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Crackling Sound, Static latency GPU problems

Q: Crackling Sound, Static latency GPU problems

My specs: Dell Optiplex 745, Quad core Xeon X3220 2.4ghz, windows 7 64bit, sound max driver, PNY GTX 550 TI. Fresh install btw, win 7 sp1, i haven't install any chipest drivers because i don't seem to need them , even though i did before and it didn't fix the problem when i was using a e6600. and i don't have the installer disc for the dell 745.
The latency issues, sound crackling noise only happens when i install drivers on my GPU and i have tried pretty much every driver. Here's the strange part, it seems to be affecting certain games, but not ever game. And the sound issues are really strong, even when im sitting at the desktop listening to music, if i hit refresh i can hear the static and crackling noise. I ran the test without installing the drivers, all green mostly, soon as i install the drivers so my gpu will work, its red and green and high latency .
I figure its my mb , but im trying to figure out why when gaming it only affects certain games, while others work perfectly fine. could a faulty mb be the cause? because i have no idea how to solved it. and i won't have the money to buy a new mb until next month. its only affecting about 4 games, and i can't play flash browser games, oto much static bad performance.
oh and despite this, videos on *** or youtube 1080p runs flawless, no sound issues. strange right?

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Preferred Solution: Crackling Sound, Static latency GPU problems

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)


After having my motherboard, graphics card and RAM replaced due to a power surge, I have been experiencing high audio latency, along with very poor sound quality which includes static noise, crackling. The sound is similar to that of an untuned radio.
The sound quality is decent when I am running limited audio programs, but when I run multiple (Such as Skype + Youtube), the sound quality starts to become poor.
The sound quality also becomes poor quite frequently when I am only running one audio program.\

I've already tried going into Device manager and disabling/reenabling drivers to see if they were the cause of the problem.
I've also tried updating the drivers to the latest version.

Not really sure what to do now, help is appreciated gratefully.
System specs:
Windows 8.1
Intel i5-4570 @3.20GHz
8GB Kingston HyperX DDR3
Sapphire HD 7850 OC 2GB GDDR5
ASRock B85M Pro 4 New Version

EDIT: Searched online, pretty much have 0 dedication to fix this myself, and decided it was time for a fresh windows 8.1. So I reinstalled windows :3

A:Audio issues (Static + crackling) and high audio latency

FWIW, the DPC Latency Checker is not fully Win 8 compatible (there is notice on their web site) and it can give you false latency hits.

The Resplendence Latency monitor is Win 8 compatible.

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Hi,I have a brand new thinkpad T580.When I am playing audio, I get a random crackle or popping sound. This gets progressively worse the longer I listen. Stopping and restarting the audio seems to resolve the issue temporarily, but after about 10 mins its back.This issue also seems to be worse while charging or if the CPU load is high.Possibly related is the fact that my fan seems to be spinning faster than it should. Im running an SSD so shouldnt be producing too much heat but its always noticable. Assuming it was the media player, I have tried a veriety of players including just playing windows sounds so its not the software.The sound is the same if i use speakers or headphones or laptop speaker,I also have done full driver updates and bios update to latest version.Thanks,

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Good day all,
I installed Windows 7 on a ASUS PRO 72 SL-7s115c T3400 4G, and probably since the beggining i have had this annoying crackling/static sound. It occurs when there is some other sound, like music playing,startup sound or any other. It can sometimes be quiet and not very noticible, but sometimes impossible to ignore. Tried tweaking the configuration, where there is cd/dvd sound Mhz and stuff, but even if I put it at simple CD sound its still there. I tried reinstalling my Realtek Audio Driver, but no luck. Maybe i missed something or didnt re/uninstall the driver right, PLEASE help me, its driving me looney.

A:Constant crackling/static sound

Look over the multitude of posts on this problem here and see if anything in those apply or will work for you. You are not the only one to have this problem.

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Hello all, I'm new to this community and first of all I wanted to say hello  I recently bought a new laptop from lenovo ( IdeaPad 710S-13IKB ). Very nice laptop overall with pro and cons. To skip all of this introduction part I will write about the problem: when I'm watching a youtube video and use the touchpad to skip some parts of the video or playing in the background youtube and I browse in another tab, the audio seems to freeze and the whole system stays blocked for a second or two( in this part comes the crackling/static/freezing sound). I have try everything:The following solutions DOES'T work:1. Disable hardware acceleration from browser2.Setting minimum proceesor state to 100%3.Uninstalling and installing back the audio and processor drivers+ graphic card drivers ( latest version from lenovo)4.Verifying latency ( all good here) Notice: All the laptop drivers updated; flash player latest version ; bios update; browser ( mozilla and chrome) up to date version ; windows 10 home( up to date version). SOLUTION:  It will sound crazy but my solution was to uninstall the touchpad software ( ELAN driver). I found this solution when I connected an wireless mouse to the laptop and start watching youtube and the freez/static sound stoped. When i switch back to using the touchpad the sound problem reappeared. Now the streaming and watching youtube videos works but I don't have the gesture features like scroling from the touchpad a... Read more

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Several months ago, my computer started to have audio problems. Or at least that's when I started to notice it. Rebooting was a temporary fix, but it would gradually get worse and worse the longer my computer stayed on, starting with minor popping and crackling before eventually getting all the way up to stuttering.

For a while I thought it was a problem with the laptop itself rather than software or driver problems, but yesterday I started to think outside the box and have made some progress, but not enough to solve the problem. LatencyMon's gone a long way in helping me isolate the problem, but I just don't know where to go from there. Running LM always will show ndis.sys and tcip.sys at the top of the list, and but I'm not quite sure what to do now. I even went on the Acer website (my laptop's an Acer V5-571) and downloaded and re-installed all the drivers there but all that's seemed to fix is reduce ndis.sys to .697-ish ms. Tcpip is still over 1 ms.

Be forewarned although I use my computer a lot for writing and playing games, I don't really consider myself tech-savvy so if advice could be explained in as simple of rudimentary steps as possible (meaning where to go to find pretty much anything or how to get certain information or reports from my computer posted up here) I would greatly appreciate it.

A:Audio crackling/stuttering on Windows 7, latency problems

The Audio Crackling and stuttering can have many causes. Unfortunately there is no "one fix" for the problem. Latency Mon can help, if you can understand what it is telling your. I use my main PC for my recording studio and I tried Latency Mon on my recording PC, that had no problems, just to look at the program and it flagged several problems so I'm leery of what it reports.

