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  1. #11
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    Re: Background noise while using headphones

    Sorry was that last post about fixing the background noise problem? I have had the problem for a while and have just been too busy to fix it. I am using pulse audio sound server on Intrepid. Bad noise starts up at bootup, ends at shutdown.

    I have followed this http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=789578 howto to no avail. Any suggestions?
    Last edited by woodbrick; June 10th, 2009 at 01:49 PM. Reason: typo

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    Re: Background noise while using headphones

    Woodbrick, what System76 model do you have? And are you really still using 8.04?
    To err is human, to forgive is very ... dog-like.

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    Exclamation Re: Background noise while using headphones

    I'd like to reopen these discussions. I start school again in a month and that means hours upon hours spent in the library with my headphones on. I will kill myself if I have to listen to this annoying noise six hours a day!

    I'll do whatever you guys want in terms of testing things out. I can record the noise for you with a mic, mess with all the sound settings, I'll do anything! Please help.

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    Re: Background noise while using headphones

    Quote Originally Posted by 982000971 View Post
    I'd like to reopen these discussions. I start school again in a month and that means hours upon hours spent in the library with my headphones on. I will kill myself if I have to listen to this annoying noise six hours a day!

    I'll do whatever you guys want in terms of testing things out. I can record the noise for you with a mic, mess with all the sound settings, I'll do anything! Please help.
    Hello!

    I had the same problem and it was very annoying!
    But I found an easy solution: MUTE YOUR MIC.

    You can do this with the Sound Mixer (I'm running Xubuntu, idk the name in the normal Ubuntu): just set the microphone to zero.

    Or follow the instructions from "shaice"

    open terminal

    Ctrl-Alt-T (in easy mode - or select Console from Full DEsktop Mode)

    Then run alsamixer with the command

    alsamixer

    and turn off eMic (external mic) - the mixer is not mouse friendly, use arrows and then Q to exit (or Esc I don't remeber now).
    http://forum.eeeuser.com/viewtopic.php?pid=302942
    Great succes!

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    Re: Background noise while using headphones

    Thanks, but I've tried that already. It isn't the mic.

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    Re: Background noise while using headphones

    Please take screenshots of your sound control panel (the one you get when you double-click your speaker icon). Take shots of each tab and post them here. We'll have a look and see what we can figure out.

    My serval is out for review.
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    Thomas Aaron
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    Re: Background noise while using headphones

    Screenshots or xvid capture (zipped), your choice
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    Re: Background noise while using headphones

    OK, not to beat a dead horse here... but you don't have "Microphone" and "Mic Boost" muted.
    To err is human, to forgive is very ... dog-like.

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    Re: Background noise while using headphones

    It's not muted in the picture/video because I actually use the mic for Skype (and once we figure this out I'd like to return to the webcam issue, but that can wait).

    I can do more pictures/video or you can just just trust me when I say I am 1,000,000% positive that my problem persists even when both "Microphone" and "Mic Boost" are muted.

    EDIT: Meh, what the hell, here it is

    EDIT2: In fact, I can mute every single thing on those first two tabs and still hear it.
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    Re: Background noise while using headphones

    1,000,000% was good enough for me.

    I'm going to have to wait until my Serval gets back to do testing. Hopefully it will be here in a few days.
    To err is human, to forgive is very ... dog-like.

    Thomas Aaron
    FetchMasters, LLC

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