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    Static out of speakers, not related to speakers. (Windows XP, SP 2)

    I have yet another problem on this wonderful machine and I feel like it might have been self-induced, but I have no clue what I did. Trying to fix my plethora of other problems I have recently discovered that all of a sudden my sound is acting up. When playing downloaded music and movies, CD's, and videogames there is an obnoxious periodic static/skipping coming over the speakers. I know it isn't the speakers because I get the same annoying static thru the stock Laptop speakers, and headphones. It isn't the players because I've listened to the same thing through five different players including the one that came with the soundcard. I haven't made any sound adjustments recently, other than what is easily changeable (i.e., equalizer).

    My wireless radio is shut off (i know that it could interfere with sound), so that isn't it. And I'm watching the task manager closely when the static occurs and no program is overriding, and the CPU usage never goes about 40%. It doesn't seem as if any programs are loaded that shouldn't be either.

    I have a strong Creative sound card, NVIDEA 7700 video card, 1 gb ddr2 sd ram, and an ample hard drive as well as a 1.86 ghz duel core processor. None of these should interfere with the sound. Does anyone have a suggestion?

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    Re: Static out of speakers, not related to speakers. (Windows XP, SP 2)

    Are you working off the battery when this occurs or plugged into the wall ?? Could be a ground issue.
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    Re: Static out of speakers, not related to speaker

    plugged in, what do you mean by a ground issue? I've been using this computer fine in the same location for a month and all of a sudden this started happening. I feel like something is interfering with the sound card, but i dont know what it could be.

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    Re: Static out of speakers, not related to speaker

    If you are operating off of the house current (the electricity coming out of the wall socket) and the outlet is not grounded properly or something has zapped the house current (like lightening) the electrical ground can be affected and cause this static issue. Try running it from the battery and see if the problem persists.
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    Re: Static out of speakers, not related to speaker

    No this didn't work either. I feel like it is something on the computer that is interfering with it. It happened suddenly and it was in the midst of me trying to fix the plethora of other issues my computer is facing and I might have altered something, but sinse I can't restore I can't fix it. And I did so much that I'm not sure what it could be. But it's very strange, it's like light static that interferes with the audio every 5 seconds or so that makes it sound like it's skipping.

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    Re: Static out of speakers, not related to speaker

    Might be a coincidence but something in your local area may be inducing the noise.

    Can you move the laptop to another location temporarily or does it have wireless capabilities so you can try it away from where you now use it?

    I had a neighbor who got a hold of an old excersize machine that threw out noise that you wouldn't believe and interfered with TV and radio and computer. Who knows?
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    Re: Static out of speakers, not related to speaker

    it could be a coincidence... and a large one at that. ill have to wait a bit till i can move it somewhere ill keep you updated, if anyone else has any suggestions temporarily im all ears.

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    Re: Static out of speakers, not related to speaker

    If it's a Dell, you could buy their total replacement insurance policy (I'd guess other OEMs have similar policies, but I'm only familiar with Dell's) and then play frisbee with it. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>

    But make sure you backup your important data first. <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>
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