There is an other program, DPC Latency checker which may also help but it doesn't go deep into the PC like Latency mon.

Some general items that have been known to cause the crackling/popping/stuttering are sound and video drivers. Wi-Fi is another known cause. As you have a laptop, temporarily disable Wi-Fi and see if changes anything.

Stuttering can also be caused by the higher priority device that is sharing the same IRQ (Interrupt) as the Sound. Windows treats Sound as a "low priority" device and is on the same (shared) IRQ with a higher priority device. The higher priority device can "interrupt" the sound device and thus cause stuttering.

Look through the many posts, here, on the subject. Maybe something will pop out that will help.

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Hey, I recent put together this new rig. I'm using the onboard sound card for my Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R Rev 2.0 mobo. The sound chipset is Realtek ALC889. I've updated the latest drivers, but there is crackling/static noise when I play music.

Currently I mainly use a 2.1 speaker system. But Ive tried testing it with headphones the static/crackling noises persists. It is not constant, but it shows up periodically. Furthermore, when there is no music/sound playing the noise is not there. This leads me to believe its a hardware/driver issue and not so much a speaker/interference issue.

I'm stumped on this and any help would be appreciated, the noise is annoying.

A:Realtek onboard sound card: Static/Crackling noises

Do you have a wireless (wi fi) connection? They have been known to cause this. A cordless phone or cell phone sitting close by is also a potential. Video card/drivers have also been another issue.

There are many possibilites and many forum posts about this problem, here, on the Dell users forum and other internet computer forums. No "one fix" for the problem.

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Hello everybody.
Before I start I just wanted to say , sorry for the bad english .
So , I have read allot of forums lately , and I found out that windows 8 and windows 8.1 weakness is its latency.
For me this proplem accoured like 2 months ago (before it didn't happend) , and yes I have messed around with the bios before that happend (now its all set to default )
Currently I am running Windows 8.1 Update 1 (made a clean install yesterday) latest updates and drivers installed (with a program called DriverEasy) , and I am also running all the default settings in bios currently . I noticed the problem , 2 months ago just like I said before , when I was watching a video on youtube . Since that , I just can't watch some videos anymore with the ANNOYING static/crackling sound , its very annoying .And it also seems that it affects CPU performance and fps drops.Like I said before , I installed Windows 8.1 yesterday , so no minor tweaks have been done to the system .

I have already tried :

-"disabledynamictick" command
-Disabling all unused devices in bios
-Disabling EIST and C1E (no improvment at all)
*-Disabling HPET Mode reduces latency , but pc isn't stable.

Here are my computer specs (its a 4 year old and its really , really bad ):

Gigabyte G41MT-S2PT(motherboard)
-Intel Celeron E3400(processor)
-Intel G41 Express Chipset(intergrated graphics card - really bad)
-4Gb 1333Mhz Kingston DDR3 Memory(ram)
-Windows 8.1 Update 1 (latest drivers and updates installed)

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A:Windows 8.1 High DPC Latency,(annoying static sound)-Help.

Windows 8 Compatibility:[FONT=Arial] The DPC latency utility runs on Windows 8 but does not show correct values. The output suggests that the Windows 8 kernel performs badly and introduces a constant latency of one millisecond, which is not the case in practice. DPCs in the Windows 8 kernel behave identical to Windows 7. The utility produces incorrect results because the implementation of kernel timers has changed in Windows 8, which causes a side effect with the measuring algorithm used by the utility. Thesycon is working on a new version of the DPC latency utility and will make it available on this site as soon as it is finished.

Source: http://www.thesycon.de/deu/latency_check.shtml]Click

Beside that it's most likely a hardware / driver / codec - issue.

Your system is also not really powerful as well.

Windows 8 / 8.1 are not causing that kind of issues. There is only an input-lag, which can be fixed via M$-tool, when playing older games without direct-/raw-mouse-input.

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Hello,Recently the sound from my speakers has started to crackle when I am in a game and also when a UAC window pops up. I have used DPC Latency Checker and seen that when the audio crackles, the latency is very high. This screenshot shows the results of a UAC window popping up and being closed at the point when the bars are red.I was hoping it would resolve when I re-installed windows 7 and updated my drivers but the crackling still persists. By checking DPC latency when some devices were disabled in Device Manager one by one, I noticed that without my graphics card (nVidia GeForce GTS 250 512MB) driver installed, the audio crackling and latency was gone. (Screenshot)Obviously this can't be a permanent solution. Any ideas?Cheers.

A:Audio crackling in game (DPC latency)

Well...I would not draw a correlation between video drivers...and sound...but stranger things happen daily.

In any case, have you tried reinstalling same drivers anew?

Or uninstalling your audio drivers and then reinstalling same?

Of course...your speakers could be the problem.


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I've seen many threads on various boards regarding my issue, which is audio distortion and crackling. This was not a problem for me at all until a few weeks ago, but it's come to the point of running me mental.

It always takes a reboot to temporarily fix the issue - but within a few hours it's back and it's a right pain in my butt - being an audio producer.

I've a dedicated firewire sound card (Focusrite Saffire Pro 24) for my audio work, and various sound cards for normal usage. (ATI HD, Asus Virtual Video Capture, SB Xfi Xtrem Audio, VIA High Definition Audio) This distortion and lag occurs on every card I have, so it's definitely not exclusive to one sound card or sound card driver. And anyway, I've already gone through the normal attempts to correct this by updating drivers. I've also tried the suggestion to shut down drivers selectively until I locate the offending one, but that doesn't work.

Like I said I've seen many threads on this but not once did I find a solution was found. Has anyone any suggestions for me? Please guys, someone give a brother a hand - I run a music production studio and this is costing me in productivity. I'm not the sharpest advanced computer user around, but I can manage pretty OK.

Oh, btw I already have the latency checker tool and it's peaking in the red within an hour of use. Previous to whatever has caused this, that thing was always green, and I know because I often check my latency as I use new VSTs or install updates for my DAW or ... Read more

A:Crackling, Distortion, Latency and Lag (after extended use)

I have a Sonar X1 DAW with a Saffire Pro 40 interface.

I had problems when I had a SoundBlaster Xfi installed in my system (for regular PC audio, not for recording). I had to remove the Xfi as it was interferring with recording.

