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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 10:37:44 AM - Report post  (0)  (0)       Post Reply  post reply  

I've had this strange issue with my PC speakers for some time now, or it could be my sound card, I'm not sure. Basically after a certain period of time (it's never the same), they'll just start emitting a continuous droning note (out of every speaker, even the sub). I'll unplug them and plug in a set of old 2.1 speakers and it'll be fine. Then after a few weeks or so I'll plug my 5.1 back in and they'll be fine for a short period, only for the process to start again.

I have absolutely no clue what's causing it. I've tried uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers, I've removed my sound card to make sure it's spotless clean and put it back in, etc.

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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 2:44:33 PM - Report post  (0)  (0)       Post Reply  post reply  

Hm, sounds familiar. I guess the first thing you could do is see if the same thing happens with a different speaker set.

If it happens again with a different set then it MIGHT be the sound card, but doubtful.

If my instinct is worth anything, then I suspect it may have something to do with either the power source and the ground, or unshielded cables. (Here's hoping the Dutch and English terms are the same. )

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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 2:52:22 PM - Report post  (0)  (0)       Post Reply  post reply  

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Hm, sounds familiar. I guess the first thing you could do is see if the same thing happens with a different speaker set.

If it happens again with a different set then it MIGHT be the sound card, but doubtful.

If my instinct is worth anything, then I suspect it may have something to do with either the power source and the ground, or unshielded cables. (Here's hoping the Dutch and English terms are the same. )

Aye, tried it with a different speaker set. As I mentioned in my post, this occurs with my 5.1 speakers, but I can switch to a 2.1 set which work just fine and the problem never occurs with them.

Not sure about unshielded cables or the power source - speakers aren't my area of expertise. Given that I can use another set of speakers without a problem I don't think it's the sound card, but I'm not ruling anything out at the moment. I haven't tried it with another 5.1 set (given that I don't own another).

As I also mentioned, when I plug the 5.1 speakers back in after (usually) a week or two, they work fine for a week, so no clue what's going on there.

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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 3:06:54 PM - Report post  (0)  (0)       Post Reply  post reply  

How do they work in other computers? If the problem occurs on another computer with a similar setup, the problem is a hardware one (something wrong with the speakers) where as if it doesn't occur on another computer then you have a driver problem (update/reinstall drivers maybe)

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And the impedance speaker settings? This can cause heavy humming, if set incorrectly.
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Posted: Mar 25, 2012 3:11:33 PM - Report post  (0)  (0)       Post Reply  post reply  

Unfortunately I don't have access to another PC with the capacity to take 5.1, but I can always try a single channel on my laptop.

I'll give it a try, thanks.

I just tried switching the power on without any of the speakers actually plugged in and I get the same droning sound, so I'm assuming it's definitely something going on with the speakers. Bugger.

[Edited by Skyheart, 3/25/2012 3:14:05 PM]

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