I have a Gigabyte GA-P35-DS3L rev. 1.0 motherboard with the onboard Realtek 8 channel ALC888 audio controller. BIOS is up to date. Other components are:
- Intel E2180 @ 2 GHz (it works @ 3 GHz, but currently I don't need the extra speed)
- Corsair TWIN2X2048-6400C4 KIT (2×1024 MB)
- ATI Radeon HD 3850 by Sapphire
- ATI Theatrix 550 Pro by Sapphire
- Initio SCSI PCI card
- USB 2.0 / FireWire PCI card
The system is not overclocked in any way!
While playing an Audio CD, sound is totally distorted, i.e. you can hear multiple echoes all the time. Furthermore, every few minutes I hear a static pop in the speakers.
Toshiba DVD-ROM (SD-M1712) is connected via CD audio cable to the motherboard's AUX connector. I've disabled digital playback thru Windows' XP Device Manager. I've also configured Windows Media Player 10 to analog audio playback via Toshiba DVD-ROM.
I've upgraded Realtek's drivers from v1.80 to the recent v1.83, which made the problem even worse.
I guess I'll just disable the onboard audio controller, pop out the USB/FW card, and pop in my trusted SB Live!, which worked flawlessly on my old configuration.