M-Audio Firewire 410 Bad Audio Issue - SOLVED
I just upgraded from a Soundblaster to M-Audio's Firewire 410. I had a hard to solve audio issue that was finally resovled. This post is to share it if anyone has a similar issue.
The bad audio Sx was a slight distortion in sound quality with a pulse of static noise that occurred every second throughtout audio playback.
The incompatiblity involved a PCI Ethernet card, specifically CNET ProWL. When the card is disabled the audio issue resolves and the Firewire 410 plays with crystal clear sound.
Another workaround it to select ethernet card in the Windows System info, right click to select properties, then under the setting for Connection Type, change it from the default "Autosensing" setting to a fixed setting that matches the hardware it is connected to (such as 100 Mps duplex ethernet). This also fully resolves the issues.