But as it develops the problem after a while, it sounds like a memory or a memory "leak" problem from some application that is eating memory. Keep track of memory and see if a leak is a possible cause.

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Atm I am having 2 sound problems in Windows 7 x64. I am using a Soundblaster X-FI platinum PCI sound card. I am using the most recent Windows 7 beta drivers for my sound card, found here: Creative Worldwide Support

First problem is that often when multiple programs are using sound such as Media Player and a game and/or Ventrilo I get a slight crackle in the sound that slowly escalates. This gets worse and worse until the sound actually starts to lag and music even slows down and breaks up. At one point as this peaked I actually lost sound for about 30 - 45 seconds.

Second off the audiodg.exe process seems to have a serious memory leak. IT starts at about 11MB memory usage and atm, after about 2 hours of gaming and listening to music it is at 430MB.

I had to reboot about 2 hours ago do to memory usage problems. audiodg.exe was at about 300MB and it was about 1.5 to 2 hours since when I lost sound for about 30 - 45 seconds. I have 4GB of memory and from what I could tell looking at the task manager, I could only account for 2.5GB of the reported 3.5GB usage.

I have also read reports of random audiodg.exe cpu usage spiking. My theory atm is that after a while when the usage on audiodg.exe gets abnormally high, it starts to become unstable and eventually crashes. This would explain why I lost sound for 30 -45 seconds while windows restarted the process. I was not monitoring its memory usage prior to that so I cannot be sure. Also after the temporary loss of sound the cracklin... Read more

A:Crackling sound and audiodg.exe problems

This file/process used to cause problems in Vista too for some people. It is basically the new audio engine/manager of Windows Vista and now 7. You are experiencing a memory leak that over time, as more applications produce sound, becomes a resource hog and brings down your computer and sound performance. It is similar to how my Alienware AlienFusion Power Management works under Windows 7. I had to disable it. In your case you cant disable audiodg.exe without losing sound, so my best guess is it is a driver issue. Youll have to keep restarting or be patient with Creative (They never have supported Vista properly, let's see if they support 7 better) Do you have integrated audio? Try to use that instead for now if you do.

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For the past few days I've been trying to fix the sound stuttering when I'm listening to music, and after monitoring the dpc latency it seems to be caused by a bad driver. I've updated all my drivers and tried finding which one is causing the latency spikes but no luck so far.

DPC latency when i'm not getting stutters:
Yfrog - dpc1

Yfrog - dpc2
Yfrog - dpc3

Also, I don't know if this means anything but when I open up hwinfo32 and the hardware summary is shown, i get this pattern:
Yfrog - hwinfodpc (big screenshot)

When I close the summary it's back to normal. Does this mean it's related to one of the parts shown in the hwinfo32 summary?
I've tried disabling wlan, vga, sound, and modem in device manager, uninstalled daemon tools and it's driver etc, but that didn't change anything.

Any advice?
I'm using an Acer Aspire 5715Z laptop, Realtek HD audio

A:DPC Latency causing audio stuttering, crackling

Uninstall the Realtek in the Device Manager then restart the PC and when Windows starts it will detect it and reinstall. Sometimes the reinstall will put it on a different IRQ and fix the problem. No guarantee but worth a try.

FWIW I have an Acer 7720 laptop with Realtek and Win 7 32 bit and it doesn't do it on mine.

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I am experiencing crackling and static when the volume is up on my laptop. It doesn't matter what I am doing, it is even doing iti while it sits idle. I have tried a few fixes, I can't figure it out. HELP before I throw this thing!!!

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Hello people,
while playing Arma 3 I noticed strange crackling/popping noises in the menu and in-game when there were a lot of background sounds. I found a video of someone else on YouTube who had the same issue:
Arma 3- Crackling and Popping Audio - YouTube

The crackling was also brought to my attention during video playback on YouTube at some occasions. Sometimes videos froze or turned black. I did not think much of it when I first noticed it. A few days ago, I remember having a "nvlddmkm.sys stopped working and recovered" warning when the pc came back from sleep mode that I now recognize as another symptom of the issue. I also experienced multiple BSODs caused by nvlddmkm.sys a month or so ago that I suspected to be caused by faulty drivers. However, no BSOD or "stopped working warning" has happened to me ever since.

When I googled the sound crackles today, I read that there might be a connection to a latency issue with my drivers. I installed LatencyMon (Dpc Latency checker doesn't work with Windows 10). I let it run in the background while I continued playing Arma 3 and it confirmed my suspicion. According to Latency Mon, the Nvidia Windows Kernel Mode driver, my old friend Nvlddmkm.sys, is causing the "buffer underruns". I attached screenshots of the LatencyMon results to this post. When I found out that the problem lay with my graphics driver, I did a complete clean install of Windows 10. I turned off automatic driver updates and ... Read more

A:Audio crackling due to nvlddmkm.sys Nvidia driver latency issue

Have integrated sound card and Lan card ? Happen to add new hardware recently ? So you upgraded originally from another OS and did clean install of Win 10 ? Using HDMI to monitor try disabling HDMI Audio in sound properties or NVIDIA control panel. Updated all other system and hardware devices,like sound, Lan, etc.. ? Try reseating Graphics card and you said you uninstalled the drivers for Video cleanly, try this then reinstall them again http://www.guru3d.com/files-details/display-driver-uninstaller-download.html
What i am not sure of is this issue happened with only the new NVIDIA drivers, new hardware (possible video card or other), assumed happened only now in Windows 10. Could be conflict with another hard or it's drivers or settings on either.

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Hey guys! I'm new to the Seven Forums and are very pleased with the detailed answers that everyone gives. They are very well informed and most give very simplistic instructions. Just thought I'd put that out there...So anyways to my problem

To get to the point, I'll put this in point-to-point format.

1. About two days ago I bought a 1/8-1/4 audio jack to connect my guitar to computer.
2. A couple of failed attempts at connecting and I finally got it to work.
3. I downloaded Asio4all to reduce latency when recording. Mixcraft was the recording software
4. After I was done recording, my problems arose

Here I'll go into a little more detail. I got on World of Warcraft to play with some friends and I noticed that my audio was make crackling noises. I had WMP playing in the background and all the sound get distorted. After I closed WoW, everything sounded fine, no noise whatsoever. When I reopened WoW, the crackling noises started to arise again. I then went online and checked to see if my video was the same. I went to Youtube/Megavideo and both still had the crackling noises (It was even worse in full screen as the video lagged as well). Now here's everything I did to try and solve the problem.

