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Crackling Sound - Audio

Question: Crackling Sound - Audio

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.

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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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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,

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Problem description: Something is seriously going wrong with my computer. I've been using Ableton Live (A digital audio workstation for creating music), and usually I have absolutely no problems whatsoever. However, I decided to look through some old songs that had VST plugins I uninstalled, and when I started doing this the audio start to slow down intensely. I'm running all audio on the DAW through a Line 6 UX2. So, I decide to restart my computer. However, it wouldn't turn on at all. After about an hour of poking around inside the computer, airing it out and cleaning the dust, it finally miraculously turns on. However, now the audio problem has spread to my other soundcard, an HTO Striker Omega. Whenever I watch a video or listen to something, if I do a task that requires a remote amount of processing power, everything slows down and gets extremely choppy, starts crackling or popping, or the sound stutters. This happens on Winamp, VLC, and any other program that uses sound. Seriously, since today I can't listen to a song in Winamp without hearing stuttering if I change tabs in Firefox. It especially happens when I'm listening to something and I click on things in the control panel. Also, Ableton has become completely unusable. I can't listen to anything without hearing about 5 seconds worth of noise for every 1 second of music. It's absolutely frustrating, and I need to fix this soon because I have some incredibly urgent projects I need t... Read more

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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ?


Answer:[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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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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Question: Crackling Audio

I just recently got a laptop from Dell, and whenever I try to play games (atleast the BF2 Demo and the Ghost Recon Advanced Warrior Demo) the audio makes crackling noises. I do not encounter this problem when playing any Steam games (CS Source or DoD Source)

I tried installing the latest drivers, but that did nothing.

My audio drivers are made by SigmaTel; there was no option for upgrading the sound card when I got my laptop, so I got stuck with that company.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thanks.

Answer:Crackling Audio

never heard of sigma audio driver.

But when you play bf2, what setting is your audio set to? your allowed, low, medium, high, and ultra high. Maybe your audio card aint that powerful so you might wanna try lowering audio setting and if you have eax enable, disable it.
Also, i notice both games your having problem with support xfi sound card by creative, so something is going on there. And counter strike which does not support it runs fine for you.

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Question: crackling audio

could this be a problem with my audio driver .. or I need a new codec?

I just upgraded my Laptop's operating system (ASUS X59SL) from Vista to Windows 7 which went fine, but then sound crackles, like a popping sound. So I went to the ASUS website to check for an update but there wasn't one for my model of laptop in Windows 7, I tried the ones for the similar models but they didn't appear to be compatible because they came up with "No Driver was supported in this driver package." and then installer closes. (driver details below)

Then I went to the Realtek website and downloaded something called: Vista_Win7_R259.exe which was a "Realtek HD Audio Manager" and I installed it and it made my sound much worse with very loud crackling. So I uninstalled it and everything went back to it was before (with small amount of crackling). This audio manager didn't change the driver at all but did effect the sound, so should I

my driver is called High Definition Audio Device and it is 6.1.7600.16385 (win7_rtm.090713-1255) When I click the "update" button it says there are no updates.
now I wonder if it is not the Driver could it be the codec?. THANKS FOR ANY HELP HERE!! I am waiting to watch Battle Star Galactica without crackling!

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Question: crackling audio

Eversince i've had my computer there's been a problem with the audio of cd's and cd roms. A constant crackling that beats in time with the led light on the cd drive no matter what program i use, real player, windows media and others. But if i play a cd without using a program (just press play on the cd drive) then it's ok. Music I've downloaded from the internet or recorded from the cd drive also plays fine. There's no conflicts.

Answer:crackling audio

I suspect you have the classic VIA chipset audio issue. I have a machine that does the same thing, and there never was a total fix for it. You might try the latest VIA 4-in-1 drivers.

Ignore this advice if you don't have a VIA chipset board, the one thing you didn't specify was the motherboard make or model.

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Hi all,

Once again, tech support has failed and I have to ask the real genius's for help.

I have had no problems with my computer for a long time. I use it mainly for audio editing.

Recently, my audio starting clicking and the CPU was maxxing out at the same time as the clicks. I had some urgent work to do so I simply reinstalled everything and it started working again... for a while.

But today, it started again.

Any audio noise crackles... or if I do get a stretch where it plays ok, it starts crackling the moment I do anything else, such as opening the web browser, or clicking a menu bar in any software, and the CPU meter goes off the scale.

I have not installed anything at the same time as it started to happen. But, one other symptom did occur at the same time, which is that my computer now takes a long time to boot up, it spends a few minutes in an entirely blank screen before finally going to my windows desktop.

I have all the latest drivers for my hardware. Any help would be greatly appreciated, I really don't want to reinstall

My system specs are:

Windows XP pro sp3
X86 Family 15 model 67 stepping 2 authentic AMD ~2598 <--(I'm sure it didn't say all this before?)
MAudio delta 44 soundcard
Nvidia Geforce 7600 GT
2048 MB RAM

Thanks in advance.

Answer:CPU / Audio Crackling

Quick update:

Unistalled audio drivers and the cpu is still spiking when I do things like clicking the windows menu, open broswers, etc...

some kind of CPU issue?

CPU's are where my knowledge of computers ends.

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hi. i run my pc through a hifi deck. it sounds great, but if i turn the sound up and listen to say acoustic or orchestral (or anything with silence) i get warping, and a crackling sound when i open an application or browse the web. i've played with the systems audio and the stereo audio to see if its a distortion thing but it doesnt help. im using a creative sounblaster pci, win xp. any ideas how i can cure it?

Answer:audio crackling on pc

Do you have a motherboard with a Via chipset?This can bring audio problems. Creative has a patch for Live! cards. Enter your model here:click hereor use the links under Audio Problems from:click here

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Question: Crackling Audio

Recently my speakers started crackling whenever I had the sound on. It's slowly getting worse.

I've tested the problem on a second set of speakers and a pair of headphones. It exists on any set of speakers I use. I ran the sound diagnostics that come with windows and they claim the sound card is working fine. I don't know whether I need to replace the sound card or am suffering from interference from some outside electronics.

Any suggestions?

Answer:Crackling Audio

Is it onboard sound? A lot of those don't seem to be very good, and if it is I would recomend getting a good sound card.

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Question: Crackling Audio?

Hi everyone. Got an interesting problem as of late. Anytime I am listening to something (Music, watching a video on youtube or from my computer etc. etc.) (especially music from Zune Software) the audio crackles as i do something like change web pages or open up a folder or just do any sort of task that brings up a window or changes one etc. etc.

I've got the SigaMaTel high def Audio CODEC and it's working fine

My graphics card blew up months ago so im running off the onboard thingy but i've never had this problem before!

