Someplace to stash my stuff
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 3)
on Aug 30, 2008
Sir Starkers:

I've read all of the responses of this forum and most of these suggestions are good ones.

I have 2 questions though which may have been an over-sight but not mentioned.

First, is this a problem that you've always had, or something that just came up?

The other question is, how are you connected? Analog (6 channel direct) or digital (Coax or Tos-link)?

You see where I'm going with this?

If you've always had this issue, chances are you got a bad sound card. If this is something that just came up, ask yourself what's changed and when.

Also address your connection, being that 6 channel direct is a lower quality and subject to all sorts of outside interference whether it's directly connected to your system or not.

So if your running analog, you may consider a digital connection.

Just trying to give you more ammo!

G'Luk my friend.

Cp

  
on Aug 30, 2008
but who knows

...yeah, as unpleasant as it might be, you might want to take a look. Speaking of unpleasant....what's a guy doin' with a vacuum in the first place...???? Everyone knows men can't drive the damn things.....

Boot into bios. Make sure onboard and HD audio are disabled. When you boot back into Windows, open Vista Sound Control Panel and set rate to 16 bit 48000. Test. Run/ type msconfig un-check HD Control Panel. Re-boot. See how that works.
on Aug 30, 2008
First, is this a problem that you've always had, or something that just came up?


No, it's a problem that's recently reared its ugly head.

The other question is, how are you connected? Analog (6 channel direct) or digital (Coax or Tos-link)?


I have the card set to 5.1 digital output so I don't think it's that, Cp, but thanks for the ideas just the same... it's something to remember if I have to reinstall/set it all up from scratch again.

on Aug 31, 2008
Boot into bios. Make sure onboard and HD audio are disabled. When you boot back into Windows, open Vista Sound Control Panel and set rate to 16 bit 48000. Test.[/quote]

Did that, those settings were already present.

quote]Run/ type msconfig un-check HD Control Panel. Re-boot. See how that works.


Um, HD Control Panel? Looked twice in 'Services" but could not locate....

... called something else/located someplace else/or am I just blind Freddy???

Well I've checked the connections and all seem fine/right, so I guess it's now a matter of wait and see... fingers crossed.

on Aug 31, 2008
or am I just blind Freddy???

...not blind....just not paying attention.
Run/ type msconfig un-check HD Control Panel. Re-boot.

Under 'Startup' (it's not a service or I would have had you access Administrative Tools). If it's not there, don't worry about it.
Well I've checked the connections and all seem fine/right

Good...now leave the vacuuming to the screamer...  

on Aug 31, 2008
Wait a minute.....
I have the card set to 5.1 digital output

Where do you have that setting at?? Do you have SPDIF connected?
on Aug 31, 2008
I realize it may be a long shot.. but my old PC speakers had a din connector on the back of the subwoofer, after a while the cat constantly crawling back there wiggled one of the pins free from the connector and caused it to semi loose connection. At first it would only do it occasionally and drove me crazy, but as time went on and the cat broke the connection more it started getting more frequent. 

Or it could be ur PC... is haunted.
on Aug 31, 2008
Under 'Startup' (it's not a service or I would have had you access Administrative Tools). If it's not there, don't worry about it.


Was in a hurry before... should have said I checked startup as well... not there either.

Where do you have that setting at??


My boo boo... digital output was selected at installation when I had my Creative 5.1 digital speakers connected... it wasn't changed when I swapped over to the Logitech 5.1's, but obviously they're hooked up to 3 analog outputs. Having to admit I used a vacuum cleaner and did housework has got me rattled... & getting jibed about it didn't help none, neither.

Do you have SPDIF connected?


Nope... have the option available but nothing hooked up.

Anyhow, it has behaved well all day today... hopefully the issue is resolved.
on Aug 31, 2008
I realize it may be a long shot.. but my old PC speakers had a din connector on the back of the subwoofer, after a while the cat constantly crawling back there wiggled one of the pins free from the connector and caused it to semi loose connection.


I checked the speaker connections first up and they were OK... and if it 'ad been a cat wot dun this to I, 'e would of got a 'long shot' orright... wiv a barrel o' buckshot in e's bum frum me trusty ol' flintlock, aarrgghh!!!

I got a feeling it may have been that the soundcard may have become slightly unseated when my tower got bumped... cos since I checked that out everything seems to be good again, so hopefully it stays that way.

Or it could be ur PC... is haunted.


Now there's a thought... the ghosts of of those animals Jafo had sacrificed to the God Microsoft.
on Aug 31, 2008
it wasn't changed when I swapped over to the Logitech 5.1's


X-530's. I'm pretty familiar with the 5500's and the Z-680's decoders.

I'm running Logitech's Z-5500's with a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 external USB connected with a fiber optic tos-link Starkers. As far as sound and interference-free connectivity and performance it's virtually flawless.

Bottom line CD and MP3's is digitized music and Logitech speakers are digital. You're cheating your ears playing digitized music with an analog connection on digital speakers.

A 6 channel direct analog connection dispenses an obvious hiss at all levels. If your speaker's decoder has the capablility of digital connectivity, get a tos-link cable or a coax at the least. Tos-link is a bit pricey out here at around $60 US for 15 feet at Circuit City but is well worth the high quality.

You'll have to trust me on this one my friend, the difference is demonsterous!

  

on Aug 31, 2008
Have you considered aliens?

As much time as you spend on the Borg thread.......you may have gotten noticed
on Aug 31, 2008
  Scratch my last statement Starkers. I looked up your X-530's and there's no on-board digital connection. If you like the sound of your Logitech speakers, the Z-5500's 505 watts (total RMS) will blow your roof off!

They're just plain scary! And most of all, they're cheap! Got mine off of eBay for $215 smackers over 2 years ago!

The THX Certified by Lucas Arts Z-5500's decoder controls my PC sound, TV, DVD w/ DTS, VCR, iPod and head phones, all at once. I don't play video games, but I have a sound connection for it if I ever want to.

Check 'em out and tell me what you think...

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on Aug 31, 2008

Have you considered aliens?As much time as you spend on the Borg thread.......you may have gotten noticed

 

hahaha, very funny!

on Aug 31, 2008
capacitors, when starting to fail, leak...when they leak they can emit a sound which could sound wail-ish We had that problem with a TV a couple of years ago.

Have no idea which capacitor could be causing that, but, if it is definitely coming from your speakers, maybe it's the speaker with the power regulator in it.

Normally I would say it's from your main computer power supply.

just a thought.
on Sep 01, 2008
Bottom line CD and MP3's is digitized music and Logitech speakers are digital. You're cheating your ears playing digitized music with an analog connection on digital speakers.


Sadly, I'm stuck with analog output unless I use a coaxial cable from my card's digital output to an adapter that allows me to plug in the 3 speaker cables. However, I don't think that would give me true digital sound as I think the X-530's are analog.

Check 'em out and tell me what you think...


Yeah, they'd be sheer beauty hooked up to my rig (and DVD's, etc), but at $400 US (more in Oz dollars) they're a bit out of my price range at this time... I'd have to fore-go a few things (and why not, I could do to lose some weight) and save a while before I could invest in a set of Z-5500's. Very tempting, though... VERY, VERY tempting.