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    Posted: 03 Jun 2019 at 5:57pm
So straight to the point. Im experiencing a weird static pops/cracks whenever an audio is being played or sometimes skipped. Example; when I watch some videos on youtube. Whenever I'll try to skip the video to a certain part a short quick pop/crack sound can be heard. So I did an experiment where I held the space button while watching a video on youtube (holding the space button will make the video playback on slow motion frame by frame) and so what happened was there was a lot of popping/cracking sound while I was holding the space button and it bothers me a lot. I've had this for like 2-3 weeks now and it hasnt been fixed. I tried various possible fixes such as follows:

-Updated the sound drivers
-Updated the BIOS
-Tried a different speaker/headphones
-Updated windows
-Updated old drivers to its newest
-Re plugged in the PC just in case it's a electrical grounding issue
-Did a full long hours length malware/spyware/virus scan
-Uninstalled rainmeter skins
-Cleaned the system disk drive
-Cleaned my browser's build up cache
-Tried plugging my speaker and headphones on different outlets available


PLEASE IF SOMEONE KNOWS WHAT'S UP LET ME KNOW. APPRECIATE YOU ALL THANKS

Edited by johndeniel - 03 Jun 2019 at 6:01pm
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 03 Jun 2019 at 9:46pm
OK I can suggest a couple other things to look at.
I hope you also talk to DS tech support as it's not beyond imagination that a bad board happens on occasion.

You mentioned it happening with the keyboard space bar pressed...have you tried that using a different keyboard yet? Who knows...maybe a bad keyboard.

Audio static is often about electrical signals getting picked up by cables and transformed into random sounds...or un shielded devices too close like certain un shielded speakers, routers, mobile phones, microwaves. There are actually many very good high quality speakers that are not supposed to be placed close to a PC or TV. Make certain you are using shielded speakers.   Move those other things that can generate radio or microwave energy further away from the PC...see if that helps.

Another possible source of audio static or hum can be caused when you are plugging in the PC to one wall outlet, and speakers or other connected peripheral devices are plugged into another wall outlet. In some situations it can set up a ground loop, effectively turning the cables into an antenna that transmits noise into your PC sound. There are a variety of ground loop interrupter or line filter devices you can plug in to help eliminate the noise. Some audio enthusiasts fine tune their sound systems by adding those plug in devices.

Test your wall plugs ground to make sure it's functioning....there are meters.   My son in law did that and found out all of his garage outlets were not even connected to the ground line!

All I can think of for now... Good luck!   
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  Quote johndeniel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Jun 2019 at 4:25pm
Originally posted by HockeyBuck

OK I can suggest a couple other things to look at.
I hope you also talk to DS tech support as it's not beyond imagination that a bad board happens on occasion.

You mentioned it happening with the keyboard space bar pressed...have you tried that using a different keyboard yet? Who knows...maybe a bad keyboard.

Audio static is often about electrical signals getting picked up by cables and transformed into random sounds...or un shielded devices too close like certain un shielded speakers, routers, mobile phones, microwaves. There are actually many very good high quality speakers that are not supposed to be placed close to a PC or TV. Make certain you are using shielded speakers.   Move those other things that can generate radio or microwave energy further away from the PC...see if that helps.

Another possible source of audio static or hum can be caused when you are plugging in the PC to one wall outlet, and speakers or other connected peripheral devices are plugged into another wall outlet. In some situations it can set up a ground loop, effectively turning the cables into an antenna that transmits noise into your PC sound. There are a variety of ground loop interrupter or line filter devices you can plug in to help eliminate the noise. Some audio enthusiasts fine tune their sound systems by adding those plug in devices.

Test your wall plugs ground to make sure it's functioning....there are meters.   My son in law did that and found out all of his garage outlets were not even connected to the ground line!

All I can think of for now... Good luck!   


Hey sorry I know this a pretty late reply but just to update you that the audio crack and pops happen to disappear on its own. Well although it does still exist whenever I watch youtube with google chrome but the issue is absent when im trying to watch stuff with different kinds of browsers. Its just google chrome. Just to mention again the audio static actually re appeared last night for like a good 5 mins then after I restarted my pc everything was fine as normal. Does this mean I need to buy a fresh new pc already after being with my vanquish for almost 2-3 years :( I was gonna upgrade my hard drive too but im having seconds thoughts specially with the occasional audio crack issues
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  Quote HockeyBuck Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 06 Jun 2019 at 11:53pm
Lol....If it only happens when you use Google Chrome, then perhaps you should avoid Google Chrome till at least the next Chome version update..   Does not appear to be a hardware issue if changing browser solves the problem.   

As to upgrading 2-3 year old Vanquish...if it still does the job then why not upgrade?    If not, lol....it’s always a good time for a nice new DS rig!   


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  Quote Snaike Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 07 Jun 2019 at 3:00am
Originally posted by johndeniel

....Does this mean I need to buy a fresh new pc already after being with my vanquish for almost 2-3 years :( I was gonna upgrade my hard drive too but im having seconds thoughts specially with the occasional audio crack issues


IMHO, no, your PC does not need to be replaced. My Vanquish 2 (lvl4) was purchased in 2014 and I've upgraded the RAM/GPU and added an SSD and she still runs everything I want to run. I don't know about your audio issue as I am usually wearing headphones because of my hearing loss, but I don't think it's a hardware issue as these guys have mentioned.

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  Quote johndeniel Quote  Post ReplyReply bullet Posted: 14 Jun 2019 at 12:27am
Originally posted by Snaike

Originally posted by johndeniel

....Does this mean I need to buy a fresh new pc already after being with my vanquish for almost 2-3 years :( I was gonna upgrade my hard drive too but im having seconds thoughts specially with the occasional audio crack issues


IMHO, no, your PC does not need to be replaced. My Vanquish 2 (lvl4) was purchased in 2014 and I've upgraded the RAM/GPU and added an SSD and she still runs everything I want to run. I don't know about your audio issue as I am usually wearing headphones because of my hearing loss, but I don't think it's a hardware issue as these guys have mentioned.

I finally decided to just go with the flow. Meaning I dont let the small occasional audio crack when I pause or skip a video on youtube bother me anymore. Thanks for the response tho. It means a lot to me :)
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