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Audio Crackles

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:27 am
by Valigarmander
Hey, I've been having a problem, and maybe one of you computer wiz kids can help me out.

I got a new laptop a few months ago, and I've had a frequent issue with the audio becoming crackly. I have no idea what triggers it, and it seems to happen more or less at random. Disabling and re-enabling my speakers will fix the problem temporarily. The drivers (I have Realtek High Definition Audio) are all up to date. Messing with the sample rate/bit depth doesn't stop it from happening. I've never had this issue before, so I'm a bit at a loss what to do. Got any suggestions for me?

Re: Audio Crackles

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:03 am
by I am nobody
Are you getting it through the external speakers or an audio jack?

Re: Audio Crackles

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:40 am
by Valigarmander
The built-in speakers. I don't typically use the audio jack, but I might test it out the next time I get crackles.

Edit: Well, that didn't take long. The audio's the same when using headphones, and switching between speakers and the audio jack doesn't appear to change anything about the crackles.

Re: Audio Crackles

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:08 am
by I am nobody
Probably worth contacting the manufacturer's support if you haven't already. It could be a motherboard/sound card issue from what you've described, and sometimes you can get free upgrades out of companies when things break this quickly.

Re: Audio Crackles

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:05 am
by Valigarmander
Yeah, that's what I feared. I was hoping maybe there was some easy fix I wasn't aware of. :doh:

Re: Audio Crackles

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:21 am
by I am nobody
It might be something simple, but you'd probably void the warranty by opening it and checking yourself. Could also be drivers fighting, but that's usually not any easy fix either.

Re: Audio Crackles

Posted: Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:41 am
by ScottyMcGee
Did you figure it out? What brand is it btw?

Re: Audio Crackles

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 4:38 pm
by Jere
Yeah curius to see where this is going for you.

Re: Audio Crackles

Posted: Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:43 pm
by Valigarmander
I'm still having problems with it, but I haven't gotten around to contacting the manufacturer yet. Might do that this weekend.

Re: Audio Crackles

Posted: Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:46 am
by е и ժ е я
Valigarmander wrote:
Fri Jun 29, 2018 8:43 pm
I'm still having problems with it, but I haven't gotten around to contacting the manufacturer yet. Might do that this weekend.


Hey, it can depend on a few factors, could you describe the sort of audio crackle you're experiencing? Would you say it sounds similar to when an audio engine on an emulator is struggling to keep in sync? Any odd pops or stutters? What are the specs/hardware beyond that in the system, and in what context, if any specifics, does it happen?