5 week old laptop, no spyware. All audio played from the computer is scratchy/skipping when a CD is being read. If I slap in a CD during the boot right about as the Windows logon sound about to play, it skips. The sound problems correlates directly with hard drive activity light (as the light blinks, the audio cuts out). However, audio plays fine when there is not a CD in the drive (mp3 files through WMP, itunes etc...)
This leads to a major problem for me : I cannot play audio CDs or DVDs in the laptop at a playable level at all. The skipping is constant.
I did a google search, which led me to the following fixes that I've tried and have not worked.
Disabled/reenabled DMA on IDE controllers.
Checked for any reported IRQ conflicts (none found)
Flashed the BIOS to the newest version
Reinstalled audio driver.
Disabled any DLA-related programs from running.
If it makes a difference, the Toshiba laptop is a new Satellite using a conexant integrated sound card.
Can anyone provide me additional resources to figure this out? ...I'm gonna feel so stupid if this turns out to be a software issue (as I'm considering getting Toshiba to send me a replacement drive)--so any suggestions would be MUCH appreciated.