I really cannot seem to be able to work this one out...
When I'm playing music or audio that I've recorded etc, I get a bits of static here and there. I have on board sound card, a Delta audiophile card and an external USB sound card and it seems to do it on all of them and I've tried 2 different sets of speakers and headphones. Odd thing is, it will record files without any static at all. I tried some recorded samples on a Mac today, and they were fine.
gives me the same results. I had some active speakers a little while back which gave me a AC hum, that was fixed with a bit of grounding. Unfortunately, I don't think this is a grounding issue, I wish it was!
Turns out the onboard sound was the culprit. Even though I had disabled the device in Windows, I still got the clicks, but since disabling the sound card in BIOS the problem has gone away and I get a fantastic recording and playback quality.
In hindsight, I should have tried this as one of the first things, as I did expect it to be the motherboard at fault as I had ruled out most other things. It's a problem I can live with and I won't bother spending £40 on a new mobo.
Cheers for your suggestions old bud!
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