Sorry to hear that Senshi! Not too sure what else to suggest right now. I find troubleshooting systemss so much easier when they're right in front of me. Offering up canned answers almost never help anyone and just frustrate the end user even more.
I can about hear what it was hanging on when it sound like a skipping record stuck i
n a groove its a Bad
Direct Sound file all mine are WHQL dig signed and test out. .old on board realtek HD..
but they dont have updated drivers for it.
But no other prog or ap causes.. this.. they had a known bug in audio for winterland and patched it but it seams to have migrated to a part of the audio for the ESD. When the environment changes the audio file
sometimes you have a laggign music at ne of the tree main SOL area hubs