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Lower video card hardware acceleration to improve performance (Windows XP)
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If you experience pops and clicks associated with graphics activity such as opening, closing, or minimizing windows, or if you hear a zipper noise when moving the mouse, lowering the hardware acceleration for your Video/Graphics Card may imrprove performance and correct these issues.

 

 

 

1. Right-click on an empty spot on your desktop and select Properties

2. On the Settings tab click Advanced:

3. On the Troubleshoot tab, adjust the slider to lower the Hardware acceleration; additionally, un-check the box labeled Enable write combining:

4. Click Apply and OK.

Test to see if your audio performance has improved.  If not, repeat the steps above to again lower the Hardware acceleration further.