For the last month or two now a random, annoying sound has been emitted from my speakers / headphones on occasion - with a frequency ranging randomly between every few seconds to every tens of minutes / hours. I can't really quantify the sound, but its most similar to the "friend online" sound emitted by MSN Messenger (though slightly shorter and with a more muted / fussy / grey quality).
Here's what I know about it:
- Under my sound manager ("Realtek HD Audio Manager"), I have three systems listed: "Speakers" , "Realtek Digital Output", and "Realtek HDMI Output" - each of which has one of those sound bars that spikes green bars with varying sound levels. The sound promotes a green bar spike under the "Speakers" category only.
- The sound is not one of the system sounds of the "Windows Default" sound scheme (I've tried playing every one, and none sound similar).
- The sound occurs even when I switch the Sound Scheme from "Windows Default" to "No Sounds".
- The sound tends to be emitted most when I am on the internet or on Microsoft Word, though I tend to spend most of my time on these applications - a more accurate saying might be that the sound tends not to be emitted when I am watching movies on Media Player.
- The sound does not seem to be related to MSN, since it occurs when I have exited the program completely (I rarely use the program as it is).
- I've run numerous virus and spyware scans, CCleaner wipes, etc. all to no avail.
- From the best of my computer savvy-ness, my "HijackThis" logs seem ok, though I'd appreciate someone else taking a look at them, as there's a couple apps that I'm not sure of.
- I thought it may have something to do with the wireless capability of my laptop, but the "Notification of New Networks" and "Activity Animation" functions are both turned off.
Is there a way to record speaker sounds? I tried doing so with my Audio Manager, but it apparently only records Microphone input. If so, let me know and I can post a sound file of the sound.
Here are my specs:
Windows Vista Home Premium
ASUS M50SV Series Notebook
Intel Core 2 Duo T9300
3 GB RAM
250 GB HD
802.11abgn + BT Wireless
NVIDIA GeForce 9500M GS Video Card
Sound Systems: Speakers (Realtek High Definition Audio), Realtek HDMI Output (Realtek High Definition Audio), Realtek Digital Output (Realtek High Definition Audio) - all of which are controlled by the single driver "RTKVHDA.sys" and all of which appear to be working normally.
Here's my HJT Log:
Note, I got the error message:
"For some reason, your system denied write access to the Hosts file. If any hijacked domains are in this file, HijackThis may NOT be able to fix this. If that happens, you need to edit the file yourself. To do this, click Start, Run, and type: notepad C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts , and press enter. Find the line(s) HijackThis reports and delete them. etc.etc."
Thanks in advance for the help!!
Edited by yoshoz, 27 July 2009 - 11:19 PM.