Static-y computer

  • McStudMuffin

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    Jul 27, 2011 6:01 AM GMT
    For those computer savvy people out there. Lately, whenever I have had a cam session with the audio turned on (on Skype, Google+, etc.) my computer produces a static sound and an echo. This is really annoying. How can I fix this?
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    Jul 27, 2011 3:52 PM GMT
    skype has audio issues. It sometimes makes distorted blip noises for me.

    Echo happens because noise from your speaker gets into your microphone. If you wear a headset, that should stop the echo. Otherwise, try turning the speakers, moving your microphone away from them, and if it's the type that points in a certain direction, keep it pointed towards your mouth, away from the speakers.
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    Jul 27, 2011 4:01 PM GMT
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    Jul 28, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    The built-in mic in my Logitech webcam has noise cancelling that nukes the audio coming from the computer speakers. When I Skype, it's like I'm having a conversation with someone in the same room. Their voice comes through the speakers just fine, but there's no echo. It's like having a headset without having to wear a headset. So, my advice is to get one of the higher end Logitech webcams.
  • McStudMuffin

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    Jul 28, 2011 6:05 AM GMT
    Thanks, will that fix the static too?
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    Jul 28, 2011 12:28 PM GMT
    Static is typically the result of electrical noise impacting analog signals, and built-in computer audio is not always well shielded from the rest of the computer's electrical noise. Using an external webcam's built-in mic won't solve the static on the audio out side of things, because you'd still be using the computer's noisy audio. A USB headset, however, should solve the static problem because it would be handling both the mic and the audio out. Because the analog to digital processing takes place inside the headset, the analog signals are never in close proximity to any of the computer's internal electrical noise. A headset that plugs into the computer's mic and headphone jacks will definitely solve the echo problem, but it probably won't deal with the static.
  • McStudMuffin

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    Jul 28, 2011 11:20 PM GMT
    ahh, ok.

    Well, now I have another computer problem. icon_sad.gif

    It seems as though my computer is muted or something but I cannot figure out how to fix it. The little Volume/Sound icon at the bottom of my screen says I am not muted. However, when I turn on Youtube, I cannot hear the video and I made sure both the sound on the video and the sound on my computer are not muted. I tried it on other sites as well and its not working there so it is definitely not just Youtube
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    Jul 30, 2011 5:29 PM GMT
    right click on the speaker icon and choose Volume Control.

    It should show you the different levels of volume, and my guess is that one of them isn't at full, and that's why it is affecting everything that makes noise on your computer.

    Skype also has some feature that adjusts sound volume automatically but I don't know much about it or if it is relevant here.

    Also, you might want to try muting each of those items in Volume Control when you hear static, to see if it goes away when one of them is muted. I had an old computer that had static until I muted the CD Audio volume.