Speaker Crackling/Popping in Windows 10/8/7 [SOLVED]

By Enya Zhang  Sound Issues  Audiodriver   0 Comment

If your speaker has been constantly giving out a crackling or popping sound, don’t worry. Many users have reported this problem too.

And luckily they’ve successfully tackled the noise problem with the fixes below. So check them out…

Try these fixes

All the screenshots below are from Windows 10, but the fixes also work in Windows 8 and Windows 7.

You may not have to try all the fixes; just work your way down the list

until the pesky crackling and popping sound problem in your laptop disappears.

  1. Disable Exclusive Mode and change the sound format
  2. Update your audio driver
  3. Adjust the minimum processor state

Fix 1: Disable Exclusive Mode and change the sound format

Having Exclusive Mode on means the specific app will take full control while in use so that other apps cannot play audio through the device. But the feature can sometimes interfere with the audio driver, hence the crackles-and-pops-in-speakers problem. To disable Exclusive Mode:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and type audio, then click Manage audio devices.
  2. Right-click on speakers and click Properties.
  3. Click the Advanced tab, un-check the box before Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device. Then click Apply > OK.
  4. Play some audio on your laptop to see if it fixes the sound problem. If not, continue with 5) to change the audio format.
  5. Still in the Advanced tab, select 16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD Quality). Then click Apply > OK.
  6. Hopefully the popping/crackling sound problem has gone by now. If not, you might also want to change it to other audio formats to see if it works.

No luck? Try Fix 2!


Fix 2: Update your audio driver

The crackling, hissing, popping, whining or even distorted sound from your speakers can be the signs of the outdated/corrupted audio driver on your computer. If unattended, it can cause physical damages to the speakers over the long haul.

So we might have to update our audio (and possibly other) driver(s) to keep our computer in tiptop condition and meanwhile save us from all the headaches, hassles and trips hauling our PC down a repair shop. 

If you don’t have the time, patience or computer skills to update your drivers manually, you can do it automatically with Driver Easy. You don’t need to know exactly what system your computer is running, you don’t need to risk downloading and installing the wrong driver, and you don’t need to worry about making a mistake when installing.

You can update your drivers automatically with either the FREE or the Pro version of Driver Easy. But with the Pro version it takes just 2 clicks (and you get full support and a 30-day money back guarantee):

  1. Download and install Driver Easy.
  2. Run Driver Easy and click the Scan Now button. Driver Easy will then scan your computer and detect any problem drivers.  
  3. You can upgrade to the Pro version and click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of ALL the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system.
    You can also click Update to do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.
  4. Restart your computer, play some audio and see if that crackling/popping noise has gone by now.

Fix 3: Adjust the minimum processor state

Adjusting the minimum processor state, as reported by many users, is another effective way to fix the annoying sound problem in our speaker. To do so:

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows logo key  and R at the same time, then copy & paste powercfg.cpl into the box and press Enter.
  2. Click the High performance option > Change plan settings.
  3. Click Change advanced power settings.
  4.  Double-click on Processor power management Minimum processor state. Type 100 in Setting (%). Then click Apply > OK.

    Depending on the build of Windows you’re using, you might also see On battery and Plugged in in Setting (%). Change both values to 100 and click OK.
  5. Restart your computer and test the audio to see if all these pops and crackles have disappeared.

There you go – top 3 fixes for speaker crackling/popping problem in your Windows 10/8/7. Hope this helps and feel free to share your ideas with us in the comment section below. 🙂

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