-Reinstalled and updated my audio drivers (I use realtek HD)
-Tried Vista and manufacturer drivers as well.
-Checked my latency with DPC latency checker-all green.
-Searched seven and other forums for an answer-nothing.
-Tried a system restore-nothing.
-Tried both speakers and headphon... Read more

A:Crackling/Static Audio!

scooter11, welcome to the forums.

Unless ouy missed listing it, in all of that the one thing I don't see id uninstalling Asio4allto see if that is the cause of the problem.

Also the Audio tab from your dxdiag screen shot is not for the onboard Realtek, but a USB Logitech headset which won't use anything from the onboard audio as it uses a different driver and is essentially a sound card unto itself.

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Hi all, been having a few issues with this laptop I recently purchased. I am getting slight crackling/pop noises from the built in speakers when playing sound. I have also tried two different sets of speakers and external ones which also result in crackling.

On device manager the audio device is listed as:
High Definition Audio Device

With two hardware ids:

I have tried some various different techniques to get rid of the crackling like disabling sound effects etc, but to no prevail, am now stuck as to what to do. Some where online I saw about a "turn off pull mode" driver which has worked for a lot of people, but I can't seem to locate that driver.

Please help, thank you!

A:Crackling sound problems on Packard Bell MH35 (Hera C)

This is what you have:



Realtek link mentions that is on Vista laptops and I dig a little, chipset dates to 2008, so it has aged a bit and that is not working in your favor, either.

Crackling/pop noises are CONSTANT? Then it's likely that port at fault.

Since it's laptop with USB ports (I assume) you can get a USB audio device as a replacement, and just disable that on-board one and hopefully it's listed in the bios.

This might do the trick:

SYBA SY-AUD20091 Adapter - Newegg.com

I think I am going to buy one of those for $9 myself!

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I just purchased a brand new HP Spectre x360 ultrabook. There is a very concerning static/crackling interference type noise from the speakers and headphones while playing music (spotify) or youtube videos. First I thought it sounded like the speakers were blown out, but since this noise is also present in the headphones I have to assume it's an internal issue. I really want to continue using this laptop, but if I can't get this fixed, I may have to consider returning it. If such a major issue could exist, I don't even want to know how many less noticeable issues may be lurking. Please help me stop this annoying sound so I can use my laptop for such a basic function as playing music!

A:Static/Crackling from both speakers and headphones

Hi @ejc16, Welcome to the HP Forums! It is a terrific place to find answers and tips! For you to have the best experience in the HP forum I would like to direct your attention to the HP Forums Guide. Learn How to Post and More How Do I Find My Model Number or Product Number?  I grasp that you are running Windows 10 and you have a crackling/static  noise from the speakers. Did this  come with Windows 10 installed or did you do an upgrade to Windows 10? Have you done all your Windows troubleshooter? Have you ran the  HP Support Assistant ? Have you done all your Windows updates? Here is a link to Open the Windows Update troubleshooter that may help find additional drivers.   Although it lists Windows 7 it does work in Windows 10. Once launched, it should show a screen like this.    Use the second option "Background Intelligent Transfer Service", it should lead to a force update of 'Windows Updates' that may not be automatically being applied, that could fix some of these issues.  If you connect external speakers do you have the same issue? If you would like further assistance please provide your exact model of HP Spectre X 360 Ultrabook and any additional details.  To say thanks for replying please click the thumbs up icon below.If this resolved the issue for you, please advise people by choosing solution provided.   Best of Luck!... Read more

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About an hour ago, my laptop froze and a horrible, staticky/crackly noise started blaring through my headphones and continued to do so until my laptop restarted itself.  When it came back on, the static was still there and everything was bigger than before - like the screen had zoomed in.  I restarted my laptop to see if that would fix the problems, and it did, but I still get the static sound when I try to play audio. I have tested it to see if I get static through the speakers when playing audio and discovered that the speakers sound perfectly fine, that there is no static/crackling when audio is playing.  It's just the headphones that have this problem.  I have also tried it with other pairs of headphones and still get the static, so I know there's nothing wrong with the ones I use. I currently have my antivirus software running a full scan in the background to see if it was a virus that caused this to happen, though no viruses have been detected yet. If the sound is loud enough, I can tune out the static for the time being, but it's still a pain and I don't want to have to deal with it for as long as I have this laptop, which will be pretty long because it's still quite new and in good shape (I think) so I won't be replacing it anytime soon. I have been on loads of threads trying to find a solution to this static, but nothing I have found has been able to help me in any way.  So, if there is anyone on here who kn... Read more

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Hi,i recently bought a hp laptop. whenever i turn it on it makes a satic/crackling noise which gets really annoying. it doesnt seem to be coming from the speakers because when i watch something i cant hear that sound. i was just wondering is this a problem, if so is there anyway to fix it,  or is it just the sound of the laptop working.thanks

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Hi--I'm new to this site, so please excuse me for being super computer illiterate. My laptop, Inspiron 15-3558, has been great until recently. About 3 weeks ago, a message came up on the screen saying that my adapter is not being recognized and is not charging my battery. Since I almost always use the computer plugged in, I didn't know about this until I looked at the battery and it was at 22% and not charging. However, the computer was running fine when plugged in, except for one strange thing. When watching a live streamed program, any speaking or loud sounds are accompanied by pretty loud static. If there is no audio going on, there is no static. Even stranger, if I open another tab, and this new page is on top of the page with the audio, the static stops. Right now, I am listening to CNN live streamed news, while typing on this window. If I click on the page with the news to bring it on top to view, the static starts up again. Also, since all this started, I noticed that when loading pages, which used to take hardly any time at all, now are very slow. I spoke with Dell support, and they want me to send it in. I wouldn't mind doing that because the laptop is still under warranty. However, I work from home, and if I don't have the computer, I won't be able to work the whole time they have it. So I want to see if there is anything I can try before I resort to sending it in. I hope that my post isn't too confusing or too long. Like I said, I can use a ... Read more

A:Static/crackling problem with Inspiron 15-3558

Please check for latest windows updates are installed on system. Type Settings onto [Cortana] search box, Update & Security, and then select Check For Update. Install any available updates and restart your system if required. Please don't wait later to install, click on Restart Now. Do the process over and over until you have all the latest windows on the system. Also, check Update History for any failed updates.

