Since Windows 10 update 1803 my system generates huge sound distortions in several applications (e. g. foobar2000, ZSNES, ...). It's 100% reproducible. The problem was introduced with the 1803 release, and I am definitely not the only one. Many people,
with different sound cards and systems, are reporting similar problems in different community boards.
I am an IT Specialist and would like to address this issue here and help fixing/testing possible solutions. Together with different communities we already can provide more information (see below).
My system setup:
- I use a Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Fatality Pro sound card, with latest available driver.
- I have already tried a clean reinstallation of Windows 10 1803. Same problem.
- When I go back to Windows 10 1709 everything is ok.
- e. g. The problem is present with foobar2000 1.3.19 and the newest ZSNES emulator, but when running a simple application that forces the system timer to run at higher accuracy, the sound is fine. In my case, it seems even enough to have VLC (VideoLAN) opened at the same moment; the sound distortion is immediately gone in those applications.
In the forum of foobar2000 we already found out that the system timer frequency "behaviour" (hopefully you get an idea what is wrong) was changed with 1803. Please refer to this thread: https://hydrogenaud.io/index.php/topic,115963.new.html
Thank you very much for your support. Please take this problem serious.
I am very happy to provide any help needed. Something must have changed with 1803, which causes these strange sound distortions. Since I am able to reproduce the problem any time, I can immediately can check any new Windows update provided for this case.