*vista 32 sp1 home premium dell dimension C521

Answer:Crackling Audio?

So how long has it been happening? It didnt start when you were running off the Onboard right?

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Question: Audio crackling

The audio is pretty bad. Keeps crackling every so often. Not to mention a comfortable listening volume is a value of 4 of 100 in Windows 10.
If someone can help that would be appreciated. But since this Windows and there are a million variables...
I have an XPS 13, i7 8GB RAM, Windows 10 64bit....

Answer:Audio crackling

The only I have seen distorted sound was when playing some music which the processor was being speed limited.  In my case if I opened a new window it would cause the distortion with the processor showing around .4 GHz.
Otherwise, you might see if you can find something in common with the crackling.  Is it a certain type of audio or source?  Is it only when something else happens?  Basically I suppose is try to be aware of what your system is doing at these times..

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Question: Audio Crackling

We have a new Inspiron 15-5000. The sound is fine unless watching a video online (Neflix/YouTube) or playing a game. There is then an intermittent crackling sound.
I have checked for some fixes online and none work. Please can anyone help as I'm not sure if this is a known problem with Windows 10 and or Realtek or if we need to return our laptop.
Thanks in advance

Answer:Audio Crackling

Are you using MAXXAUDIO PRO? I'm not sure about you configuration but I only use the windows native driver with Disable all enhancements checked off and there is no crackling, where as I had tried MaxxAudio Pro and it did create crackling. I hope this works for you.

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Question: Crackling Audio

Hi there, I got an Inspiron 15 3000 series laptop with Windows 10 back in July of 2016.  I noticed that once in a while the sound would, out of the blue, go all crackly.  I ran diagnostics, restored it, etc. but nothing helped.  I then thought I'd shut it down (which is hard to do because when I do a shut down on this lap top, it doesn't completely shut down so I have to hit the on/off button which I also don't understand and don't like doing all the time), and that worked.  It's happening more frequently and it's nothing I'm doing different that's causing it - it just happens.  My volume isn't up high so that can't be it.  Does anyone know what the problem is? It's still under warranty so I'd like to find out if it's fixable or not.  I'd also like to know what's going on with the shut down problem.  Thanks!!  (P.S. I'm not a techy by any means so layman's terms would be appreciated

Answer:Crackling Audio

Hi GodsChild3
Thank you for writing to Dell Community Forum.
Does this happen when you connect any external speaker or headphones?
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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Question: Audio Crackling

To start off just let me say, IM GOING CRAZY

Now let me start from the beginning. For the past 5 years I have been using the same 80G HD without problems, but lately it has just been getting full and staying full so i purchased a new Samsung 320G drive. Since i only have 1 sata cable i took my old drive out (didnt format it) then put the new one in and installed windows vista 32 bit. (same as old drive) Got it running and started installing drivers including sound card and video card. After finishing this I transferred files off my my external drive over to this new drive then once finished started playing a video game (world of warcraft) and noticed stuttering in audio and visual. I spent several hours trying to fix this and came to the conclusion it had to be the HDD since my old one this problem wasnt accuring.

So I took this drive out, put my old one back in and of course no problems. No audio or video issues so i figured id just reformat and just start from scatch with the old drive. So once finished i went through my norm and started installing drivers... then boom its doing it again. so now its not a HDD issue and I once again have the new Samsung drive in.

Through trial and error I have come to the conclusion that the issue does not begin until I install my graphics drivers. Geforce 9800 GT. I have tried the newest and oldest drivers to no prevail, but again I had these drivers working on the old HDD before reformatting that drive.

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Answer:Audio Crackling

Hello Stylez21,
I would start by going over, and checking, what you did when you replaced the HDD's, check all cabling, both power and data, not just to the HDD, but check all MB connections too.
Try a new Sata data lead.
Did you partition the new HDD before installing the OS ?.
Are you using the MB drivers that came with it, or are you Downloading new ones from the makers site ?.
Can you list some system specs too, thanks.
Let us know, good luck.

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I have an old HP dv4401 with a GCC-4243N disc drive (pretty standard from my understanding). It has been fine up until lately, when audio being played from the CD crackles. I tried an audio CD using iTunes, and then using WMP9, and the crackling is on both. However, after I rip the files to the hard drive and play them back, they sound great. This eliminates a sound card problem.

It sounds like a pretty consistent crackle, like a pop every 1/2 second or so, that makes it sound like it is skipping. An interesting note, I also played a video from a burnt data CD, and the crackling exists there too. That was played in iTunes, WMP, and VLC, all with the same crackling.

I've pretty much narrowed down to either a bogged down processor or something wrong with the drive that makes the transfer slow. Maybe a buffer problem? Other than audio playback, nothing (not even file transfers) seem hindered. Copying from CD to Hard Drive (drag and drop style) works just fine. Anyone have any idea what could be going on, or what I could try to fix it? Thanks!!

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Question: Crackling Audio

Greetings one and all,
I've recently been helping my housemate with her computer.

Its a Dell desktop - not the most up to date system, but certainly the spec should be sufficient so as not to run into the problem we've been having.

When playing music through i-tunes, every now and then, there's a skip or crackle in the music almost like a cd with a scratch on the disc.

Its the kind of thing you would expect to happen if you were multi tasking in a big way and the processir or RAM was over worked.

Anyway, i've pretty much shut down all other programs other than i-tunes and/or windows media player and have been keeping watch on the performance in the taskmanager and its not coming near hitting peak for processor activity or ram usage.

Is there anything else that would effect eh playback of audio in this way ??

I've made sure both programs are up to date with the latest updates and all downloaded codecs etc.

I've also checked the physical hardware and all connections seem to be sound ... i've even tried a seperate set of active speakers but this is not helping the situation either.

Just to give you an over view of the system ... its a 2.66 Celeron with 768 megs of RAM.

Im sure this should have been ample to run these audio management programs without causing any trouble ??

The sound card on board is a SoundMAx integrated digital audio - not sure how much help this offers.

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Answer:Crackling Audio

It sounds like your hardware buffer is simply set to low. Push up the hardware buffer until the skipping/popping stops.

There is a trade off though, the higher your buffer is set the more latency you will get so find a happy median with no skipping/popping noises and as little latency as possible, but when simply playing music latency should not be an issue.

Hope that this helps

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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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Hi Everyone,

This issue has been going on for about a year now, both on 32 and 64 bit XP. My computer is around 3 years old, and no hardware has changed since then.

All my drivers are up-to-date, BIOS updates, software, patches, windows etc.

I have had lots of "theories" or "temp fixes" sent to me but in reality are not suitable.

