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  1. Kol12's Avatar
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    stealth2920 said:
    I have the same board as you and a Sound Blaster Z card. I just double checked and mine is not doing that. Instead of reinstalling, don't you have a Macrium backup that you can restore that is previous to the sound issue?
    What version of Windows are you on? There are complaints of audio popping since win 10 1809 upwards...
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  2. sygnus21's Avatar
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    Don't know how much you want me to "spam test" but I tested it a few times and no issue. I'm also running the latest 1909 Win 10 build.
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  3. Kol12's Avatar
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    sygnus21 said:
    Don't know how much you want me to "spam test" but I tested it a few times and no issue. I'm also running the latest 1909 Win 10 build.
    I mean click the test button repeatedly on a sample. The pops become more noticeable then...

    Well I clean installed Win 10 1909 today. I have only the chipset and sound drivers installed and still have the pops. In case your wondering what the pops sound like I found this:

    YouTube
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    Yeah, I've seen that happen but it's not surprising since you're spamming the sound system. I can do the same; but that's because you're spamming the system and has absolutely no bearing normal audio listening (for me).

    If that's all you have that's a non issue
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  5. Kol12's Avatar
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    sygnus21 said:
    Yeah, I've seen that happen but it's not surprising since you're spamming the sound system. I can do the same; but that's because you're spamming the system and has absolutely no bearing normal audio listening (for me).

    If that's all you have that's a non issue
    Yeah I realize stop starting samples like that is unrealistic but on the notebook I have with Win 10 1803 installed that same repeating clicking of the sample results in zero pops. I think something might have changed with Win 10 1903 and the sound, there might be a latency bug. I'm looking more into it...

    While the sample spamming is unrealistic you may hear occasional pops in the sound when some apps close or something like that and that's what I don't think should be happening...
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    Kol12 said:
    What version of Windows are you on? There are complaints of audio popping since win 10 1809 upwards...
    I always have the latest Win 10 version and updates. I have never had any major issues with any version. I have twice had my icon images disappear after an update but just restored a Macrium backup. Macrium auto backs up my C drive every 3 days.
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    Popping is usually related to a bug in the audio driver for power management. Basically realtek has to make their audio driver to work in the cortana/alexa world --- the audio chipset has to be half asleep while listening to a few wake up words. Of the few bug release notes that are posted by computer manufacturers along with the audio drivers --- most are related to bug fixes to power management.
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    Kol12 said:
    While the sample spamming is unrealistic you may hear occasional pops in the sound when some apps close or something like that and that's what I don't think should be happening...
    I honestly see it as a non issue not worth chasing. It has zero effect on normal playing of audio files. And as I said, I'm running the latest 1909 Windows version.

    That's me.
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  9. Posts : 769
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       #19

    If you read any of the realtek audio chipset datasheets (all the ones available are 10 years old), it will say something like this:

    ALCxxx revision B is a green package...

    "supports anti-pop mode when analog power avdd is on and digital power is off"

    "improves anti-pop functions and reduces power consumption when the audio system is not in use. This is especially useful when designing equipment to meet the Energy Using Products (EUP) directive for IT equipment."

    If there is any popping, it is basically related to power management bugs. Maybe your OEM bought the old revisions because there are some left laying around in inventory and it's cheap. Basically the OS got a lot more sleeping levels of power management. So other than updating your realtek drivers to see if they fix the power management bugs, there is really nothing you can do.

    And clicking the "ding" sound 5 times in a row doesn't prove anything. It was never designed to be ding 5 times in a row. That's like trying to use the old pc case speaker (the one that "beeps") to play your mp3's.
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