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My computer keeps making a crackling sound whenever audio is played.

Question: My computer keeps making a crackling sound whenever audio is played.

I really need some help to resolve this issue. I'll try to describe my issue as best as I can.

A few days ago my computer started to produce a crackling sound when playing any audio

The crackling sound is present online and when playing local files
The crackling sound is present in both stereo and headphones

I'm not sure, I use a virtual machine to browse the internet and I haven't downloaded anything when it started to happen. I think my computer had a windows update before it happened.

Solutions failed
I used my asus audio troubleshooting application and it said all drivers were present and up to date

System details
Asus X54C notebook Win7

If you need any other information please ask, I'm not good with troubleshooting computer problems and would really appreciate some help

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Answer: My computer keeps making a crackling sound whenever audio is played.

Anyone got any ideas at all?

this is becoming a big problem for me

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My computer recently started making the same sounds as the video below:

I can not tell if it is the fan or the hard drive. Anyone have any advice or experience?

Answer:My computer recently started making this crackling sound!

With the computer off, can you hear the noise when you shake it ?
If it was the hard drive I am sure that your machine would have packed up by now. and if it was the fan then it too would fail eventually
My money is the fan as that is the only one that is fully exposed to the atmosphere. Making it plausible to assume some debris got into your computer.

If its in warranty then get the manufacturers to fix it. If not you might like to consider taking it apart yourself, power off of course.

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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.

Answer: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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Dear readers,

I'm the owner of a toshiba l665D and there is a problem.
Every time i have to use something involving
sound it sounds rubbish.
The sound isn't played smoothly there are pauses and there is a big cracking
sound sometimes in it.

This is not because of the speakers, I have also tright it through the headphone tube.
Could this possilybe because of a damaged soundcard.

It's sound really rubbish and the laptop isn't even 2 years old yet.

What could it be?

Answer:Satellite L665D - sound isn't played smoothly - crackling sound


I think this is not related to faulty sound card but due to old iRST (Intel Rapid Storage Technology) driver.

I found an thread about very similar issue.

Update of the iRST (Intel Rapid Storage Technology Driver) to version V10.1.0.1008 or higher should solve this problem.

I recommend trying this out!

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Answer:making Audio Disc that can be played on regular CD

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I am having problems with a set of computer speakers. They make a crackling sound when the volume is turned up. I don't seem to notice the noise when the speakers are turned way down. The volume setting in the computer are set at half and I have tried another set of speakers and they too make the same noise. The computer is a 2 year old HP using windows xp as the operating system.

Any help or insight anyone one might have on this would be greatly appreciated. Thank you

Answer:speakers are making a crackling sound

You'll get that when the audio driver is corrupted or if another device is on the same IRQ.

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 i have just bought a new hp laptop notebook ay004ne with international warranty in pakistan.when i checked it showed 8 months of warranty online. it is giving a crackling sound of hard drive continuously right from the start. how do i make a warranty claim here in pakistan.

Answer:New hp laptop notebook ay004ne making crackling sound from h...

Hello Darkdonio, We can test the hard drive in the BIOS. Tap F2 as you power up to enter UEFI diagnostics and look for the hard drive test. If you do not have UEFI diagnostics (i.e. your laptop came with Windows 7 not Windows 8) then tap F10 and look for a hard drive diagnostic in the old-school BIOS interface.  If the Hard drive test Fails. Its needs to be replaced.  Please contact HP and have it replaced under warranty !  Contact HP Technical Support over the Phone for further assistance without any delay to get your Notebook diagnosed and serviced by an authorized HP Certified Engineer Verify the warranty status here:  Hope this helps, for any further queries reply to the post and feel free to join us again  **Click the White Thumbs Up Button on the right to say Thanks**Make it easier for other people to find solutions by marking a Reply 'Accept as Solution' if it solves your problem. Thank You,GBL84I am not an HP Employee

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Hey Guys...

So my Packard Bell Easy Note MX37-S-200 has suddenly started making persistent " Crackling " and " Popping" noises from the moment i boot it. The noise is coming from the speakers and the sound is now distorted. I have very recently got it back from the repair shop after having my AC jack replaced... I would really like to rule everything out before i start pointing fingers at the repair guy

Things i have tried - Disabling sound driver - Noise was still there and laptop just installed it again.

Running avast scan through it - Scan picked up nothing.

Played with the sound setting - Nothing changed noise still there.

Plugged in PC speakers - Noise still coming from laptop but sound came out of the speakers fine.
Would really appreciate any help
Thank you

Answer:Laptop Making Crackling noise + Sound is distorted.

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I used to have an issue where a WAV audio file, such as music, played through windows media player would sound compressed, where heavier parts were noticeably dampened. It was quite obvious. For this reason, I used VLC as my player and things were fine, with no compression.

However, recently I've noticed that VLC now has the same behavior. I don't know if it was part of a recent update (2.1?) or not. I know it's not my audio card or driver, as I can fire up Cubase and everything plays just fine.

Any thoughts? How can I turn off compression at least in VLC? Thanks.

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Hello. I want to ask a question about my problem. I tried to search about my case, but it's seems I'm the only one in this world who has problem like that.

I have Asus P2W DH Deluxe motherboard with buit-in Realtek audio card (ALC882). My 5.1 audiosystem is connected via analog outputs.

A problem is:
When I start PC with Windows 7 Ultimate, first application that plays sound make huge noise to my audiosystem. In background of this noise I can hear quiet sound that must been played. After first noise played the other sounds plays properly. (For example - if you use sound themes - noise will play then your system is starting). Except only one application (only one that I recognize) that doesn't play noise - small mediaplayer AmpView.
This noise plays only with Realtek (I try to use my old SB Live - no noise at all, but SB Live supports only 4.0 audio). And this noise plays only when I use 5.1 mode in realtek (in 2.0 or 7.1 mode - no noise, but I don't want to use 2.0 and I don't have 7.1 audiosystem).
I tried to use different drivers - 2.37 and 2.40. Problem is still exist.
When I used this hardware with Win XP I doesn't have this problem.

Is there someone who has problem like mine? What way I can solve this?

Thank you in advance.

Answer:Audio noise when first sound is played built-in Realtek

I may have been experiencing a somewhat similar problem. For example, if I play some music and after that leave the computer idle for a couple of minutes, the next time I do anything to produce a sound: starting playback of another song, opening a folder, emptying the recycle bin-I can hear a short, cracking sound just before the sound corresponding to my action.
I am also experiencing a constant sound from the TV card stream in the background, but I can only hear it when I turn up my speakers pretty loud without producing any other sound...
I never managed to find out what's causing this.

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I've tried installing the latest drivers. I've tried uninstalling the drivers and using the Windows legacy ones. System restore is not an option as i have it turned off. I'm stumped as to what else i can try.

Anyone any ideas please?

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I have a HP Pavilion dv4 1120us, ever since I got it the sound has been making a popping noise. I've already gotten it replaced once and still does the same thing. I think it might be the motherboard but I'm not too sure. Help please.

Answer:Crackling Sound - Audio


does it make the sound all the time? can you boot into safe mode by hitting F8 repeatedly while booting. does the sound stio?

