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Windows 7: White noise on left speakers/left side of headphone

18 Apr 2010   #1
Conan Troutman

Windows 7 Ultimate(64-bit)
White noise on left speakers/left side of headphone

There's this annoying white noise on my left speakers(Logitech X-540 Speakerset), though I think it's not my speakers that are causing it, but something else, because when I connect my iPod to my speakers there's no white noise.

So I was wondering if anyone could tell me how to get rid of this noise

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18 Apr 2010   #2
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

Sounds like either a driver malfunction or more likely a failing sound card. Most of the stuff below (Windows & Programs) wouldn't likely be causing problems. I'd be willing to bet it's a hardware problem (due to it only being one side).

Figure Out What's Failing
If you're using a secondary sound card
*** i.e. you have a second built in one on your motherboard, enable that.
If you still hear the sound on a different card, then it's something within Windows and not a problem w/ hardware.
If you don't hear the sound, then it's something w/ drivers or your hardware.
If you don't have an extra sound card, see if you can find/buy one
Replace Drivers
Download & Install a Program like Guru's Driver Sweeper
Uninstall your sound drivers w/ Driver Sweeper
Download and install the latest drivers for your sound card.
If the sound is still there and you couldn't test a secondary card you're likely dealing with either a hardware failure (most likely with sound only happening in one speaker) or something in Windows failing.

Repair Windows
If you want to try to fix windows, you can do the following:
Run an elevated Command Prompt and run this command:
sfc /scannow
Peform a system restore
Perform a repair install.
Test to see if a program is causing the problem
Type msconfig into start menu search and hit Enter
Go to the startup tab and disable everything.
Restart computer
Do you still hear the sound?
Yes -- Not a program
No -- A program is likely causing the problem.
If none of the above helps, I highly suggest that you attempt to borrow or purchase an extra sound card. If you do so through a place like Newegg and it turns out that it doesn't fix the problem, you should be able to return the product.

Keep in mind that none of this is exact, you could disable all programs and still hear the sound and it might be a Windows process causing the problem (very unlikely). Or, you could switch to a different sound card and still hear the sound and it might be caused by the drivers for the other card (unlikely).

Good Sound Cards:
HT | OMEGA Series (Striker, Claro)
Sound Blaster X-FI
M-AUDIO Sound Cards

If you're looking for a low budget sound card to replace yours, your best bet is this:
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19 Apr 2010   #3
Conan Troutman

Windows 7 Ultimate(64-bit)

I will try these today. But I should add that it's not only my left speakers which give white noise, but all of them
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19 Apr 2010   #4

Windows 7 ultimate 64 bit / XP Home sp3

Welcome to Seven Forums. I read you hear White Noise and I think of this YouTube - White Noise Trailer Hopefully the above will be of some help. Fabe
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19 Apr 2010   #5
Conan Troutman

Windows 7 Ultimate(64-bit)

I don't have any sound at all after I re-installed my drivers
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19 Apr 2010   #6
not so gray matter

W7 Ult. x64 | OS X

If you're getting noise on all the speakers then it's less clear than before. When you get noise on one side it's usually hardware and not drivers (drivers are more likely to effect everything).

Not having any sound after a driver update is odd. Make sure you installed the correct drivers and did a reboot after you installed them.
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19 Apr 2010   #7
Conan Troutman

Windows 7 Ultimate(64-bit)

I've had this no sound-problem before, and somehow I fixed it, but I kind of forgot how I did that. See, the problem is that my system doesn't detect any plugged in speakers, which they are. Then it automatically set my default playback device to 'Realtek Digital Output', I believe I had/have to change some settings to get my sound back, I just need to find them settings
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09 Nov 2010   #8

windows 7 64bit

I have the same problem! i've tried loose conections, driver sweepers, other speakers, i even went so far as to format my hard drive and re-install windows, but to no avail. does this mean i need to purchase a sound card? i'm using integrated audio.
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