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Pikman

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Whenever I am using my PC, the Windows hardware insert.wav sound keeps going off. When I am watching a video on youtube, or listening to a song, and it goes off, I have to refresh the page, because the audio cuts out. is there a way to fix this, as it's VERY annoying!
 

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fireberd

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It sounds like a flakey device is attached. What USB devices do you have attached to the PC? One of them may be intermittent or the USB port itself could be intermittent.

You can disable that sound, but that doesn't fix the actual problem.
 

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Pikman

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Yeah, I have diasabled the sound, as that Windows hardware insert.wav sound is very annoying. But the audio still cuts out when watching youtube. As for usb's connected to my pc, there are my web cam, external HDD, mouse, keyboard, and printer.The odd time, I have my wireless adapter for my xbox 360 controller, for gaming, but it's not connected right now.
 

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fireberd

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I've seen a lot of problems that were related to or caused by web cams. Disable the web cam in the Device Manager and see if that makes any difference.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Win 10
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Home Built
    CPU
    i7 6700K
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero
    Memory
    16 Gb G Skill TridentZ DDR4 3400
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel (i7 CPU)
    Sound Card
    RealTek Integrated
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    27" Dell SE2717HR
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    1920X1080
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    500GB Samsung 850 SSD, 3TB for backups
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    EVGA Supernova 750 G2
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    BeQuiet Silent Base 600
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fireberd

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Try the web cam in a different USB port and see if it acts up. If it does, that suggests the web cam itself may be bad.

One other thought, if you are using an external USB hub, only used self powered ones (hubs that have their own power supply) as there could be a power (lack of) with a non-powered hub.,
 

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  • OS
    Win 10
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    PC/Desktop
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    i7 6700K
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero
    Memory
    16 Gb G Skill TridentZ DDR4 3400
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel (i7 CPU)
    Sound Card
    RealTek Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    27" Dell SE2717HR
    Screen Resolution
    1920X1080
    Hard Drives
    500GB Samsung 850 SSD, 3TB for backups
    PSU
    EVGA Supernova 750 G2
    Case
    BeQuiet Silent Base 600
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    Deepcool Captain 120EX
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    Microsoft Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech wireless
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    Cable - 100MB Downlink
    Browser
    Edge/Firefox
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    Microsoft
    Other Info
    Sonar Platinum 64 bit recording studio software with MOTU 896Mk3 Hybrid recording interface unit.

Pikman

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Ok, so the webcam is unplugged, and I am still having the same issue. When I check device manager, there is noting in there that seems to be giving me an error. Very frustraiting! lol
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8

MSDOS

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click start> right click on computer go to properties after that on up left corner click on device manager and go down to Universal Serial Bus Controllers click the arrow on left side of it so you see all the usb... among all of them right click on Realtek USB 2.0 Card reader and disable it... it won't effect any of your usb connectors but it will take care of the problem at least it did take care of my problem i run windows 7... and it won't have no effect on any of your usb connectors.. goodluck
 

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BondJamesBond

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It drove me crazy this morning, I ran the Device Manager and it keeps refreshing and so the "Windows Hardware Remove.wav" was played -- tips from How to Find Which Program Is Making Sounds in the Background?

show you can use Process Monitor from sysinternals.com to find which process playing this file and it's Explorer.exe of course, my solution is pretty "programmer":

"REBOOT" as in Unplug all USB devices and plug them in one at a time.

I suspect it probably a loose USB connection or just accumulate too much dust near the computer. I Gotta clean it soon.

Hope it helps.
 
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