My Altec Lansing ADA 745 4.1 Speakers seem to make a popping or thudding noise when I first startup up my Dell 4100. It's a really loud thud, it's more annoying than anything. But I'm afraid it's going to bust my speakers. It's louder if I have the volume up louder when I'm booting up. Sometimes I forget I have it really loud and when it starts up the thud is really loud.
I think I read somewhere that it's the internal audio amplifier turning on/off which causes the speakers to pop. It's the amps sending a power spike to the speakers when the desktop is first turned on? This also happens when I have them connected to my TV's audio out. The speakers pop when I turn on the TV.
What can I do about this? Is this a design flaw? My specs are below.
Dell Dimension 4100 Series Pentium 3 @ 933 Mhz 384MB SDRAM @ 133 MHz 40GB Ultra ATA/100 (7200RPM) hard drive 16X NEC DV-5800A DVD-ROM TDK VeloCD Atapi/E-IDE CD ReWriter 48x/24x/48x Best Data Smart One 56K V.92/V.44 Internal Modem (56HP-92) Motorola SURFboard Cable Modem SB5100 SMC EZ Card 10/100 PCI (SMC1211 Series)/ Creative SB Live! Value Digital 32MB NVidia GeForce 2 MX/MX400 video card Samsung SyncMaster 950p 19" CRT Monitor Altec Lansing ADA 745 4.1 Surround Sound Speakers w/ Subwoofer Dell Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse HP Deskjet 932C printer Windows XP Pro SP1 & Office XP Pro SP2 NAV 2004 Pro
That is typical for many amplifiers or in this case "powered" speakers. You will just have to make sure the volume control is turned down or turn the speakers off until the PC is powered up (or turn on the TV first then the speakers).
This happens in many guitar amps too. I had it in a Peavey amp but it never caused a problem. Some high end systems have built in delays so that the power supply will come up to full voltage and "settle down" before the time delay relay kicks in and that prevents most "pops".
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