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Odd static noise!

by Liniii / December 31, 2015 3:49 AM PST

Hello! I'm in need of help.
Since the past week or so my microphone has given out a loud static noise that hasn't occurred before. While trying to solve the problem, I discovered that touching any component inside the chassi (not the chassi itself) makes the static noise dissappear, not entirely but almost! Is there some sort of static charge going on? What should I do?

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static
by James Denison / December 31, 2015 4:39 AM PST
In reply to: Odd static noise!

You hear it from the microphone, or through the speakers? If the speakers, then may have nothing to do with the microphone. Is this a laptop, or desktop? If speakers have long wires, they can act like antenna and pick up interference, especially from cellphones, microwaves, etc.

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Microphone
by Liniii / December 31, 2015 5:13 AM PST
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Thank you for the answer! The noise is picked up by the microphone and can be heard by others or if I check the monitor box in the microphone settings or do a recording. The speakers work fine. It's a desktop computer. Happy

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what happens if you unplug the microphone?
by James Denison / December 31, 2015 5:57 AM PST
In reply to: Microphone

Does the noise stop? Have you tried a second microphone? Is it microphone plugged direct to motherboard ports, or to front case ports? Did you try the microphone on rear port? Is it plugged instead to a USB device?

Move the microphone if you can, see if the static stops.
How old the computer? Older computers had problems with bad capacitors which caused this type of problem on speakers and microsphones, caused ripple effects on old CRT monitors, not so easily seen on LCD monitors.

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