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Windows 7: Annoying static like "pop" from speakers


03 Dec 2013   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Annoying static like "pop" from speakers

This is driving me NUTS...! I have an Asus P7P55D MoBo, Windows 7 of course, all updates, Intel i5 2.7 CPU, 8gb ram, 5770 GPU, 5.1 surround, 128SSD, 500GbHDD, Antec 900 case/4 fans, sound card is onboard. Whenever I click on a page and read for a bit then click back there is a "pop" from the speakers...! It doesn't seem to happen if you click pages quickly, only if you stay on the page for a few minutes...?

The "pop" is even audible with the sound muted via the speaker icon at bottom of screen. I checked all the cables, plugs and seem solid. The power bar has a pretty hefty surge circuit in it and the volume on the powered sub is set to 1/4 volume. The only thing that I have done recently is upgrade the video/audio drivers when I installed Rage from Steam.

Any thoughts on what I might try to alleviate this problem...?

Regards,

unclepine


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04 Dec 2013   #2

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

I wonder if its static electricity cause the problem? Is everything grounded properly? As it does it with the speakers muted (on the PC) leads me to static or something external or in the speaker system.

For testing, disconnect the speakers and plug a headset into either the front panel headphone jack or into the rear GREEN speaker jack and see if you get this with the headphones. If you do or don't will help in problem isolation.
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04 Dec 2013   #3

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Hi there
If you are connecting to internet via Wi-Fi check you don't have a mobile phone on near the computer -- mobile phones can cause a lot of interference -- you don't have to be on a mobile phone but anybody near who has one on - or simply the mobile could just be scanning from time to time -- it IS a radio receiver after all !!.

Cheers
jimbo
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04 Dec 2013   #4

Windows 7 x64
 
 
"Popping" speakers

Hey Fireberd, you aced it man...!! I turned off the powered sub that all the speakers are plugged into, and popped in a set of hedphones on the tower front panel, cranked up the volume and opened up a bunch of web pages back and forth a few dozen times...NO POP...!!! So, seems you are on to sumthin my friend. This 5.1 is a VERY old system that I got as a gift some 6-8 yrs ago, so maybe some of the on-board components are getting weak...?

Oh BTW, I do get thar annoying Windows "click" when you open a new page. How can I turn that off...?

Regards, and THANKS again

Unc
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04 Dec 2013   #5

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Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

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Oh BTW, I do get thar annoying Windows "click" when you open a new page. How can I turn that off...?
See: How to Turn Off Sounds in Your Browser - Turn Off Browser Sounds in Windows
Make your selection, click on Apply then OK.


If by opening a new page you mean a new program.

Follow this tutorial: Sounds - Change, then go to step #7A.

Scroll down to "open program" and left click on it to highlight it.
Then click on the down arrow at Sounds and select (None).

We don't like all those sounds either, so I have Sound Schemes set to no sounds; click on the down arrow at Sound Scheme and select No Sounds.

You will have to experiment with Program Sounds to find what suites you best then you can save it, how to do that is shown in step #10.
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04 Dec 2013   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Ya, I found the area for turning off those annoying Windows sounds. Thanks. The funny part about these crazy "pops" is that they don't seem to happen if I click quickly back and forth between different screens/pages/sites, but if I sit on a page and read a bit, the "pop" will happen when I jump back to the previous page..???

and so it goes...AAARRRGGHHHH...!!!

Unc
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05 Dec 2013   #7

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Win 7 Home Premium 64bit Ver 6.1.7600 Build 7601 - SP1
 
 

What you're describing is a Latency problem, and you should update any old drivers especially the audio and video.

Go to: DPC Latency Checker read through the site to learn about "Drop-Outs" and how to use it then download, and run it. Installation is not required. The program will give you tips on what to check to fix the problem.

Here's another site that offers tips on how to find, isolate, and fix drop-outs: Windows 7 Tuning Tips for Audio Processing It also has another program that:
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If DPC Latency Checker (see last section) shows any yellow or red spikes, run LatencyMon to identify the exact cause of the problem. The LatencyMon installer can be downloaded from here:

Resplendence Software - LatencyMon: suitability checker for real-time audio and other tasks

Source: Windows 7 Tuning Tips for Audio Processing
Troubleshooting for latency can be a difficult process so take your time and gather your patience, we'll be here to offer assistance. I can remember fireberd and me working with other members to fix latency.

It would be a good thing to brush up on Screenshots and Files - Upload and Post in Seven Forums It would give everyone a visual to see the results of DPC Checker, LatencyMon, and offer suggestions.
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05 Dec 2013   #8

Windows 7, 64 bit Home SP1, Win 8.1.1 Pro 64 bit
 
 

The problem, as he has reported, is (apparently) in the speaker system as headphones do not get the pops.
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05 Dec 2013   #9

Windows 7 x64
 
 
...and so it goes...the pops that is...!

THANK YOU very much for the informative info anak. I will take off to these sites and delve in to all the suggestions. I will reply when I have tried out the tips. Hope to be able to post screen shots also. Have never really gotten into doing that sort of thing, being an 'ol fart you know, but I will give it the ol school try...!

Regards,

Unc
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05 Dec 2013   #10

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Here is a screen shot of the DPC Latency test I just ran...
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