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Note: I'm not too certain this thread belongs in this sub-forum, but I really don't know where else it should go. Mods, I apologize if I've done wrong =[

For a reason I can't seem to discern, my Front Panel Audio Headphone Jack produces a strange, constant and very audible buzzing sound; it reminds me of a current running through equipment and it is amplified if I were to wiggle the jack around. Even stranger; if my mic is on when I have my headphone plugged in, I can hear everything the mic picks up.

My suspicions accuse the notion that front panel audio jacks are, in general, weakly shielded if at all. However, it should be noted that my Front Panel is connected to my sound card, the HT Omega Striker 7.1. In fact, I believe the Front Panel is connected in to my sound card in the gap in between my sound and video cards. Could this be the factor?

Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
Sound Card: HT Omega Striker 7.1

Thanks for your input; solutions are always welcome =]
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post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by luXfer;13877148 
My suspicions accuse the notion that front panel audio jacks are, in general, weakly shielded if at all.

Right on. Nearly every case on the market has cheap, weakly shielded cables that cause interference, which is why many headphone users stay away from the front panel connectors. You can't just use the ports on the back of the PC?
     
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@zouk: my headphone cable doesn't reach the back =P


But I am curious about that mic thing...


I'm guessing there's no real solution, eh?
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post #4 of 8
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Originally Posted by luXfer;13877580 
@zouk: my headphone cable doesn't reach the back =P


But I am curious about that mic thing...


I'm guessing there's no real solution, eh?

Aww, maybe an extension (Shielded of course tongue.gif) could be of use?

And as for a solution, maybe they make shielded internal cables, or you could fashion your own.
     
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post #5 of 8
I think the cheapest solution would be a good 3.5mm extention cable.
post #6 of 8
Dude, I had that same buzz until recently when I swapped cases. It disappeared completely. I believe it's somewhere between the shielding of the cables to the shielding of the panel, itself.
post #7 of 8
The buzzing in my front panel jacks started about six weeks ago.

My power supply is less than a year old. I have an OCZ 850 watt Modstream.

I switched it with a 1000 watt Silverstone. Problem is now solved.

This may not be your solution, but I know my problem went away immediately with the switch.
post #8 of 8
Might be a grounding problem, then.
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