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My Razer Mako 2.0 speakers started emitting a ticking (popping?) sound about 2:00 am. My computer was off at the time. The sound is constant unless I turn off the control pad, turn off the sub woofer or unplug one of the speakers. The sound is coming from both of them. I checked all the cables and as far as I can tell they seem to be undamaged. Any thoughts?

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  • Anonymous Apr 02, 2011

    If I plug headphones into the control pod I can hear music (sound) but if I remove them I get the popping sound

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    alex_hunter6 Apr 10, 2013

    I know it's quite the thread revival but decided to register to propose my fix to any of you lot who still have their clicky razer makos. I've found the touchpad on the controller to be the issue. For some reason the clicking only starts when the touchpad detects nothing is being pressed and dims its lights. Only way I've found to resolve this issue is to turn the speakers on with the touchpad attached, ramp it up to full volume and prise the touchpad off the controller before clicking ensues. Then control volume with any attached devices. I'm sure I'll find a more permanent fix along the way but it works for the moment! Might give you guys something to go on.

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    fern Sep 17, 2013

    ok i may have foung a soulation there is a bad diode on the mother bord you may want to pull it out and replace it, i used a meeter to fiend this problem but i bump it insted and the speakers is working good now so-far, any questions drop me am email Flear2004@msn.com

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    fern Sep 17, 2013

    i will send a image of this fix later.

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I guarantee it\'s a simple 99 cent capacitor. takes 5min to fix. It\'s labeled C125 on the circuit board.view this photo for reference....
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cvlnyj5cmkdr8yl/7tNh8CsSAj#lh:null-Mako.jpg

it\'s a simple 25V 47uf 85C capacitor. you can pick one up at your local Fry\'s electronics, or get one on ebay for about one dollar. I know of 4 people now that have fixed their razer mako with this single capacitor being the only problem. TRUST ME, it\'s not the control pod, nothing to do with it, but the control pod does initiate the power start up, and this capacitor is faulty and works...sort of until complete failure. yet no visual sign of failure with oozing or leaking. it\'s just bad, along with ALL the capacitors on this board are from fujicon... absolute CRAPOLA! make it a project and replace all of them if you want these awesome speakers to last forever. I decided to upgrade it all and bought high end audio caps from ELNA, NICHICON, PANASONIC and FROYLT. Sourced ALL of them on ebay. I\'m not very tech savvy, it\'s NOT difficult to repair one cap on your own. A soldering iron (40watt min) some rosin core solder (thinnest guage is best), and solder wick is all you need. OH, and patience. check this link for more info. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/cvlnyj5cmkdr8yl/7tNh8CsSAj#lh:null-Mako.jpg

I will plan on uploading info about my whole re-capping project, listing all my parts, prices and time involved. Also will post photos of before and after. :D DOOOOO NOT THROW YOUR SPEAKERS AWAY! 99cents is your fix! DON\'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON NEW SPEAKERS! Razer Mako\'s are amazing speakers, and with an upgrade of new caps, these bad boys are sure to be impressive!

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    David Larsen Oct 02, 2013

    I replaced 25V 47uf 85C capacitor C125 with a 47uF 50v 85C capacitor and it works fine now. I'm curious why you pointed out the other caps as well. And is your plan to replace pretty much ALL components with high end caps, or only the ones you pointed out in your picture?

  • Tim Connor
    Tim Connor Oct 04, 2013

    Those were only pointed out as possible reasons of why the speakers were not powering up properly. And since the board is exclusively FUJICON caps, and know as defective/faulty @ badcaps.net...i decided myself to purchase a full set of audio grade capacitors with matching values. Since replacing caps is fairly easy (i'm not a tech guy) I wanted to make this a fun project. One thing to be sure is to make sure you note if they are polorized/bipolar caps. Many of the in-line audio caps are bipolar (cluster near the line-in 3.5mmjack) and 1 of 2 caps for each 1inch wafer board (6 total) I chose to purchase Nichicon green bipolar Muse caps for these. anyhow, i'm still waiting for many caps to arrive in the mail to complete the upgrade. I'd like to post online my results with photos. If you just want to get these speakers to work, simply replace C125...if the speakers don't work, test the other capacitors that are shown in that photo.

  • Warrior Within
    Warrior Within Nov 02, 2013

    Greetings, any progress on that parts list Tim?

  • Ryan Christie
    Ryan Christie Nov 14, 2013

    From what Tim has said I opened mine up and swapped the C125 with C65 for a quick fix, and it worked. I have caps on order to replace all the 47uF 25V caps.

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I can tell you that the problem is not the fuse. I also randomly received the Razer Mako popping sound of death a couple weeks ago and replaced the fuse in the subwoofer. This did not resolve the popping noise. Essentially you need a new subwoofer from Razer. Unfortunately the product is discontinued and Razer's customer support is less than helpful. I would recommend saving up for some new speakers. Maybe you should get a pair of Audioengine A5s like I did. Anyway, my condolences for your loss.

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I have followed this manual with great success too. My Mako soundsystem works like a breeze again...:-)

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    Quang Phm Apr 14, 2016

    Hey man can you show the photo of your razer motherboard ?

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I know it's quite the thread revival but decided to register to propose my fix to any of you lot who still have their clicky razer makos. I've found the touchpad on the controller to be the issue. For some reason the clicking only starts when the touchpad detects nothing is being pressed and dims its lights. Only way I've found to resolve this issue is to turn the speakers on with the touchpad attached, ramp it up to full volume and prise the touchpad off the controller before clicking ensues. Then control volume with any attached devices. I'm sure I'll find a more permanent fix along the way but it works for the moment! Might give you guys something to go on.

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Testing its not posting.

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  • lxs45 Feb 15, 2013

    My mistake on the post / reply. So I have the same problem as you guys. Power on the speakers, and clicking starts. All within 2 years and felt like $300 down the drain. I also seek answers but couldn't find any. I found a solution and speakers have been working 3 days as of this post. Question.. is oxydation and crud built up on the underside of the main board? Answer ... clean up oxydation with acetone. Corrosion on electronic contacts can dramatically impact the performance of a device, which may become inoperable if the corrosion clogs the power contacts to the point the electrical circuit is broken. Oxidation of metal parts because of humidity and old, leaking batteries is a common cause of corrosion. Oxidation is evident from the distinctive pale green film that develops on contacts.

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Ive opened up the control panel a couple of times and messed around making sure all the connections are there. that fixed it most of the time but anytime the power goes off unexpectedly, clicking comes back. good luck

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Ditto to Pulp088 Jul 09, 2011. Exact same thing happened to me about 6 months ago. Razer's support was useless and I had to scrap the speakers, which were operational for only about 2 years and being used in an office setting, never saw hard use.

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