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I just bought a Dell XPS 15 (9550). When I try to listen to any kind of music on the browser, or play YouTube videos, I get a nasty crackling, heavy static sound over the audio.
Does anyone have a fix for this issue?

A:Dell XPS 15 9550 - Crackling/Static Audio

Hi ajpath,
Please update the BIOS, chipset and audio drivers to the latest available versions from Dell support site.
Please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your email address.
Note: please don't mention the service tag or email id on the public forum as it contains your personal information

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I just purchased this laptop yesterday and I immediately started hearing crackling/ static noises mostly out of the right speaker. I'm not sure if I have to get a refund or exchnage computers but i would like to manually fix this issue.

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Its weird, whenever i record my voice i get a weird crackling static, its like the mic detects everything. I know its not the mics problem cuz its brand new and its been like this since my old mic. Is it the sound card? Its like my mic is over staticky or something.

How can i fix this? thanks

A:Annoying Crackling Static Problem for Microphone

Take a look here: http://www.hotcomm.com/FAQ/FAQ_trouble_mic.asp

Scroll down to Microphone Quality and see if any of those suggestions help.

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I recently upgraded my computer and moved all the components to a new case and later switched to windows 7.

While I was on my old OS, vista, with same hardware as I have today, I had no issues with my sound.

Then I upgraded to windows 7 (clean install). I downloaded the latest Realtek drivers, R249 (ALC883), for my on-board sound (Gigabyte G31M ES2L Mobo) and I noticed that my iTunes music made a crackling/static sound that was previously not there. Since I thought the problem was only with iTunes music I looked for a solution regarding iTunes and found that there were some issues with purchased music and a crackling sound on iTunes 9 but I am hearing it on imported music as well.

I also hear this crackling sound on skype and sometimes when I watch online videos from you tube and the like. I have heard it a little during gaming. I have not really heard the sounds while watching DVDs which is weird.

I don't think the problem is my speakers because I am not hearing the crackling sound all the time with every application (i.e. watching DVDs) as I have stated above and I tried a pair of headphones and I get the same results.

My specs:
Mobo: Gigabyte G31M ES2L
CPU: Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 @ 2.4
GPU: Gigabyte ATi Radeon HD 5770
Ram: 4 GB DDR2 800
PSU: Seasonic M12II 620 W
Case: Cooler Master 335 Elite
OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
Speakers: Creative SBS 2.1 350

Please help me.


A:Crackling, static w/ Realtek onboard after switching to Win 7

If you look around you will find hundreds of posts on here and other forums with this problem. Some of the problems are related to wireless devices (especially a wireless wi-fi), some can be related to video card/driver issues and since you have some type of SoundBlaster sound card there have been issues with more than 3GB of RAM and some models of SoundBlaster sound cards.

Having worked OK in XP and not in Vista/Win 7 can also be related to the SoundCard as there are some sound functions that are handled differently in Vista and Win 7. Also many SoundBlaster sound cards, that are Win 7 compatible must have Windows 7 specific drivers, not Vista drivers.

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I've had my laptop since April. About a month ago, I noticed the sound was crackling and popping. It mostly happens on Google Chrome. I can have a video or song playing and if I go to another tab, the sound stops and and starts and crackles. I download DPC Latency Checker. I've noticed that when the sound crackles and pops, the latency spikes. I've tried uninstalling the sound driver (Realtek High Definition) and reinstalling to no avail. I even conisidered that Flash is the problem. I've updated Flash and it didn't fix anything either. How can I fix this issue?

A:Sound static problems!

Popping and crackling is a frequently posted problem. Unfortunately there is no "one fix" for the problem.

Drivers are one issue. Use the Samsung provided RealTek driver, do not use one obtained from somewhere else or what Windows will install. Video drivers can be another issue. Although you have a laptop and probably connecting to the internet via wi-fi, the wi-fi device/connection can be another issue.

Running processes can be another cause. I had a DPC latency issue with a new desktop build that turned out to be a program that was monitoring the PC health. After I uninstalled that program the DPC latency spikes went away. So, check what is in the startup or what is in the Notification Area (lower right).

There have been many posts on here (and other forums) about this.

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Hello Dell Community, I am wondering how to fix this audio problem in my laptop speakers. Ive had this laptop for almost about a week now and it is really bothering me. Whenever I play music through my speakers they start to crackle, pop and sound static like. Can someone please help me fix this problem with my audio ? thank you very much in advance.

A:Crackling/Static in Dell Inspiron 15 7000 512 gb ssd model

Hello.Test the audio driver by switching between the Realtek audio driver and the Windows native audio driver.
1. Open the Device Manager (find it in the Control Panel, or type devmgmt.msc into the search box).2. Expand the "Sound, video & game controllers" and right click on "Realtek High Definition Audio".3. Select to "Update Driver Software".4. Click on "Browse my computer for driver software".5. Click "Let me pick from a list of drivers on my computer".6. Put a check in the box "Show compatible hardware" if not already checked.7. In the list of devices, click "High Definition Audio" (the native driver).8. Click "Next".9. On the Update Driver Warning box, click "Yes" (install the driver). 10. Restart the laptop if prompted. If not prompted, sometimes you have to restart, sometimes not.[To get back to the Realtek driver, do it again but reverse the names in steps 2 and 7.]If you only have the symptoms with one of the drivers, then the other is at fault. If you have the same symptoms with both audio drivers, then it is very probably not a driver issue.
If the driver is not at fault, it might be difficult to pin down the issue. Try running on battery power, and when plugged in, to check for power-related issues. Check for latest BIOS revision.If you cannot resolve the issue quickly, decide whether or not it is a deal breaker. If it is, return the laptop as defective. Check the d... Read more

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A couple days ago I received the HP Envy ? 15t Slim Quad Laptop (Product # T1P54AV) that I ordered from HP?s web-site.  This computer comes with a Windows 10 operating system already installed and is 64 bit.  Right away, I noticed that there is a crackling static noise that comes out of the upper right speaker area.  This noise does not come out of the left side of the speaker and is not the same noise as the fan noise.  It starts as soon as I turn on my computer, even if I don?t have any programs open.  The noise can sometimes get louder if I go to busy web-sites that have a lot going on (i.e. videos, etc.).  And, the noise is still going even when my speakers are on mute.  I also have not changed any of the speaker settings on this computer.  What is causing this issue?  Also, last night I got a number of error messages and IIRC, they said that my display driver was crashing.  Today, I went to Control Panel > System and Security > Security and Maintenance > Problem Reports and it already has a number of entries including the fact that my computer has already had 6 Windows hardware errors. Why is crackling static noise coming from my computer and why am I getting multiple hardware errors?  These issues are very concerning to me and I don?t know why my brand new computer is experiencing them.   I am afraid that these issues are going to get worse over time.

