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Realtek onboard sound popping and crackling after a while

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June 7, 2010 6:21:39 PM

I know it's part of my motherboard but there was no option to discuss sound there, so i put it under sound card. Move it if you need to.

PROBLEM: I have to restart my computer if I want the sound popping/crackling to stop. If it were my speakers I doubt restarting would fix it, like it does. After several hours or so of gaming, or anything really, the sound will start to pop and crackle with varying intensity. Restarting is the only cure. I hate telling my clan mates in the middle of a match "Sorry mates, I need to restart. Sound popping again." :fou: 

Been working fine forever, had this motherboard for 2 years now. Here is my dxdiag, driver is up to date. (I think..)

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System Information
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Time of this report: 6/7/2010, 14:11:19
Machine name: LOGAN-PC
Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit (6.1, Build 7600) (7600.win7_gdr.100226-1909)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
System Manufacturer: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd.
System Model: EP35-DS3L
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Quad CPU Q8400 @ 2.66GHz (4 CPUs), ~2.7GHz
Memory: 4096MB RAM
Available OS Memory: 4094MB RAM
Page File: 2009MB used, 6177MB available
Windows Dir: C:\Windows
DirectX Version: DirectX 11
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
User DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
System DPI Setting: 96 DPI (100 percent)
DWM DPI Scaling: Disabled
DxDiag Version: 6.01.7600.16385 64bit Unicode

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Sound Devices
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Description: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: Yes
Default Voice Playback: Yes
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0888&SUBSYS_1458A002&REV_1000
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6101 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 4/30/2010 17:06:04, 2359200 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

Description: Realtek Digital Output (Realtek High Definition Audio)
Default Sound Playback: No
Default Voice Playback: No
Hardware ID: HDAUDIO\FUNC_01&VEN_10EC&DEV_0888&SUBSYS_1458A002&REV_1000
Manufacturer ID: 1
Product ID: 100
Type: WDM
Driver Name: RTKVHD64.sys
Driver Version: 6.00.0001.6101 (English)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
Date and Size: 4/30/2010 17:06:04, 2359200 bytes
Other Files:
Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
HW Accel Level: Basic
Cap Flags: 0xF1F
Min/Max Sample Rate: 100, 200000
Static/Strm HW Mix Bufs: 1, 0
Static/Strm HW 3D Bufs: 0, 0
HW Memory: 0
Voice Management: No
EAX(tm) 2.0 Listen/Src: No, No
I3DL2(tm) Listen/Src: No, No
Sensaura(tm) ZoomFX(tm): No

This only started happening recently. It MAY have coincided with the most recent realtek driver. Should i try rolling back?

June 7, 2010 6:43:05 PM

Try rolling back the driver, also try lowering your system volume to about 60 or 70%, distortion is more common and far more significant at higher volumes, that might help it too.
June 7, 2010 7:09:08 PM

Alright. So lower system volume and increase volume on the speakers?
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June 7, 2010 10:47:35 PM

Yeah, that might reduce your popping and crackling if its from the onboard amp clipping.
June 8, 2010 4:06:16 AM

Great advise above. Also it sounds like your onboard sound is trying to emulate Creative's drivers with the popping and crackling! lol
June 8, 2010 2:53:04 PM

Sounds like something is gone. I had the creative driver problem, and that was easy enough to solve, but if it's happening like that... eh... sounds like after a reboot it cools down and something is overheating. My old Awe32 used to do that after about 30 minutes tried a component cooling spray on a part of the chip that was warm and it worked again for an hour or so, my personal opinion is somethings gone, but try the driver solution and if not you might have to buy a sound card to replace it.
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