Originally Posted by Currawong
I just checked in my Win 7 PC (I use a Mac most of the time) and noticed that by default, only 48k is enabled as a possible sample rate, so I set it to allow 44.1 and 96k. Not sure if this will help anything. I did get the sound skipping once on this completely vanilla install of Win 7 x64 + Foobar2000 though. Note that this computer isn't getting used for anything except music. I did try a network file copy (I needed more music for testing on the machine) to see if it affected anything, which it didn't. Still getting the odd, weird break in the music. I went and set the Windows Sound output to 24/96 and it stopped. Switching it back to 16/44.1 it hasn't happened again. I'm sure it'll re-appear as soon as I hit "submit" on this post.
I encountered the same thing with the Audio DI + NFB-1, except I am runing Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit with 2GB RAM.
Doing the following (in sequence of importance, try the next one if the previous one does not work) will help:
1. In Windows 7 Advance System Setup, set the processor to prioritize to "Background Process"
2. In Foobar2000's Preferences -> Playback, set both Replay Gain options to "none"
3. In Foobar2000's Preferences -> Advanced -> Playback -> Fading, set all options to 0ms
4. In Foobar2000's Preferences -> Advanced -> Playback -> Full File Buffering, set as much RAM as you can afford. i.e. 50000K if you mostly have 1 flac file per track, 350000K if you mostly have 1 flac file per disc.
5. Make sure your hard drive have at least 10% free space and defrag your hard drive (Auslogics Disk Defrag is a good, free tool). If your hard drive has less than 10% of free space, "weird break" will occur even if you have set (1) to (4) above
6. Try using another USB port on your computer
7. Convert each tracks to individual flac/ape file, avoiding delay induced by reading 200-300MB flac from hard drive at once.
8. Buy a USB 3.0 expansion/express card and use the port from it. Not that the USB 3.0 standard/bandwidth will get to use, but because all USB 3.0 cards require special device drivers which have higher priority in Windows than the default USB 1.0/2.0 HUB drivers which Microsoft hasn't update since Windows XP service pack 1.
For me, the "weird break" disappears when I reach Step (6) above
Edited by borrego - 11/3/10 at 8:29am