Windows 7 Home Premium here,
So basically I have a pair of reference headphones attached to a power amp which is attached to the 1/4" input jacks on my soundcard. Yesterday, the audio started randomly going extremely loud and distorted. I mean so loud and distorted that I toss my headphones off my head. Louder than you can possibly achieve in the Windows Volume Mixer, even if maxed out.
Here's some other info:
* Lowering the volume cursor through the Windows Volume Mixer makes no difference to the volume at all when it happens. It's 100% crazy loud, regardless.
* Lowering the volume through the power amp does lower the volume, but it's still extremely loud even on the lowest possible notch, and it's still fully clipping/distorted to the point where it just sounds like crunching.
* It's not the headphones as I've tried multiple ones.
* Restarting the computer temporarily fixes it -- until it randomly happens again.
Clearly the last part makes me thinks it's a software issue. Regardless, it's like my audio/headphones go as loud as they possibly can. Like there's no volume compression/filter through Windows. I'm basically scared to use my headphones/audio right now. Does this issue with the audio sound familiar? Maybe it's a driver issue with my soundcard, but it is up to date and this issue only started yesterday. Perhaps Flash, too.
Edited by joru100, 20 January 2016 - 09:15 PM.