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Speaker issue

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#1 zyrolasting


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Posted 20 June 2009 - 03:16 PM

Hey guys. Just diagnostic stuff, so stick around if you are interested in playing a speaker doctor for a bit. :thumbsup:

My left speaker started giving off a raspy cackle.

I thought "codec" before I noticed the problem was just with the left speaker.
It's worst during dialog on TV shows on my HD or on other "midway" sounds. I was actually able to listen to two songs so far from my HD that actually had no noticeable crackle on any volume. I think it's hardware, but I need to know what to do about it, if anything. Replacing the speaker is kind of a scary thought since a tech support rep had told me that they are not sold seperately... A new sound system is needed. No, the tech support rep wasn't any help. In fact, I plan to keep myself from calling there for a while.

Other info

- Crackle goes away below about %40 volume, changed by a few combination of hardware and software volume controls. I felt like a mixer for a second.

- 3 inch drop has no effect. Neither does 6 inch. Resisting urge to drop it off roof.

- WinXP SP3

- PC's clean of malware.

- I think my sound drivers are Realtek R223. Let me know if that's the wrong naming scheme or something. It is a Realtek HD sound system, but I don't know how to find the model no. on these. Never bothered to look, and I don't want to enter my Cable Labyrinth unless I have to.


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#2 garmanma


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Posted 20 June 2009 - 09:44 PM

Hook the right speaker into the left jack and see if the problem is still there through the different speaker
If it went away, you have a bad speaker
If it's still there then it's the card or driver
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#3 zyrolasting

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Posted 22 June 2009 - 12:54 PM

Thanks so much for the info!

As it turns out, the speaker originally mentioned actually started sputtering and stopped giving output altogether while the others kept working fine. Swapping jacks does not change this fact. Well, damn.

Anyway, thanks again.


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