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Background noise while running any program

  1. #1


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Background noise while running any program


    Hello,
    I have a problem with background noise, it's like a "sssssssssssssss" thing.
    It only appears when I have a game open, my web browser or any other program.
    Here's a list of my sound drivers ^
    Gyazo - 6ccee2f5fb6e5535c4d202b35eae61bc.png
    Any solutions or suggestions on how to fix the background noise?

    EDIT: I just found out that even when my speakers are on 0(or even muted), I still hear the noise.
    Last edited by Yustic; 14 Mar 2015 at 19:09.

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  2. #2



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    Bamberg Germany
    Posts : 2,290
    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    Is your microphone maybe set to sensitive(loud) and maybe your getting feedback... happened to me before when I set cortana up in Windows 10TP.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Is your microphone maybe set to sensitive(loud) and maybe your getting feedback... happened to me before when I set cortana up in Windows 10TP.
    No it's not it, I tried unplugging my microphone and the noise was still there.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit


    copied from your link->
    You're using digital and not analogue I see... Do you have any EM(electro magnetic) sources near by, such as a cell/smartphone a microwave oven(like me in my 2 room apartment) or WLAN? Does a slight repositioning make a difference? I ask because of your edit remark.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Could be "coil whine". (Google it.) Power supply, video card, monitor, even an SSD can cause it.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    copied from your link->
    You're using digital and not analogue I see... Do you have any EM(electro magnetic) sources near by, such as a cell/smartphone a microwave oven(like me in my 2 room apartment) or WLAN? Does a slight repositioning make a difference? I ask because of your edit remark.
    Near my PC I have speakers, a printer and two monitors. My phone has always been on my desk.
    I forgot to mention, before the noise appeared I had a Windows 7, and I didn't have that noise. Because I changed my motherboard, processor and power supply, I had to reinstall windows, so I bought a Windows 8.
    And something else I found... when I disabled the Realtek High Definition Audio driver, from the picture above, the noise was gone, but also my sound.



    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Could be "coil whine". (Google it.) Power supply, video card, monitor, even an SSD can cause it.
    I don't believe that it's "coil whine", because from what I have googled, I understood that the "coil whine" comes from the graphics card, and you hear it directly, while I hear the noise through headphones.
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    Have you tried playing around with the properties, such as turning off enhancements or the advanced tab under exclusive mode turning things on/off? Maybe you'll find something there.
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    Posts : 454
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Yustic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Could be "coil whine". (Google it.) Power supply, video card, monitor, even an SSD can cause it.
    I don't believe that it's "coil whine", because from what I have googled, I understood that the "coil whine" comes from the graphics card, and you hear it directly, while I hear the noise through headphones.
    Coil whine can be caused by all the things I listed and more, which is easily verified by googling. You might have mentioned in your first post that it's a headphones problem instead of saying that it exists even with your speakers muted. If the hiss is not produced by your speakers to a comparable extent as it is by headphones, it may just be a noisy headphone circuit. If you're plugging into a front jack on the case, try the motherboard jack, and vice versa.
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  9. #9


    Posts : 13
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff S View Post
    Have you tried playing around with the properties, such as turning off enhancements or the advanced tab under exclusive mode turning things on/off? Maybe you'll find something there.
    I tried everything, and nothing helped.


    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Yustic View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by crawfish View Post
    Could be "coil whine". (Google it.) Power supply, video card, monitor, even an SSD can cause it.
    I don't believe that it's "coil whine", because from what I have googled, I understood that the "coil whine" comes from the graphics card, and you hear it directly, while I hear the noise through headphones.
    Coil whine can be caused by all the things I listed and more, which is easily verified by googling. You might have mentioned in your first post that it's a headphones problem instead of saying that it exists even with your speakers muted. If the hiss is not produced by your speakers to a comparable extent as it is by headphones, it may just be a noisy headphone circuit. If you're plugging into a front jack on the case, try the motherboard jack, and vice versa.
    It's defenetly not a noisy headphone circuit, because I have used these headphones before and there was no noise.
    They are plugged into my motherboard jack from the back, and I can't try vice versa because my front jack doesn't work
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