High CPU usage causes Sound problems Solved

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    High CPU usage causes Sound problems

    I don't know if I'm posting this question in right section, so I apologize to moderators in advance.
    I've installed Windows 10 on this laptop and I'm having sound issues. When I boot up Windows sound is fine, however after an hour is starts getting crackling and clipping noises. At the same time CPU usage jumps from 1-3% to 25% at idle.

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    I ran LatencyMon and it says that ACPI Driver is causing problem.

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    I tried disabling CPU throttling in Control Panel, ACPI-Compliant Control in Device Manager, and updating drivers.
    Any advice? Thanks for help.
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    Hi, I'm not an expert on LatencyMon- but have used it briefly and seen a number of posts here related to 'stutter' (feel free to search the forum for those).

    One approach is to end up using an OLDER driver, once you've identified the relevant one. However, the cause of DPC latency may be obscure. (See posts).

    Here are some interesting items related to LatencyMon which may help which I posted recently (I searched for
    latencymon help
    Optimising Windows Computers For Audio Audient Help Desk
    - suggests 10 mins, then some practical steps.

    - example, with a link to 'What is latency'

    - their guide and further articles

    Windows Tuning Tips for Audio Processing Native Instruments
    - starts with specific hardware and moves on to deeper comments

    Which OS did it originally come with?
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    @dalchina thanks for reply. I'll check the links that you posted.

    Laptop originally had Windows 8.1. The thing is that this CPU issue, where usage increases after an hour, was also in Windows 8.1, but it was much lower (around 8%) and it never caused any sound problems.
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    You may want to consider either what utilities came with the laptop or what's been installed that might cause it.

    Compare what happens
    a. in Safe Mode
    b. after a clean boot

    Based on that and further tests you might reach some conclusion.

    You can use utilities like Process Explorer to try to identify processes responsible and Autoruns to control startups.
    But back up before making changes so you have an easy way to revert.

    Disk imaging- which everyone should use routinely
    System Restore - but can be unreliable
    Registry Backup - only if you're confident you know why and how.
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    OK, it seams that replacing Realtek audio driver with High Definition Audio driver that comes with Windows resolves audio problem. There's still issue with high CPU, but at least sound doesn't stutter anymore.
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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