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I have an audio problem, then before upgrading to Windows 10 or the anniversary update the audio working properly after updating I noticed right away that the sound is cracklingthis problem it is tied to the bass itfor example it happens when I'm watching a video on youtube and step to another video without pausing the video the other videos that I will see will have this problem of crackling and the only way to "solve" this problem is to stop Windows Audio Device Graph Isolation (audiodg.exe).But after the problem recurs. happens very often and it is very annoying my sound system is IDT DTS Sound + I tried to reinstall the drivers with the latest version and I also formatted the pc but no dice the problem persists ...I only noticed that the problem is more "feel " when the bass setting is higher or when I change the audio setting to my likingespecially the problem plaguing the 62Hz and 125hz channelsI kindly ask for help has also become really annoying because without my custom settings is really horrible.Also here are not the only one with the same problem since it's full of people who complain, please push the update to sp71717 driver to a solution.Thanks.

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Hello all,

Can you help me ?
My laptop has been making a weird clicking sound, sort of like high pitch crackling and buzzzing, something rapidly cycling back and forth.

Computer been very slow and sluggish.

I'm not real savvy with techie stuff, so not sure if been taken over by malware, viruses, etc. I'm not sure if this is the best forum to post. Sorry ahead of time if wrong forum.

I ran Ad-Aware, got rid of the infections.
Then I ran the Spybot S&D, removed the items found

I also Defragmented.

I did a HiJack This run. Don't know if I should post it here.

Still, the computer running very slowly. Frequently making that buzzing sound. When I click on Internet Explorer icon, it takes much longer than usual to launch. Same with other programs like MS Word.

Can you please help me ?

Answer:Computer Much Slower Than Usual, Making Crackling Noises

"Sounds" like you have a hard drive failing and possibly malware as well. The sounds you describe would point to a hard drive failing.

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Again; I ask for help with this one. It seems that there are constant issues with windows 10 and sound blaster sound cards like mine. I have a sound blaster x-fi titanium pci express sound card and every time i turn off my speaker controller(unit with volume and adjustments for sub, center and rear speakers); then turn it back on after awhile; it gives me a high pitched hum noise and the audio comes out all garbled and crackling and its driving me frigging crazy!!! Can anyone and i mean anyone at all shed light on this one?

Answer:constant audio crackling and no sound!

I just checked their site and Creative have released a new software & driver package for Windows 10 with todays date!!!!

Google is your friend

Release date : 26 Aug 15

File Name : XFTI_PCDRV_2_40_0011.exe
This download contains the driver and application(s) for use with your Sound Blaster? X-Fi? Titanium series of audio devices.
For more details, read the rest of this web release note.

This download supports the following devices only:
?Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty? Champion Series
?Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional Series
?Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Professional Audio
?Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
?Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium OEM

?Microsoft? Windows? 10 32-bit or 64-bit
?Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium audio devices listed above


To install this pack
1.Download the file onto your local hard disk.
2.Double-click the downloaded file.
3.Follow the instructions on screen.

Hopefully, it'll solve your problems.

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Every time I reboot it seems I lose my audio on my sound blaster x-fi titanium pci express sound card. Also; it seems like every time I turn my audio controller off for awhile then back on; i get at high pitched hum sound and then when i try and play something I get crackling audio. What the heck is up with windows 10 and these issues? Ive never had these problems with my sound card under windows 7. Why cant creative get off their duff and come out with the new software and drivers for these cards? I mean they had months before w 10 came out to prepare for this but did they do it......nope! its really driving me nuts!!! anyone have a workaround for this until creative gets their crap in gear?

Answer:constant audio crackling and no sound!

Do you have the proper drivers installed for your card?. I have a Creative card too (built-in Sound Blaster Recon 3Di) and I had to install the w7/w8 drivers. According to Creative webpage proper w10 drivers will be released around end of august/september.

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I installed win7 64-bit in my pc 2 weeks ago and found a crackling sound while playing audio.I checked that all drivers are up to date and working properly.I later installed xp in D drive and found audio working fine.I dont want to uninstall win 7.Please somebody help.
thanks in advice.........

Answer:crackling sound while playing audio

Check that either in the bios or in a program that start with Windows, that no cpu throttling is happening.

(Commonly called Speedstep, Cool n Quiet or things like that in the bios.)

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Hello,Wondering if anyone can help me: recently my desktop just developed sound crackling/distortion through headphones and speakers (all audio devices work perfectly on other devices such as phones, laptops, other desktops...).The crackling worsens when more work is being done, especially when playing a game e.g. Subnautica, Overwatch... or watching 1080p 60fps videos whilst performing other tasks such as updates. The lastest GeForce Game Ready driver is installed.As well as crackling and popping sounds, the audio will sometimes stutter, speed up or slow down.I recently upgraded from a 300W PSu to a 450W Psu, because I realised the instructions that came with EVGA Nvidia GT740 GPU advised a minimum 400W PSu and I was under the impression that maybe the PSu was straining.No improvement. Was any damage already done? I was using 300W with this GPU for about 4 months before switching PSu's. The problem started about a week ago.I've heard of a range of possible causes - from drivers being executed for too long, to the motherboard being on its last legs. I'm not sure how to go about this though... I'm sorry if this should be in Software instead of Hardware.  Hope this was informative. If you need anything else, please ask. All desktop specs are listed on my profile summary.Many thanks,

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Hello,Wondering if anyone can help me: recently my desktop just developed sound crackling/distortion through headphones and speakers (all audio devices work perfectly on other devices such as phones, laptops, other desktops...).The crackling worsens when more work is being done, especially when playing a game e.g. Subnautica, Overwatch... or watching 1080p 60fps videos whilst performing other tasks such as updates. The lastest GeForce Game Ready driver is installed.As well as crackling and popping sounds, the audio will sometimes stutter, speed up or slow down.I recently upgraded from a 300W PSu to a 450W Psu, because I realised the instructions that came with EVGA Nvidia GT740 GPU advised a minimum 400W PSu and I was under the impression that maybe the PSu was straining.No improvement. Was any damage already done? I was using 300W with this GPU for about 4 months before switching PSu's. The problem started about a week ago.I've heard of a range of possible causes - from drivers being executed for too long, to the motherboard being on its last legs. I'm not sure how to go about this though... I'm sorry if this should be in Software instead of Hardware.  Hope this was informative. If you need anything else, please ask. All desktop specs are listed on my profile summary.Many thanks,

Answer:AUDIO: Sound crackling/distortion

From dictation.Hello, I see that this thread has been posted in hardware. Crackle snap pop noises in sound almost always come from some kind of hardware problem. So some questions about your hardware needed to be answered.Is this computer one that you have built yourself? Or did somebody else assemble it for you? Either way, did this problem always appear from the beginning?Let's just say that your video card is the problem. If so, then removing the video card and going back to built-in graphics should resolve the issue. Would you like to give that a try?Now let's consider another way to prove that it's not software. If you're using Windows 10, you can make a portable Windows 10 operating system that sits on a USB drive. That option is called Windows to go. Look around and you should find it somewhere on your system.If you can use that, reboot your computer and have it boot up Windows to go from the USB device. Then try listening to some music or watch a video. You should be able watch videos without doing any installation of anything. The Windows to go will have a slightly different set of drivers than your standard Windows. The Windows to go drivers should be as good as the drivers you are already have. If it is a software issue, then the problem should go away when you boot up a slightly different version of Windows. Well, at least that's what I think.But let's say that neither of the above resulted in anything positive.So now some questions a... Read more

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Hey, well my audio suddenly started crackling a few days ago. I reformatted around the same day it started crackling, so it SEEMS that's what caused it. This has happened to me before, and I remember fixing it, but I don't remember what I did.

