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Process Monitor Results - Disable IDT Audio Service

Discussion in 'Gateway and eMachines' started by iaTa, Dec 22, 2008.

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  1. iaTa

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    I've been using the brilliant Process Monitor recently to analyse everything that's going on in the background of Windows. It is truly incredible how many things are going on that you don't know about and I advise anyone to download and run it in it's default state to see for themselves.

    One thing I did notice among other things was the IDT Audio service (STacSV.exe) calling loads of registry entries every few milliseconds. It was literally taking up around half of the real time events. Stupidly overkill for a service which only monitors the audio input jacks. I have disabled the service (Audio Service) and everything still runs perfectly so I would advise that if anyone else has the same issues to do the same. Very bad programming.

    Process Monitor will show you information on every single running task so you will also be able to see if things like Sidebar Gadgets are not behaving properly. Process Explorer is another great tool for monitoring exactly how many CPU cycles each task is using (Run As Administrator, enable the CPU Cycles Delta column and then sort by that column).
     
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    Narukari Notebook Geek

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    Wow, nice find. My 6860fx also had about half its processes being called by StacSV. I'm definitely disabling it and stopping it from booting on startup.
     
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    Considering my laptop doesnt automatically switch to speakers when I plug them in, I don't see why I shouldn't disable this service. But if I do disable it, will HDMI automatically switch to external monitor when plugged in, etc?

    What is the point of this service anyway if it does nothing, any more info on it?
     
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    I think it's only used for monitoring the input jacks, not all the methods of output. You know that selection box that pops up when you plug something into the mic jack.
     
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    Ah, yup, don't need it, I don't even use the mic jack
     
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    Mimino Notebook Communist

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    isn't that the service that causes sound stuttering? you know when you're watching a movie and all of a sudden the sound starts to stutter for a few seconds?
     
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    Wierd... Ican't find this process anywhere, maybe its 6860 specific?
     
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    Yeah I think you have a different audio device on the 7811.
     
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    not on a 7811.
     
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    the ocz has sound stuttering issues after resuming from sleep - wonder if this will fix it..
     
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