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I have a computer that I just built about a month ago. Everything has been working fine until today I started getting this popping noise when playing any kind of audio. Doesn't matter what the source of the sound is, even windows sounds make the noise. It's like a scratchy sound... Tried downloading and installing the audio drivers, updated windows to ensure directx was up to date, installed the latest mega codec pack. Even went into msconfig and disabled all start-up items except windows items. The issue occurs on my headphones which are plugged into the front of the PC and also my main speakers plugged into the back so I'm sure it's a computer issue. Not sure what else to do. Here are my computer specs:



Power supply SeaSonic G Series SSR-550RM 550W
motherboard ASRock Z77 Extreme4 LGA 1155 Intel Z77
intel i7 377 Processor Intel Core i7-3770K @ 3.50GHz
Ram G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory
hard drive Western Digital WD Black WD1002FAEX 1TB
video card GIGABYTE GV-N660OC-2GD GeForce GTX 660 2GB 192-bit GDDR5
Disk drive ASUS 24X DVD Burner
post #2 of 16
Make sure that the cable that goes to your front of your case is firmly plugged in to your case, and also make sure that it's not shorting out somewhere.
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post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by Fishinfan View Post

Make sure that the cable that goes to your front of your case is firmly plugged in to your case, and also make sure that it's not shorting out somewhere.

Thanks for replying =) Since the front plugin and back plugin both have the same issue I'm pretty sure it's not a wire/short or anything link that.
post #4 of 16
Such a weird problem. So you are using the onboard sound of your mobo and not a card? If you have any other add on cards, case lights, etc try unplugging/removing them to see if something changes. Do you have anything overclocked?

PS. WELCOME TO OCN! thumb.gif
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post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

Such a weird problem. So you are using the onboard sound of your mobo and not a card? If you have any other add on cards, case lights, etc try unplugging/removing them to see if something changes. Do you have anything overclocked?

PS. WELCOME TO OCN! thumb.gif

Yes it's a very strange issue. I even uninstalled a few programs that I had installed in the last few days but didn't help. I'm using the sound card that's built into the motherboard. When you say other cards/case lights what do you mean? No over clocking done =)
post #6 of 16
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Yes it's a very strange issue. I even uninstalled a few programs that I had installed in the last few days but didn't help. I'm using the sound card that's built into the motherboard. When you say other cards/case lights what do you mean? No over clocking done =)

Like wifi cards, raid cards, just anything in a pci slot. Something that might be causing electromagnetic interference.
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post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

Like wifi cards, raid cards, just anything in a pci slot. Something that might be causing electromagnetic interference.

There's nothing there, only thing plugged in is the gtx 660.
post #8 of 16
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Like wifi cards, raid cards, just anything in a pci slot. Something that might be causing electromagnetic interference.

Would buying an external sound card fix this issue? If so are there any affordable ones with decent quality?
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Would buying an external sound card fix this issue? If so are there any affordable ones with decent quality?

It might, it might not. I really recommend a sound card though. That is if you have decent speakers or will get decent speakers to go with them. Otherwise it wont make a difference when it comes to sound.

Take a look at the ASUS Xonar DG or DS. I started out with the DS. It gave me a bunch of trouble so I went with a card from Creative Labs. They are who I recommend now. You can get a decent card for under $50. Money well spent in my opinion.
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post #10 of 16
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Jolly Roger View Post

It might, it might not. I really recommend a sound card though. That is if you have decent speakers or will get decent speakers to go with them. Otherwise it wont make a difference when it comes to sound.

Take a look at the ASUS Xonar DG or DS. I started out with the DS. It gave me a bunch of trouble so I went with a card from Creative Labs. They are who I recommend now. You can get a decent card for under $50. Money well spent in my opinion.

Was thinking about getting this one:

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE 7.1 Channels 24-bit 96KHz PCI Interface Sound Card - OEM

$26 cheaper than hiring a computer repair tech who probably couldn't find the problem any better than me lol. This is a complicated issue... It's weird because I was sitting here listening to music and all of the sudden it stopped popping. But... When I click the volume control up and down really fast it starts popping again. If I click volume up/down slowly it sounds fine. I think this should help narrow down the issue, any thoughts?
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