So I recently got an external sound card/audio interface to use with my laptop (Edirol UA25 if you'd like to know).
Now, after installing the drivers and setting it up, I've found that occasionally, when I'm listening to music from my laptop, and using it at the same time, the music silences for a second or two, then resumes. (Interestingly enough, I never got this problem using the latop's jack out.)
This happens when I spark the CPU activity (for example, loading a new tab in chrome or opening a new program), and I assume what's happening is that windows is moving some of the CPU that was allocated for sound to this new task.
I'm not that bothered about my new tab taking a second longer to load, so can I force the CPU to the sound, so I don't hear any gaps in the music?