When I play music (with any player) sometimes the sound crackles, to resolve the issue I have to pause then unpause the song and it stops for the duration of that song.

My Sound Card:

Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio 7.1 Sound Card - OEM (PCI-Express) to expand...

I have found lots of information, but non suitable.

Sound issues with crackling and popping
A number of owners of X-Fi cards have come to experience what is known as a constant popping and crackling noise during use of the cards. Creative has attributed the case to be NVIDIA nForce motherboards, however many other users who do not use these motherboards continue to experience the sound issues. Creative has not provided a fix as of yet for this to expand...

I have 680i SLI NIVDIA motherboard.. but none of the above fixes work.

There's tons of websites/webpages with people having the same problem. Read more

Answer:Sound Blaster X-Fi [Sound issues crackling]

It's a bit hard to suggest without going through everything to see what you might have tried already (although I did have a look at your second link and a very quick look at the third). So please excuse if you have already tried the following, or if they seem too obvious (more hardware than software suggestions, as you have perhaps been trying mostly software, by the look of it).

It kinda sounds like something's deteriorating, and when you give it a moment to rest, it resets itself.

You haven't mentioned anything about your speakers (or headphones). Are they OK? Have you tried others, or tried yours in another computer? Can you try a USB speaker (if you haven't got that already)? How are the connections/cables/jacks?

Do you have an onboard audio driver you can try (ie take out the sound card)? Can you borrow a sound card to try?

Maybe it's a poor connection, including solder joint, in there somewhere. Hard to track down - have to try swapping things.

Is your problem confined to one medium (CD/DVD, stored audio files, downloaded music), or does it happen with all types?

Does it happen when you're eating Rice Bubbles? -D) (It's late, OK?)

Any possibility of interference from nearby electronics or electrical appliances?

Is your power supply unit OK? (Don't know why these last two items would be fixed by pausing the song, but I'm running low on ideas - maybe I'll stop here and let someone else have a go...)

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My motherboard is a PCCHIPS M848LU V1.2 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, 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.

Answer: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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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.


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"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)"
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Answer: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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Yeah, pretty much the title. for some backstory, about two weeks back I downloaded some new songs. I bought some new in-ear earbuds to use, so that night i tried to test them out with the new songs I downloaded on my iPod. I converted the songs from .flac format to .wav so they could be played on my iPod, and that night I tried the new earbuds and everything was fine. About 4 days or so after that, I noticed some crackling in the songs I added, which wasn't there at the beginning. I thought the earbuds were just faulty, so I tried some other ones I had that worked fine in the past. They never crackled or anything, so I tried with them. The crackle was still there. So I thought hey, maybe the song is messed up. I re-converted, added and played the song again, but the crackle remained. Tried both sets of earbuds, and some recording headphones. Crackled in all three of them. So I figured the song was just screwed, and started listening to some other music that never crackled or anything before. The other songs now crackle. At this point, I'm getting pretty pissed off. So i plugged in my headphones to my pc, and played the raw .flac files for the songs I downloaded and first noticed the crackle in. I figured maybe something was up with my iPod, but the crackle still happened. I asked some friends who also downloaded the same songs and they said they never heard any crackle or anything. The crackle even comes through my speakers. fast-forward to now, most of my songs hav... Read more

Answer:Audio crackling issue

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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.
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Answer: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! I have a new HP HDX16t Notebook. Awesome PC however I noticed that when I listen to audio like in iTunes and Winamp or the Windows Media Player it will occasionally hiss or crack or pop for like a half of second. Doesn't do it that often but it's doing it enough where something isn't right. I noticed it really does it when a web page is loading. Now keep in mind I have a pretty good computer and am not overloading anything so it shouldn't have a problem. Browsing a site should not cause the audio to crack or pop. Anyway click my profile for my system specs.

IDT HD Audio Codec that I have reinstalled with the latest drivers twice now.
Did a Factory Restore of my system and the problem still persists.

Any help is appreciated, thanks

Answer:Crackling & Hissed AUDIO

Try this
Tips for fixing common sound problems

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I've noticed lately that my speakers are crackling under certain audio conditions.  My fear is that one or more of the speakers were damaged during one of the system board replacements. Does anyone happen to know off hand of any audio testing utilities?  I.e., something that will allow me to play certain tones out of one speaker at a time to see if I can isolate the problem?

Answer:Tests for Audio Crackling?

If you just want to test one speaker at a time try using the dxdiag utility.Go to run and type in "dxdiag.exe" it will test your audio in various sound frequencies in both the speakers and a single speaker
Hope this helps 

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I've recently noticed that the sound coming through my speakers is heavily distorted and crackly. It's not the speakers themselves; they have been tested. I thought that the port might be loose, but it happens with anything plugged into the front jack as well. The Audio Troubleshooter from Microsoft claims no issues; I have attempted to uninstall and then reinstall the latest Realtek HD Audio drivers, and seen no improvements. I'm at a loss as to what else it could be.

A .txt file of my Speccy output is attached.


Answer:Distorted and crackling audio

This can be a frustrating problem to find a solution. I once had the problem with an old Creative sound card and a driver update resolved it. That was the easy solution. The harder diagnosis is with interference. You may have interference coming into your system from elsewhere, or it may be internal or coming from the motherboard itself. You can look at the problems others have had at this link to see how some found it frustrating to diagnose and solve.

I would first try removing possible sources of interference. What other devices do you have connected to the power strip the computer is plugged into? If you have a phone, printer, or scanner plugged into the same power strip, plug them into another strip or a different circuit altogether in your home. You also may try shutting down the system and making certain all internal cards and wires are firmly connected. Over time some things can work themselves loose somewhat especially if you've recently moved the system for any reason.

Hope this helps lead you to an idea that will resolve the problem. Good luck.

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Hello all,

Recently built a new system and the audio from the front panel is not working properly online on websites like Youtube but its perfect on Spotify and on offline videos...

It is really hit and miss... I have updated my Realtek driver and Nvidia driver to the latest ones but still the same. Very odd...Do I need some codecs?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 1500X Quad-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 23 Model 1 Stepping 1
Processor Count: 8
RAM: 16317 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, -1 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 893 GB (843 GB Free); D: 931 GB (296 GB Free); E: 931 GB (644 GB Free);
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated

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My brand new acer 5532 laptop's audio slows an crackles when loading pages, even under light CPU usage. its very annoying, especially since I'm huge internet radio buff, and have a klipsch system that makes almost every imperfection noticeable. The sound is prevalent on the crappy laptop speakers as well. Im using a Belkin N150 router and the connection is always strong, this happens when its plug into my 100 mbs fiber-optic broadband too. please help!

