Sound problems, is this a damaged/faulty motherboard?

I've been having sound problems - short and occasionally long bursts of pops/crackles- on my PC recently which first showed up when I was listening to music on itunes whilst also disabling and enabling the network (wifi -I have two networks, see below) frequently. Since then, these problems periodically occur whilst using an audio/video program (I use itunes, vlc media player, chrome - to watch youtube videos, and reaper -for audio recording) to play audio and seem to mostly occur if I open a program which connects to the internet (for any reason including checking updates) at the same time.

I'm using a Presonus Firestudio Project audio interface (connected via a Texas Instruments PCIe to firewire card) for a sound card and I've noticed that every time I open an internet related program the blue light on the presonus (which indicates it is synced with the PC) flashes red (indicating it has lost connection) temporarily. I've I disable internet/network connection and then open an internet related program (e.g. chrome) the light on the presonus remains blue. I've also noticed one instance when the light on the presonus flashed red in response to a usb data drive being plugged in to the front Usb slot.

I have two networks: one (connected via a usb wifi stick) which is a homegroup with internet access, the other (connected via ethernet cable) which is a homegroup isolated from the internet.
Both these networks seem to cause the problems (individually and separately). I've also tried switching my internet connection homegroup to an ethernet connection with the but the problems remained.

The problem has persisted through a fresh install of windows (which would lead me to think it isn't a corrupted OS or if it is maybe there is faulty hardware which re-corrupts it??) and occurs on two different OS's (dual boot system - one running the latest version of win 10, the other the earliest version of win 10 without any updates - it's isolated from the internet for music recording). This would seem to suggest that it isn't a windows update which caused the problem.

I've checked IRQs and none of the related devices appear to be sharing the same number.

I haven't updated either the network or sound drivers recently, played together very happily up till this point. I've tried re-installing the presonus driver and the lan bigfoot amd gaming driver. Re-installing the bigfoot lan amd gaming driver appears to completly resolve the issue for a short period of time, but within a few days of normal use both the sound problems and flashing light on the presonus return.

I plan to check out the audio interface/lead on another computer today incase that's the problem

Any advice on where to go with diagnosing this it would be much appreciated.. My thoughts are that disabling the network damaged something in the motherboard - however I'm not sure why this would cause problems with both the ethernet connection on the motherboard and the usb wifi/usb data stick?? Thanks, Sam

GA-990FX-Gaming (1.0) Motherboard
4.00 gigahertz AMD FX -8350 Eight-Core CPU
Asus GT610 Graphics Card
Texas Instruments 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller (firewire card)
Presonus FireStudio Project Audio Interface
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    Thanks for your reply, rocktalkrock, that sounds quite a likely solution I can't try it yet because the firewire card (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002VA84E6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1) didn't come with a driver to install when I brought it, and I'm having some trouble finding out who the makes them (Texas Instruments only makes the chips) so I can download a driver from the website. Texas Instruments couldn't tell me who makes them, and the amazon seller (adapter world) appears to just have been selling it - their website doesn't list anything apart from adapters. I'm going to contact them, just to check, though. I can't see any writing/serial number on the card itself and BeLarc Advisor just lists it as Texas Instruments. I may have the box somewhere but I brought it a while ago. Anyone with any ideas how to find more info on the card/ a driver to update to?

    In update, for anyone else with a similar problem, I've also tried resetting the cmos/bios setting to default without success.
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    rocktalkrock said:


    Thanks for your reply, rocktalkrock, that sounds quite a likely solution I can't try it yet because the firewire card (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002VA84E6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1) didn't come with a driver to install when I brought it, and I'm having some trouble finding out who the makes them (Texas Instruments only makes the chips) so I can download a driver from the website. Texas Instruments couldn't tell me who makes them, and the amazon seller (adapter world) appears to just have been selling it - their website doesn't list anything apart from adapters. I'm going to contact them, just to check, though. I can't see any writing/serial number on the card itself and BeLarc Advisor just lists it as Texas Instruments. I may have the box somewhere but I brought it a while ago. Anyone with any ideas how to find more info on the card/ a driver to update to?

    In update, for anyone else with a similar problem, I've also tried resetting the cmos/bios setting to default without success.

    From my understanding of the link i posted, you don't need to know who made your firewire card or have your own drivers. The link suggests you just let Windows 10 install it's own generic 1394 OHCI drivers. What options do you see when you select "Browse my computer for driver software". Do you see the "1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller" option?
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    TeddybearsGarden said:
    rocktalkrock said:


    Thanks for your reply, rocktalkrock, that sounds quite a likely solution I can't try it yet because the firewire card (https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B002VA84E6/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1) didn't come with a driver to install when I brought it, and I'm having some trouble finding out who the makes them (Texas Instruments only makes the chips) so I can download a driver from the website. Texas Instruments couldn't tell me who makes them, and the amazon seller (adapter world) appears to just have been selling it - their website doesn't list anything apart from adapters. I'm going to contact them, just to check, though. I can't see any writing/serial number on the card itself and BeLarc Advisor just lists it as Texas Instruments. I may have the box somewhere but I brought it a while ago. Anyone with any ideas how to find more info on the card/ a driver to update to?

    In update, for anyone else with a similar problem, I've also tried resetting the cmos/bios setting to default without success.

    From my understanding of the link i posted, you don't need to know who made your firewire card or have your own drivers. The link suggests you just let Windows 10 install it's own generic 1394 OHCI drivers. What options do you see when you select "Browse my computer for driver software". Do you see the "1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller" option?


    Thanks rocktalkrock - yes, I misunderstood (I assumed I'd need a driver to update it too), I will try to this out and let you know how it went.
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