro on my M1530 for the past 6 months. XP ran flawlessly on the machine, but I wanted to bring the software up to speed with what's currently on the market.
So far everything is fine except for on minor issue. I am having a random spikes of DPC latency that are causing a brief 'stutter' or 'crackle' when playing audio or video files.
The problem was initially quite bad, but after installing the drivers found at Crackle Sound FIX for the WLAN 1505 card the problem has gotten significantly better. But as you can see, it is still an issue:
I've posted about this problem in several forums but thought I'd try for a solution here..
Essentially my issue is with a continuous DPC latency spike every 5 seconds on my laptop..
Normally, it wouldn't be an issue -- but I'm using this laptop for high-end real-time DJing and it causes a "pop" when I'm playing (using Traktor Scratch.) More info about what I've tried already, fully detailed in this post on Native Instruments forum here.....
Frustrated by my audio skipping on my E6500 I started going through various threads (some quite large)
trying to gather solutions that people say worked for them. I wanted to start a new thread contain solutions and links to the referencing thread to help centralize the data.
Hopefully someone might find this more useful than digging through pages and pages of conversations!
I have tried most if not all these solutions and none have worked for me. I still have 1 skip every minute or 2 and cannot listen to a single mp3 without it at least having a single skip somewhere in it.
The issue is most noticeable when I'm listening to my music, in any program. It gets unbearable at times. However, when I stream videos or watch DVDs, the issues seems much less prevalent. Actually, there will be times where I really can't notice the issue at all while streaming video or watching DVDs. Then again, sometimes the issue just goes away entirely. But it has always come back. Basically, it's very inconsistent, but it's a problem.
The sound is a very distinct popping noise, which sometimes occurs in sets of around 3-6 right in a row, or it can sometimes be very sporadic. Also, my audio sometimes tends to "skip," usually when click on buttons, open programs, view certain web pages, or move my mouse over certain things. It's unpredictable.
I'm pretty stumped as to what could be causing it. The annoying part is that I had this issue when I first got my laptop several months ago. However, I managed to fix it. I think by disabling the IDT power management settings. But, my hard drive died on me, so I got a replacement from HP. Ever since the replacement, the problem has been back.
I have the GQ61-420US with the 320M dual processor, IDT sound chip with latest driver, plus updated video driver (etc.) now running Win7 64, and have a strange audio delay problem, first discovered when attempting multi-tracking music. In fact, if I just have the monitoring enabled on the built-in microphone, and tap on the computer there is about a 1/10 sec. delay when it comes out of the speaker. I downloaded a latency checker program mentioned elsewhere on this board, but it doesn't show much of a problem. I don't believe the CPU is overtaxed here, and believe it might be driver-related. I've checked the IDT control panel, which is rather bare-bones, having no settings for effects such as delay that I might have inadvertantly checked.
Intel Core 2 Duo P8600 (3MB cache/2.4GHz/1066Mhz FSB) Obsidian Black with Leather Accent 4GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1067MHz (2 Dimms) Edge-to-Edge HD Widescreen 16" WLED LCD 720p (1366x768) w/ 2.0 MP camera ATI Mobility RADEON HD 3670 - 512MB 320GB 7200 RPM SATA Hard Drive Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium Edition SP1, 64-bit (with free Windows 7 upgrade by October 2009) 8X DVD+/- RW (DVD/CD read/write) Slot Load Drive Intel 5100 WLAN Wireless-N (1x2) Half Mini Card Dell Wireless 370 Bluetooth Module (2.1+EDR) HD audio
and I've noticed some issues with my audio.
in short, many system sounds (logon/logoff/skype/facebook) are accompanied by a brief static blip before and after the sound (like it's initatiated and ended), and this becomes a bigger problem when I'm watching a movie or listening to music: When a system sound comes on, it interrupts what I have on already, causing a hiccup or break, and then returning to my previous sounds/audio.
I recently took a look at my IDT HD audio program in Control Panel. I could disable the enhanced audio, but then when the system sounds come on again, the window "flashes" a bit, the sound interrupts again, and the enhanced sound automatically re-enables itself! I am pretty sure this is the root of the problem. I turned off IDT HD Audio in my startup/services, so now I'm running on regular sound, and the audio interruption/hiccup issues are gone.
Did anyone else here notice similar issues with their XPS 16 IDT HD audio?
i am pretty desperate. the audio seems to be broken. i reinstalled the driverstwice so far, and after booting it usually works for like 20min or so. after that it just clams up and there is no more audio coming from the speaks.
skype crashes. it must be a driver or hardware thing, i dont think that problem is a software conflict since i tried uninstalling skype too.
what should i do? once it stops working only rebooting helps. for like 20min ...
I own a studio xps 1645 i720qm 4gb ram with ati 1gb 4670 card. My speakers are pissing me off. I can only hear sound through my head phones. my speakers arent working. Worst case i tired diagnostics tools at the bios startup and during the tests i hear the sounds?!?!??! when I log in my speakers just go dead. I checked IDT panel and it shows that my headphones are plugged in when they really arent. I called Dell rep to help the replaced my speakers and after a week im having the same problem again. I kind of doubt my HDMI port cause the last time this happened was right wafter i watched movies in my TV through my laptop. please guys help me out this is pissing me off soo much..im starting to regret getting this machine. IM experiencing constant freeze-ups too. some times when i go from adapter power to batter power (Power saver mode specially) and some times it randomly freezes (CONSTANTLY). Please help me somehow. I tried even a fresh install.