I have reinstalled the Realtek audio drivers to the latest from my computer manufacturers website (Acer) and Realtek's website too. Both without success. Though, after reinstalling from the Realtek's site, it worked for the whole uptime of that session. Then this morning it started crackling again. It's very ironic that as I'm writing this the sound has miraculously improved, i'm sure my computer likes making me think i'm crazy XD (but it's still crackling).

I'm just stumped with what to do next.. I've disabled all enhancements via the "Sound" place on Windows, and adjusted settings in Quicktime. (Though I don't know if their correct now.. any way of knowing what Hz my speakers best support, and what Bit? Thanks alot).

So any solutions would be very very helpful. My system is also up to date with all updates from Microsoft. Service Pack 2 as well. (That took a few days alone to download them all:P)

Here are my specs if needed:

OS: Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 32 Bit

Processor: Intel Core Duo T2350 @ 1.86GHz 46 ?C
Yonah 65nm Technology

RAM: 2.0GB Dual-Channel DDR2 @ 266MHz

Motherboard: Acer Grapevine (U1)

Graphics: Generic PnP Monitor @ 1280x800 128MB GeForce Go 7300 (Acer Incorporated... Read more

Answer:Crackling Sound even after reinstalling audio drivers..

First - that temperature looks fine to me - slightly high but still fine.

Second - that crackling you hear is probably hardware related.

Have you tried listening via headphones? Do you get the same noise?

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So yeah, my audio has a tendency to crackle lately, and sometimes Windows Media Player stutters, slows and glitches up, particularly when running something like Windows Live Messenger. I'm assuming its something to do with my sound driver/audio device, since I only just formatted my PC and reinstalled Windows. Is there anything I can do to improve it?

My driver is the ALi Audio Accelerator WDM driver, if that helps.

Answer:Improving my sound driver/audio crackling

Other than checking your soundcard manufacturers website for an updated driver, I'd check your volume levels. just DOUBLE-Click the little speaker icon down by the clock to bring up windows volume controls and click Options then properties and make sure all boxes are checked on that window then click Ok. now all available volume levels for your card will be displayed on the volume control window for you to adjust. also if you click the options menu again and click Advanced Controls then click the Advanced button that will appear under some of the volumes you can adjust bass and treble and other things. just mess around with them a little.

good luck

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Hi, New machine, just purchased. When playing audio and video, a crackling is heard in the background alomost constatnly. Very annoying. Any ideas? Thanks in advance

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It started 2 months ago... If my laptop is making instant internet-activities (like multiplayer-games, YouTube, or downloads), the sound is crackling. And it's because of the Beats Audio driver.I found out, because, when i'm using microsoft standard sound-drivers or realtek drivers without HP Beats modification, the crackling disappears. Where can I get an older Beats Audio-driver for my laptop? Or how can I fix it but still use Beats Audio? Others have the same problem: HP Pavilion 17Windows 10 (clean installed + necessary drivers) Best regards,Angela Merkel :3 :* <3

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Hi HP,I m using Windows 10 (64 bit operating system) While playing any song or any video , it produce some crackling sound heavily. Please make my problem solved as early as possible.

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I have just recently encountered a problem where my speakers are playing/making crackling/popping sounds. However, I know this is because of my computer because I hooked my speakers up to my phone and it worked perfectly fine. I'm also aware that if I play a sound over bluetooth the sound doesn't happen. I've run the trouble shooting program 10 times, and after it caused my system sounds to termporarly stop working (fixed by restarting computer) I stopped running it. I believe this is being caused by the Realtek High Definition Audio driver, however im not positive. I've tried going to Device Manager and updating it but it doesnt solve the problem, in fact while trying all this it actually got worse. Before 5 days ago I had never had this problem, and my computer came with Windows 10 installed. I have also noticed that it mostly occurs with my left speaker and hardly at all with my right. I have a HP ENVY Phoenix Desktop, and i've had it for around a year. Any reccomendations on what to do?

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Hi,I have a HP-Pavilion m7-1015dx. It's 5 yrs old. My speakers were working just fine when suddenly I saw that the beats audio left speaker suddenly started crackling. I then checked and I found out that when I increased the bass in the beats audio control panel,the crackling increased. I tried troubleshooting and disabling and enabling the audio driver but nothing happened. What should I do?P.S. The right speaker is working just fine. 

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So I had some problems with using speakers and plugging in headphones. I did find out that my front panel audio jack just doesnt work, so I plug my headphones into the back panel. The sound of the left speaker is strong and sounds good, but the right doesnt sound good. I made them both the same volume level, but it seems that the right side of the headphones crackle and the sound falls flat. I am using audio-technica m50s, (which sound just fine in any other device). When I use a usb transmitter for wireless gaming headset, the audio is fine. But I would like to use my m50s and buy an attachable mic for them so the sound quality is superb.

Answer:Solved: Audio has slight crackling and sound falls flat

Sounds like the back panel audio port is dirty or failing.

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AMD 1800
512 Geil ram
5200 Geforce
Nforce 2 winfast mobo
2 wd 40 gig hd
xp home, all security updates
zone alarm, AV norton 2003

bios and all other drivers up to date

My computer has no problem on startup. The problem only occurs if a lot of sound is played. I hear the intro windows sound fine and any music i may play but it will freeze the computer and start looping any sound being played after about 10 minutes. It also seems to be freezing before it can finalize the installation of Warcraft III.

I also have a soundblaster live, but i would get the same problem only windows would freeze either way - sound played or not. It would also seem to freeze on startup when using the soundblaster as well.

At the moment i'm using onboard sound. I have tried disabling onboard sound and installing the sound blaster as well.

There seem to be no conflicts with my devices.

I'm guessing it could be the motherboard, but i'm not sure how it would be failing in this way.

I've also tried new installations of xp, a new power supply, new hd, and other configurations.

Any help will be appreciated.

Answer:When sound is played, computer freezes.


This is a strange one, does the computer freeze when doing anything else and does it do it if the speakers are turned off or unpluged?

How are your temps? Have you tested the ram?


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Whenever I play any audio, regardless of the source, the audio has a crackling noise that can either simply be annoying or at times make the sound indecipherable. I have tried to see if it would go away by restarting my computer and using a headset instead of the speakers and still it remains there.

My computer is a Windows 7 64 bit desktop with an Intel I7 processor and 4 gb of RAM. It is 2 years old.

Please advise.

Thank you,


Answer:Computer audio crackling

I would uninstall the audio drivers...reboot, then reinstall same.


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They usually happen at about a 1 second rate. The computer starts slowing down ONLY when anything with audio is being played. The sound gets all distorted and the mouse starts moving around at like 5fps instead of its super smooth rate. For instance, it takes about 5 seconds from the windows welcome screen to simply showing my desktop picture. This happens for EVERYTHING that plays sound on my computer, whether it be youtube, or iTunes, Counterstrike, even emulators like ZSNES slow down. Some of these aren't insanely slowed down but the ones that take a bit more CPU to process like CS:S would majorly slow it down, or fullscreening a video or something may slow down the playback rate.

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2
Scan saved at 9:12:59 PM, on 11/2/2008
Platform: Windows XP SP2 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP2 (6.00.2900.2180)
Boot mode: Normal

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C:\Program Files\Bonjour\mDNSResponder.exe
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Answer:Computer is slow... only when sound files are being played.

No help?
I ran a defragment on drive C as well... no luck in fixing the problem.