AMD Athlon™ single-core processor TF-20* with 64-bit platform
667MHz system bus with Cool'n'Quiet and HyperTransport™ technologies and Enhanced Virus Protection** for Windows.
AMD64 technology
Provides simultaneous support for 32-bit and 64-bit computing, including today's 32-bit applications and tomorrow's 64-bit software.

3GB DDR2 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 4GB.
Multiformat DVD?RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support

With 1366 x 768 resolution showcases your movies and games in stunning clarity.
160GB Serial ATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
For fast read/write times.

ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics
Features up to 1919MB of HyperMemory for lush images.
Multi-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.
2 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.

Built-in InviLink high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/Draft-N)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
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Answer:Slowing and Crackling audio - help!

Laptop speakers are hardly the greatest speakers
You'd probably be better off with a pair of external speakers

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thanks for taking the time to read this and help me with my problem

ok the problem is i started to install Crysis Warhead and i started playing it and there was no audio so i unplugged my headphones and plugged em back in nothing still so i saved my game and quit then all i was hearing was crackling so i unplugged my headphones and plugged them into my laptop and it was fine so i was like wtf so i explored the interwebs and found someone who said updating thier bios fixed their problem so i updated from P01-A0 to P01-A3 and i still heard it so right now im updating my realtech HD audio codec although many people said it didnt work for them so i was going to go ahead and post this thread while i do this and look into other methods
edit1: updating the audio driver did not work
edit2: i updated my system specs so that should help more

Answer:Audio Crackling noise

Welcome to SF.

Your first attempts were what I would have done. If the audio driver doesn't help, try rolling back your computer to a date prior to the installation of Crysis Warhead.


And we have an excellent forum for Vista support at:

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My brand new acer 5532 laptop's audio slows an crackles when loading pages, even under light CPU usage. Ive updated all drivers and still no fix. its very annoying, especially since I'm huge internet radio buff, and have a klipsch system that makes almost every imperfection noticeable. The sound is prevalent on the crappy laptop speakers as well. Im using a Belkin N150 router and the connection is always strong, this happens when its plug into my 100 mbs fiber-optic broadband too. please help!

The sound card is "Realtek Hd Audio"

AMD Athlon? single-core processor TF-20* with 64-bit platform
667MHz system bus with Cool'n'Quiet and HyperTransport? technologies and Enhanced Virus Protection** for Windows.
AMD64 technology
Provides simultaneous support for 32-bit and 64-bit computing, including today's 32-bit applications and tomorrow's 64-bit software.

3GB DDR2 memory
For multitasking power, expandable to 4GB.
Multiformat DVD?RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support

ATI Radeon HD 3200 graphics
Features up to 1919MB of HyperMemory for lush images.
Multi-in-1 media reader
Supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card formats.
2 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
For fast digital video, audio and data transfer.

Built-in InviLink high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g/Draft-N)
Connect to the Internet without wires.
Built-in 10/100 fast Ethernet LAN
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Answer:Slowing and Crackling audio in W7

I wonder if your problem is the onboard sound device, or software? Perhaps you could uninstall the sound and then reinstall. But first I would be raising heck with ACer support. A whole lot of their products are 'refurb' so there's no way to verify good/new/used when the purchase is made.

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Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong place - it's my first time here!

This is a problem that's become increasingly apparent in the last few weeks, to the point where it's become a genuine issue rather than a nuisance. If I'm playing any sort of audio - streaming Youtube videos, windows sounds, music through Media Player etc - at the same time that information is being downloaded through my internet connection (even opening a webpage), the audio crackles and pops until the download is complete.

Although opening a page doesn't cause a huge issue, as the audio only crackles and stutters for a second or two, downloading a larger file makes the audio unusable. This happens when using both Firefox and Internet Explorer, and only through wireless, since I haven't got the opportunity to try out a cabled connection. It happens regardless of power scheme, and is unaffected by whether or not the laptop is plugged in. It isn't a question of slow internet either, since multiple other computers in the house access the internet without any stuttering audio at all.

This is happening on a two-month old laptop with the following specs:

Acer Aspire 5920G
Intel Core 2 Duo T5750 at 2.0Ghz, 667Mhz FSB and 2MB L2 Cache
802.11 a/b/g Wireless support via an Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG adapter
250GB HDD with the following model number: WDC WD2500BEVS-22UST0
The audio device is simply as listed as Realtek High Definition Audio

Windows Vi... Read more

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This may occur 5-30 minutes in ANY game or when cpu or gpu are under stress and after that keep reoccuring until I pull out the usb headphone out and plug it back;Even after that the audio will start crackling all over again. This is so annoying and I don't know what to do. In the forumns most people just end up returning their laptop if they have my same problem but I can't do that. Please help I can't game or even render videos without the audio totally going berserk. Thanks in advance! ps I know its not my headphones as I've tried more than 2 different sets and both work fine on other computers so this has to be the laptop.

Answer:Y510p audio crackling when cpu and gpu are used!

I've also reintalled the sound drivers and it makes no difference at all.

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I've got a relatively new PC and have been encountering occasional problems. Sometimes if I open a new tab on my browser, or when I'm watching a film, or playing games, my PC lags (sort of stalls) slightly and the audio crackles this occurs for around 1 seconds.

This is quite a difficult one to troubleshoot and it could be from a variety of sources.

I should mention I've blue screened multiple times over the last couple of months and if I remember correctly it's was something to do with physical memory crash dump.

My hardware is up to date, so I have no clue what would be causing this.

Would appreciate your help


Windows 7 64bit
i7 2600k 3.4GHz (Stock)
1st HD - 60GB SSD (Windows is running on this)
2nd HD - 2TB
GPU - GTX 570
RAM - 8GB 1600MHz
Sound - Realtek HD audio (But I use a USB headset for sound)
PSU - 750w

Answer:Windows 7 Lag/Audio Crackling

Hi and Welcome to TSF

little more info about your system
RAM in which config (2x4) (4GB x2) ?
WHat make and model of power supply
SSD was the firmware updated after the installation of OS ?

Drivers, did you update your drivers for your motherboard from their website or used the cd that came along with it? or did not install drivers at all cuz windows installed them for you?

Follow this and post the files

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Alright, so this problem has been annoying me for about a week now. It's begun to get on my nerves. I have my laptop set up to play music on my hi-fi through a USB audio interface. I hear crackle. The kind that you hear on vinyl. Let me describe my set up:

I'm using foobar2000 to output sound to a USB audio interface (Creative Sound Blaster Digital Music SX) via ASIO. The sound card sends audio to my pre-amp over optical cable. The pre-amp then sends analog audio to the amp and so on.

