Hello, recently within the last 2 or so days that soundcard has begun making cracking/crackles/crackling noises. I don't know what caused it but I had the machine running just as I wanted it until the windows update (creators?) decided it wanted to install despite me turning off updates, but it happened anyway so that's that. After setting things back to how I wanted bit by bit after the update reverted many of my changes, thanks MS, I'm confronted by this. I've tried changing the default format (from 24bit - 48000hz), in fact I tried them all. No joy Turning on/off exclusive mode and audio enhancements. Nothing. No setting fiddling in the SB control panels helps. Disabled all other sound devices like the realtek and Nvidia ones. Nothing. Headphones are the same, thought this might stop it but I hear it wearing headphones too. Cleaning/reseating, nada. Read somewhere v-sync on can do it, well on or off it still does it. And probably tried some other low-impact easy things to try and solve it that I can't remember but still nothing. I've searched and googled like crazy, nothing I've read helps anywhere, so now I'm here on my knees asking for help, because whatever it is is beyond me. I mean I know my way around a computer but my knowledge is limited, I'm like an orange or maybe a blue belt. I put the blame squarely on the windows update. Which may or may not be the culprit. Quick Update: The onboard realtek doesn't produce any crackles so far, guess I'll use that for now until I figure out what the SB's problem is. Maybe I could try another slot?