Of course you think it's perfect out-of-the box, but as time progresses you start to notice the small imperfections. I only have a few issues with my Studio 1737, but this is one of them. If I am playing music, say from iTunes or the Zune Software, and I try to eject a CD or DVD, the audio will skip or stutter for about two seconds. This happens without fail, %100 of the time. Am I the only one experiencing this, or is it something that I will have to deal with? It really is not major since I rarely have a DVD or CD to eject, since my music is on harddrive already, but I noticed it when I ripped a DVD for my Zune.
hey guys im really in a sort of desperate mood, after having tried out every possible driver and sound config i still got the same issue.
whenever i play videos with any sort of player oder listen to music or just have a plain average skype voice convo my loudspeakers create strange "rattling" noises. its like as if the loudspeakers wud at a certain frequency always bump against the interior of the laptop casing.
having my loudspeakers + subwoofer replaced didnt change anything. nor did the mobo replacement have any effect on anything.
i seriously dont know what to do, dell told me its "normal" !!?? I mean WHAT THE F ? even my 3 year old acer can play sounds without rattling noises on maximum volume.
sounds where these rattling noises happen to be most appalling are skype tones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucuIc255QNk .....
I have the system listed in my signature running Windows 7 Ultimate and I am having the worst time with pops and crackles sporadically throughout songs during playback. I originally thought it might have been iTunes so I have tried a few other programs with the same results. It almost seems as though it cracks every time my computer has to "think".
On a clean install of Windows 7 x64 RTM the latest driver available from Dell support (v22.214.171.12462, A14) seems to crash at random intervals. Only a reboot fixes the problem. It makes running the IDT drivers almost impossible but there are some features such as analogue 5.1 which I can't do without.
What I found quite interesting in the cnet review is that their performance testing of the Dell 1569 was second place just behind the Toshiba E205-S1904 (the other Best Buy Blue Label). I do not understand why, the specs are basically the exact same specs, EXCEPT our Dell has a 500gb 7,200rpm hard drive while the Toshiba has a 500gb 5,400 rpm hard drive. I would think, if anything our performance would be slightly better than the Toshiba because of our 7,200rpm hard drive. All the other specs are the same.
So, with that being said, why did the Toshiba have slightly better performance numbers than ours, since as I keep stating all the specs are the same except we have a faster hard drive?
I've been reading the threads for a while and wanted to get some more opinions on the 1555 vs SSE. I know the SSE is basically the 1537 with the edge to edge monitor.
I placed my order for the SSE last week with an estimated delivery date of 6/15 I could cancel my order and go with the 1555 with an estimated ship date of 6/01. what do you think. I have ~$1000 to play with ......
Right around black friday I ordered a Dell studio with the following specs listed below. It was $1778 with $649 off making an OTD price of $1212 shipped.
I see the I7 is out & I dont believe that was an option for the laptop either. There was also the 20% bing cashback deal which removes another 220 from the price (I dont quite get the math myself but hey).
I am looking at a Studio I7 with the same price but a 3rd year warranty vs my 2nd .....
I'm university student and ntb is meant to be carried almost daily (16" is ok for me), it's mainly for multimedia oriented jobs, some programming in C and Mathematica, some photoshop or even premiere (occasionaly), A LOT of movie watching. I also want it to be futureproof and well-built.
Dell XPS 1645 meets most of my criteria, but there are few things I'm unsure about... 1) after reading a couple of reviews and many posts on this forum I'm really doubtful if RGB-LED is worth the extra money. I'm not doing colour sensitive job (however I do sometimes edit RAW images in PS), but i want things on the display to look natural, especially in FullHD movies... (and I'm occasional gamer too)
Those who had honor to work with RGB-LED: would you pay for it in my position???
And just to make sure I haven't overlooked something: biggest DISadvantages of RGB-LED are supposed to be: inaccurate colors, bigger power consumption and some heat produced; while advantages should be: 0,4" gain in size, wider gamut and (maybe) better brightness...
Do you know any more to be added?
2) I'm also considering usual Studio 17 with Core i7 720QM (almost the same config), because it should be cooler, it has numpad and place for additional hdd (I'd buy 80GB intel ssd 34nm for system while keeping stock 500GB for data, I think it's beatiful idea), but what I DISlike about studio 17 is: dimensions, weight, speakers and design (and maybe a bit worse overal built quality).
So which one do you think is better for me?
3) how does combined e-sata/usb work? Since I have a external e-sata drive I have to plug 2 cables at the moment: USB for power and e-sata... With this 2-in-1 port do I need only 1 special cable? Or is it meant to be either/or thing??? From the placement of combined e-sata/usb on the opposite side of ntb than other USBs I'd say that 1 cable should be enough,