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Windows 7: Constant Clicking Through Speakers

04 Nov 2010   #1

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 
Constant Clicking Through Speakers

Hi there.

Yesterday my Laptop developed an incessant clicking noise coming through the hi-fi speakers I have plugged in to my laptop. When I take out the AUX cable from my laptop, you could be mistaken for it coming from the laptop e.g. hard drive!
However I am sure it is coming via the speakers, so therefore a computer sound, as when I turn the Hi-Fi off, the clicking stops.

It sounds as if it is the sound used to show you have opened a window, or connected to a website via Internet Explorer. It occurs up to 10 times per second (Estimated), and sometimes slows down / stutters, eventually returning to its original constant click.

I have no idea what may be causing the click. Thinking of things I have installed recently which may affect it, I have recently downloaded the beta for IE9, however I use Google Chrome predominantly.

I have McAffe Security Centre, and I have performed a full scan and quarantined one item, however the clicking continues.

One thing of note, when the computer starts up, and I log in (Being the sole user on this laptop) the clicking noise isn't there. Once I start using it, after maybe a couple of minutes, the clicking returns.

Any ideas?
Thanks.
Graham.

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04 Nov 2010   #2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Try with clean boot to test and maybe solve
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

Update audio drivers in device manager.

Move to different location
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04 Nov 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

What kind of Hi Fi speakers are you using? Are they made for a computer or a stereo system you have?
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04 Nov 2010   #4

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit SP1
 
 

I've experienced this sort of issue when... A) the sound driver / (Winamp. WMP, etc_) ended up with 'UAC virtualization' enabled on it. B) When i installed the HD sound driver for my LCD monitor (it has built in speakers.) In the case of B, the additional sound driver was interfering with the driver for the sound card. --Did your speakers come with additional drivers?

I'd check all the settings in your sound cards setting manager~

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by GreyHam462 View Post
Hi there.

Yesterday my Laptop developed an incessant clicking noise coming through the hi-fi speakers I have plugged in to my laptop. When I take out the AUX cable from my laptop, you could be mistaken for it coming from the laptop e.g. hard drive!
However I am sure it is coming via the speakers, so therefore a computer sound, as when I turn the Hi-Fi off, the clicking stops.

It sounds as if it is the sound used to show you have opened a window, or connected to a website via Internet Explorer. It occurs up to 10 times per second (Estimated), and sometimes slows down / stutters, eventually returning to its original constant click.

I have no idea what may be causing the click. Thinking of things I have installed recently which may affect it, I have recently downloaded the beta for IE9, however I use Google Chrome predominantly.

I have McAffe Security Centre, and I have performed a full scan and quarantined one item, however the clicking continues.

One thing of note, when the computer starts up, and I log in (Being the sole user on this laptop) the clicking noise isn't there. Once I start using it, after maybe a couple of minutes, the clicking returns.

Any ideas?
Thanks.
Graham.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
04 Nov 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by richc46 View Post
Try with clean boot to test and maybe solve
How to troubleshoot a problem by performing a clean boot in Windows Vista or in Windows 7

Update audio drivers in device manager.

Move to different location
Performed clean boot and restarted all services in msconfig which resulted in no clicking noise. When I restored the Startup Selection to "Normal", after the restart, the clicking returned.

I have to admit I kind of know my way around a computer, but I am not all that tech savvy. So I do not know how to Update audio drivers, or understand what "Move to different location" means.
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04 Nov 2010   #6

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

Follow the clean boot procedure to find what startup item is causing the problem

If you follow clean boot and slowly restore the startup items, we can determine the cause.
I will go step by step with you at that point.

Move to another location meant take the lappy from the kitchen and go to the back yard. To see if it was interference. LOL
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04 Nov 2010   #7

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

@Layback Bear
My Hi-Fi is just a standard Hi-Fi you can buy from a store, with an Audio in, where I use an AUX cable to connect from my headphone jack in the laptop. Clicking still occurs through the laptop speakers, and with normal headphones.

@Rei Tumult
As my Hi-Fi is just a standard Hi-Fi, it did not come with sound drivers. It just plugged in and played.

Don't think the Hi-Fi speakers have anything to do with it.
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04 Nov 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

Thanks @richc46.
Will go through it again to see what happens with each item. Will get back to you on here when done.
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04 Nov 2010   #9

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, clean install, upgrade disc
 
 

If the problem was solved when you disabled the items. Clean boot can solve it for you.
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04 Nov 2010   #10

Windows 7 Professional 32-bit
 
 

The problem was solved when I disabled all of the Start Up programmes, Services were fine. I am currently changing the startup programme's activity, restarting the laptop, waiting 5 mins, and if clicking doesnt return, then enabling more startup programmes and restarting again. Am about half way. Should be 10-15 mins longer.
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