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Hearing hard disc activity through speakers

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by tjp, May 27, 2005.

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  1. tjp

    tjp Thread Starter

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    Started beginning to hear electronic noise through my daughter's seperate desktop speakers. It is while the hard disc is active, also buzzing when I move the mouse. Other than the irritation, every else works fine. Any ideas as to where to start?
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    Make sure the cabling from the PC to the speakers is completely separated from all other cables, as far away as possible.
     
  3. qldit

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    G'day tjp, this can be quite a problem, especially with cheaper sound cards.
    It often is caused by radiation but also appears to be a filtering kind of problem.
    If it is a soundcard you might try moving it to a clearer PCI slot, if it has an analogue sound lead from the CDROM, you might try removing that lead. It usually is not used apart from W98. (Remove it completely for trial if you have it, it is a fine wire four pin lead)
    Try increasing the levels of the various inputs so that you can lower the overall speaker volume, this may help.
    That is about all you can do, some of these others may have other ideas.
    Cheers, qldit.
     
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