A:New HP Envy – 15t Slim Quad Laptop with Crackling Static Noi...

This is NOT official HP Customer Support and I, as most other persons on this forum, do not work for HP. This is a peer-to-peer user supported forum for HP products. HP maintains no official presence on this forum and it is unlikely that HP will respond in an official capacity. Any reply from a HP employee represents their own opinion and not that of HP's. As I don't work for HP, I could only speculate on the cause of the issues your new computer is having. I am concerned that you are having issues with your new computer and have forwarded your concerns to the HP Forum Administrators for possible escalation. Please watch for a PM (private message) from an HP Representative on this forum. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Please click the white KUDOS star to show your appreciation

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Well, I have had SRS sandbox installed and working perfectly for a few months now. Last night, upon restarting my Laptop, it no longer worked! It only produces horrible static and crackling sounds. This only occurs when SRS Sandbox is enabled. This literally happened upon a restart of my laptop, and I have no clue what could be causing this. I have done everything I can to try and fix this, including playing with the preferences in the options tab of the SRS Snadbox, Playing with the sound settings, and I still get absolutely nothing. Anyone have any suggestions? Your help will be greatly appreciated!

SRS v. 1.10.2, driver v. 1.10.1 (apparently the newest driver)
my sound: ATI High Definition Audio Device, IDT High Def. audio CODEC, SRS filter
(all drivers updated and working properly)

Please let me know if I need to give you any more info on my comp.

A:SRS Sandbox suddenly producing only static and crackling sounds!!

Have you tried a System Restore back to a date when it worked properly? If not give that a try. System Restore can be accessed from Start/Programs/Accessories/System Tools. Select an available restore date when it did work properly. System Restore will not delete any user data or e-mails but if any programs or updates were installed or uninstalled they will have to be redone. System Restore also has an "undo" feature that you can use if it doesn't help.

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Hi guys,
Yesterday evening I was watching some youtube videos when suddenly the sound cut out. I turned the volume back up only to find there was a loud staticky crackling pop as the only audio output. Audio output is fine on headphones.

I have a Lenovo Yoga 920 (with highest specs) with Windows 10 home 64x bit. Since the issue arose, I have tried several things:
- disable/enable drivers by REALTEK related to sound, and Qualcomm Wifi Network Adapter

-Reinstall drivers via windows and directly via REALTEK website
- Update Windows 10 OS as well as BIOS
- Messed around with several battery plan settings
- Restored PC to previous backup, then messed around with audio mixer. This helped, as there was no distortion until volume 20, but beyond that it was the exact same issue.
- Lastly, I resorted to just resetting my computer (deleting all files, etc.)
My next step would be to do a clean install of windows 10 but I need to be using my computer and was wondering if there is a better way.

I believe this is a software/driver related issue as I was partially able to fix it by messing with the mixer settings (even when not having restored my PC). However, this "fix" doesn't work since I reset my PC...
I installed LatencyMon, and the results are below:
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I'll cut to the chase....

Lenovo T430 Laptop, Window 7 sp1, 64 bit

Just today this started. I haven't had any issues before. When playing anything audio (e.g., YouTube, ZeroPunctuation, MP4, MP3, any audio) there is the occasional buzzing/static/cracking noise (kinda like what you'd hear fiddling with a headphone jack) coming from the speakers. It happens regardless of volume (hardware volume, or software setting), or whether I'm using the laptops speakers or headphones (I've tried with various headphones, including some quality BOSE) making me conclude it's not the tweeter or cone of the speaker itself.

So far I've tried updating all the platforms like Flash to see if the issue was that. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the Realtek driver, disabling/renabling through Device Manager and restarting, and even using the Troubleshoot Audio Playback.

This is driving me insane as having good audio is a major component of my daily activities. Thank for the help

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Hello 7 forums,

I'm having an issue with my audio that is driving me up a wall. I'm having that (apparently common) issue of crackling/popping/static-y audio on a Realtek chip. I've tried multiple drivers, from Realtek official to Generic to Vista ones. My latency graph has little to no spiking too! (A problem most people identified in the previous megathread). I know this is a solvable issue because previously I've had it under control. It was just so long ago and I've forgotten...

Anyways, does anyone know how I can fix this? It's making me so sad.

Stats as follows:
Asus f50sf
Nvidia GT220m
4gb RAM
Win 7 Pro x64
Core 2 Duo 2.53ghz
Realtek HD Audio Driver
Hardware ID for Soundcard:

Bios, video card, and OS are up to date. If you need any other information I can get it.

Also, even if you are unsure of a solution, post it. I will try anything at this point.

A:Audio Popping/Crackling/Static Windows 7 x64 on Asus f50 Series

I'm having the same issue, I believe so at least. Quite randomly, at about 5 to 10 second intervals, the sound will cut out with a pop which lasts for 1/4 of a second and carries on.

I 'fixed' it briefly last night by reverting all of my Realtek Sound drivers to Windows drivers, but when I turned on the computer this morning, the problem was back.

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Hello! I saw plenty of helpful replies here so I was hoping you could all help me with my issue.

System Specs:

Processor: Intel i5 2500k (o.c. to 4.2 GHz)
Mobo: Asus P8Z68 M-Pro
Graphics Card: ASUS GTX 680 superclocked edition
Soundcard: Asus xonar DSX 7.1
PSU: OCZ ModXStream 700W 80+ certified
OS: Windows 8.1

Keyboard: Corsair k70 RGB
Mouse: Razer Mamaba 2012 Edition
Headset: Razer Tiamat 7.1

Background information:

I've noticed recently that there is plenty of audio buzz/crackling in my headphones when I'm doing nothing intense. It's not super intense so I thought it may just be because of my headphones (Razer....). But it seems to always be occurring. I did some research and I noticed that the USB used to power the headphones should be plugged into an external USB power supply. No luck there. I left it for a while but more recently I've been having even weirder audio issues.

