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    Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    As I use the laptop I get a clicking sound coming from the speaker.
    It is one short click every 2-3 seconds and just won't go away.

    Altering the volume makes no different to the volume of the clicking.
    It happens whether I am running applications or with an empty desktop.
    Only noticed it happening today and there were a few updates yesterday, amongst them a kernel update.
    This only happens when running ubuntu, no clicking in Windows 7 or Chromium OS.

    Laptop is an Acer Aspire 5742G
    According to lshw:
    Code:
                 description: Audio device
                 product: 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset High Definition Audio
                 vendor: Intel Corporation
                 physical id: 1b
                 bus info: pci@0000:00:1b.0
                 version: 05
                 width: 64 bits
                 clock: 33MHz
                 capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
                 configuration: driver=snd_hda_intel latency=0
                 resources: irq:43 memory:b4400000-b4403fff
    I'm at my wits end with this!

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    Re: Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    Same here. Just updated to Version 20.0.1132.47

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    Re: Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    Version of what? Looks like a Chrome version, which isn't the problem.

    Tried booting with the previous kernel (3.2.0-25) and not getting the clicking so looks like it was the kernel upgrade.

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    Re: Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    Spoke too soon. The clicking started up again

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    Re: Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    This was happening to me up until yesterday and had been happening for a few days.

    I did a clean install last night, and did today's updates. All seems well.


    Linux ACER 3.2.0-26-generic #41-Ubuntu SMP Thu Jun 14 17:49:24 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    Alan

    Saddleworth, Manchester (UK).

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    Re: Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    Well I had been thinking of doing a fresh install to put 64-bit back on (tried 32-bit this time around to see if there was any difference).

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    Re: Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    Well I did the fresh install of 64-bit and the problem took all of an hour to rear it's ugly head again.

    This is really frustrating and is stopping me using ubuntu at all til I can find an answer.

    I suspect it's yet another issue with this crappy Acer lappy.
    One thing's for sure, whether I find a fix for this or not, I will NEVER touch anything by Acer again.

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    Re: Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by x-shaney-x View Post
    Well I did the fresh install of 64-bit and the problem took all of an hour to rear it's ugly head again.

    This is really frustrating and is stopping me using ubuntu at all til I can find an answer.

    I suspect it's yet another issue with this crappy Acer lappy.
    One thing's for sure, whether I find a fix for this or not, I will NEVER touch anything by Acer again.
    Does your problem occur when you also have headphones on?
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    Re: Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    Yes, it does.

    I have tracked the problem down to THIS bug

    With THIS particular post supplying a workaround

    I have added it to my "post install" document that lists all the steps, fixes and workaround I need to do after a fresh install to get everything up and running properly.

    The list is becoming worryingly large...

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    Re: Constant speaker clicking in ubuntu

    Some more info.....

    This only happens when Google Chrome (NOT Chromium) is open. To refine things a bit more, if I have the Google search page open, no problems. Have gmail open....click....click. Facebook, click click.

    Firefox, no issues at all
    Alan

    Saddleworth, Manchester (UK).

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