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Possible 24/7 power anomaly causing hardware damage

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by hulivar, Oct 6, 2019.

  1. hulivar

    hulivar Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2012
    I have a old HP netbook, a galaxy s7 flat cell phone, and a 2013 computer that I bought pre-built from a company called Maingear. I'd list specs but I feel like that's irrelevant atm, let me explain.

    A few weeks back I noticed my computer having audio issues. Now my cell phone and netbook have the same audio issue, cracks/pops/distortion, and what's crazy is it's identical no matter what audio source I play, the same crackles/pops are heard on all 3 devices at the same time, without fail.

    I know nothing about audio, is it this common when audio starts to go bad that it happens in the same way like this among 3 devices?

    Because I never used my netbook, which is almost 10 years old. And funny enough I never use my phone's audio except when talking to people. So even though I noticed all 3 of my devices having the audio issues at the same time I suppose it could be a coincidence?

    What trips me out is the sound cracks/pops are the same for all 3 devices on any media/audio source. If all my devices were plugged in all the time I'd think it was electrical interference. But alas, my cell phone..and my phone has the same issue away from my house so it's obviously not electrical interference (I assume).

    Any ideas? Is it possible that when audio goes bad on a device it's very similar? Regardless I'm going to my local ubreakitIfixit store to fix my galaxys7. Hopefully they can tell me what the issue was.

    I'm hoping that audio issues among devices all god bad in the same way because each device having the same cracks/pops no matter what media/audio I play is trippy.

    Any thoughts/help is greatly appreciated, thank you.

    EDIT: A good example for a video in which I have the audio distortion would be if you go to UFC fighter Robert Whittaker's twitter, and click on the 1:17 long video addressing his fans (should be first video at top of his twitter), throughout that video I hear a lot of pops/distortion.

    So ya, at least I'll have more information when I get my phone repaired. Then I'm going to come home, test audio, then put the phone on the charger. I mean, is it possible an electrical signal messed with a certain circuit? Maybe I should buy a surge protector and only charge my phone on that...even though my cpu is plugged in through 2 surge protectors.

    I'm PRAYING that audio going bad on devices is the same for the most part which would explain the identical distortion I hear with all 3 devices because if that's not the case then maybe the matrix is glitching out on me, I don't know lol.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2019
  2. SeanLaurence


    Sep 6, 2019
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    Well, If you are using the same set of headphones / speakers with each device, I would say that perhaps they were broken. But you have not said that you are doing that.
    If you are running the netbook and phone off of their batteries while not plugged into anything else, then there could be no interference from your power source.
    What about your audio source? You did not mention what your are trying to listen to. Again, I would have to assume you are listening to different things on your different devices. If you were trying to listen to the same mp3 file on all your devices, I would suggest the noise is a part of the audio source.

    So, that leaves interference from another source. Are you testing in an urban or rural environment? Are there sources of electrical noise nearby? Arc welding? A Subway train, Radio/TV/Cellphone antennae s? A Microwave oven
  3. hulivar

    hulivar Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2012
    Let me clarify a few things. I bought new head phones and a bluetooth speaker to try and remedy the issue with my phone. Still had the same audio cracks/pops.

    And I'm not using the same headphones across devices. I'm using headphones on my cpu, cell phone's speaker (headphones have same problem, tried 2 brand new pairs) and the netbook's built in speaker, but headphones on that netbook have the same audio problem.

    To make sure this wasn't interference, I tested my phone miles away and it had the same issue. I'm running my netbook without it's battery, it's always plugged in.

    So ya, I would have thought possibly something weird with the two computers...but my cell phone having the exact same problem kills that idea.

    Again, if I play a video/audio source on all 3 devices they will all have the same exact pops/crackles/distortion at the same exact moments every time, every playthrough. And it's not random, if I play some media it will have the same crackle at 3 seconds in whether I play it now or days from now. If I went a mile down the road with my cell phone, the phone would still have the same cracks/pops as the two cpus. Weird huh?

    So ya...the only stuff that makes sense is possibly the fact that all 3 devices have the same audio distortion for every media/audio source, maybe this is common for audio failing on a device? I wish I knew more about audio to know if this made sense.

    The other thing is the power coming into my house just messed with the sound part of electronics? Or it did at some point? And when it happened my cell phone was plugged into the wall at the time?

    But agian, I'll know more when I get my phone repaired. If the audio is working good and then I come home and plug my phone in and all sudden it's bad again, then I should know.

    Maybe I should have waited to post this till when I got my phone repaired, meh. Regardless I'll update this thread then.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2019
  4. hulivar

    hulivar Thread Starter

    Feb 3, 2012
    Ok...so I posted a while back about a unique issue I was having where all of my electronic computing devices had the same audio issue. My computer, cell phone, and laptop all developed the same audio issue around the same time...with what I've learned now I'm assuming it happened all at once.

    All 3 devices have audio popping/crackles. So I proceed to buy an mp3 player assuming at the time all my devices were old and that's why audio was bad, but the mp3 player had the same issue. It was a cheap mp3 player, so fast forward to today where I buy a tablet, a Lenovo 8 inch 100 dollars. I should have turned it on to test the audio before plugging it in but at this point I still thought my devices were failing from a power surge or old age.

    I had this tablet plugged in a good 30 minutes...I turned it on and lol, same audio issue as my other devices. So I assume this narrows down my issue to a electrical problem...but jesus, I was unaware a surge or whatever could be constant like this.

    I just find it crazy that on the different devices its affecting the sound in the exact same way. Something I noticed on my phone though is when it's under load the audio does get worse...

    Does anyone know anything about this? I suppose I should head to an electricity or power tech forum....I swear man only I end up having crazy stuff like this happen to me.
    Last edited by a moderator: Oct 18, 2019
  5. Cookiegal

    Cookiegal Administrator Malware Specialist Coordinator

    Aug 27, 2003
    Since the other thread was quite recent I've merged both threads together.

    Also, I've edited your post for language. Even if starred out by the board censors it's not appropriate on this family friendly site so please be more careful in the future. Thanks for understanding.
  6. plodr


    Jun 27, 2014
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    You need an electrician in to look at your home wiring. Something is wrong and causing electrical interference on your devices.
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