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Fixing White Noise Issues While Playing Audio on Windows 10

Jan 23, 2024

Listening to music or watching a video on your Windows 10 computer can be an enjoyable experience, but white noise issues can quickly ruin it. White noise is an unwanted, static-like sound that can occur due to several reasons. In this article, we will describe the possible causes of white noise when playing audio on Windows 10 and how to solve them.

  1. Outdated or Incorrect Audio Drivers: The primary cause of white noise issues is outdated or incorrect audio drivers. To update your audio drivers, follow these steps:
    a. Press Windows + X and select Device Manager.
    b. Expand the 'Sound, video, and game controllers' category.
    c. Right-click on your audio device and select 'Update driver.'
    d. Choose 'Search automatically for updated driver software.'

  2. Faulty Audio Hardware: Sometimes, the cause of white noise can be a hardware issue with your speakers or headphones. To confirm this, try using a different set of speakers or headphones and check if the issue persists.

  3. Audio Enhancements: Enabling or disabling specific audio enhancements can be a reason for white noise. To check and modify audio enhancements settings, follow these steps:
    a. Right-click on the speaker icon in your taskbar and select 'Sounds.'
    b. Navigate to the 'Playback' tab and select your audio device.
    c. Click on 'Properties' and go to the 'Enhancements' tab.
    d. Check or uncheck the audio enhancements according to your preference and click 'Apply.'

  4. Improper Audio Settings: Incorrect audio settings can also lead to white noise. To rectify this issue, follow these steps:
    a. Right-click on the speaker icon in your taskbar and select 'Open Sound settings.'
    b. Under 'Choose your output device,' select the appropriate device.
    c. Click on 'Device properties' and ensure the volume levels are set correctly.

  5. Interference from Other Devices: Electronic devices, such as phone chargers, routers, or laptops, may cause interference leading to white noise. To solve this issue, move your speakers or headphones away from other electronic devices and check for improvements.

In conclusion, various factors can cause white noise when playing audio on Windows 10. By addressing the possible causes mentioned in this article, you should be able to enjoy a noise-free audio experience on your computer.

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