The media is all flac. It is stored on a NAS and is being access over a wifi connection. There is no crackle at all if I play a CD. The CD player is connected directly to my pre-amp.
Things I've tried:

ASIO: Crackle is still there. I have checked and double checked that foobar2000 is using ASIO for output.

VLC/WMP/other software: No improvement.

Storing and accessing the media locally: No improvement.

Using MP3 instead: no improvement.

Buffer entire file to RAM before playing: no improvement.

Drivers: all latest versions.

Changing cables: no improvement.

Now, I know the problem is with my laptop, because If I use my brother's (or any other computer) laptop, the sound is perfectly smooth. The question is, how do I isolate and then fix it?

Also, My laptop is quite old (2.5 years). Although changing it is on the cards, it is currently out of the question due to 'budgetary issues'. I can budget upto 200$ on any other hardware to fix this problem though.

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Answer:audio crackling, using usb soundcard

Just a shot in the dark...

I've encountered Static and Crackles if anything besides Master and Wave are not muted in the Windows Volume Control Panel (specificly Mic).

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I've been getting audio crackling a lot, makes gaming not enjoyable at all. Tried re-installing realtek drivers, didn't work. Removed realtek audio and used generic audio drivers, still didn't work. I've tried both the i/o and the motherboard, I've tried disabling audio enhancements but that doesn't help either. The crackling gets worse when the CPU is working, not as bad when it is idle so it might be a latency issue. Any ideas?

Answer:Severe audio crackling

Hi, I got the same problem but not quite as bad as you, had this many times before on different systems and there is a tonne of factors to take into consideration (currently I'm working through my own to solve the yet again, post reinstall)... but to keep it simple to start with do you have FFDshow installed ? some games do not like that and you can disable it for that game if that is the case... Do you have any Codec pack's installed ? for example I think my current problem is related to Klite Codec pack, well more specifically the LAV Audio... Sorry maybe not much help to you so far but I think we do need to know if you have any of these, Codec packs, FFDshow or whatever before troubleshooting.

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I have a Dell 700m. A few weeks ago, I decided to reformat and reinstall Windows after a few computing mishaps. I first downloaded all the drivers from Dell's website in preparation. After the installation of Windows, audio seemed to be working fine.

I then did two things after that (I think). I updated my optical drives firmware and I installed some SpeedStep fix. Both were things that Dell provided. I then started hearing crackling and skips in audio. I immediately thought it was SpeedStep, so I read that turning my computer's Power settings to "Always On" would disable it. By monitoring my CPU with mobmeter, I noticed that this did bump my CPU output from 800 mhz back to its max of 1.6. This stopped a lot of the crackling, but did not eliminate it.

So then I reformatted and reinstalled Windows again because I figured "Hey, I just did it, so it's not like I'll lose anything." But this time I did not install the SpeedStep fix. But it's still crackling. I thought SpeedStep was just some registry thing, but maybe it did more than that underneath the OS layer.

Weird thing: I've tested out playing audio, and sometimes after a reboot it doesn't get crackly until CPU usage goes up, and then it stays crackly for the rest of the Windows session.

Another weird thing: Sound from DVDs works perfectly and sounds great. And sometimes after playing a DVD, I can go back and try audio from another program and it is not ... Read more

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I've been getting this sound problem for a few days now, and it's really getting on my nerves. Whenever I try to play a game or do something that requires my computer to work a little, I get this very annoying crackling/popping sound coming from my speakers/headphones. I have 8GB of RAM, and I never see my CPU usage or my memory usage reach 100%, so it's not like my computer can't handle a game or two. This only started happening randomly one day. I'm pretty sure it's not a problem with my headphones, speakers, or the games I play, because I've tried re-installing, using different headphones, etc. The audio has also crackled a few times randomly, even when I'm not doing much on the computer. Does anyone have an idea of what might be causing this?

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I just bought windows 7 for the first time and after installation and installing all drivers I realized I only had one issue. For some reason when audio starts or ends there is popping/crackling noise. Does anyone know how to fix this?

I'm using a Sennheiser PC 350 headset and on board audio from this Gigabyte Motherboard.

Answer:Audio Popping/Crackling

Do you get the same pops/cracks if you use speakers instaed of the headset?

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Hello, I've been searching the internet for a few weeks for a solution to this but it's driving me nuts. I've started getting random audio cracking and popping noises in music and videos on certain frequencies and I really don't know exactly when it started (it's been around a month). It's not a hardware issue since I booted Ubuntu and audio sounds perfectly crisp with no crackling so it must be a Windows or driver issue. I re-installed Windows 8.1 but the issue still persisted even after installing the drivers one by one. I disabled/updated the network adapters, graphic cards, installed new realtek audio drivers/reverted back to the old realtek audio drivers, etc. but none of it has worked. Issue persists with any headphone/earphone I tried.


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Answer:Y50 audio crackling/popping

Try Microsoft's generic driver rather than Realtek's, by manually selecting it in update driver through device manager. Otherwise it could be a 3.5mm hardware socket problem, but as you say under a different OS you have no problem, so unlikey. Failing all that, check for any RF interference (mobile devices, radio etc.) near where you are using your laptop.

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Hi all;

Question about the audio on my laptop. Have any of you ever experienced "popping" during audio playback? It says the drivers are working ok. It never threw a code or anything. Any suggestions, ideas as to goings on?

Answer:Crackling and popping audio.

This is a fairly common complaint, although there haven't been many lately. If you search through the postings here you will find a lot of them. Unfortunately there is no "one fix" for this problem. Drivers are one issue, make sure you have the latest (and correct) driver for your sound device. Video card drivers is another known cause. Wi-Fi is another known cause.

Just have to start, one at a time, updating drivers and trying to isolate what the problem is.

