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Strange sound behavior w/Windows 7

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by BryanBentz, Oct 28, 2011.

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  1. BryanBentz

    BryanBentz Thread Starter

    Oct 28, 2011
    I recently had to reinstall Windows 7 on my main PC. Before that my sound was fine. Now, I get 'zaps', pulses of intense static, whenever I (for instance) play a system sound - usually at the beginning or end, but nor precisely repeatable.

    I moved my speakers from my sound card to the motherboard audio, and I get the same behavior. So I don't think this is hardware-related; if it were electrical noise I would have heard it before the Windows reinstall, and if it were driver related (for the sound card) I wouldn't hear it through the motherboard audio. I've updated all drivers anyway.

    I did reinstall various codecs, but that seems to have had no effect at all.

    If I use, say, Windows Media Player, I hear the little zaps at various times; perhaps at low audio levels, but I think mainly at the border between songs. It kind of feels like some startup transient, but I can't be sure of that. All the internet searching I've done hasn't led to much - mainly because most problems/solutions seem to be (say) sound-card specific.

    The machine is a 64-bit CyberPowerPC, Windows 7 has all it's updates, all the drivers should be the newest stable drivers, there are no other problems with the machine. I've played with pretty much all the sound settings I can to try to get things to work - I don't think it's a clipping problem, for instance, as I've set the output levels to be fairly low.

    Any help, ideas, suggestions, prayers, insights, hypotheses, or guesses would be most welcome.
  2. ringowheelin


    Nov 17, 2011
    Praying for your computer. Also, have you had a gohst hunter check it out? :p sorry Im of no use. WAIT, powered external speakers? maybe just maybe a new power cord for them? off chance?
  3. Oddba11

    Oddba11 It's My Birthday!

    May 12, 2011
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    I'd suspect a connection or hardware issue. Test with a different set of headphones or speakers, that will help determine the cause of the problem.
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