Hi, I have recently run into some problems with my PC's sound output and I've ran down everything at my tech level to no avail (uninstalled/reinstalled drivers, basically) so I was hoping maybe someone here could help (I was referred here by a friend) The Issue: Essentially out of the blue, my sound output via my speakers just started cutting out. it would only happen every few minutes at first and it would cut for about half a second. Then it deteriorated, and its not at the point where no sound is the default and maybe every 10 seconds the sound will cut IN for about a second. I believe the audio processing is not being interrupted, as the meter in the sound menu from the control panel bounces continuously. I first encountered this problem last spring, with my integrated audio. My PC was pushing 2 years old so I figured maybe the onboard was dying so i bought a sound card, needed the optical output anyway. When i installed the new card, the problem went away. However, now after about 2 months of trouble free use, the same problem has returned on the different sound hardware. My computers specs are: -Antec NSK4480 Black/ Silver 0.8mm cold-rolled steel construction ATX Mid Tower Computer Case 380W Power Supply -EVGA 512-P3-N801-AR GeForce 8800 GT 512MB 256-bit GDDR3 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card -GIGABYTE GA-EP35-DS3L LGA 775 Intel P35 ATX Intel Motherboard -Mushkin Enhanced Essentials 4GB (2 x 2 x 1GB) 240-Pin DDR2 SDRAM DDR2 800 (PC2 6400) Dual Channel Kit Desktop Memory Model 996529 -Intel Core 2 Duo E8400 Wolfdale 3.0GHz LGA 775 65W Dual-Core Processor BX80570E8400 -Windows 7 Enterprise I would greatly appreciate any direction. Thanks!!