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I recently got an xps 15 9560 and immediately started experiencing audio problems.
There will be a crackling sound whenever I use the F11/F12 keys (screen brightness controls). Also these sound will come up pretty much on their own although the only reliable way to reproduce the issue I've found so far is to press the F11 F12 buttons.
I contacted dell support and they told me it probably is a software problem and that it was the first time they had heard of anything similar happening.
The crackling sound will come up whether I am using the integrated speakers, external speakers or a connected headset, so I'd say too it is something wrong with the drivers. Also on connected devices I will hear a kind of tap (static sound) every five seconds or so when connected. I have tried reinstalling pretty much every driver including BIOS (up to 24th feb '17 updates) and that didn't solve anything.
If in my music player (MusicBee) I switch audio decoding from DirectSound to WASAPI or ASIO the problem disappears. However I am not able to switch the system default to WASAPI so on videos and other music player the issue persists. I have read somewhere of a Dell Audio app or options menu where you can supposedly change there audio settings but all I have is the default windows audio menu (I have also read of users having this dell audio app disappearing completely after reinstalling the audio drivers so it might have been that ?).
Since this thing is very annoying (having... Read more

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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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Had the laptop for about a month now. Ran all necessary updates and still having a problem with audio playback constantly 'crackling'. Any sort of audio playback will do it, just annoying crackles in the background which make listening to anything impossible.Enormous red spikes constantly on the DCP latency checker.Windows 7 64bit

T520 Model 4239, Intel Core i5-2540M CPU @ 2.60GHz, 8GB RAMNvidia NVS 4200M Graphics, Intel Advanced-N 6205 Wireless adapterWindows 7 Pro - x64

Answer:T520 Audio Crackling

Try LatencyMon instead; it will list the precise drivers that are causing the issue.Also try uninstalling the Intel Management stuff if you don't need it. The AMT driver adds a bit to latencies in my experience.

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So, pretty much, I'm using Windows 10 and I have a pair of bluetooth headphones (Philips BASS+ SHB3075) And the audio stutters and crackles ONLY on youtube. Everything else I've tested is fine. Any help?

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I need help with Sony Vegas 8.0, because for some odd reason after not changing or messing with any settings, audio started to crackle and sound terrible even though nothing was changed and I was only reviewing my current project.

I also tried messing around with my threshold and dB settings and everything I tried rendered the same effects. I even tried turning alot of things to default. I also read somewhere that a cellphone or home phone could do this and I tried unplugging my phone next to the computer and that didn't help ( eh it was something to try ).

So hopefully someone can help me here!
Edit: I apologize for this post I no longer need help

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XPS 15 9550, i've updated audio driver and tried few suggestions from forum but its still same..
it makes crackling noise when the sound level goes up to 30. 
i turned off maxxaudio, dell diag control device atm. 
is there any help i can do? 

Answer:XPS 15 9550, Audio Crackling noise.

Is this the same when headphone is attached?
The speakers might need replacing. Is the system in warranty?
Please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number so that we can check.

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Recently I've bought a Lenovo SL300 notebook and that far I'm pretty satisfied with the device. Except for one sound related problem: Sound output via the internal speakers and via headphones keeps constantly stuttering and crackling, which makes listening to sound or even music almost impossible. It doesn't seem to be related to workload, as sound stuttering even occurs while idling at the Windows desktop. I've tried to reinstall the Conexant HD Audio driver, didn't help. Switching off the lenovo active HDD protection system didn't help either. Even completely uninstalling the Conexant driver and falling back to the Windows Vista default HD Audio drivers hasn't solved the constant sound stuttering. FYI: I'm using the default Windows Vista x32 installation. Please help. Yours,winkelmrMessage Edited by winkelmr on 12-07-2008 05:16 AM

Answer:SL300: Audio stuttering/crackling...

Try downloading the latest VIDEO card driver, some of the older ones have had effects like this. It could also be that with the SL300, the sound card is too close to something that is causing interfense. I've had that issue on a HP Desktop before, and had to move the card, but since it's a laptop, maybe turning down the power on whatever is near it could help, or you could get a noise reducing adapter. Considing I haven't heard much of people having this kinda problem, I'm leaning more towards that driver and maybe faulty hardware.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Currently Just passed the CompTIA A+ 601 with flying colours! =DOwner of an SL500 running Vista Business with 4GB of PC2 6400 RAM

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I recently started hearing crackles in youtube videos and notice that on the task manager when watching them system interrupts were using 1-5% of the cpu. When nothing is open on the computer it hoovers around 0-0.3%. I get sound crackling only when using html5 as the video player. I am using chrome and it also happens with IE. And now I started to notice that my mouse pointer background process ring starts popping up every minute or two sometimes more frequently than that. I do not know if theese are all connected but I do know I can't whatch a video without the crackling driving me crazy. Please help!

Answer:Audio crackling and system interrupts

Download and run the free Resplendece Latency Mon. It may help you isolate what the problem is.

Resplendence Software - Advanced System Tools and Developer Components

There is also a "DPC Latency Checker" program but it is invalid for Windows 8/8.1 so don't use that.
Popping and crackling are often reported audio problems. There is no "one fix" for the problem. Each one has to be handled individually. One instance may be the sound driver, another may be a video driver, another could be wi-fi, etc.

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Audio is crackling when internet is connected wired or wifi,tried numorous fixes but
nothing works.Here is my mon latency test result,seems like NDIS 6.20 driver might be the culprit
but what to do,i can't find it anywhere on the laptop.
Maybe someone can suss out this test result.Thanks in advance.

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Your system appears to be having trouble handling real-time audio and other tasks. You are likely to experience buffer underruns appearing as drop outs, clicks or pops. One or more DPC routines that belong to a driver running in your system appear to be executing for too long. At least one detected problem appears to be network related. In case you are using a WLAN adapter, try disabling it to get better results. One problem may be related to power management, disable CPU throttling settings in Control Panel and BIOS setup. Check for BIOS updates.
LatencyMon has been analyzing your system for 0:00:28 (h:mm:ss) on all processors.
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Computer name: NEIL-PC
OS version: Windows 7 Service Pack 1, 6.1, build: 7601 (x64)
Hardware: ... Read more

Answer:Audio crackling when internet is connected

Just came across this VIA VT6132 network drivers for Microsoft Windows 7 64bit
Is it worth a go?Is it safe?
PS It says - Fix the SV feedback RTL8370 Gigabit switch issue for VT6130

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Ever since owning this machine I've had an intermittant problem with audio crackling.  It seems to occur when a system sound plays at the same time as a video.  I used to have to suspend and restart the laptop to fix it but discovered yesterday that
net stop Audiosrv & net start Audiosrv
works as well.

Is there an update I've missed that fixes this?Ian

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My audio will not stop crackling, popping, and skipping. I've seen this on the boards before and it seems to be a running problem with no fix. I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling the devices, updating the drivers, and everything else, but nothing seems to work.

Answer:HP 2000 Audio Crackling and Popping

 Hi @weskara, Welcome to the HP Forums! I understand from your posts that you are having an issue with your HP 2000-2d68NR Notebook and the Audio crackling. Try-1. Right click the Speaker icon in the bottom right corner by your time.2. Click Playback Devices.3. Click Speakers.4. Click properties.5. Click the advanced tab on the Properties window.6. Change the Default Format drop-down to the highest quality.7. Apply the properties.8. Click OK to close the properties window. Restart your Notebook and try the sound. If that does not help, here is a document that shows you how to restore BIOS factory default settings. That way it will look at the Hardware installed on the Notebook. Please get back to me how this goes. If this post helps you to resolve the issue you can click the Thumbs up icon to show gratitude! Thanks.