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Hi, need some help trying to figure out why my Ipod sounds lousy when played through my Toshiba laptop (w/ Windows XP). Sounds fine when played alone-sound on computer is also ok when playing a CD/DVD. It sounds fine when you first start for about 60 secs, but then the sound quality deteriorates; there's static, and the overall sound is best described as something like helicopter blades in the background. Weird. Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

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Hey guys, I just reformatted my computer because I had major spyware on it that I thought was causing computer freeze which then causes a crackling sound from my speakers. It was happening at most every 20 minutes. Turns out it is still happening sometimes. It seems to happen when I'm doing something that uses alot of RAM. It happened twice while trying to install the demo of F.E.A.R. and then again when I was watching Batman Begins on my computer.
The computer freezes and instantly emits a crackling sound out of my speakers. Does that sound like anything to anyone?

Answer:Computer freeze with crackling sound from speakers


any ideas please? i cant play any games without my computer freezing...what are some of your instincts on what hardware or software problem it may be from?

by the way i have the infamous ATI Radeon 9600xt which is supremely f'ed up. I get the VPU errors and such in addition to the freezes though, so I feel as if it isnt the card this time.

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So I built my first computer! What an experience!

For those interested in what parts I bought, the link is here

Step A to Step Z in assembling computer from ground-up

I have ran into a problem. It seems like there is a buzzing / cracking noise in my computer. At first I thought it was my friend's mic in Ventrilo but then he was off and the sound was still there. It becomes more apparent when I turn on a game like Warcraft III (for DotA) and the buzzing / crackling noise is there. Even while playing Starcraft 2, that same noise is there.

To prove that that noise is not in-game or that its a speaker problem; I verified by playing both SC2 and WC3 and it still emits this noise. I tried using headphones, speakers and such and it still has it.

I plugged in and out my HD Audio. Should I start using th AC 97? My computer MB says its HD Audio so I plugged in that as it says in my motherboard that I only need to plug in one or the other.

This is my motherboard right here - ASRock X58 Extreme LGA 1366 Intel X58 ATX Intel Motherboard - Intel Motherboards

Rest of my parts:

CPU: Core i7 - 920 2.66 - Intel Core i7-920 Bloomfield 2.66GHz 4 x 256KB L2 Cache 8MB L3 Cache LGA 1366 130W Quad-Core Processor - Processors - Desktops

RAM: 6GB (3x2gb) - CORSAIR 2GB 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1333 Desktop Memory Model VS2GB1333D3 G - Desktop Memory

CPU Cooler: Coolermaster - COOLER MASTER Hyper 212 Plus Intel Core i5 & Intel Core i7 compatible... Read more

Answer:Newly built computer, buzzing / crackling sound?

That should have nothing to do with it. Try to clarify where the sound is coming from. Could be anything

It could be the fan off balance, I could be the hdd not securely fastened, or hdd crackling, whic is very bad.

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Hello my name is Mike. I own a music studio and also do a lot of work with graphic design and other media jobs. This computer is my main computer for audio/video production and it has a lot of money into it with hardware and software. Without this computer my business is at a standstill as I do almost everything on it. The problems I am having are mostly in the audio area. This problem just came on about a week ago. The audio crackles and skips when I am using audio programs. I also have a problem with my internet connection. When I am using audio programs I normally disable the internet connection. When I try to do it now, all of the sudden it does not let me and it says "It is not possible to disable this connection at this time. This connection may be using one or more protocols that do not support plug-and-play, or it may be initiated by another user or system account." The O.S. is Windows XP Home. I tried to run that DDS script and it just opens notepad with a bunch of weird scrambled characters. I did however run a Hijackthis scan and here is the log:Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.2Scan saved at 5:14:39 PM, on 7/7/2009Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP3 (6.00.2900.5512)Boot mode: NormalRunning processes:D:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeD:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeD:\WINDOWS\... Read more

Answer:Studio computer very slow and audio clicking/crackling all the sudden. Possibly really infected!

Hello Absurdny,I see you're here now. Sorry about the delay. If you still need help, please post a new HijackThis log to make sure nothing has changed, and I'll be happy to look at it for you.Thanks,tea

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I am just trying to come to grips with possibilities using my new Asus Xonar DG Soundcard.
It's a well reviewed but low cost card @ $28 & I selected it to replace my failed on-board Card.
So I now have my desktop amplified speakers set up, but they are budget variety & somewhat limited, although I do not expect or need high volume.
I happen to have several small (ex car) amps, & several pairs of reasonably sized reasonable quality speakers, so I thought "what about a 4 speaker set up"?
Is this possible & how can it be wired up?
If done this way should I hook up a double gang log pot to control volume rather than use the on screen slide control which is not that easy when you are doing other things.

Answer:Making best of 5.1 sound card without 5.1 audio files

There should be a 'speaker fill' checkbox or similar in your audio manager.

Alternatively, you can use a splitter to split the L/R audio between the front jack and rear jack, giving you the same sound coming from the four speakers.

Or, you may find that it's annoying....

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recently, my ideapad 305 has been making buzzing noises over the top of everything that is played from the speakers, can anyone help with this problem as it is very annoying. thanks.

Answer:ideapad 305 making buzzing noise over everything played on laptop

Hi Taylor,
Welcome to Lenovo Forums.
Are you facing this issue on laptop speakers and also on headphones? Are you facing this only while the power adapter is connected?
Also, please share on which operating system your laptop is running?
Shashi Kumar
Did someone help you today? Press the star on the left to thank them with a Kudo! If you find a post helpful and it answers your question, please mark it as an "Accepted Solution"! 

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Hi All
Bought G45-50 laptop and i am having trouble when playing movies or listenting to music it intermittently freezes for half  secong and makes a buzzing noise like it has disconnected. Really annoying.
I have upgraded to windows 10. i saw there was a download for a amd driver or something like that for windows 10 so i downloaded it but not sure if installed or made a difference as not very tech savy.
Any help is really appreciated as it is driving me nuts. I play movies through vlc and music through itunes
Mod's Edit: System model added to Subject line to improve visibility / clarity

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My laptop makes a sort of crackling noise whenever it is doing something, almost like an electrical noise i.e. during start up, opening a new app or searching for something on google. It isn't a problem with the audio, and I believe it isn't a problem with the fan as the sound comes from a different part of the laptop as the fan.  Is this most likely normal and something that I should put up with or shall I take it back? Thanks in advance!

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So when i got my laptop the sound wasnt that bad i though ehh its just some out of the box sounds itll go away, no its gotten worse. So i decided to ask my dad and he said its just the hard drive working and then i look on the webistes and ive seen someone saying its the processor idling and that when you do more activity it goes which in my case is kinda true it almost goes away it just gets alittle quieter and slower, the sound is coming from the right side of my laptop and its like it almost sounds like a disk drive starting kinda thats the closest thing i can compare it to..

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Has anyone else experienced a crackling noise coming from their laptop? It's almost like an electrical hissing sound. It doesn't make this noise all the time though. Need I be worried? Everything seems to be working ok. Thanks to anyone that replies.


Answer:Satellite P50 is making crackling noise

Can you identify from which part of your notebook is this sound coming from? HDD maybe?

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I got a new laptop from bestbuy and the specs are: i7-6500u 2.5GHz, 8gb ram, windows 10 64-bit (no touch screen). It has been making a subtle (gets really loud in quiet rooms) crackling noise which seems to be coming from the processor. At first i thought it will stop but it has been 3 months and it got louder. If you know anything about this or if this happened to you feel free to let me know. 

