Sound on Laptop now pops.. very annoying.

For about a couple weeks now, my laptop has made popping sounds prior to any sound playing.

EG: Pop! Sound plays.

I can't figure out what the problem is.

It's not a speaker issue, as it happens also through the headphone jack, onboard speakers, etc.

The only thing I can theorise is the driver is going into some sort of power saving state.. yet I don't know how to fix it.

I reinstalled Windows, it didn't do it anymore, until I updated it with Windows Update and installed all my Drivers again.

Anyone know what might be the actual cause? It's really annoying, until I'm doing something that constantly pumps sound through the speakers to keep the driver awake.

Windows 8.1

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Sounds like either you DAC chip or amp chip is failing. However, since I don't know if the DAC is built in to the processor or not, replacing the amp should be easier. It will very likely require soldering. Are you under warranty?

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Been in commission for 3 years 3 months. I highly doubt it.

I'm sure it's a driver issue though..

I mean as long as I keep sound going, there's no prior pop sound.

Just installed a different driver, (Had a backup in case of a rainy day) my previous tool may have gone too 'latest' in version and dropped one in that's actually incompatible.

Will see if it works out. :f

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