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amtbjames
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Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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Hi,

Recently I've been having some problems playing back any sort of media.  At regular intervals the audio will freeze/skip for a second and make a loud buzzing noise, then resume.  This happens with both music and streaming videos. If I'm watching a video, the screen will freeze for a second, buzz, then resume.

I'm using an xps 13 9333 with Windows 8.1 64-bit.

I've tried everything I could think of, updating all my drivers, reinstalling codecs, running anti-virus, and cleaning out my system.

Any suggestions?

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vinilara
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RE: Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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I'm having the same trouble with my XPS 15.
It's annoying!

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wildmanyeah
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RE: Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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I have found a solution 2 days ago Dell installed an update for dell support assist and dell support agent When i removed these programs from the Control panel the problem went away. 

I have windows 7 64 bit (dell XPS L720X).

Some background i originally had this problem two years ago and it was related to McAfee anti virus. My guess is its do to a periodic scan or something like that.  

vinilara
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RE: Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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Have you also uninstalled some update from windows?

I was thinking that this could be related.

The only things different that i have installed in this period were the updates.

Anyway i'll try to uninstall Dell assistent.

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wildmanyeah
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RE: Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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the only thing i uninstalled was dell support assist and dell support agent had to uninstall them both. 

vinilara
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RE: Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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worked!!!

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THuckabay
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RE: Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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Same here.  I particularly experienced this when streaming movies and playing discs in my Bluray/DVD drive.  And, as others have reported, I resolved it by removing the Dell Support Assist and corresponding Agent software.  But, this is a FAR MORE TROUBLING SITUATION.  Specifically, this software is SPYWARE published by Dell and pushed, without explicit permission, to Dell laptops and workstations, and if one checks the settings on this software, one will see the fine print next to an automatically (already) selected option.  That fine print states that Dell has your permission, which Dell is implicitly giving themselves, to monitor essentially ALL communication and activity on your Dell computer!  I initially tried to de-select the option, but the software automatically re-selected it.  Also, I did not recognize this software on my system.  It was only a few days later (yesterday and today) that I realized I was suddenly having these buzzing interruptions in my audio stream, with interrupted video at the same time, while playing / streaming movies, that I suspected the Dell software.  So, tonight, I checked my installed programs and guess what I saw (it's worse than just the two programs mentioned thus far): Dell not only installed their new support assist and corresponding agent software, BUT DELL ALSO INSTALLED A CITRIX CLIENT, which means that Dell effectively gave themselves the ability to HACK my computer through remote control!!!  This whole thing is BEYOND THE PALE and UTTERLY OUTRAGEOUS.  This is not the sort of behavior I would expect from ANY reputable company on planet Earth.  Dell needs to have its collective feet held to the public's fire over this!  Needless to say, I also uninstalled the Citrix client.  I would recommend to everyone who reads this that they remove the Citrix client as well as the two new Dell applications from their systems, AND, IF DELL REINSTALLS THEM SURREPTITIOUSLY, that you then REMOVE ALL DELL SOFTWARE from your Dell systems.  This is by far the most egregious thing I've seen in a long time form Dell or any other company whose stuff I use.  SHAME ON DELL!

AlexIvo
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RE: Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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Thank you, very much indeed.

I was having the same stuttering and lag with no CPU or RAM spikes, and I just spent 5 hours going insane trying to figure out if it was a driver issue or some incompatibility issue with a new SSD I just installed in my XPS13 L322X.

After uninstalling both of the Dell Support Assist programs, it's back to working perfectly again.

What an absolute farce that Dell would just install them, and break your machine in the process.

Thanks again for that, good advice to anyone reading with the same issue!

Jim Coates
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RE: Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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Thank you Wildmanyeah for posting your solution. I have included it in the Choppy/Skipping Audio FAQ in the XPS L702x section.

To others who post, if you would mention the full model name of your laptop I would like to put the solution in those sections of the FAQ too. What I mean is there are 4 different models in the XPS 15 series, and another 4 in the 13 series. Thanks.

Jim Coates -- 14 years on the Dell Laptop Audio boards -- since 2/6/04 

Noseshine
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RE: Buzzing/stuttering during audio playback on xps 13 9333

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I am SOOOO glad to see this post, I had feared that my XPS 13 started having audio issues just after the end of the 1 year warranty and that it might be hardware related. I knew I had just installed several updates from Dell, but none were directly sound related. Good to know it IS Dells fault!

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