Hello Smuck, thank you very much for contacting us through Intel Communities.
The behavior you are getting on your system could be a conflict between the drivers you are installing. ( Intel graphics drivers and Nvidia’s )
So, I recommend you avoiding the installation of our driver since you are going to use a graphics card.
I would like you to try the following:
- installing the OS again (fresh install).
- Once you finish, please install the audio driver controller. Check the sound properties on “control panel” .
- Finally, please install all Nvidia drivers and check if the behavior persists.
If the issue continues, it will be necessary to contact Acer for any additional solution.