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Jason
2004-05-29, 18:56
In the case of my audio problems, the CPU is never taxed when the sound
dropouts occur.

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[mailto:discuss-bounces (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com] On Behalf Of Marty
Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2004 7:28 PM
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Subject: [slim] Off topic question

but shouldn't a 2.8 ghz processor have the cycles to spare to do this
without losing sound quality?

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From: "Pbox" <slimdev (AT) peterlada (DOT) com>
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Sent: Saturday, May 29, 2004 7:38 PM
Subject: [slim] Off topic question


> I would say, given that most recent WiFi cards are so called "soft"
> cards (remeber soft-modems?), meaning that some of the processing is
> dished out to the driver (CPU), instead of the hardware, the reason for
> your choppy music, is that the WiFi antenna is picking up signals or
> noise and requests the CPU to process the signal. This robs you from
> having the CPU available for music playing. Unfortunately this will not
> go away due to the Centrino architecture, where Intel decided to move
> the WiFi to the chipset. This can get better with a stronger processor,
> which will have cycles to spare even when processing WiFi and music at
> the same time...
>
> Pbox
>
>
> dean blackketter wrote:
>
> > The WiFi card is probably causing some RF interference (it's a radio
> > transmitter, after all...)
> >
> > Your best bet is to move one of them off on a USB interface.
> >
> > On May 28, 2004, at 3:58 PM, Marty wrote:
> >
> >> First thing I tried after your posts, was to see if I could cause the
> >> problem with and without my wifi card on. And as you would know, when
it
> >> was off, it never happened, yet when I turned the antenna back on, in
> >> came
> >> the random choppiness again... :( It's interesting. Why would the
wifi
> >> cause interference with the sound card? Is it hardware conflict btw
> >> the two
> >> devices, or a battle for cpu resources? Any other thoughts?
> >>
> >> marty
> >>
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "dean blackketter" <dean (AT) slimdevices (DOT) com>
> >> To: "Slim Devices Discussion" <discuss (AT) lists (DOT) slimdevices.com>
> >> Sent: Friday, May 28, 2004 5:06 PM
> >> Subject: [slim] Off topic question
> >>
> >>
> >>> Hey Marty,
> >>>
> >>> Kevin, our tech support guy, had a toshiba laptop a while ago and had
a
> >>> similar problem. He never completely resolved it, but his best guess
> >>> was that his wifi card was interfering with the audio hardware. Could
> >>> this explain your problem?
> >>>
> >>> -dean
> >>>
> >>> On May 28, 2004, at 1:30 PM, Marty wrote:
> >>>
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> This isn't related to my SB, it's working well and I love it, but
this
> >>>> is
> >>>> related to audio playback on my laptop. I've a toshiba P25-s509
series
> >>>> laptop with windows xp pro installed. I have the most recent sound
> >>>> drivers
> >>>> installed, yet for some reason when I play an mp3 located on the
local
> >>>> HD, I
> >>>> get random choppiness. It's not the player, for it does the same
> >>>> thing in
> >>>> both windows media player and in winamp. Rest assured that these
> >>>> files all
> >>>> play beautifully over the LAN via the SB, this is just local playing
> >>>> on my
> >>>> laptop. Any suggestions on what the issue may be? Thanks in
advance.
> >>>>
> >>>> marty
> >>>>