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Annoying crackling whilst playing audio.

I have a really aggravating problem with the quality of audio playback (and video, but that's another story) The problem is that audio cracks every 2/3 seconds, randomly, and also whenever the mouse is clicked. I can assume it's not a driver problem with my laptop, as I've also got a USB sound card, which had the same issues with playback. It isn't a high-spec laptop, but still, clear audio and video playback should be simple enough.

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    Dale McIntyre Nov 27, 2013

    It's not a software-specific issue; it happens on whatever sound is being played, like Windows sounds etc. It's extremely annoying, it pretty. Ugh renders my computer useless, as Spotify./ YouTube is literally all I use it for. Thanks for your input :)

  • Dale McIntyre
    Dale McIntyre Nov 27, 2013

    It's not a software-specific issue; it happens on whatever sound is being played, like Windows sounds etc. It's extremely annoying, it pretty. Ugh renders my computer useless, as Spotify./ YouTube is literally all I use it for. Thanks for your input :)



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Windows Media Player, perhaps by default (since it is packaged with Internet Explorer), is the world's most commonly used Internet music player.

It offers the option to listen to CDs and MP3s, watch DVDs or rip and burn music from your computer or from a disc.

Because it is so heavily supported and updated, it is one of the most reliable free products Microsoft puts out. However, there are some common audio issues with the player.
MP3 Error Codes

Sometimes error codes appear when mp3 files are played with the Windows Media Player. One of the more common error codes is 0xC00d0BB8, which occurs when the ID header is unsynchronized or it belongs to a compressed file.

Sometimes the Microsoft player refuses to play these files for security reasons.
Usually this occurs with MP3 files downloaded from peer-to-peer file sharing networks.

There is no solution to this problem, other than finding a different MP3 file of the same music.
Audio Distortion

MP3 files sometimes play with audio distortion on certain versions of Windows Media Player.
The solution to this is quick and painless.

Simply go into your computer's search engine and fine a file names "Ctmp3.acm".
When you find this file, right click and rename it "Ctmp3.bak".

This should resolve the issue.

Crackling and Skipping
If you encounter crackling sounds or audio skipping when playing a CD through the Windows Media Player, turning on error correction should cause the disc to play smoothly with no further audio problems.

To do this, go under Tools and go to the Options file.
Under that, click on the Devices tab and choose the correct CD drive.

Finally, go to properties under that drive, then to the Playback section and check the box labeled "Use Error Correction."
Humming Sounds

Sometimes when listening to an audio CD, or even a DVD, the user may experience an annoying humming sound. This can happen when there is feedback from the unused inputs.

Go under volume control and mute the audio inputs not in use, and that should clear up the problem.
Playback Issues
Playback issues can result when the drivers for the current version of Windows Media Player are not installed.

To install these drivers, go to the Microsoft website, where they have a list of all drivers recommended for proper playback.

Additionally, the CD drive itself may not be able to support digital music.
If so, switch to analog under the Devices tab of Windows Media Player.

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Try VLC media player. Or a different one than what you have now

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  • Stephen Nov 27, 2013

    Well, I would uninstall the audio drivers and restart the laptop and see if it works better. I guess you are using different speakers, headphones and they all sound the same. It is a wierd problem. Good luck



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