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post #1 of 11
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I leave this computer on 24/7. About a month ago, I decided to start conserving more electricity by having this computer go in Hibernation automatically.

This was the first time I have ever done this. When it came out of hibernation, something else happened for the first time ever. Immediately after coming out of hibernation, the speakers started making a crackly-sizzling noise. It was crazy. Then every so often there was a relatively loud pop (with a very tiny bit of low-end attached to it).

Ever since, it's has been intermittent. I could go for hours without hearing a single pop. But right now, as I am typing, it's crackling. It sounds like a digital campfire. And other times I just hear a "pop" about once every 5 minutes (but it is random). Other times the crackling can be very subtle, and the time between the crackles can be longer than what you'd hear from a typical campfire.

So now I don't know what to do. Nothing has changed. Like I said, this started after doing the hibernation thing (which I never did again because it seems to have caused this problem).

A part of me is afraid that either my beloved Audigy 2 ZS is going out, or my beloved speakers are going out.


If you know without a shadow of a doubt as to what this is, and how to fix it, I will be incredibly grateful, and you'll win some Rep points.
post #2 of 11
now all you need is a fireplace screen saver and your set lol JK> did one of your cables come loose or something and also try reinstalling your drivers for you r sound and board.
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Yeah 5Cheese i agree with G|F.E.A.D.|Killa look over your cables and uninstall then reinstall your drivers for the Mobo Even take the sound card out and blow out the pci slot with a can of air or anything before u install the sound drivers agin good luck

P.S. G|F.E.A.D.|Killa i like your system im kinda new to ocing and maybe u could give me some pointers on how to get my cpu over 3.6 that would be great
post #4 of 11
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Well, unfortunately, I'm not enough of a newbie to have loose cables, or any of that stuff. But at least you're thinking of everything just in case I didn't.

I tried re-installing the drivers. I tried updating them. This is my latest trick, and I'm about to see if it works: I'm about to go back to the state of purchase: Completely uninstalling the sound card entirely, and then re-installing using the OEM CD, and then not updating. If it works, I'm going to update. If the problem resurfaces after updating, then the rest is obvious.

Here I go!
post #5 of 11
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lol it's completely fixed.

Here's how:
  1. I uninstalled all Creative software, which also uninstalls the hardware for me (but I still check Device Manager)
  2. Shut down and removed sound card
  3. Turned computer on without sound card.
  4. Shut down and re-installed sound card
  5. Installed sound card as if it were brand new.
Problem solved. The lesson I learned is that the next time I'm having issues, I'm going to go back to the original drivers. Not only that, but I also learned that having the most up-to-date drivers is not always a good thing.
post #6 of 11
yeah thats true about drivers i have had probs with newer drivers and had to go back the the older ones well its good to hear that everythings working right
post #7 of 11
That will teach you to hibernate your PC... it should be FOLDING!!!!!
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post #8 of 11
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Quote:
Originally Posted by H3||scr3am View Post
That will teach you to hibernate your PC... it should be FOLDING!!!!!
lol

What exactly is folding? I know I laughed like I totally get it, but it's still funny. I did go to the folding forum, so I have my assumptions. But I'd rather not guess.
post #9 of 11
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Well, the problem is not solved. Nothing has changed. This definitely has something to do with hibernation.

I decided to give it the full test and set it to automatically hibernate. That was like 6 hours ago, and I just took it out of hibernation, and the crackling and popping is horrible.

Can anyone help me troubleshoot this, or maybe just tell me why it's doing this, and how to fix it?

Let me clarify a few things: Everything is hooked up correctly. This started happening suddenly after taking it out of hibernation after setting it to automatically hibernate for the first time ever about a month ago.

Some other details are that I also set it to go into standby, hard drives to shut off, and finally hibernation.


Please help.
post #10 of 11
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Originally Posted by H3||scr3am View Post
That will teach you to hibernate your PC... it should be FOLDING!!!!!
errr... correction! DL pr0n
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