Originally Posted by garikfox
Hello everyone, I just bought a Sound Blaster Z, I have a couple questions to see if this is normal operation of the card or if I should return the card.
1. Has anyone experienced from the computer being off then booting into Windows 8 does it make a low level pop sound from the right speaker then a soft thump sound when it boots to desktop ?
2. Has anyone experienced in Windows 8.1 with no drivers loaded when you restart the computer does it make a screech sound from the speakers ?
you will usually get a little thump as the op-amps turn on and off on most hardware, some can be better or worse then others, good amps usually have filters to help reduce or ignore this but its not particularly something you can remove bar lowering the volume on the amp.
the screech I'm pretty sure is just drivers, 8.1 is still in beta so there's still likely going to have some issues in it, one thing I know about the onboard audio on my Crosshair V is it will always screech on powering down unless I use the official updated realtech drivers...