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  • March 17th, 2012, 02:28 PM
    ronkupper
    !! Solution Ahead !!

    Well that was a frustrating day so I wanted to go ahead and post what finally worked for me in all the places I've looked.

    So I head this annoying problem of hum / buzz / hiss / high pitch computer noise whenever I had HD activity or scroll the screen with the mouse.

    I have:
    Cakewalk UA-1G USB Audio Interface (Soundcard)
    M-Audio BX5a Monitors

    The noise was happening only when the USB cable from the soundcard was connected through the computer.

    I have tried most of the things I've read (luckily I had everything needed):
    (Non of these helped)
    - Mute every input source (Mic, line-in, etc)
    - Disable onboard sound
    - Connect the USB sound card to an external, self powered USB hub
    - Installed a PCI USB card in connected the USB sound card to it
    - Connect the ground from a USB cable directly to a wall ground (tried a cable tv and AC outlets to no use)
    - Different BIOS settings (Spread Spectrum, Voltages, IRQ, etc)
    - Different software settings (From windows and from the UA-1G interface)

    The only thing that worked:

    --> Disconnect the ground from the speakers!

    For me it was easy as I had cables which had ground connectors for a different region which uses a male ground pin from the power outlet. Here were I live we use a female ground pin in the outlet so the cable I happen to have had only 2 PINs and therefore practically disconnected the ground from the speakers outlets.

    Silence, finally! :-)

    The phenomena is called 'Ground Loop' or 'Earth Loop' AFAIK, since for me it got resolved and I didn't care having the speakers not grounded I didn't continue to research the subject.

    Just for your information, next on my list of things to try were:
    1. Hum eliminators such as - Ebtech - Audio Solutions
    2. Balanced cables (which my monitors support but my Audio Interface didn't)

    Hope this help and saves someone time,

    Best of luck

    Ron
  • January 27th, 2012, 09:56 PM
    Carld
    • Hard drive noise is common in integrated sound, and cheap sound cards. Some cases have the issue also, like ones with the USB ports grounded to the front panel audio ports.
    • You can't go wrong with a Sound Blaster, but if you get one too old, like older than the SB Live! there may still some noticeable noise.
    • Also just moving the hard drive to a different location in the case may help, along with the above mention of turning off or muting outputs/inputs.
    • edit: Pre-amps and speakers with a sub, or the like, usually don't have a noticeable hiss, or noises from hard-drives, unless they are cheap-like. I really only noticed noise using ear-buds personally. Headsets for gaming didn't seem to have noise.
  • January 27th, 2012, 02:00 AM
    candedad

    help with the same issue

    Quote Originally Posted by brunobliss View Post
    this noise is really pissing me off, it aint the processor nor the soundcard! the noise in speakers comes from the hard drive when i scroll with mouse or move windows around, this happens since i installed my 80gb hitachi (i so regret it!) i tested a possible speaker problem, so i unpluged my speakers from the soundcard and plug in some head phones, either the volume is high or low, the noise is the same, so it definetly comes from inside the machine!

    possible solutions:
    1.this started to happen since i installed the new hard drive, it migh consume more energy or it really sucks! i unpluged my bluetooth and the chirping noise went lower, this means maybe a higher voltage power supply can solve this.

    2.don't buy hitachi! my computer got slower on games and that f*cking anoying speaker noise!
    I get the same thing but when I reinstall my OS. Ever notice that?
  • October 22nd, 2011, 08:20 PM
    dudeskis

    Thank you thank you!@

    Quote Originally Posted by DanU View Post
    Welcome to Techimo.

    Mute any inputs like the mic-in, line-in, cd-in, etc that are unused. Basically if you have an input that is unused/unterminated, it has a tendency to pick up unwanted noise coming from the computer.

    You could also just have a crappy sound card that has poor power supply/noise rejection. Upgrading to a better one can help tremendously.

