Since I installed Windows 8.1 I have had audio issues.
On any given system load the sound will occasionally stop for one second, and then just resume. This happens while watching videos, listening to music or playing games like BF4.

I installed all latest drivers, lowered the playback quality of sound to 16 bit 44100Hz but nothing seems to work.
I am getting no help at all from Microsoft (not that I expected that) and the stuttering is driving me crazy.

My PC specs are the following:
OS: Windows 8.1 64 bit
CPU: i7-2600k
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC. P8Z68-V (LGA1155)
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Ti


I deleted some stuff I had also installed on windows 7 (virtual machine programs) and somehow the amount of stutters significantly reduced. I now get them once in like a few hours.


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if you use windows 8.x you cannot use DPC Latency Checker, its outdated for that OS, try LatencyMon Instead http://www.resplendence.com/latencymon

also try downgrading the sound card and sata controller drivers to older versions and see if that helps

running msconfig and disable unnecessary software/services on startup is also a idea

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    I had the same problem. LatencyMon revealed that my network driver was probably the one causing the problems and I updated it and haven't had any problems since.
    – Vinayak
    Mar 10, 2014 at 8:06
  • My results, ran it until I heard a stutter pastebin.com/qM5hUbLQ Screenshot: i.imgur.com/BoBwv7u.png
    – Dr_Bunsen
    Mar 12, 2014 at 17:39
  • did you update nvidia driver lately? if so try going back to a older one
    – nwgat
    Mar 13, 2014 at 1:06
  • I have been having this issue for ~4 months, nvidia updated like 6 times in that time span....
    – Dr_Bunsen
    Mar 13, 2014 at 16:32

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