A long time ago I bought hitman: Absolution (IIRC I was on windows 7 at the time). It was playing fine at the time with no issues. Recently there was a humble bundle for Hitman: Absloution and that peeked my interest to go and play the game again, only this time when I went in all of the audio in the cutscenes was lost and the main menu audio was messed up. Hovering over a menu button caused a popping sound. This is the first instance of weird audio/game bugs. However once i get past the main menu and cutscenes the ingame audio is fine. So I thought this may be due to the games integrity, but ste... Read more

A:Game Audio Crackling (and crashing) - Constant Static buzz

Fixed it by reformatting -- Guess the time was due

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I just upgraded from an older VLC version to 1.1.4 and I'm now having bad sound quality when playing DVDs (appears to be happening from all DVDs). Sound works but it has small popping/clicking and what appears to be low static. My old VLC audio was fine. I'm also getting the same audio problems when using Media Player Classic (just installed). Not sure if this is a codec problem or something funky with my audio system but I don't believe it is a specific to VLC or MPC. Need to do a presentation in a few days using DVDs and really have to track down this problem.

I'm running XP SP3 on a Dell Vostro 1500 laptop. Appreciate any help.


A:Static Sound Problems with VLC & Media Player Classic

check your vlc setting , codec setting if you don't know the setting reset it ,vlc player

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Hi folks,

This is my first network setup and i am hoping someone can help me with some issues. The setup is as follows:

Router: Netgear DG834GT ADSL

Computer 1: (Known as Maude)

Celeron 434MHz CPU
512 Mb RAM
XP Home SP2
Wired to Router
Has USB Hard Drive that i want to use as a central data file storage space for the network.
Computer 2: (Known as Myrtle)

AMD Duron 1.29GHz CPU
512Mb RAM
XP Home SP2
Computer 3: (Known as Martha)

Celeron 1.86 GHz CPU
512 Mb RAM
Vista Home Basic
802.11g Mini Card Wireless Adapter

Computer 1 is in the living room and is used for email/browsing/word processing/IM and other relatively low demand applications and is the most likely to be switched on, hence the Networked Drive being attached to it.

Computer 2 is primarily the hub of my Recording Studio (grand name for a cobbled together hobby type affair) but is also used for email etc. It is located in an outbuilding but is no more than 7meters from the router and gets signal and link strengths that rarely dip below 50% and more likely average 65%

Computer 3 is my wifes college laptop and is only really part of the network so she can use the printer attached to computer 1 and back up her files on the networked drive.

All 3 computers communicate.

The biggest problem is the data transfer speeds between Computer 2 and Computer 1.

Computer 3 connects to both the other computers at the sort of speeds i would expect/hope (i.e.i click on a shared doc... Read more

A:Two problems. Static I.P Address not static + Incredibly slow network t/fer speeds

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It's a new Dell and it has been making crackling sound since I got it.
I spent an hour on the phone with a technician who restored the laptop with Windows 8.1 to an earlier point in time and it stopped crackling for the rest of the day, but the next day, the noise was back.
The worst are "ding" sounds, they have more crackle than ding. Video playback is bad but at least we can understand what is said. Youtube is bad. mp3 audio is bad. Crackle is there with earphones too.

A:Dell Inspiron 11 (3147, Mid 2014) makes crackling sound whenever sound is played

lelouIt's a new Dell and it has been making crackling sound since I got it.
Hello. If it made the noise right out of the box you probably should have returned it as defective during the brief return period. 
Does it make the noise only when running on battery power or also when plugged into house current?

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Stumbled upon this trying to fix my static and it helped it out a bit, not 100% though but thought i would share it.


goto your playback devices > click your speaker properties > advanced > and change the default format to a higher setting, such as 24 bit, 48000hz (studio quality)

thats it, and of course you can play around; if you have an alright sound-system you can tweak your eq. settings and such to compensate for playback quality.

A:Sound Static Help (removes most static)

Thanks for the tip but did not help me.

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Hi.My laptop model is hp 15g009ax.When i stop hearing song or any audio in earphones, after approximately 6 seconds I hear a quick crackling sound. The crackling sound comes after any sound that ends or After the specific application that is playing the audio is closed). I will tell you what is did to stop this.1) I updated the sound driver from hp support website specific to my model. Didn't work2) Tried the earphones in other phones and lapotps. Working fine.3) Thought the problem is with windows. So dual-booted windows with Ubuntu 14.04.1. When I tried Ubuntu without installing it, earphones seemed to work fine without crackling after sound ends. But after installing Ubuntu and checked, the same problem repeated, but this time crackling sound started coming before the sound starts and after the sound ends.This is very irritating and after reading some articles about this problem, Some said the problem is due to interference(Not sure) of motherboard with soundcard.Can you please specify the source of this problem and a solution to it.Thanks In Advance

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I've been having issues since February's windows updates with crackling sound typically in DirectX games and some video playback such as Steam. In an effort to isolate the problem out I've gone over all my drivers and dust contamination yet again this month. I removed both the 3.51 and 4.01 Klite packs and the VLC player I had been using. Registry cleaned and defragged.

My sound card is an Audigy Fatality champion series with the front panel breakout box.

June 3 2009 driver for it #

Dxdiag attached as well.

Next on my list is to see if maybe there's new drivers for my tv tuner capture board which does have sound card resources apparently.

As a side note, I use Ventrilo daily. When ever I launch it after a fresh reboot and connect to a server it locks the PC up for like 90 seconds before behaving normally and displaying the MOTD. It's done this for maybe 6 months. Whenever I have bad game problems I can generally disconnect and reconnect from the vent server without that little annoyance. I want to lay the blame at DirectX, but I've tried several forced updates of it without any improvement.

Playing in the APB beta as well, and thru tips from those players disabled multimedia network throttling in the registry which improved in game performance there a ton.
I really do not want to reload this machine as it takes an eternity to get everything back the way I like it.

