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Windows 7: Intermittent popping/crackling noise during audio playback

24 Dec 2013   #1
tks95747

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
Intermittent popping/crackling noise during audio playback

Hi Everyone:

I have a Sony Vaio VPCL23CFX All-in-one desktop computer (See my SPECS).

I have an odd problem that I cannot seem to resolve. When I play a song, any song, or any MUSIC, for that matter, I get a popping/crackling noise every once in a while. Sometimes it won't happen for a minute, then it will happen every 5 or 10 seconds and then it will stop, then it will start back up again with the every 10 seconds and then not for a minute thing.

It NEVER happens when no music is playing, for example, during a movie when there is no soundtrack playing or if I am watching a Youtube video that has no music. I get the same popping/crackling noise whether it is though the computer speakers or through the headphones.

Does anyone have any idea what might be causing this to happen or how I might get it to stop?

Thanks,

T


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25 Dec 2013   #2
fireberd

Windows 7/8.1/10 64 bit
 
 

Popping and crackling, if you look over the old posts here, is a frequent issue. Unfortunately there is no "one fix" for the problem.

Among many potential issues, sound drivers (make sure you have the correct sound driver from Sony), video drivers, Wi-Fi, power supply, external source such as a wireless phone or cell phone close by.

On the audio, if you only have the generic Windows installed "HD Audio Codec" that is the first place to start. Get the correct sound driver. What you list for the Sound Card is not really what it is, correct designation is "RealTek", according to the Sony site.
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25 Dec 2013   #3
tks95747

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the info. I finally figured out what was causing the problem. It was my Atheros Wireless Network Adapter. Once I disabled it, no more popping/crackling.

T
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25 Dec 2013   #4
fireberd

Windows 7/8.1/10 64 bit
 
 

The Wi-Fi as I mentioned was one potential cause.
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26 Jan 2014   #5
nfusion48

windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tks95747 View Post
Thanks for the info. I finally figured out what was causing the problem. It was my Atheros Wireless Network Adapter. Once I disabled it, no more popping/crackling.

T
hi - was just starting to also troubleshoot this issue over here and this was my first thread in my google search...so, i disabled it at my end and it wouldnt connect via wifi afterwards.....i just started using a router for the first time and never had this issue with connection via a wireless modem...

so, i disabled the generic ethernet controller instead and while i still can connect to the net i still have same noise (audio crackling) issue...am i missing something? i am trying to update drivers to adapter - Atheros AR500EG - but searching forever online with no return software to update..any other ideas would be greatly appreciated

i am running Vista though...shouldnt make any diff , right?

i will try to figure out in interim and check back - thanks in advance for any reply
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