Integarted sound issue

christee6

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i recently build my first computer and after a 2 weeks of everythign working fine i have developed an issue which i believe may be related to the integrated sound card on my mobo but i am unsure my system is as follows

mobo - asus p8z68-v pro/gen3
cpu- i7 2600k (oc'd to 4.8)
gpu- evga geforce gtx 580
psu - corsair tx-850
ram - 16gb corsair vengence lp
sdd - patriot wildfire 120gb
hdd- WD caviar black 2tb
cooler - corsair h100
case - nzxt phantom
OS- win 7 ultimate

so for a while everything was good, i played BF3 with WMP running in the background to listen to music and had no problems, i had my speakers plugged into mobo jack on the back of the computer but most of the time i would be using my headphones plugged into the usb and headphone jack on the front of the case. so just recently i staretd getting a crackling/cutting out of sound and it got progressivly worse, now i started to get complete cutting out and i would hear the windows sound that plays when you remove a usb device, the WMP gave me a error regarding a audio device becoming unplugged. i thought maybe it was bad front planel connections so unplugged them and reconnected them and still same problem, then i moved the headphones to the back jacks directly of the mobo, same problem. so i disconnected the headphones and tryed my speakers in both those configurations, i still got the cracking sounds, through the speakers with both. i tested the headphones on my laptop and no problems. this is where it gets wierd, with my speakers totally disconnected from my computer but the power still plugged into the wall i was still getting cracklign out of the speakers so i unplugged (wierd i know, so now im thinking interfernace of some sort?) with them unplugged i am still having problems with my headphones, so pretty much i think i have it narrowed down to interference from somewhere? but it jsut staretd after 2 weeks, nothing new has been added in the area, or faulty on board sound? i dont know how to narrow it down though, also i think it could possibley be a power issue? such as not enough power because of my over clock or something but this is just a theory and i have no idea if thats even possible, or ....well i dunno thats why im writing here hopefully someone has an idea for me
 

christee6

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ok now im getting worried, i tryed setting my overclock back to stock and that didnt help, not only that but i can hear these sounds all the time, when im not playing back any audio at all, when im booting the computer, ect, also i noticed when i get this static listening to say WMP its actually freezing the playback of music, like i can see the time slider freeze up when i hear the static sounds, so it has to be something wrong with the mobo im thinking, someone help me out here im getting scared that this this is screwed now and it caused bf3 to crash now
 

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Try a different power outlet. Literally, run an extension cord from across the room, use a different power-strip, and see if that solves the problems. Dirty power can do all sorts of bad things.

Post back after that with your finding.
 

christee6

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thank you for the response puttsy, i one of my heavy duty cords from another room and so far so, i was just about to go to bed but i have tested it for roughly 5 minutes while listening to music, and playing bf3 it seems to have worked so far, hopefully this was all, really didnt want to RMA, ill have a chance to check it out more tomorrow, really appreciate the quick reply btw
 

puttsy

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odds are, if the speakers are making the noise without being connected to anything, it's a problem in the electrical. Was there, by chance, a low level "buuuuzzzzzz" coming from them too? If so, it's either a problem in the DC transformer for the speakers or a grounding problem. Glad to hear it worked in short, hopefully that's what the problem is and you can get the electrical issue fixed by a licensed professional.