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Let me share my experience with you guys...I had the same problem too with my new Sony Duo Vaio 13 laptop running windows 8.1 and realtek hd audio.....The problem was intermittent....there were days when you'd hear it then there are days that the computer is ok...Upon logging in, you'd hear the loud static/crackling sound already...I thought at first it was a hardware problem. I even called up Sony and asked for an exchange or a refund but they wouldn't allow it on a custom unit. I first tried reformatting it and it worked no problem for a few days and when I did updates and installed programs on it, the problem would manifest again....same crackling static very loud irritating sound even when the speakers are set to a very low volume. I began to think it must be caused by a software conflict somewhere so I tried installing the softwares one by one to see if the problem would come out again...After several days of formatting and reformatting, I think I found the problem already....I think the culprit is the Nero Platinum 12 I installed...That program worked fine on my older computer running Windows 8 so it was the last program I suspected would cause any problems with windows 8.1.....My computer seems to be running fine now.....with windows and sony vaio update all fine......I'm still keeping my computers crossed that the problem won't arise again....It's been a day and a half already of trouble free computing.......So far so good
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|1 Week Ago||#623|
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Then I looked around on forums again, and I read that others had the same problem with similar Gigabyte motherboards (I have a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD5). Somebody suggested that it might be a conflict between the Gigabyte Marvel SATA drivers and the optical drive (DVD-rom). Basically, you shouldn't plug your DVD-rom into any of the Marvel (blue) SATA slots.
So I plugged it into a non-Marvel slot, and suddenly no spikes. WTF!!! I'm constanly running the DPC latency checker now, and when I look at it after hours of gaming, it usually tells me that there was a spike, but I didn't notice it at all. So it's weird, but seems to be working. Hope it helps.
That was the best tip ever for me. That bug was really driving me bonkers, for days I was trying a plethora of different drivers and BIOS settings, but nothing helped, still that annoying crackle.
Never would I've had the idea that it's my DVD burner at the Marvell controller which is causing the sound problem. I've disconnected it now from the Marvell controller and plugged it on the Intel SATA controller, et voila, perfect clear sound.
I've BTW a much newer Gigabyte board, the GA-Z87X-UD5H. Unbelieveable that it has still the same bug with the Marvell controller over all these years.
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