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Windows 7: No sound from external speakers

04 Dec 2014   #11
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Martin, good to hear you're making progress

As for the system working fine for a long time and then degrading, I would put that down to simple wear, the USB ports are not the greatest ever Electro-Mechanical design, and the constant plugging and unplugging, (especially on a laptop), can cause issues for the connections, there is also the old issue of corrosion of the electrical connections.

The powered hub should sort the power issue as it does not take power from the computer, but only data, all power is supplied directly from the mains supply via a transformer/converter in the mains adaptor.

One option for the desktop would be an add-on pci-USB card - modern devices are available on-line for a few pounds and a suitable USB2 or even USB3 card will normally supply a higher power that the defaults fitted to the motherboard


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05 Dec 2014   #12
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

The desktop already has a USB card as far as I recall. I am pretty sure that there are no more available slots on the motherboard now, either. There's a large GPU which blocks one of the slots..

I'll see if I can borrow a powered USB hub back in the UK, or get one from Amazon. They all get such mixed reviews though.. many seem to last no time before they stop working. Others are more expensive than I want to pay (at least till I am sure that is where the USB problems lie).
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08 Dec 2014   #13
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

The 'good news' didn't last long. I just get a distorted electric buzzing sound from the speakers now if I run them through the Xonar. I have ordered a mains-powered USB hub (for my PC) and some Logitech mains-powered laptop speakers too. I hope the outlay will be worth it!!
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08 Dec 2014   #14
Barman58

Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu
 
 

Sorry to hear that

I'm beginning to wonder if some of the noise you're experiencing is related to where you are, I know that supplies are not as "clean" in a lot of out of the way places, (compared to what we are used to in the UK), and a lot of sound devices are not shielded as well as they could be, (especially those designed for UK Use).

I get the old familiar Buzz Buzz when my mobile rings, on a small set of good quality USB laptop speakers I sometimes use, But when using the speakers on my 5.1 surround system or TV speakers, (Via HDMI), the sound is perfect
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08 Dec 2014   #15
martinlest

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit
 
 

All my hardware was bought in the UK (well, I bought the laptop itself when I was working in Bangkok, so that's not quite true!), and shipped over ... The buzzing, electronic sound is all I get now - there is no music at all when I play music files. This is only through the Xonar. If I plug the speakers directly into the laptop, the sound is OK (and just that - 'OK'). I suppose that the Xonar decided it didn't like the 'weak' USB port either in the end.
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