Answer:processor making crackling noise

> it has been 3 months and it got louder. Are you sure it is the CPU?Could it be the fan near the CPU? If it's only been 3 months, exercise the "warranty" by taking it back to BestBuy, and have them diagnose & repair it. When was the most-recent time that the disk-drive was "defragmented" ?As the files on the disk-drive get more fragmented, the disk-drive makes more noise, when moving the read/write mechanism back-and-forth, over greater distances. What brand of disk-drive? Toshiba? Seagate? Western Digital? 

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I can sound files for less the 10 mins before this high pitched screaming from the speakers starts i can play audio cd's with this squeal in the background

please somone help

i have a VIA sound device i think its built onto my motherboard, but i need HELP!

Answer:When playing Audio files my pc suddenly stops then and starts making a siren sound

How do you make the sound stop?

It is coming from the speakers, not from inside the computer?

Is it only when you play audio CDs?

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GREETINGS   I HAVE RECENTLY PURCHASED HP LAPTOP AMO20 WHICH IS MAKING ANNOYING CRACKLING NOISE PROBABLY FROM HARD DISK .   I called the dealer about the issue but he said its normal. However the chirping noise disturbs me a lot. Kindly help to solve the problem.Regards     Dr  Zahoor

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I just bought a used Dell Latitude D510 laptop a month ago. I also bought a brand new battery to ensure I was good to go. Everything's been working fine until last night. I was working offline when it suddently powered off. It made a crackling/sparking/arcing noise from the right front speaker. I plugged it in thinking maybe my battery died. Everything worked fine for about 20 minutes and it did it again. Freaked out, I left it off overnight.

Today, I left it plugged in and started working on it. About 30 minutes in, it did it again. I'm worried I'm going to damage something.

Any thoughts on what's happening? Thanks!!

Answer:laptop powers off making a crackling noise

Welcome to TSG forums.,
Since the computer is only a month old, I would contact Dell and see what they suggest doing. You should have warranty on it.

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Hello all.Recently the LCD monitor on the desktop PC has been having a few problems.It started turning off for no reason, I discovered this was due to a loose power cord and just plugged it back in firmly.Today, it happened again and I did the same.However, it made a weird crackling sound and wouldn't stay on.If I hold the cord in, it continues to make the noise and the power indicator LED goes on and off randomly.It makes no difference if the monitor is on or off, it makes the noise if I move the cord.I can guess this is electrical, but is there a way to know if the problem is with the cord or the monitor?And is it fixable?I don't fancy delivering the news that we need a new ?100+ monitor.The monitor is around 18 months old, AG Neovo F-17.Thanks in advance for any help anyone can provide.Calum.

Answer:LCD monitor making crackling sounds and turning off

Sounds to me like something inside (something electrical) is defective  I don't think it's the cord as there is nothing in it to 'crackle'.  Connector, capacitor, resistor or something?  Bummer  Alan <><

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Recently on my laptop one of my built-in speakers has been freaking out on me a bit. Whenever I touch the laptop, or put some sort of pressure on the frame of it, my right speaker makes this weird buzzing/crackling sound. I mean, this could even happen when I'm resting my hand on it to type, click the mouse button, or even from touching the keyboard, like right now. Yesterday, it actually started making this high-pitched distorted shriek sound. It seriously felt like my computer was screaming at me.

Any ideas what could be causing these weird noises? Is something inside the laptop damaged bad? I've never heard of this before...

Answer:Speaker Making Crackling Sounds... Bad News?

Yes, there is something wrong with the speaker. Loose wire-broken connection-could be just about anything.
Only way to find out is to take it apart and check. And that ain't easy. Since you call yourself MusicNerd, I suppose sound is important to you.
I suggest taking it to a shop and have them look at it, unless, of course, you have the skills to fix it yourself.

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My HP Laptop laptop makes low, faint crackling noise which stop for a few seconds and come back. I have noticed this for a while but thought it was a standard computer sound, but I have also been (at random times) receiving blue screen messages which appear for a few seconds and disappear and then my computer restarts abruptly, therfore I cannot read the content of the message to understand the nature of the problem. could you post a way to access these blue screen messages if they are stored on my computer so I can read them. This is not the only problem my cd/dvd drive displays messages such as D:\ is not accessible or Please Insert Disk into Drive D:\ when I insert a blank cd into the drive and attempt to open the cd folder.

I have read various posts on this subject in this forum but I am not sure even though they sound similar if they apply to my problem.

I don't think my drive is old as it seems like a recent computer being that I bought it from a friend a few months ago ( I have the documentation if that helps). If it is because the drive is old the sound still occurs when there is no cd in the drive I've tried to backup but I have a 40GB Hard drive with more than half of its capacity used so when I try and save the backup on my personal folder or cd (750Mb) it doesn't have enough free space to complete the backup.

PLEASE HELP ME!!! how can i backup my computer just in case my hard drive does fail or how can I fix the stated problems!

Answer:laptop making low, faint crackling noise and other problems.

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Just recently, my HP Pavillion 13-s192-nr started making weird crackling, explosionlike sounds whenever I try to play a video on YouTube or anything else. Is there anyway to fix this? 

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Answer:HP Pavillion 13-s192nr Speakers Crackling and Making Explosi...

Hello @Saskatchewanian, Thank you for visiting the HP Forums! I have read your post and want to help you resolve the speaker issue on your HP Pavilion x360 - 13-s192nr. This is most likely driver relateed but it could be hardware as well.  Have you tried audio that wasn't from an online source? Does it do the same thing?Does this happen at various volume levels?If you plug in headphones or earbuds into the aux port, does this issue persist? To begin troubleshooting, please perform a hard reset. Once the computer is back on, follow this audio troubleshooting document: HP Notebook PCs - No Sound from Speakers I look forward to the results! If this information has been useful, click the thumbs up!

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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

Answer: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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I have a toshiba a205-s5800, it is just out of warranty. all of a sudden the sound has stopped working. I have reinstalled the sound driver, still no luck.

Answer:No sound played trough speakers but sound works from headphones

If you are not able to listening any sound even error beep, then it seems hardware fault inside your system.
It may speaker goes faulty. You should consult your computer hardware vendor.

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Hi! So I bought this laptop, an HP Pavilion 15-au028ca for school and after around 3 weeks or so of using it my hard drive has started to make some kind of crackling noise and since I use it for school, it's a huge problem has it distract me but also people around me. So I went to best buy where I bought it and an IT confirmed that it was infact the Hard Drive making noise but because the 14 days refund had passed they would not refund it or replace it. The offered me to buy an other laptop while they send it to HP for repair since it's still convered and then refund the laptop one mine came back from HP but the problem is that I don't have the money right now to just go and buy an other 1000$ Laptop. Also, it's my everyday laptop for school, I'm studiying in computer science so I use it every day and I really can't afford to go a week (or more) without it. Now, some people proposed that I could swap the HDD for a SSD but I just wanted to know first if there was maybe an easy fix that would require me to go out an buy a 400$ SSD or could I work out with HP diretcly in order to fix my issue? I honestly don't know what to do, any help/anwser is highly appreciated. Thanks Antoine.

Answer:HP Pavilion 15-au028ca Hard drive making crackling noises

Your system will operate much faster, quiter and cooler with a SSD.I found a Mushkin 500G SSD on NewEgg for only $119.99.  If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.        If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks!

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All sound from the PC fades out over the course of ~2 seconds only to instantly return when a new (loudish) sound is made. It almost feels as if the headset is raising its baseline of noise after a bit and things the normal sounds are just nothing until a loud sound comes in and makes it realize there is still noise to be played. Best way to describe it is having poor thresholds set to a VoIP voice detection, you make a loud noise and it will kick on and detect lower noise for a bit before shutting down again.