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Hey guys, as the title suggests i often get distorted/crackling audio through my headset/speakers, and have had this problem for a very long time. I have tried numerous suggestions to fix this issue, but it seems they have all had no effect This distortion/carackling is becoming a real nusance, and appears to hit the performance of my computer fairly drasticly at times. I'd appreciate any suggestions that may finally deal with this stubborn issue at last. I have attatched some of the results from the DPC latency scanner to hopefully help find the root of this problem.

thanks in advance- Kevin fitz

Answer:windows 7 distorted/crackling audio

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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!!


Answer:Crackling Audio/slight Distortion!

I have a similar problem, I'm thinking its a power problem. Maybe its a virus out there.

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Hello, Whenever I play a computer game (Starcraft 2 & Skyrim in this case) the audio on my 3-week old Lenovo Z70 "crackles." There is a popping sound that continues, even when the sound is turned down all the way. I tried the solution proposed here for another Lenovo laptop, by limiting the highest power settings for the computer: solution, but that did not work for me. I hear the popping and crackling through my headphones and also when it is simply playing through the speaers. Drivers for the Conextant audio and speakers say that they are fully updated.  Any help would be appreciated!

Answer:Audio Crackling Problem Lenovo z70

Bump - Anyone have any possible solutions here? It's been getting even worse when playing games (but not besides that). UPDATE: I uninstalled my the video card driver and while it still pops somewhat when playing games, the crackling is not nearly as consistent. The games are running on lower quality off the the on-board video card instead of the Nvidia 840M. C  

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Still having audio crackling noise, even after following the instructions from the other thread on this forum. (using laptopvideo2go drivers etc...) Although not as much as before, only sometimes when switching windows or when the computer is doing multiple things.

Anyone still having problems with this? Also I don't know why they have closed/locked the other post cos they seemed to have solved this issue. But obviously this hasn't been 100% solved, so please delete this thread if you wish and reopen the other thread for comments.

Also it would be helpful if *Forbo* could post a list of what you updated, like nVdia HD Audio drivers, realtek, and video driver and are you using 24bit or 16bit settings. or did you just update the video driver.


Answer:Satellite A500-17x Audio Crackling

I don?t know why this didn?t solve the issue in your case but it seems that the graphic card driver update for nVidia graphic cards was the solution.
Maybe the old drivers files are still persist on your unit and therefore this didn?t help you to solve this issue?

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I am using a microsoft headset, and when i listen to music on youtube it skips and crackles, is there any way to fix this?

Answer:Audio is skipping and crackling (Windows 7 64 bit)

Have you looked over the multitude of posts on here about popping and crackling? and tried some of the suggestions?

However, "skipping" can just be a busy youtube and it's really "buffering". I have a high speed cable connection (20 plus Mbsec) and occasionally I get youtube buffering.

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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.

Answer: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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Dear HP Support Team! There are many discussions on this issue... Of course, some of them are solved!BUT, I'm sure, that a lot of people are experiencing the same problem as me..., namely, each time the GPU throttles (observed with GPU-Z and/or EVEREST and/or GPU Observer ? Sidebar Gadget), it causes a DPC latency spike (~ 60k as in my case, measured with DPC Latency Checker) which causes sound glitches (audio crackling, popping, stuttering), when I listen to a music, browsing the Internet (for example)!!! You can be sure, I'm not alone! So, my question is: why there is still no solution to this problem?! excepting the disable powermizer (for those, who use nVidia graphic card) or disabling Windows Aero!I have this problem more than two years since I bought my HP Compaq 8710p (GC102EA) with Windows Vista preinstalled, and now with Windows 7 Ultimate! Please, reply!!!Thx. P.S.:Here're some discussions to this subject:dv6-2064ca sound crackling once every 5 minutesCrackling Noisedv6853cl Crackling sound playing mutimedia with speakers or headphonesSound distorts, pops while surfing internet on dv9730usDV5-1050ei - popping and crackling sound while playing any musicYou can find more by searching to the forums "Notebook PC Sound and Audio"  and using the tags: "CRACKLING", "POPPING", "STUTTERING"...


I have the same problem, only mine only does it on start-up and shutdown.  Brand new dv7 3174 right out of the box and it's got deffects.  Does HP not turn these on and test them before putting them on shelves???  This is ridiculous it's gone on this long and HP has offered no solution.  Also i spoke to HP on the phone today and they state that there is no record of this being an issue.......... yet all one has to do is google the issue to find out that most if not all of there customers are experiencing these same issues.  I personally would not buy HP again after this, the sales guy tried to talk me into buying a different name brand at the store and I didn't listen cause I liked the DV7, so maybe I brought this on myself.  SHAME ON HP FOR THERE TERRIBLE CUSTOMER SERVICE AND SUPPORT ALONG WITH RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT.

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I have an Advent 7111 Laptop. Was running at super speed, one day i turned it on, it took 7 minutes to load of to my desktop, audio is crackled and its running ridiculously slow.

I have run and AVG and a Spybot and neither came up with any major problems?!

Answer:Crackling Audio and a 7 minute startup

Assuming you are running XP, check the Device Mnager to see if anything hardware wise is out of whack. RIGHT click My Computer and choose Properties, the choose the Hardware Tab. Click on the Device Manager button. The list should show normal if there are all + marks by each device catagory. If something is wrong, you will see a YELLOW mark by it denoting what is not working properly. Post back with what you find there. There are over 1000 things that will make your computer run slow, so this is a start.
Also post back any changes you recently made like loading software or uninstalling software, even updates if any.

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My computer got a virus last week, and it had to be reformatted. I lost everything, but now the sound is dreadful, like an old cracked record. The speakers are in my LCD monitor. The sound was fine before, and before anyone says did I check the cables, I have.Helpmib

Answer:Crackling on audio from monitor speakers

Have you checked the settings for the volume and other levels? you may find something has been ticked where it should not have been.

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this is really weird after my pc is on for a while like after i turn it back on from standby. My sound will be crackling when opening a file,program,website anything that uses cpu usage. Its more of a crackling sound like if i was moving around the plugs or something from the speakers. I know its not my soundcard because i tried another sound card. I put both of them in the same cab and i got about the same problem. After i restart my computer it seems to go away but i want to know whats the problem here.

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Answer:crackling sound help

Check to see if your speaker wires are near any power sources, and move them around. On a side note, you might want to read the rules and edit your signature accordingly.

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Question: Sound Crackling.

