Not literally, but here's my problem: Over the past several months, I've had an intermittent popping sound coming from my PC. This sounds like the odd bit of static, or, perhaps, like popping corn in a microwave, not at the beginning of the cycle, but at the end, where there is a second or two of silence between pops. I've now noticed that the sound files in some of my apps are scratchy as well. I've plugged in a set of headphones that I know to be good and noticed the same thing. When I disconnect all speakers, I don't get the popping sound, but neither do I get any other sound (of course!) I believe this to be coming from my sound card (I've had a hard drive crater on me before and those sounds were clearly from the CPU) through my speakers. I was getting ready to replace my sound card, but a tech literate friend of mine has advised me to back up my data and reinstall my XP Home first. Any ideas?