    Followed this advice and it worked!! Imagine my dismay when I hooked up $600 a pair studio monitors to my computer and had to hear buzzing and low squeeling. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU.
  • July 10th, 2011, 12:25 PM
    Nick79243

    Noise problem

    Quote Originally Posted by trackudown View Post
    I went in and muted my front mic input and the noise went all away. Same problem on board sound, Win 7 64 bit, ASrock MB AMD II X3 runniner as six core. Mute anything you are not using and this should get rid of unwanted noises.
    Many many thanks for this tip - I was being plagued by disc and mouse noise - I muted the front mic input and it all stopped!

    Nick
  • February 26th, 2011, 02:08 PM
    trackudown

    Yes

    I went in and muted my front mic input and the noise went all away. Same problem on board sound, Win 7 64 bit, ASrock MB AMD II X3 runniner as six core. Mute anything you are not using and this should get rid of unwanted noises.
  • January 20th, 2006, 07:09 PM
    brunobliss
    omg i nearly cryied when i placed my new soundcard and the chirping noise from flash animations, window scrolling or moving around disapeared, omg my ears are eternaly gratefull for this, thank you wallet! thank you!
  • January 15th, 2006, 03:29 PM
    DanU
    My friend, do yourself (and your ears) a huge favor and get a more up-to-date sound card. Even the cheap $8 cards will be a big improvement over an SB16. See here for some ideas:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...SubCategory=57
  • January 14th, 2006, 10:36 PM
    brunobliss
    i'm using a crapy dedictaed soundcard wich isnt even recognize by windows, i dont even know where i got this crap WAIT !!! i just found my soundblaster 16 oh boy , hope this will solve the problem brb
  • January 12th, 2006, 03:25 PM
    DanU
    Are you using on-board sound? There are a few exceptions, but most on-board sound isn't as good as a dedicated sound card. Picking up stray noise from other parts of the computer is a pretty common problem.

    Even a cheap separate sound card can eliminate the noise problems you're experiencing.
  • January 12th, 2006, 01:30 PM
    brunobliss
    i tried every sugestions above, i havent changed my soundcard because i'm not on will to buy a new one, im waiting for a friend to borrow me one.

    i just realized one thing, when i play an mp3 on media player the sound of hard drive on speakers comes again like a chirping noise BUT if i pause the mp3 on media player then open sonique for example the chirping noise is reduce drasticly changing my soundcard will be my last chance, then i'm throwing my pc out of the window taking all the chirping noises with it (i could never!)
  • January 8th, 2006, 05:04 PM
    DanU
    I have no such problems with my 250GB Hitachi here.

    Are you sure it's not your soundcard? Have you tried the suggestions I mentioned above? Have you tried a different soundcard?
  • January 8th, 2006, 10:00 AM
    brunobliss

    hard drive noise in speakers

    this noise is really pissing me off, it aint the processor nor the soundcard! the noise in speakers comes from the hard drive when i scroll with mouse or move windows around, this happens since i installed my 80gb hitachi (i so regret it!) i tested a possible speaker problem, so i unpluged my speakers from the soundcard and plug in some head phones, either the volume is high or low, the noise is the same, so it definetly comes from inside the machine!

    possible solutions:
    1.this started to happen since i installed the new hard drive, it migh consume more energy or it really sucks! i unpluged my bluetooth and the chirping noise went lower, this means maybe a higher voltage power supply can solve this.

    2.don't buy hitachi! my computer got slower on games and that f*cking anoying speaker noise!
  • December 7th, 2005, 02:55 AM
    DanU
    Welcome to Techimo.

    Mute any inputs like the mic-in, line-in, cd-in, etc that are unused. Basically if you have an input that is unused/unterminated, it has a tendency to pick up unwanted noise coming from the computer.

    You could also just have a crappy sound card that has poor power supply/noise rejection. Upgrading to a better one can help tremendously.
  • December 7th, 2005, 02:24 AM
    LuciferFCS

    Hard drive noise on speakers

    I am having a problem where i am hearing my hard drive thinking over my desktop speakers. If i turn the volume down i dont hear it much, but if the speakers have no sound going through and i love something i can hear it going. ALso if i am looking through a website and i scroll down, i hear it make a noise for the scrolling. Basically im hearing when its thinking on my speakers... Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance.

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