Sound crackling / distortion

Steven Stern subscribed-lists at
Fri Dec 24 20:12:24 UTC 2004

On Fri, 24 Dec 2004 15:04:38 -0500, Tom Davis <binjured at> wrote:

>I'm resubmitting this because it's been nearly a week without even a
>single reply.  I guess since nobody has even attempted to help me on
>about 5 different forums and 3 mailing lists, my problem must be the
>first of its kind ever.
>Hey, I have a problem with sound distortion when using my Audigy NX
>(USB) soundcard in Fedora Core 3.  Sound works fine in Windows XP Pro. I
>am using ALSA and I believe I have the latest RPMs installed for it (I
>don't have the latest alsa-driver-* because it comes in some .bz2(?)
>format that I don't know how to install from, since I'm a total newbie
>to this.  I just got the latest RPMs I could find).  I have tried
>changing settings in alsamixer with no results. If anyone knows how to
>fix this I would really appreciate it.  This is the last glaring problem
>I can see with my new Linux install, so I want to get it fixed so I can
>stop using Windows, like I am now, just to listen to music.

Let's grasp at some straws. Open up the mixer so you can see all the inputs.
Start playing some music.  Move all of the sliders to zero.  Now, move them up
one at a time. When you find the one that controls the music, is the crackling

There were some threads a while ago about noise coming from unused but enabled

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