Why do my speakers and headphones crackle?

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Old Jan 27, 2006, 12:20pm   #1
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Question Why do my speakers and headphones crackle?

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my speakers and headphones connect via minijacks to my motherboard (that has on-board sound). I have good quality speakers and headphones, so why do they both crackle when plugged in?

Is this a fault of the motherboard?

Is there a remedy?

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Old Jan 27, 2006, 8:04pm   #2
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It could be a number of things including poor earthing and, as you have already said, motherboard faults.


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Old Jan 27, 2006, 8:15pm   #3
 
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do you have a soundcard or are the speakers plugging directly onto the board?

crackling is usually sign of a poor connection, either in the jack socket or between the socket itself and whatever its connected to, if motherboard the socket itself may be loose due to a fault or wear and tear. If its a soundcard, again the socket could be coming loose from the board, or the card may not be plugged into the mobo properly. try giving the soundcard a firm shove home
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Old Jan 28, 2006, 11:13am   #4
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the sound is onboard, and so part of the motherboard. I'm pretty sure its the motherboard connection at fault, as the speakers and headphone are good quality.....

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Old Jan 28, 2006, 11:45am   #5
 
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a cheap workaround might be to get a budget soundcard and plug into that, save you replacing the whole mobo
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Old Jan 28, 2006, 1:02pm   #6
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nice idea. Knowing my look with this type of thing, I'll probably buy a sound card that produces the exact same crackles as the motherboard!
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Old Jan 28, 2006, 1:17pm   #7
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JTrader started this thread It may also be the case that the PC's internal wiring might be reponsible for the crackling. Having looked on ebay, a USB KEY SIZE AUDIO SOUND CARD ADAPTOR, might be the easiest solution to this problem.

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