No luck still in trying to fix my audio problems.
I've tracked down various versions of drivers none of which have resolved the issue:
- R167846 (Dell driver)
- R171786 (Dell driver)
The retail box says that the motherboard is using "Intel HD Audio" but searching for drivers for this yields a wide array of options and none of them have panned out.
I see lots of views for this post but no replies so I guess no one else has any suggestions. I'll keep trying and update this with what I know. Hopefully someone else can think of something to try which might shed some more light on what's wrong with my audio.
It almost sounds like the distortion you would get when you put too much power through the signal line. Turning down the levels in the audio configuration doesn't make any difference, but I would expect that the problem is the signal being fed to the audio controller (as a result of the driver) not the signal coming out.
Then again I still haven't fixed it so who knows.
For anyone that's been reading I've given up on fixing the onboard sound. I purchased an USB Sound Card (Zalman ZM-RSSC V2) and my sounds is back in working order now.
I'm not sure what happened, but I suspect no amount of monkeying around with drivers was going to solve my issue. Perhaps one of the electronic components failed, a capacitor or a resistor or something, and the signal will forever be distorted now.
I also suspect that installing CrossFire had nothing to do with the sound issue.
So I guess if anyone encounters this all I got is just to go out and get a new sound card
Thanks for the reply! My PSU is a 1200W Corsair so I'm pretty sure it can handle the extra video card. Also I did try different frequencies and bit rates in the "Speakers Properties" window, but all of them yielded the same distorted sound.
Additionally removing the card didn't resolve the distortion so the issue of power (under or over) is likely ruled out. Although to be honest perhaps installing the card provided a power spike to the on board sound somehow and damaged it. Still just speculation.
Thanks again for your reponse though.