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Old 10-06-2009, 12:37 PM   #3
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13) Loud noise in the background, voice fairly clear

This issue can be attributed to bluetooth headsets - they often pick up more ambient noise than directional microphones. The easiest way to troubleshoot this is to try a USB headset, borrow one from a friend and change your Vent & Mac settings (both input and output) to either the name of the device, or Unknown USB Device whichever appears in System Preferences->Sound as well as Ventrilo->Setup

14) Popping sound, lag, audio dropouts or voice stuttering

Are you using a wireless LAN connection? If your wireless network is 802.11b or 802.11g that may be the cause. If your Mac is equipped with 802.11n then you need to get a wireless router that matches that performance. The current wireless router offerings from Apple (Apple Airport Express, Airport Extreme and Time Capsule) are all 802.11n with very fast network performance. Other manufacturers offer 802.11n routers as well.

To see if you have the 802.11n in your Mac, go to Apple Menu->About This Mac->More Info button. Then in the left hand column, click on Airport.

Look through the data in the right hand side of the window for Interfaces-> Supported PHY Modes. It should say 802.11 a/b/g/n. If it does not have an 'n' then plug in an ethernet cable and set your Mac to use Ethernet by turning Airport off. Then test Vent for improvements.

If it does have an 'n' that means your Mac has an 'n' card, so you need to check to see if you are connecting to an 'n' network.

Look a bit further down for Current Network Information. The first network listed should be the one you are connected to. See if PHY Mode is 802.11n. If it is not, time to upgrade to an 'n' router. However, before you do that, you can simply connect via an ethernet cable and test. (ethernet cable is approx. equivalent in performance to 802.11n)

Note that the above 'fixes' may take care of the issue and may dramatically improve your network performance. You're mileage may vary.

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