So whenever I play certain video games (Usually newer ones with better graphics: GTA 4, Worms Revolution, Skyrim) I get this strange crackling noise. For about the first 10 minutes of playing, everything runs fine. Then it starts to make this noise, and it goes on and off, and while it's on, it slows down the game severely. I am not totally incompetent with computers, but I need help on what to do for this. I have tried these things:Used CCleaner to clean my computerUsed Regcleaner to clean my registryTried various fixes for the games specificallyTried to speed up my PC (Which seems to make the games run faster, but it doesn't fix the noise)Cleared a lot of space on my PCI have tried many other things over time, even used system restore. But nothing that I do works . I can still play older games which is nice, but I would like to fix this. Thanks ahead of time to everyone, I am new to this forum so hopefully I am doing this right. Here is my computer information if that helps at all:OS Name Microsoft Windows 7 Home PremiumVersion 6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601Other OS Description Not AvailableOS Manufacturer Microsoft CorporationSystem Name SEBASTIANS-PCSystem Manufacturer AlienwareSystem Model M11xR3System Type x64-based PCProcessor Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2357M CPU @ 1.30GHz, 1300 Mhz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)BIOS Version/Date Alienware A04, 7/21/2011SMBIOS Version 2.7Windows Directory C:\WindowsSystem Directory C:\Windows\system32Boot Device \Device\HarddiskVolume2Locale United StatesHardware Abstraction Layer Version = "6.1.7601.17514"User Name Sebastians-PC\SebastianTime Zone Mountain Standard TimeInstalled Physical Memory (RAM) 4.00 GBTotal Physical Memory 3.95 GBAvailable Physical Memory 1.92 GBTotal Virtual Memory 7.90 GBAvailable Virtual Memory 4.99 GBPage File Space 3.95 GBPage File C:\pagefile.sys
I suggest you also post on the Alienware Club part of the forum in case anyone there is familiar with the problem. Maybe one of the ideas in the Choppy/Skipping Audio FAQ will help but there is nothing there specifically for an Alienware model.
Jim Coates -- senior forum member
Tech Support will refuse warranty service for speaker problems if the VLC media player is installed on laptops with Windows 7. This exclusion is NOT disclosed in the laptop warranty! Remove all players before contacting Tech Support, leaving only Windows Media Player.