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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 10 April 2011 - 01:14 PM

Tried of crackly PC audio? Diagnose with LatencyMon
By Mike Williams | Published April 8, 2011, 1:59 PM

There are many possible reasons why a PC might suffer from audio glitches, like pops, crackles or dropouts. And so troubleshooting the problem often becomes a matter of trial and error, where you'll maybe close down every possible background process that you can in an effort to find anything that might help.

LatencyMon offers a much simpler solution. The program uses Microsoft's Event Tracing for Windows technology to monitor what's happening on your PC, and in just a few minutes can produce a detailed report that will highlight some of the processes and drivers that are the most likely cause of your audio issues.

While the LatencyMon author has focused on sound problems, the program has more general uses, too. Essentially it's just telling you which processes are making particularly urgent demands on your CPU, and so if you can remove a few of these then you may see performance benefits in other areas, too.


LatencyMon: http://www.resplendence.com/latencymon