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post #16 of 18

They're certainly not your only options, but from your descriptions, it seems your XP installation already has some time along with a less than pristine registry, for which doing a clean OS install would help by going the clean slate route.

 

Latency spikes don't damage headphones in the sense that clipping can. However, if you listen to very high volumes, intermitent sound cutting can strain the drivers, and while it's not nearly enough to cause swift direct damage, I'd avoid it.

post #17 of 18
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Ah thanks, Roller. That's a little peace of mind for me, at least.

post #18 of 18
Thread Starter 

Just wanted to add a final post with the SOLUTION to this problem, since I know, from much searching, that there are other people out there suffering from it ...

 

The solution is to reset DMA, which you can do via this link: http://winhlp.com/tools/resetdma.vbs

 

No more latency spikes, at all. No more stuttering or long load times. Everything good.

 

I have to say I'm really glad I did NOT reinstall my OS or switch to Windows 7 ... In my many hours spent researching this problem I came across many post from Win 7 users suffering from latency spikes, so I know that that OS has problems of its own.

 

Anyway--hope this helps someone else in my shoes!

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