I hope you read this, because it has a little to do with silicon stupidity and programmer neglegence...
Back in the day, when CS was beta:
I bought a Soundblaster Live 5.1 card and had a heck of a time with the drivers. Creative caused the original problem by giving the wrong information to the BIOS manufacturers. BSOD - Squeal of Death - Smoke from computer and ears. Patch Patch Patch. The BSOD had nothing to do with the BIOS problem, it turns out that Creative Labs allowed the sound card driver to have an interupt level higher than the core system task. This is very bad and Micro$oft will have none of it.
About 4 BIOS updates, 5 Driver updates, 2 live patches to the PCI bus using WPCRedit - I still had problems. Most said Creative was the problem, others said that it was the motherboard ASUS A7V133 MB with AMD NB and VIA SB, some blamed AMD while other blamed poor poor Mr. Gates.
The problem got somewhat better - instead of a BSOD, I started to get the infinite sound loop. Every patch from M$, CL and ASUS BIOS update made it a little better.
Next computer ABIT KG7-RAID same NB and SB. Same problem with the infinite sound loop. So I bought an Audigy. I went a week without a problem, then it came back.
Next computer ABIT NF7-S NForce2 Ultra using the Soundstorm audio on the motherboard - guess what, same stupid problem.
I was at a local LAN party and won a Plantronics USB DSP-500 headset (CounterStrike branded). I started using this, because it was so damn cool and it worked like a dream. It was about a month later that I noticed that my system had not crashed. WOW I thought is was fixed - nope. Now I only get the crash about once a month, but I can CTRL-ALT-DEL and kill CS without having to reboot.
A suspicion has been growing because I observed this twice: I had the head phones off and heard my hard drive spin up and the loop until the hard drive went active. Twice I've seen this and it was the same exact stuttering loop. I also noticed that I get the loop when a one of these two conditions is going on:
I am next to a heavy textured wall reloading and I spin to look around.
I am naded and I spin to shoot.
In both cases, that sound (reload or nade splode) is the infinite loop.
I know this is not 100% on your topic, it's just a similar nightmare.
I am in the works of building a new system:
Koolance EXOS 2 - CPU/VIDEO
...the stupid NForce3 chip is under the video card, no WC here...
Antec Super Lanboy case
Antec 550W True Control II
MSI NEO 2 Platinum Ultra
AMD 64 3500 Winchester core
Mushkin 1G PC3200 Level II Ultra 2-2-2-1 matched
BFG 6800 Ultra OC 256MB
(4) Hitachi 160G SATA drives prob in RAID 0+1
Have not powered it up yet for lack of time. Soon, very soon.
I wonder if I will have the same problem you are having or if this will have the same problem with the onboard sound or the USB DSP-500.
I can't say enough good things about this headset.
Oh, I bought my son an ATI 9800 Pro 128MB card and have had NOTHING but problems with the drivers from ATI @_#*@#*$@#*$@. Thank GOD for Omega Red. Three cheeres for this guy. ATI may have made "some" of the best hardware in the video card biz, but they can't program their way out of a paper bag. If parachutes used ATI drivers...
Mark Farrell - [cLeRkS]TheDoctorThis comment was edited on Jul 18, 03:10.