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this has happened twice now.
Published on August 26, 2008 By starkers In Personal Computing
Just wondering if anybody might know why this would happen... twice now I've had this loud screaming sound (can't be sure if it's coming from the speakers or my PC, could be both) which lasts about 10 - 15 seconds.

There appears to be no damage afterwards as everything works as it should do, but I'm wondering if it may be something to do with the BOIS, CPU, etc, or whether it may be outside interference affecting my Logitech X-530 speaker system, being that I do hear pops and etc when other electricals are turned on and off.

Any thoughts, advice would be greatly appreciated.   
Comments (Page 1)
on Aug 26, 2008
The sound card is...?
Speakers plugged into a surge protector?
being that I do hear pops and etc when other electricals are turned on and off.

From where?
on Aug 26, 2008

That screaming sound will be the religious sacrifice of small animals to the God Microsoft....

Failing that, listen to yrag...

on Aug 26, 2008
Are you sure it's not the wife?
on Aug 26, 2008
That screaming sound will be the religious sacrifice of small animals to the God Microsoft....

ahhhhhh......nothing finer then the smell of simmering critters.   
Are you sure it's not the wife?

Speaking of wives....with 203 karmas, how many slurpy sounds did you have to make...?????????

on Aug 26, 2008
The sound card is...?
Speakers plugged into a surge protector?


Sound Card is Creative Soundblaster X-FI Fatality Pro.

Yes, the speakers are plugged into a surge protector.

From where?


Speakers sometimes pop and crackle when *say* a light or other appliance is turned on or off... most noticeably from the sub-woofer.
on Aug 26, 2008
Are you sure it's not the wife?


Positive! She screams much louder for much longer.
on Aug 26, 2008
Turn the speaker switch to the just below normal and use the Windows volume control. Turn bass down on woofer switch and disable EAX,CMSS and Crystalizer in Console. If the problem goes away, play with the Console effects until it comes back, then you'll know the correct settings. That said, a 'screech' is almost always a volume problem.

Speakers sometimes pop and crackle when *say* a light or other appliance is turned on or off... most noticeably from the sub-woofer.


You can try a different outlet with the surge protector, but I don't think it will matter much. If you want to make sure it's not the surge strip, plug the speakers directly into the wall outlet. No pop...your surge is shot.
on Aug 26, 2008
The pop from other electrical items makes me think it's a ground problem but I am do not have a clue as to what type of setup you are running over there. Is it 110volts with a seperate ground wire?
Have you tried running a UPS?
on Aug 26, 2008
Turn the speaker switch to the just below normal and use the Windows volume control. Turn bass down on woofer switch and disable EAX,CMSS and Crystalizer in Console. If the problem goes away, play with the Console effects until it comes back, then you'll know the correct settings. That said, a 'screech' is almost always a volume problem.


Ok, I've done all that... now it's a waiting game to see if it happens again.

You can try a different outlet with the surge protector, but I don't think it will matter much. If you want to make sure it's not the surge strip, plug the speakers directly into the wall outlet. No pop...your surge is shot


You might be right about my surge protector being shot/faulty. A couple of days ago we had a brief power interruption and it cut out, but when the power came back on it took a while to reset and become fully functional again. There were no electrical burning smells and it seems to be working fine now, but I'm no expert so will get it checked.

Oh, and the screeching sound happened once before the power interruption/surge board thing so I don't think they're related.

If it's just a sound/volume thing I can resolve that easy enough, but I've heard of people hearing Bios/Mobo related screaming and that's what had/has me concerned.

on Aug 26, 2008
The pop from other electrical items makes me think it's a ground problem but I am do not have a clue as to what type of setup you are running over there. Is it 110volts with a seperate ground wire?
Have you tried running a UPS?


We have a 240v system here in Oz, and yeah, it probably is a grounding problem which can be easily resolved. As for the UPS, that's probably my next investment, considering how much I have already invested in my PC, etc.
on Aug 27, 2008
I have heard strange noises coming from my speakers when i place my cell phone on my desk. If I move it farther away it doesn't happen. Just keep it in mind
on Aug 27, 2008
You can also get feedback from a microphone, if you have one.
on Aug 27, 2008
starkers,

The "snap-crackle'n-pop" from the speakers is something that has reared it's head in some of the other games I've played over the years (thankfully not sins).

One way I found of getting rid of it was to run DXDIAG and kept lowering the "3D Sound Acceleration" on the slider until the "snap-crackle-pop" went away.




Certainly making sure your PC is well protected (from surges etc.) goes without saying...

the Monk
on Aug 27, 2008

That screaming sound will be the religious sacrifice of small animals to the God Microsoft....

Or the comptuer screaming at the immaculate comptuer room of a comptuer geek.

on Aug 27, 2008

Or the comptuer screaming at the immaculate comptuer room of a comptuer geek.

Spell-check on aisle three.... Spell checker ...