microslave

Hi

I've got this annoying problem since the release of Win Vista Ultimate RTM (32bit). When i play audio,games/movies the Audiodg.exe uses 25-30% of the cpu every 30th second or so. This have an BIG effect on the sound, wich crackles every time audiodg uses more than 0% of the cpu. i have noticed that when i play audio in media player 11, the crackling sound is gone, even when audiodg loads the cpu.. This is not heping for games, and movies. These problems did not occour in the beta or rc1-2 releases of Vista Ultimate.

Sorry about my bad english

Tom-Erik Larsen

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HP Pavilion dv-8000
1gb-ram
Ati Xpress 200m 128mb (Aero capable)
AMD Turion 64

VISTA Capable



Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

Warboy

I have this same problem and look for a answer




Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

Steven Berger

This problem was reported by me in a related post:

http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowPost.aspx PostID=1196678&SiteID=1

and an explanation can be found at the following link:

http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/3931679a28.html

I have an open incident at Microsoft #Vista case 1029496538 which is currently of a status unresolvable.





Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

Larry Osterman

Absolutely wrong. This is NOT an issue with content protection.

What audio and video hardware do you have Right now, we're tracking two main causes of glitching, the first is video drivers, the second is the Cool&Quite feature in some AMD processors. You might try disabling the Cool&Quite feature to see if it helps (it's just a guess).

w.r.t. audiodg hitting 25% CPU, what kind of audio solution do you have If it's an HDAudio solution, you might consider trying disabling all the system effects and seeing if it helps your CPU consumption.





Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

Warboy

Ok here are my system specs

AMD Athlon 64 3700+
Nvidia Geforce 7950 GT 512MB GDDR3
Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeGamer Fatal1ty Professional Series
2048MB TOTAL of RAM

This is not a HDAudio problem. Tell us what AudioDG.exe is and why is it doing it on all soundblaster cards.




Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

Larry Osterman

audiodg.exe is the process that hosts the audio engine.

Are you running the most recent Creative drivers





Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

mfromb

Larry, I tried (apparently without success ) to post to a blog I think you are associated with last night, with regard to this issue. To all, here's my situation:

Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Motherboard with Realtek on-board sound enabled, running retail copy of Vista Ultimate (full version, not upgrade -- cha-ching!). I am NOT using ANY sound effects/dsp settings, not even the equalizer. It's as vanilla as can be in it's configuration. Fresh, clean, error-free install of Vista that's only days old, at this point in time.

I'm seeing what might be explained as a memory leak (in my estimation) or a misbehaving application (either audiodg.exe itself, or a driver that's wrapped up in it ). As I use my computer, ANY sound ('click' of IE page transitions, playing an .mp3, or going into control panel, to the sound scheme, and playing windows sounds using the 'test' button, I can observe rapid consumption of memory resources that simply are NOT returned to my system. After an afternoon of routine 'desktop productivity' use (no gaming yet -- I shudder to think of what that would do!), I am able to see 500, 600, and now even up to 700MB of memory being consumed by AudioDG.exe

This is very demonstrable, repeatable, and of course concerning. I'm tempted to pop in my Turtlebeach Santa Cruz to see if switching audio drivers will fix the situation, but right now I'd prefer to not take that route just yet. I also have another compatible motherboard (Biostar TForce 965PT) that I could switch everything over to (uses essentially the same audio as Gigabyte, though), but again that's too much like work right now. I'd rather learn that MS has acknowledged this issue and is actively working on identifying the source and organizing a fix (be it MS or a Vendor issue). What I'd REALLY like to avoid is reinstalling WinXP SP2, but to be perfectly honest that is currently the only known-good, stable option available as of right now. I'm hoping I can 'tolerate' this bug for the time being, but only time will tell and the more time it takes, the less likely I'll be able to do that.

I'm willing to contribute as much information as possible and provide as much access to my system as possible, if it would help the cause here. Just let me know what I can do to help. I'll check back here tomorrow, if possible, but definitely by Saturday. I can provide contact info, as well, should anyone want to reach me more directly. I don't want to just 'dump and run' by posting this as a gripe and leaving. I'll be back to see if there are any updates to this thread.

