New to the forums, so I'm hoping I'm posting in the right location, as this is a HTPC technical related issue.
Just built a new gaming rig/HTPC. I hooked everything up, installed all drivers, left the video card for the last part and started running into a huge annoyance that's kept me scratching my head the last 2 days.
I went as far as a fresh Windows 7 x64 install, without doing any updates, leaving the ATI Catalyst 12.8 to be installed last (drivers-wise). The video drivers including the AMD HDMI audio driver install just fine and work perfect after the initial restart - 7.1 surround tests out fine on each speaker in Playback devices. As soon as I shut the computer down, however, I run into what I'm guessing is some driver issue. Doesn't matter if I hook up through the receiver or directly to the TV, the sound stutters as it's being tested (it doesn't completely cut it off, but instead of going DAHDING......DAHDING....etc (from each speaker), I'll receive interruptions like DAHD*click*ing....da*click*HDING....etc.). When hooked up to the receiver, the output seems to erratically switch from DDIIx + THX Music to just THX Music. When it switches to THX Music, I get the super low output out of the speakers (the "ing....da" in "DAHDing.......daHDING"). The same thing happens just with stereo output directly to the TV (the interruptions or stuttering).
Can somebody please point me in the right direction, as I am currently stumped. I've also attempted Realtek drivers before the fresh Windows install, and it seemed to have the same effect.
Greatly appreciated! Thanks.