Old 11th May 2005, 07:57   #1
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Quiet, disturbing background noise when Winamp is open

I've seen quite a few posts on background noise, but they were all during playback. This is a little different.

I'm using my super-cool headphones, and I get this soft background noise when using Winamp. WMP plays music fine.

The noise begins as soon as Winamp opens. I'll try to describe the sound... it's almost like moving a pencil rapidly, back and forth across a piece of paper. The noise isn't too loud, but it interferes with my softer music. It gets to me after a while.

I've got some sort of Dell Dimension with onboard sound, p4, 512 ram, xp home, and the QuietComfort 2 headphones if that helps.
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Old 13th May 2005, 09:19   #2
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Did you already try the DirectSound output tweaks?

Winamp doesn't output anything when no files are being played, as far as I know. The only thing I can think of what could happen is that if you start Winamp the system/wave volume will be turned up, but that will only happen when waveOut is selected as output plugin.

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Old 13th May 2005, 17:17   #3
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Dell's onboard soundcards are very noisy (onboard soundcards are noisy almost by design, so it's not really Dell or Analog Devices' fault).

When the sound card is _not_ in use, the system turns off the headphone amplifier, so you don't hear the noise.

When winamp starts and opens the soundcard, the system turns on the headphone amplifier and you hear the hissssssssss.

Nothing winamp can do about it. I just know this info because I've spent waaaay too long with soundcard driver =)


EDIT: just noticed you said that there were no problems with WMP. Try muting your inputs in the windows volume control program.
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Old 13th May 2005, 18:29   #4
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Sound canceling phones are designed to produce a slight hiss, it's how they work.
Do you get the same effect with standard phones ?

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Old 13th May 2005, 23:57   #5
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AHahahahaha... FIXED!

I did some tweaking for other purposes, and guess what I found out?

My skin was producing the noise. Yeah, it was the ZDL-AUDIOPHILE_Stereo-System_5-Plus.

It was a very minor noise, but it was bothering me.

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