Tinny distorted sound every couple mins

By drooopkid
Sep 26, 2015
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  1. Hello there,

    could somebody out there help me out with this problem?

    Here's what I know:

    every couple minutes my external speakers generate this harsh tinny static. the static varies in intensity but typically lasts for 2-6 seconds. Even with audio muted out this distortion still occurs, but at a much fainter volume. Switching to the on-board soundcard (SigmaTel?), this crackling seems to vanish. My speakers and external soundcard worked fine on a previous system (windows xp, if that is relevant).

    What's the way to troubleshoot this? It's a persistent problem and hope to leave this fuzz behind me

    Windows 7
    Dell Precision Workstation 690
    Intel Xeon CPU X5355

    speakers (Yorkville YSM5) connected thru a Tascam US-122L

    happy to supply additional info
  2. dustin_ds3000

    dustin_ds3000 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 869   +8

    Do you have a cell phone around you when this occurs. if so try testing with the cell phone in another room or turned off.
  3. drooopkid

    drooopkid TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for the idea. no luck with it. going to trouble shoot the sound card by trying out a different one today.

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