Hello all,
I have a refurbished Toshiba Satellite L650D laptop that I got exactly a year ago. Lately I've been having a problem where the sound goes crackly and even distorted when playing, and up until today I thought it was just me playing sounds too early because it would always go away a few minutes after start up.

Today it stayed around for 10 minutes, before I rebooted. After that it seemed normal at first, even the startup sound wasn't distorted, but about an hour later there is still at last some crackling in my music. It doesn't just happen with window's media player, but youtube as well and it first started to show up around october when I played Skyrim (I just blamed how much memory the game takes up).

I've tried disabling the enhancements (which seemed to be the solution for most others with this problem), I have done virus scans, I have even used the task manager to end some non essential processes that took up memory.

I have noticed in my searches that most reporting similar problems found it got WORSE the longer the computer was on, while in my case it's usually at its worst around startup.

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Question: Sound crackling?

Hello, just wanted to say sorry for my poor english.
So... My sound has been crackling/popping in alot of games and not only , also for mumble and this kind of stuff, same with Skype.

I have read many forums about this but couldnt find solution , i have heard that "outdated drivers" might be the problem... but the thing is i dont know what sound card i have :\

I'm using Windows XP
Heres what i have in my "Device manager - Sound , video and game controllers"
- Audio Codecs
-Legacy Audio Drivers
-Legacy Video Capture Drivers
-Media Control Devices
-NVIDIA High Definition Audio
-NVIDIA High Definition Audio
-NVIDIA High Definition Audio
-NVIDIA High Definition Audio
-VIA High Definition Audio
-Video Codes

And it happens even in games and things that used to sound fine , it all started happening after formating pc? I think

Please , help! Sorry if i didnt provide enghout info , please ask if u have any questions about my pc :\ and pardon my bad english once again

Answer:Sound crackling?

-NVIDIA High Definition Audio < are most likely the video card HDMI port audio drivers

-VIA High Definition Audio < should be a motherboard audio chipset and most likely the default audio chipset.

What is the brand and model of the computer? Or the brand and model of the motherboard if it's homebuilt?

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Question: Crackling Sound

When I listen to music using Winamp or Windows Media Player (CD and MP3) after a while it gets crackly and sounds funny. If I stop it then play it again its fine. Its really annoying to have to stop and start songs all the time. Is there a way to fix this?

Answer:Crackling Sound

how much ram does your pc have? if it's less than 256 on xp then that can cause this type of problem. if this is the case then you can go to and go through his tutorial on xp and that will help free up the ram. Also download latest drivers for your sound device. if you have onboard sound the drivers will be located on the manufactures site for the mainboard or pc if you have a namebrand ie dell, hp. If you installed a soundcard then you'll have to go to the soundcard manufacturer's site to get the latest set of drivers. you probably know where to find your driver's but I add this info just in case you do not.

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Question: sound crackling

sound cracking when starting windows or shutting down windows...sound does not crackle after windows has started...i am using an external usb sound adapter...when i use the built in realtek sound it hums...i am wondering if it is the video card or power supply

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Question: Sound crackling

Hi, A few days ago the sound on my Acer Aspire V3 - 772G, about 1 year old, started crackling and getting distorted. It doesn't matter if I'm using the laptop's speakers or my headphones, it's the same crackling noise. The noise doesn't start right away and isn't constant. This is however very annoying and frustrating. I did reinstall the audio driver but it made no difference.  I'm using Windows 8 if that matters. I'm really no good with technical stuff, please, I'd really really love to get some help here.

Answer:Sound crackling

Try to update chipset drivers too if any update is available.

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I am leaving for India and having problem with sound on my new Dell. The problem was not there before. Strange. I have Vista Windows Business and 32 bit.

I have a crackling noise in my sound. I went to personalize and went to look for Start Navigation settings and it has a question mark in a yellow sign. What does that mean??

I need to fix this problem.


Answer:Help my sound is crackling up!!

Go to start button, search. Then go to device manager. Update speaker driver
The driver associated with that yellow sign must be updated.

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Question: Crackling sound

I've just started to get a crackle which goes up and down with increased volume - any ideas? Dust??

Answer:Crackling sound

Loose connection?

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Question: Sound crackling...

So here is my problem,

I just got a new Win XP Media Center PC with 2 gigs RAM, 360 GB HDD, ATI Radeon video card etc.. I usually don't have many app's open at a time, but when I began playing the Sims I started using more RAM. The Sims 2 takes up about 550 MB of my PC's RAM. The sound on the game's sound crackles when the game is loading or if I am zooming in/out, even when I am clicking on items and giving commands. I tried EA tech support, but I then realized that the same sound crackling happens when I have many app's open using over 600 MB of memory.

I am using a Plantronics Gamecom Pro headset (USB). I tested the sound using a pair of stereo phone jack headphones, but the same crackling still happened.

What could be the problem? I checked all my sound codecs and everything seems to be working normally there.

Thanks everyone!

Answer:Sound crackling...

anyone have any ideas on what could be wrong?

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I have an Acer Aspire 5534 with Windows 7 Home Premium. I've had it for about 2 years and in the past three months, the sound on is crackling. At first it started with the start up sound and the log in sound and then it spread to my music and video. I can't figure out the problem with it. I have more details if someone will help me. Thanks, Windfang21.

Answer:Sound Crackling Help?

1- I presume you tried updating your sound & video drivers?2- Did the laptop come with windows 7?Some HELP in posting on plus free progs and instructions Cheers

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Question: Sound crackling

Hi everyone,
For the past few months I've had a problem on my desktop PC, where for seemingly no reason after a few hours of being switched on, the sound will start crackling.
I'm using windows 7 service pack 1 as my OS, and at first i thought the problem was with windows but now I'm not so sure, as the crackling will also happen on my VM using win 7 pro, and also Ubuntu (the only 2 OS installed on my VM).although they are set to use the host audio.
I then began thinking it must be my speakers so i checked the connections, which seemed fine and them plugged in some headphones to listen for the crackling through them, and found the crackling was also happening throught the headphones so this must discount it being a problem with the speakers.
The crackling sound can best be described as like the sound of when one plays an LP and it kind of crackles at the start. It can get worse than that at times though where it will pop and can distort the music.
The crackling happens when i play youtube video's or if i listen to internet radio, or use Winamp or Windows media player, and sometimes even with windows system sounds such as when you click to go into a folder.
I'm using Realtek high definition audio and recently updated the drivers hoping this would fix it, to no avail.
So basically guys, i have no idea where to go from here, and was hoping people with far more knowledge than me could help me out, if you can I'd be eternally gratef... Read more

Answer:Sound crackling

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