Headset is a Skullcandy PLYR2 Wireless Headset USB plugged directly into MoBo

I have not had this issue happen when using my monitor's speakers (HDMI into GPU)

There is no sound card on this PC, and I've not been able to find any sort of software to control the audio processor outside of the windows playback enhancements.

Windows Communications volume attenuation is set to do nothing, VoIP programs are off as well so as to rule out those. No enhancements are on in windows playback enhancements.
Gigabyte B85M-DS3H
16 GB 1600 DDR3 1600
Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB
EVGA 01G-P4-2753-KR Nvidia GeForce GTC 750
Intel i3-4160 3.60GHz
Windows 8.1 64bit

Answer:All sound fades until loud sound is played USB headset.

When you use a USB connected headphone (wired or wireless) you do not use the PC's sound card, The USB system does the conversion from digital to analog audio. Thus the problem is somewhere in the USB headset system.

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My laptop frequently makes the "Device Disconnect" sound -- that little sound you get when you pull something out of a USB port -- for no apparent reason.

The laptop can be sitting there completely still -- without my doing anything or even touching the keyboard or mouse -- and it'll throw that sound out randomly. It happens several times an hour.

Is there anyway I can find out what's causing this?

Answer:Why does my computer keep making this sound?

Bootcamp does not like Windows running on your MacBook. When you are using a Virtual Machine like Bootcamp, you really need to address your questions over at the Support forums. They are more familiar with Bootcamp.

If I had to make a fair guess, your Macbook is dropping a virtual USB connection while you are using Bootcamp. As long as it does not do it in Mac OS-X. Then your problem lies with the Virtual Machine.

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for the record i didnt know what forum to put this in so i just chose this one, and also this noise is really bugging me so as soon as im done writing this im turning off my pc. im not sure what this sound is but my computer just started making it 3 days ago.

5 mins later it was making this noise (it hasnt made this one since though, but its constantly making the first one)

thanks for any help you can give me.

Answer:why is my computer making this sound?

Sound's like a screwed fan to me

Take the side panel off and you will be able to tell better where the sound is coming from.

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Hi, A few weeks ago my computer stopped recognizing my audio driver and i attempted fixing the problem myself by installing some things (i was looking for help on some other website) and i probably just made things worse..i have an hp pavilion slimline,Windows XP,1.40 GHz,504 MB Ram,SP3,if that helpsand also when i go into my device manager, whatever i installed/uninstalled for audio, all i have now is -Realtek High Def Audiomy brother has the same computer, with perfectly working sound and in his device manager i found-audio codecs-legacy audio drivers-legacy video capture devices-media control devices-realtek high def audio-video codecsi don't know what to do to reinstall software/fix my problemhelp would be GREATLY appreciated!

Answer:No audio device on my computer + me making problems worse..

Can we have some more info on soft/hardware please.

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probably not the right forum to post in - monitor, feel free to move this post if you know a better location.

DVD's that are recorded on Toshiba DVD writer play back OK on it and another DVD player but when i try to play them on PC there is video but no audio. I've checked the settings on my sound card and nothing is muted. i'm thinking maybe i need to download some type of plug in but dont know where to start looking. I've tried win mp and real player but no luck with either of these- still no audio. OS in win xp prof.

tks in adv - any help app

Answer:no DVD audio when played on pc

Check audio drivers and speaker settings.

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My computer keeps making the oddest sound. I'll be doing something and it will make a bell sound. It sounds like an actual bell. I first noticed it when playing world of warcraft and thought it might be one of my addons, auctioneer, because it sounds almost exactly like the auction bell that sounds when you enter the auctionhouse, except ringing once instead of twice. But then my brother complained that it kept doing it during the night. I've had it happen several other times as well. I've gone through my sounds on the control panel and there is nothing like it (I'm using the default XP sound scheme). I'm starting to worried, is there something wrong with my PC? I'm running XP SP2.

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My computer keeps making a clicking sound just like the sound when you would open a folder, or press the back button in the browser...The sound comes from the speakers, and it sounds louder if I turn up the volume. It's constant and very irritating it clicks once every 10 seconds, even if I don't touch anything.. computer works just fine other than this.. please help

Answer:Computer keeps making a clicking sound

Let me guess, you have Marvell Raid Tray installed?

If so:

Your temporary fix is to mute the "Start Navigation" sound in your control panel.

Your better temporary fix is to open your task manager and end the raid tray process.

Your permanent solution is to uninstall Marvell Raid Tray until they fix whatever they did that caused it to start happening in the first place.

Atleast that's what it was for me.

Hope it helps.

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hi my computer is making a weird sound it's kinda cluncky and does it every once in a while but not all the time. it dos'nt seem to be a fan problem i checked that i almost sounds like it's coming from the graphics card. any ideas?

P.S. I'm getting a problem with my fans resolved currently but it has been doing this before that problem.

Answer:Computer making weird sound

could be your hard drive dying.
how long have you been using the hard drive?

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This is totally bizarre. I know. but I walked into my computer room, and there my cat was. Licking the computer fan. After almost peeing my pants, I noticed that now it is making a low buzzing noise occasionally. Does it have to do anything with the cat?

P.S. I realize the typo. I meant to say *Licked*

Answer:Cat liked my computer fan.... Now it is making a weird sound?

fur ? which fan btw ? psu ?

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This is my mother in law computer. Its acting really crazy since long time ago. It is Slow Some times, The processor is always like working, and the computer make sounds like when sonthing is poping up or thing like that but nothing popop. This hapen even when nobody is working in the computer. When you open Internet explorer, now is not showing the bar where you can write the web page address.
I hope you can help me to resolve this problem. The most my Mother in law use this computer for is AOL and some search; My daughter also use this computer yo play in weeworld or internet games that she download...

Here you have the log from the DDS and the attaching files...


DDS (Ver_09-03-16.01) - NTFSx86
Run by Owner at 23:23:22.57 on Mon 03/23/2009
Internet Explorer: 6.0.2900.5512 BrowserJavaVersion: 1.6.0_07
Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600.3.1252.1.1033.18.447.167 [GMT -4:00]

AV: McAfee VirusScan *On-access scanning enabled* (Updated)
FW: McAfee Personal Firewall *enabled*

============== Running Processes ===============

C:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost -k DcomLaunch
C:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
C:\Program Files\Common Files\AOL\ACS\AOLacsd.exe
C:\Program Files\Linksys\Linksys Updater\bin\LinksysUpdater.exe
c:\PROGRA~1\COMMON~1\mcafee... Read more

Answer:Computer is procesing and making sound even when nobody is using it

Hello and welcome to TSF.

If you still need help, please post a fresh DDS.txt as it has been a while since you posted.

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I have a Pionex computer with Windows 98... Yeah, I know it should be trashed, but it is all I have at the moment. My computer made this terrible car alarm sound about two months ago and did not do it again until this weekend. Today, it has done it about every 45 minutes to an hour. It seems to only do this when I'm on the internet. However it did it when my son was playing a Jumpstart game this weekend.
What the heck is going on?

Answer:Computer is making an alarm sound!

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It's coming from one of the two fans on the CPU liquid cooler.
Is this something I need to replace asap? There are two fans blowing air out if it's only one is it a must replace or can it wait for a bit?

Answer:Computer fan(s) making a clicking sound

clicking means something catching on it or a bearing failing - sometimes you can peel back the label and there may be a small hole where you can put a drop of thin oil.

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My computer, as the title says is making an extremely annoying sound. I captured it using my mic and can be heard here:, so please listen to it and tell me which part is making this noise.

