Page MenuHomeSolus

Continuous static noise
Open, Needs More InfoPublic

Description

I always hear static noise, doesn't matter if it's on headphones or speakers. I have no idea where it comes from, but it's really annoying.

Event Timeline

Sounds like a hardware problem. Have you tried from another OS?

I know that it works on Windows 7 without any issues, I don't remember for other Linux distros.

Do you have a Creative card?

Very likely to be a hardware issue - i.e. not enough shielding for the onboard audio chipset, so noise from the mainboard comes through. I've had this issue for the past two motherboards i've owned in my main desktop rig. Ironically, the higher quality your headphones or speakers the more likely you'll be able to hear random noise.

I'll do some more investigation. I didn't have the issue back when I was using windows though, so I'd be surprised if it was a hardware issue.

I had a similar problem a while back, it seemed to me that my linux setup was more susceptible to bad (old) wiring at the back of one of them, i.e. when I moved it the sound changed, and in windows on the same PC it sounded fine. However as soon as I bought new speakers the problem was solved. Btw I was in hardware support for years and you'd be amazed at what 'quantum entanglement' type issues 'can' happen when the numbers you deal with are high enough lol!

So, I would like to point out that depending on the chipset vendor there are two distinct possibilities in addition to a general hardware issue:

  1. The kernel drivers for the chipset are generally crap and poorly configure the device
  2. There has been a regression of the kernel driver that may be fixed in an update

Is this a new issue that occurred after some time of using Solus?

@DataDrake I only started noticing it like 2-3 months ago. I have a Gigabyte GA-Z97-HD3. I can provide additional info on Sunday if you give me the commands you want the output of.

2-3 months? wasn't there the switch in quality settings in pulseaudio?

Nothing I can find.

Is there a way for me to disable it to check if that's the issue?

Is there a way for me to disable it to check if that's the issue?

  1. Create ~/.config/pulse/daemon.conf file.
  2. Add resample-method = speex-float-1 string in it.
  3. Reboot. You can run pulseaudio --dump-conf to see the current settings and make sure that new config is applied.

If something goes wrong - just delete the file and Pulseaudio will return to default settings.

Girtablulu triaged this task as Needs More Info priority.Dec 26 2018, 9:43 AM

It has a bit less noise but it's still present and pretty annoying.

The sound stops working after a few minutes when using the fix mentioned by @aleksvor