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Windows 7: Audio Popping/Crackling

02 Jul 2010   #1

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 
Audio Popping/Crackling

I just bought windows 7 for the first time and after installation and installing all drivers I realized I only had one issue. For some reason when audio starts or ends there is popping/crackling noise. Does anyone know how to fix this?

I'm using a Sennheiser PC 350 headset and on board audio from this Gigabyte Motherboard.


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02 Jul 2010   #2

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 

Do you get the same pops/cracks if you use speakers instaed of the headset?
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02 Jul 2010   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

I have an older pair of speakers that I could test out I guess but it would be annoying to set it up, if you might know the solution I'll try it out and get back to you. I saw a lot of posts on the forums of a similar problem so I tried updating the drivers but it didn't fix the problem.

I do have the Realtek HD audio. Idk if that is a type of audio or a motherboard or windows 7 thing but I updated the drivers for it.
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02 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 

I was really asking to elimate the headset, seems you are having some issues with them as it is. Could very well be the soundcard but I was trying to elimate the headset first, then we can delve deeper if it is the sound card.

Geeve

Edit: I have read as well it may not just be the audio drivers you need to updatee, might want to check to see if there is a bios update as well for your motherboard. but lets start simple with the headset first.

Edit2: Another thought, if I remember you saying the headset has a volume of it's own, you might play with the volumes on the windows side and the headset side as you may have some clipping occuring between the two volume sets.
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02 Jul 2010   #5

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Alright, I just tested it out with my other headset, a $40 Logitech headset(USB) and I'm still getting the exact same popping effect when the audio starts/stops. Like if I switch channels in vent, right when the audio finishes it pops.

My Sennheiser headphones aren't usb, but I plugged both into my motherboard.

I also tried plugging the Logitech USB headset into the front USB slot at the top of my desktop, and it is still making the popping noise.
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02 Jul 2010   #6

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 

Cool, check for a bios update for your MB, I have that can help as well, past that I will do some searching around to see what I can come up with. In the meantime maybe someone else will come along with some suggestions

Geeve
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02 Jul 2010   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

Is a bios update different then updating the drivers? I updated the drivers right away with the disc that came with my motherboard. And it's brand new also, just got the computer yesterday.

Anyways I haven't had time to try to fix it cause I just ran into another problem, my computer just froze playing world of warcraft. At first I thought it was overheating but I let it cool down for an hour and turned on my air conditioning in the house and it still froze right away. When it froze it also unfroze after about 30 seconds and said amd drivers failed but it was able to recover. So now I switched my drivers to the 10.5 update from may instead of the 10.6 from June so hopefully that will fix it.

I have the XFX 5870 video card.



Try to keep this thread focused on the popping issue and I'll make another one for my video card and computer crashing, unless you think you might know how to fix it.
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02 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 8, Ubuntu 12.04 64bit, Pear Linux Triple Boot
 
 

Will do! The BIOS is different than the drivers, it controls the actual start up and integrated componets prior to Windows boot, Kind of a pre system test/controler (That's the best I can explain it). I will look into Bios Update for you, while you hunt for the solution to your other problem. I will also try my best to come up with another fix.

Geeve
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05 Jul 2010   #9

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
 
 

So do you have any ideas? It seems to pop every time audio starts or ends. When I'm playing world of warcraft there are multiple sounds starting and ending all the time so there is a lot of sound popping all the time. I think I figured out why my computer isn't working properly also, I think the PSU is defecting which might also be a reason why my audio isn't working properly but idk.
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05 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 8 Pro
 
 

Hello So1dier,

Can you download and run this tool?
DPC Latency Checker

There is some good information on the page.


There are quite a few different drivers that could be causing sound latency. Sometimes it's the ethernet controller drivers. Here's a link to a thread from a while back. The OP was having similar issues to yours.
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