Here's to hoping someone finds the culprit and corrects it very soon.

mark





Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

mfromb

After reading another thread, it was suggested that going into the sound options in control panel, clicking on the 'speakers' setting, selecting the 'enhancement' tab, and the checking the box labeled "disable all sound effects" might have some positive effect on the leaky memory/memory hogging behavior of audiodg.exe. Despite not using ANY of the listed enhancements (including the EQ), I checked this box to 'disable' these features (Realtek onboard on my Gigabyte DS3 mobo). I'm 'happy' to report this has had a positive effect (thus far) and has eliminated the most obvious behaviors I was observing previously (predictable memory consumption when playing ANY sounds, triggering any sound events, etc.).

So, perhaps this info added to the small chorus of others reporting this same/similar issue might help narrow down and identify the culprit Based on this behavior, I would now begin my finger pointing with Realtek and not necessarily Vista, but more testing is obviously needed before a firm conclusion can be reached. NOW, I am motivated to drop in my Santa Cruz PCI sound card. I didn't build my system with it as I was keeping things as simple/clean as possible with Vista, making sure I had a solid, basic base OS install before introducing other devices (favoring the onboard audio initially, since it was known to be supported right out of the box). I'll drop back on Saturday and report the results of the TBSC sound card and it's drivers (assuming there are some... haven't checked yet. I hope so.. I love that sound card).

mark





Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

mfromb

UPDATE: I didn't end up swapping in my Santa Cruz (yet), but I found R1.60 Driver Set for HD Audio on Realtek's site and upgraded the drivers in Vista (these drivers are not available via Gigabyte site).

http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false#High%20Definition%20Audio%20Codecs

After updating the drivers and rebooting, I was able to RE-Enable the sound effects (actually, the reinstall of drivers automatically un-checked the 'disable all sound effects' option). This driver set seems, so far, to have resolved the issue I was seeing with AudiDG.exe. I'm not able to play sounds, music, etc. and I'm no longer leaking memory all over the place. It consumes a little bit, here and there, and promptly returns the memory to Windows when it's finished. This is a relief. Next stop, Santa Cruz (and hopefully some stable drivers there, too).

mfromb





Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

mfromb

mean to say: "I'm NOW able to play sounds, music, etc."...



Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

microslave

I have an hp pavilion laptop with ati radeon xpress 200m and a built in conexant soundcard..

i have also tried an external audio soluton.. So i have a really hard time to figure out what to do now..





Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

Warboy

Well, that doesn't fix my problem since i have a creative based card with the newest drivers.




Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

Steven Berger

My version of this problem was solved by new Vista drivers from RealTek:

http://secure2.tx.acer.com/VistaDownloads/AcerSeries.aspx





Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

CJRush

I was actually having a similar problem with audiodg.exe consuming about 14% of the processor. Audio "glitching" was most noticable when opening other applications or basically anything that required a moderate to high amount of processor time.

The good news is it does seem to be directly related to audio DSP effects. Once I turned off X-Fi CMSS-3D Virtual, audiodg.exe no longer consumed any processor time and the glitching has all but disappeared.

What I am curious about now is why CMSS-3D would consume so much processor time in the first place. Under XP this feature seemed to be processed by the hardware audio processor on the X-Fi card as it did not consume any noticable processor time when used.

Ultimately, this is most likely a Creative Labs driver issue, or whatever manufacturer your using.

Also, as a side note, the X-Fi Crystalizer does not cause any glitching or consume any processor time. So, it is probably just a matter of time for the rest of the DSP effects on the X-Fi cards to be properly handled by the audio processor.





Re: Vista Pro-Audio Application Development Audio glitching, audioDG to hit 25% CPU

Dommaz_uk

I hate the exact same problem others are having. I have a Gigabyte GA-965 with Realtek Audio. Anyway, I tried a number of things to sort the problem and I think I've cracked it.

Here's what worked for me:
Go to control panel -> Sound -> Properties and disable all enhancemants as explained above.
Also uncheck the two boxes in the advanced tab that say "Allow application to take exclusive control of this device" and "Give exclusive mode applications priority"
Finally and I think most importantly, set the default format option to CD quality 44100 Hz mode.
Reboot and see. It worked for me, hope it does for you too.