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    Computer speakers are making a constant popping sound.

    Well, on a positive note, my desktop is up and running again. This makes me very happy.

    What makes me less happy is that my speakers are making some quiet popping sounds, like a silenced machine gun. It doesn't matter how loud the volume is turned up. I'm also not sure what to google for, but the couple of things I did try (machine gun speaker sound, constant speaker popping, etc) didn't come up with any good results. Does anyone have any ideas?

    Or would it just be worth getting a new set of computer speakers? These are about 7 years old now. Much thanks.

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    I would recommend plugging some headphones into the same jack (make sure the volume is fairly low first), to determine if the problem is even the speakers.

    Speakers are pretty inexpensive, though. After 7 years of use, there's no shame for them if they've gone.

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    You may need to check if your Master Volume is too high on your computer. Just make sure it's low enough that it sounds clear. Then adjust the volume with your speaker dial.

    If you've got no dial on your speakers then just adjust the master volume.

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    It's not a computer issue. Even when the speakers are unplugged from the computer, I can still hear a popping noise (and when I stick my earphones in the computer itself, there's nothing). I think I'll just buy a new pair of speakers.

    Anyone have an idea for what's a reasonable price for 2.1 or any personal recommendations? I'd like to go as low as I can, but still get a B- or higher in quality. Much appreciated.

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    Are you using some shit set of Logitech speakers?

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    Creative Inspire something or other. It came with the computer when I bought it, but through an Alienware-lite company. I think they're called ibuypower.com.

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    Dude your on a computer. Heaphones man. Why would anyone EVER want to use a speaker system is beyond me? I can barley understand the people who use speakers on their T.V. let along WANT to use speakers on their comp when it's as simple as plugging a headset in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neonie View Post
    Dude your on a computer. Heaphones man. Why would anyone EVER want to use a speaker system is beyond me? I can barley understand the people who use speakers on their T.V. let along WANT to use speakers on their comp when it's as simple as plugging a headset in.
    Erm, because it's a lot more comfortable, cheaper and easier to use speakers to listen to music and play games. Do you just watch that much porn you don't want anyone else hearing? lol.

    Also, I get the same problem but it's only audible when I turn the speakers up quite high, but it wasn't there before I updated my sound drivers. It seems to increase the more my HDD is being accessed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neonie View Post
    Dude your on a computer. Heaphones man. Why would anyone EVER want to use a speaker system is beyond me? I can barley understand the people who use speakers on their T.V. let along WANT to use speakers on their comp when it's as simple as plugging a headset in.
    Neonie confirmed for clinically insane.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neonie View Post
    Dude, you're on a computer. Headphones man. Why anyone would EVER want to use a speaker system is beyond me. I can barely understand the people who use speakers on their T.V., let alone WANT to use speakers on their comp when it's as simple as plugging a headset in.
    Fixed. Also, my headphones don't fix the problem either unless I plug it directly into the computer, which isn't too comfortable for me.

    So I'm thinking about buying this pair of speakers since they're on sale and seem to be good quality. Does anyone have any horror stories about them? http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...mbevigaotst-20

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    Looks like a good price. They seem to retail for closer to $50 most places. I'd say go for it.

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    By the way my speakers are Creative too if it isn't a coincidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zippyduda View Post
    By the way my speakers are Creative too if it isn't a coincidence.
    Looks like coincidence. However, it looks like *your* speakers can't handle the changes the driver update made to your sound card (*if* the update includeda a firmware update, that is).

    Essentially: Same advice as for Changston re. volume handling, or get a new set of speakers (after checking it's the speakers, of course).

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    I got my new set of speakers, and I turned them on and still got the same problem. I curse to myself, NOOOOOOOOO! I start freaking out and think, "Fuck, do I have to get a new motherboard just for a sound card? aaaagggghhhhh, whywhywhyyyyy"

    And then I realized that my wireless router was sitting on top of my subwoofer. That popping sound? interference.



    So now everything's hunky dory peachy keen. I should have gotten a new set anyway, since the old ones took up a lot of space and were a pain in the ass to keep all the wires straight. I don't need no fancy 5.1 system for my computer.

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    Yeah was gonna say the popping noise is interference from something wireless. Zippyduda your noise is interference from your video card(your probably using onboard sound or the sound card is right below the video card), do you get the noise when scrolling webpages as well like a chirping sound?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chronoswing View Post
    do you get the noise when scrolling webpages as well like a chirping sound?
    I have that, it is so annoying :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by the guy with the hat View Post
    I have that, it is so annoying :|
    It comes from poorly shielded sound card inputs. If you have onboard sound built into the mobo you will suffer it badly as most mobo manufacturers use cheap onboard sound. If your using a laptop then forget it, your bound to get that noise with no way of ever fixing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chronoswing View Post
    It comes from poorly shielded sound card inputs. If you have onboard sound built into the mobo you will suffer it badly as most mobo manufacturers use cheap onboard sound. If you're using a laptop then forget it, you're bound to get that noise with no way of ever fixing it.
    Unless you use something like this: http://www.techspot.com/review/151-creative-xfi-go-usb/ or like this: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/01..._creative_xfi/

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    Quote Originally Posted by chronoswing View Post
    Yeah was gonna say the popping noise is interference from something wireless. Zippyduda your noise is interference from your video card(your probably using onboard sound or the sound card is right below the video card), do you get the noise when scrolling webpages as well like a chirping sound?
    It shouldn't be, considering I've had my PC for over 2 years, and it's never had a crackling sound with the volume up until after I updated some audio and graphics drivers.

    It seems to get worse the more the Hard Drive is being accessed, indicated by the LED on the front of my tower and through Task Manager (the percentage)

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    Hm, sounds (heh) like you have a nice feedback loop going somewhere.

    Basically, the electro magnetic shielding of your speakers *or* your other hardware has been broken somewhere (old age can do that, and high temperature environments like the innards of a PC don't help).

    Can you test with another set of speakers or headphones, or so, and see if the problem persists?

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