I was thinking it's my power supply as the 500W power supply is about 2-3 years old where my hard drives are about a year old. I have the knowledge to open up my computer and replace parts so if someone can tell me which part I should replace then I would very highly appreciate it.

As well, if you cannot tell what is making the sound through the clip, would you be able to help me use the order of elimination to find out what is causing this noise?


Answer:My computer is making an annoying sound

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Hi, guys how you doing? My question is, regarding the sound in my computer. when am trying to access a file, it starts sound and continues until i close it. so please guys how can i solve this problem? i need your help. thanksHi, guys how you doing? My question is, regarding the sound in my computer. when am trying to access a file, it starts sound and continues until i close it. so please guys how can i solve this problem? i need your help. thanks

Answer:Why My Computer Is Making Sound? Too Much Sound

Please describe the sound as best as you can. Is it grinding, ticking, etc?

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By mistake I erased the axsaki scsi controller, now no sound comes out from PC.Please help

Answer:Erased sound controller, no sound from CD or DVD played

"I erased the axsaki scsi controller"That has nothing to do with sound, it's the SCSI controller: must have done something else besides just erasing that. Besides, you didn't "erase" it, it will more than likely come back when you reboot. Whether you actually need it for anything is something else.Try reinstalling your sound drivers.

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I have an Xp and ANY audio CDs i try to use will not play. i have tried using either drives and many different programs to try to play it, nothing will work. ANY HELP?? THANK YOU in advance

Answer:Audio CDs not being able to be played, ripped etc.

Is this a desktop system or a laptop?

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Can anyone help? I try and play a normal movie dvd disc on the pc but half the sound is missing... eg I can hear the background in all films (eg car noises/crowds etc) still in stereo sound from both speakers, but the main speech track is missing as main characters talk. I'm using windows media player, havent tried any others- although my normal non pc dvd player works fine. Ive checked the volume and audio controls on the system menu, and audio track selection on the played discs, but it remains the same!? cheers :O

Answer:dvd audio problem when played on pc (wmp)

ok this is odd, ive installed windvd, and now I can play the dvds on both players with full audio :) ??? perhaps something in wmp was corrupt that windvd managed to reinstall, Im not sure

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audio not played by speaker if i installed theConexant audio driver but if unintall it speaker works fine but not headphone what will i do please reply as soon as passible

Answer:audio not played by speaker

What model do you have?

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My computer keeps making bell sound after few minutes, I have reformatted twice but still the voice is still some kind of infection?
Please assist.


using xp professional version 2002 sp3

Answer:[SOLVED] Computer keeps making bell sound

Go to Control Panel/Sounds and Audio Devices/Sounds scroll through the list of sounds at the bottom that have speaker icons next to them. Highlight them individually and press the Play button the left of the browse button to hear the sound. Go through each one till you identify which sound and what it signifies.

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Recently (the 3 last times i havce booted up my PC), a strange noise has started to come out of my computer... It occurs after the bios startup screen, and before this screen.

It is a werid sound. The only way to describe it, is that it sounds like a woodpecker pecking at wood. (lol that sounds stupid but it is the only thing that i can think of) it makes the sound like 6 times, then proceeds booting as normal... Do you have any ideas?

Thanks in advance...

Answer:Computer making strange sound at startup...

Its the hard drive head. It sounds like click click or clack clack. This most likely means the hard drive is failing or maybe it's just doing a boot sequence and looking for files. If this never happened before, backup and wait till it dies.

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Lately my computer has been randomly making sounds. When I am off the computer and all of my programs are closes, I will hear a one second clip from some sort of song. Other times my computer will make strange sound effects like a clump of sirt hitting a brick wall. Is this some sort of prankster virus, and If so, how do i get rid of it?My Computer:OS: WIndows XP HomePC: PowerspecProcessor: Pentium DSpyware Virus Protectors: Norton 360 and Spybot Search & DestroyYear COmputer was Purchased: 2006

Answer:Computer making strange sound effects

Are you the only user?

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Starting this morning every minute or so my computer makes the usb device disconnected sound and it's driving me crazy. Any tips on how to fix this would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:Computer keeps making a device disconnected sound.

I would first reboot the computer to see if it resolves the issue. If not download USBdview. Run it and select the heading for last Plug/UnPlug date. Right click the device with the latest date and select disconnect (not uninstall).

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Please help. I allowed someone use my computer last night. Now, I am having issues with it. The issues are probably related.

When I move the mouse, every few seconds, the pointer on the screen suddenly stops for a second or two, then can move again. The computer then makes a double sound, like "klunk-klunk." This is extremely annoying and has to stop.

The klunk-klunk sound happens sometimes when I'm not even moving the mouse.

(Note: It's the same sound that routinely happens when I plug something into the USB port.)

Please help me to fix the problem.

Answer:Computer making strange double sound.

Beseech said:


Please help. I allowed someone use my computer last night. Now, I am having issues with it. The issues are probably related.

When I move the mouse, every few seconds, the pointer on the screen suddenly stops for a second or two, then can move again. The computer then makes a double sound, like "klunk-klunk." This is extremely annoying and has to stop.

The klunk-klunk sound happens sometimes when I'm not even moving the mouse.

(Note: It's the same sound that routinely happens when I plug something into the USB port.)

Please help me to fix the problem.Click to expand...

That "klunk - klunk" sound you describe sounds like the internal hard drive enclosure may be wobbling when it starts to spin up ? what make and model of computer are you using?

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Hi Everybody,
My computer has started to make a constant buzzing sound. ON the side of the little box on my motherboard is normally a red & green light, which is now a red and orange light.
I've attached a picture. The noise is a constant beep from the moment the computer turns on.
Is this something to be worried about?

Answer:Computer making a constant buzzing sound

Sorry, the link for the photo didn't attach, attached it now.

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First of all, I apologize if this is in the right thread. Not sure if it was hardware or software!

There is an issue when I play sound while on my desktop on my computer. Whenever I play any audio it crackles, skips beats, just sounds generally bad! The thing is, it ONLY happens when I'm on my desktop, surfing the web or on Itunes. When I play full-screen programs such as World of Warcraft, the sound is crystal clear and doesn't skip a beat, but when I go back to desktop mode and my World of Warcraft is running in the background, I can hear the noises from it crackle. It's very strange to me, and I've already tried some things. Now, I know this is a common issue, but I've tried everything I've found on forums and such, but no results ! I've tried:

-Taking out my video card and putting it back in
-Reinstalling my audio drives
-Updating my audio drives
-Installing the audio & chip drives from my motherboard's drive CD
-Installing the video card drives from it's CD

I don't think I missed anything, but all I see in forums is 'Update drives, reinstall drives, might be your speakers' I've tried all of that, but I know it's not my speakers because I've tried several speakers on both front and back audio plugs. I just don't know where else to turn at this point

Thank you all in advance for your help!

Answer:Computer making sound crackle while in desktop

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o.k my computer is making a beep beep beep nose when i turn it on can someone help me out?

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When I play audio with the windows media, through youtube, or even starting up the right speaker produces a screechy crackling noise, even when checking the sound volume. Should I replace the speaker? I already tried updating sound driver and that did not work. I used a wireless connection for youtube. the sound worked fine the night before.

