Codemasters F1 2010 Problems

I recently had some annoying sound issues with my install of the awesome Codemasters F1 2010 game on my PC. I’d recently reinstalled the whole PC due to a hard disk failure (thank God for the backups!) and noticed that from this point on, quite a few games were struggling where sound output was concerned. F1 2010 was by far the worst offender. Samples occasionally wouldn’t play out and the sound was very poppy and crackly at times, especially when there were lots of simultaneous car engines around.

The box I play on is a modded Acer Aspire M3201
Windows 7 Home Premium 32Bit
ATI AMD Radeon HD 4850 512MB