Laptop makes buzzing noise

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  1. Harsky
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    Harsky Madmin

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    Got a new laptop but when I plug in my headphones and not do anything at all, I hear a constant low pitched buzzing noise constantly. Is this normal? If so, does it make a difference if I get a new headphone for it?
     
  2. moozxy

    moozxy hamboning

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    I'm sorry to have to tell you this...
    But your laptop is a bee.
     
  3. Renegade_R

    Renegade_R Audio/Video Expert

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    Model? If its an HP they are known to do that.
     
  4. enarky

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    No, not the testing area... okay.

    Good news are that your Laptop actually is not a Bee. Bad news are that it sucks. Some electric components inside your Laptop are generating this noise, getting new headphones unfortunately won't get rid of it. There's a small possibility that it comes from your power supply, maybe changing that helps, but I doubt that. I'd give it back if I was you. Something like that is unacceptable, IMHO, and it speaks for very low quality engineering/manufacturing. Don't just exchange it for the same model, but get another Laptop altogether.
     
  5. kobykaan

    kobykaan GBAtemp Addict

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    sure your not accidentally plugging it into a mic port?? mic ports are usually red and earphones/headphone green [​IMG]

    and try a different set of headphones with better slightly thicker cable on them thicker cable is better shielded so should in theory reduce any background noise [​IMG]

    also as above does it make the noise plugged into the mains as well as unplugged !?

    If its only when plugged in then its a PSU issue not being GROUNDED correctly ...maby try moving the PSU block further away or as far as the cable will let you and see if that makes a difference [​IMG]
     
  6. Harsky
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    Harsky Madmin

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    It's a Dell laptop. I was using the same earphones that I was using on my old laptop and it gave the buzzing noise but when I tried it out on a different headphone the noise is vastly different and the buzzing is pretty much almost gone. Unplugging the PSU made no difference and when I contacted Dell about it, they pretty much said that since changing headphones made a difference, there's no point in returning it and to be a little honest, I couldn't be bothered rebacking up all the data again just to send it in.

    I guess I should change my habit and only wear headphones when I actually listen to music instead of wearing them all the time.
     
  7. Harsky
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    Harsky Madmin

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    Okay, I just think I'm giving up on the headphone jack altogether and just getting a headphone with USB connection. Are they just as good as normal earphones or are they just too much bother? Such a nice Dell laptop but the headphone jacks just absolutely sucks.
     
  8. Blebleman

    Blebleman GBAtemp Old-Timer

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    Usually USB headphones are headsets, and USB headsets usually are their own soundcard. They have decent sound, but it depends on the pair.
     
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