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Hi guys,I just recently clean installed windows 7 on a machine I built myself and now every time I play videos on the web on full screen I get crackles from the sound. Youtube crackles a little bit when opening a video into fullscreen and then quitens down when I stop moving the mouse but other sites with video crackle all the time, like 40d or any other video streaming sites. Even windows media player crackles when I'm playing music with visualizations in full screen or small screen. Watching videos in vlc though do not give crackles in full screen or small screen. I have tried updating my graphics card which is a  Nvidia GeForce 8400s updating the sound from the built in motherboard (ASUS P5b-vm se) but still nothing. Sound was working fine until I clean installed windows 7. I've checked all the cables many times but I still can't figure it out, any suggestions?Thanks

Answer:audio crackles when video is being played

Crackling is the connection/wires/speakers...Can you borrow another pair of speakers to test ? ?

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My computer has some sort of malware that's causing it to play advertisement through my computer. It came out of nowhere and it's driving me insane because it's causing all sorts of noise to come out. Sometimes it's advertisements and other times, it's screaming at max volume. I've used Malwarebytes and the TDSSKILLER but they didn't work.

Here's what it looks like on my audio mixer.
Edit: The problems have escalated. My computer is now facing many errors and is beginning to crash and cause BSODs after a certain amount of time. I've noticed that this "Name Not Available" things on my audio mixer only appears after I have an internet connection but disappears after I turn off the internet. I am also totally problem free when I'm running without internet. Basically, the issues only begin after I have established a connection to the internet.

Edit2: I found out that there's a process for internet explorer running, although I never use it. Ending that process causes "Name Not Avaliable" to temporarily disappear. Afterwords, it reappears and multiple processes for "iexplorer.exe" appear. Ending them dosen't cause "Name Not Avaliable" to disappear and more processes only reappear after some time.

Other problems I have is that that scripts on certain websites are malfuntioning which causes my browser to freeze up for a long time. Clicking on google links also sometimes takes me ... Read more

Answer:Advertisements and other sounds being played in my audio

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Hi recently I"ve converted a few videos with formatfactory and handbrake into .mp4 (ipad optimized) format. However, these videos when played in Wmp 12, the video and audio goes off sync with like a 1-3 sec delay depending on the video.

All my vids are converted with similar info as the original video, such as I keep the same fps, same audio sample rate and audio bitrate. Only thing I changed is format type, bitrate and dimensions. For example since a 10k+ bitrate video takes WAY too much unncessary space, I usually set it to 3-5k instead of the regular 10-20k for .ts files. In an earlier thread, someone told me that bitrate doesn't affect audio/video sync, but rather the quality of the overall video instead.

Now I've also tried using VLC player and MPC (media player classic) to play these "off sync" videos, but they were in perfect sync. So my question is, is this video/audio off sync issue a WMP issue or is the issue with the converted video? Does VLC and MPC have a tendency to "speed up" videos so that it doesn't go off-sync, or is it since they use less memory they are able to play videos better than WMP (which uses way more memory than VLC or MPC)?

Any sort of help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.

Answer:Video/Audio off sync when played in WMP

Please don't double post>

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I've started having a problem today with random audio adverts being played in the background, even when I start up to desktop with nothing running. The main advert being played is 'Finish Dishwasher Tablets!' When the advert is playing, 'Internet Explorer' appears in the Sound Card Mixer, and it is where the advert is playing.

I have found others with the same problem and have followed the steps recommended - I used MalWareBytes, ComboFix and HiJackThis (in that order). The problem is still there!

I am running Windows 7 32bit and below are my specs:
3.0 Pentium C2D E4300
nVidia GeForce 7900GS
Asus P5QL Pro Motherboard
My HiJackThis log is pasted below:
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 23:18:16, on 19/07/2010
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\MagicDisc\MagicDisc.exe
C:\Program Files\Motorola\MotoConnectService\MotoConnect.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Trend Micro\HiJackThis\HiJackThis.exe

R0 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Start Page =
R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Ex... Read more

Answer:Random Audio Adverts Being Played

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Hi, lately I've had a few problems like Skype constantly logging me off and my computer not detecting my internet but after I finally fixed those problems, my speakers stopped working. I'm not very good with computers so I looked around through the internet and tried a bunch of things like disabling/enabling the headphones, uninstalling them entirely, using different headphone jacks, and restarting my computer. though I noticed I didn't have some of the things people were talking about. for example, I don't have the realtek audio drive thing, even though i'm pretty sure I used to have itGyazo - 9999964142c8d3ec55c8fb039a940e43.png. in another post I saw about someone with a similar problem he had about 6 devices shown here-Gyazo - c738b764fe632678c3490604e187f4d1.png- and that was a good thing apparently. I have horrible with computers all the time so there might just be a really simple fix that I never noticed.

Answer:No audio is played at all from speakers/headphones.

Welcome to the forum.

From the first link I see you only have "High Definition Audio" which suggests you only have the generic, basic function Windows installed sound driver. If you are supposed to have Realtek it will need to be reinstalled. You should be able to get the driver from HP downloads for your specific model or you can download the driver direct from Realtek.
The Realtek High Definition Codecs can be downloaded here: Realtek

FYI, here is how to post screen shots on this forum. Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Eight Forums

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I have downloaded the trial version and tried to play .mkv video, Result is :
I can hear only audio but no video is played
Any solution?

Answer:Why can I only hear audio played for .mkv files?

Have you installed the free VLC app? It plays MKV files.

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Basically I'm really stumped here and need some help! For Christmas I bought myself a new Motherboard bundle (specs below) and installed it and everything has been working fine, CPU has been running between 40-50% and there haven't been any general problems at all.

However about a week ago I was playing a game and my computer just crashed, no blue screen, no minidump...literally nothing. However i did have headphones in and i could hear a buzzing. Took them out and turned my speakers on and the buzzing was still there. I had no option but to hit the reset switch on the front of my case.

And just now (hence why I'm posting) the same thing happened. I was watching a film and it just crashed, once again nothing on the screen, just nothing to even indicate a potential problem

So i have come here in hope that someone will be able to help me with this. Funny enough i'm an IT Technician myself, and I have never come across this problem, so i wouldn't even know where to start. Please any advice is welcome, I just want to get to the bottom of this.

Thank you

Motherboard - Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3
Processor - AMD FX Bulldozer Quad Core 3.6Ghz
Graphics - ATI Radeon HD 4600 series

Answer:Computer randomly crashing and making a buzzing sound

What your are experiencing is commonly referred to as "crashed to desktop". This is directly related to your GPU. Have you gone to AMD's website and downloaded the latest driver for your 4600 series GPU? That's where I would start at.

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Hi,I've been having this computer for ages ,its been good computer for me and just this august 26 of 2016 it started this issue ,first said something about repair something about hardware and had two options ,after abit looking into my desktop started saying my computer info and scanning drive ,before start clicking when comes on and have 1 terabyte hardrive and its coming from the hardrive and wont move from that screen says its hardware problem and all can do turn it off.So my question is if its my hard drive and should get new one or does need more space put in like exsternal one or can i do so dont have spend money for someone else to repair it,please give me some options?Thank you ,Hope

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Hi, Recently my computer started making a noise intermittently. The frequency has increased to a point where it is getting extremely annoying, (about once every 75 seconds).

I have gone through all the sounds on my Sound Scheme and have isolated it to the Windows Error sound listed under Windows Asterisk. But I have not been able to detect what Windows Error is causing this. Everything appears to be running properly.

I would love to know if I am alone out here or if anyone else has run into this problem and if so, how did you resolve it!

Answer:Problem with my computer making the Windows Error sound?

This would appear to not be a "Sound Problem" this section, but rather some application is generating the sound, or its a real problem, that you haven't found yet.

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