I posted about this a while ago. The only response I got was "it must be\na driver" and someone else who had the same problem. I'd like to try\nagain.\n\nUsing windows media player all sound playback skips. The sound is broken\nfor just a second then returns. During this time I see an hourglass.\nTask Manager shows System Image "System" at 18% or so during this event.\nThe problem occurs whether playing music via CD or via mp3 file on disk.\nI have installed the latest SoundMax driver from the asus site\n(5.12.01.3630WHQL) and before that the newest ASUS bios. Nothing has\nhelped.\n\nI've posted a help request to asus but don't know if they are very good\nat responding.