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Hello, about 3 days ago i bought a sealed brand new HP OMEN 17-W03np which comes with Windows 10 Home (64-bit), i noticed there were some problems with the sound which have been a constant problem since day one. Before and after any sound plays there are these pops/crackling sounds that are noticable (and pretty irritating), the sound appears to play fine after it starts but in a few occasions the sound actually started breaking and there were random pauses while playing sound. There was also this one time the volume randomly went up and down on its own when pausing a sound (in this case it was a video) and then playing it again.Random pops/crackling have also happened while i was on my browser on web pages but there was no sound sources in the web page at all. I've attempted to use earphones while testing sound, and while using them the pops/crackling sound sometimes come out through the earphones, but sometimes they also come out through the notebooks built-in speakers despite the fact the sound is then played through the earphones (which i found pretty strange). This is my first experience with HP and i have to say i am feeling quite dissapointed, could this be a software problem or will i have to send my notebook back? I'd also like to point out that no major program/software installations have been done as this is a brand new notebook so most of the programs/software in it right now are the ones that come pre-installed with the notebook. I will a... Read more

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Hi folks,

Recently I was setting up a VPN client (PacketIX), and the setup wizard suggested some Audio/Video Streaming "Optimization" tweaks. I didn't pay attention and confirmed.

Since then, I often hear some crackling / popping noises. For instance, this systematically occurs when I Alt/Tab between a running game and my desktop.

An obvious guess is that the damn VPN client messed up some sound settings, but I can't figure out what to do.

I've found a good deal of DPC latency workarounds around here which I tried in vain.

Any ideas ?


A:[Sound crackling ] VPN client messed up my sound settings

Try a system restore to before you installed the VPN client. (System Restore)

Then reinstall the VPN client and don't let it fiddle with the audio settings.


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I upgraded my Win XP to Win 7 like 1 month ago.
Downloaded all drivers (from their sites) updated them... then i open WMP 11 and start playing some music. After listening to that i heard some weird sound lag, I believe its called crackling. I searched on internet found some solutions, but none worked and none was for mine sound card.
This wasn't happening on Win XP.
Oh and if i have older version of driver it works way batter (only hear crackling when my cpu goes up to 1000MB (100%) ), but then my Microphone goes really quiet like I disabled microphone boost.

Hope you understand my problem.


"Windows","Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (Build 7600)"
"Internet Explorer","9.0.8112.16421"
"Memory (RAM)","1023 MB"
"CPU Info","Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 2.80GHz"
"CPU Speed","2802,0 MHz"
"Sound Card","Speakers (C-Media PCI Audio Dev)"
"Display Adapters","NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 | NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 | RDPDD Chained DD | RDP Encoder Mirror Driver | RDP Reflector Display Driver"
"Monitors","1x; Generic PnP Monitor | "
"Screen Resolution","1024 X 768 - 32 bit"
"Network","Network Present"
"Network Adapters","VIA Rhine II Fast Ethernet Adapter | Hamachi Network Interface"
"CD / DVD Drives","2x (D: | E... Read more

A:Genius Sound Maker Value 5.1 Crackling Sound

Here Two Pictures from two programs (DPC Latency Checker V1.3.0 and LatencyMon), while playing music.
The results are pretty much the same.

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In the last week, all sound on my laptop has started to crackle slightly. I changed headphones, but realized that thats not the problem. If i increase volume, the crackling gets worse, and distortion really sets in. Strange....only started happening last week. I have tried reinstalling my sound card driver, but no change there. Have looked around all my audio settings but cant find any clues. music etc is still listenable, but there is just a faint crackle constantly annoying me. and distortion if i turn the volume up louder.

Does this mean my sound card is wearing out?? or is it a physical prob inside?

my sound card is : Conexant AC link audio
i have windows xp home edition on a HP compaq nx4800

any help would be much appreciated!!


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My motherboard is a PCCHIPS M848LU V1.2 http://www.pcchipsusa.com/prod-m848lu.asp and the onboard sound is a C-Media AC97 (I don't know the exacts of it, but I think I can find out) It has up-to-date drivers

I just bought this comp from maincomp.com, its an AMD Athlon XP2600+, maxtor 30gig 7200rpm hd, 128mb ddr pc2100 ram (512 PC2700, whenever it gets here...) nvidia 128mb geforce4mx440, Windows XP Professional SP1a, 52x24x52x cd-rw..onboard NIC, onboard sound.

Anyway, whenever I play *most* (I say most because a few mp3s either from winamp radiostations or mp3s on my harddrive dont crack, but the sound quality is still alittle bad) it cracks some-what badly, some worse than others.. I've tried reinstalling the drivers and messing around with the settings, no help...everythings brand-new, so think it might be defective, or an hardware conflict? Thanks in advance.

A:Sound crackling, bad quality (onbored sound)

Well you could visit the PCCHIPS website and see if they have any updates for the Sound.

Also try another pair of speakers, could be bad speakers or a damaged cable/plug.

Thats a fairly nice machine, however you shouldn't have skimped on the motherboard - its one of the lowest end manufacturers of mobo's.

You may be better off by simple buying a PCI soundcard - I recommend a Creative Soundblaster - and disable the onboard sound. You'll get better quality sound and better performance in games.

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Hi,Since last week, there's a static noise from my laptop's speakers, on playing music. But when I'm on earphones, there's no static noise. The static noise is a bit too much, when songs with humming sounds play.My laptop is 10 months old and all my drivers are upto date. The problem persists at both times, when the laptop's plugged in and when it's on battery. Please help me as soon as possible.... : (

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A:Static noise from the speakers and crackling noise from the ...

Hi @Tardis40... thank you for your help...Well, the link was of no use.... The last option left is recovery, which i do not want to resort to....Today, i noticed crackling sound in my earphones...So, now my problem is,Static noise in the speakers and crackling noise in the earphones...I am in a very disturbed state, and don't know what to do... Please help me asap...

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Hello all,  Please advise has anyone of you encountered with the static noise on headphones and popping/clicking sound on speakers while on battery? All these things happen before any video\audio is starting to play. Static sound also is hearable after audio/video is stopped. And how did you resolve this problem?? Thanks!

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Yesterday my sound was fine, i havnt installed any new software at all for ages. Today i turned my pc on and all the sounds are crackling even the normal windows sounds. I tried a new set of speakers and still the same problem. I updated my NVIDIA nForce Audio drivers and still the same. I checked all the sound settings and everything is fine, they are the same as they always been.

Any suggestions???

Please help, thanks!


A:Crackling Sound!!!!

u said all the settings were the same but u may have missed this, check to see if your sound settings are set for digital out instead of analog....if you dont have digital speakers and it is, all you will hear is crackling.

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