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Is my on-board audio broken?

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I started hearing static sound from my speakers while playing a game today. Its volume doesn't change if I change the volume of speakers. The static sound is present if I plug the speakers in rear jack or front jack. It's also present if I plug in the headphones through my speakers' volume control.

However, if I unplug the speakers and plug in the headphones directly (rear or front jack), there is no static sound. So it's probably the speakers' fault, right? Nope.

I tried plugging my speakers into Creative MuVo V200 and there was no static. Then I tried plugging them into an iPod and there was still no static.

This leads to conclusion that it's probably a problem with on-board audio. I have no idea why headphones are not affected.

I don't want to waste time and money on RMA-ing the motherboard so I'll probably just buy a sound card instead. Budget is kind of tight right now so I'd go with Genius SoundMaker Value 5.1 probably.

But first, I want to hear your thoughts. Maybe I'm missing something.

Oh, and here are the components in question:

Motherboard: AsRock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3
Speakers: Logitech Z-2300
Headphones: Technics RP-F400

Cheers.
My gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 2500K Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 MSI Radeon HD 7850 Twin Frozr III 2GB GDDR5 Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 1.5V 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 7200RPM Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Achieva Shimian QH270 Lite 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T200 Logitech Ultra Flat keyboard XFX XXX Edition 650W Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G400 SteelSeries QcK Logitech Z-2300 
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My gaming rig
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 2500K Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 MSI Radeon HD 7850 Twin Frozr III 2GB GDDR5 Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 1.5V 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 7200RPM Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Achieva Shimian QH270 Lite 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T200 Logitech Ultra Flat keyboard XFX XXX Edition 650W Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G400 SteelSeries QcK Logitech Z-2300 
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post #2 of 2
Thread Starter 
Fast forward 1 day and the problem seems to be gone. Still very weird, though. I'd like to hear insight from more experienced members.

Cheers.
My gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 2500K Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 MSI Radeon HD 7850 Twin Frozr III 2GB GDDR5 Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 1.5V 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 7200RPM Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Achieva Shimian QH270 Lite 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T200 Logitech Ultra Flat keyboard XFX XXX Edition 650W Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G400 SteelSeries QcK Logitech Z-2300 
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My gaming rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Core i5 2500K Asrock Z68 Extreme3 Gen3 MSI Radeon HD 7850 Twin Frozr III 2GB GDDR5 Corsair Vengeance 2x4GB DDR3 1600MHz 1.5V 
Hard DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB 7200RPM Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Achieva Shimian QH270 Lite 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung SyncMaster T200 Logitech Ultra Flat keyboard XFX XXX Edition 650W Zalman Z9 Plus 
MouseMouse PadAudio
Logitech G400 SteelSeries QcK Logitech Z-2300 
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