Vista Team Sounds Off Over Audio Glitches

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News Posted: Wed, Oct 31 2007 6:05 PM

Glitchy playback in Windows?  Yesterday Microsoft tried to give us an explanation of just what's happening, besides, say, the bloated Vista OS.

Yesterday, Microsoft's program manager for sound in Windows Vista (what a great title!), Steve Ball, posted a blog entry explaining why audio playback sometimes gets glitchy in Windows.

There's an air of post-facto justification about the posting--it
basically reminds us that a PC is doing a lot more things
simultaneously than, say, a $20 CD player--but toward the end of the
post, he notes that it's common for certain older device drivers to
lock out the CPU for 10 milliseconds to 50ms, causing an obvious

Of course, he didn't tell anyone just what those devices those drivers might belong to.  He did promise a follow up post which will address the corrective action Microsoft will be taking.

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