I have the same problem with my E6520 running on Win7 x64. A sporadic pops occur when I'm listening to music with media player or winamp. These pops occur sometimes each 3-5-10 seconds, sometimes more rarely. I think that these pops occur more frequently when I'm browsing the internet, but I'm not a 100% sure. I will try reinstalling the audio driver and I hope that will solve the problem. I didn't have such problems with my old Latitude D620 which is a very solid machine and sometimes I wish I hadn't replaced it.
Please try checking the audio in safe mode. To enter safe mode follow the below steps:
Check if the computer is doing the same thing in safe mode with networking.
If the problem still persists,
Try the above steps and reply for further help.
I didn't have such problems with my old Latitude D620 which is a very solid machine and sometimes I wish I hadn't replaced it.
Did the old laptop have XP? We first started seeing all of these issues with audio noises with the advent of Vista. In Vista and 7 the operating system architecture has been rearranged to give audio a lower priority leaving it vulnerable to noise, dropouts and glitching. I don't know how audio is going to be treated in 8 but I hope it gets implemented better than in Vista and 7.
If re-installing the audio driver or trying the native Windows audio driver does not help, maybe something in the Chopping/Skipping Audio FAQ will help. It is a list of solutions posted by Dell laptop owners. I don't have one specifically from an E6520 owner but there are some from a bunch of other E series owners.
Hi jimco. Yes my old laptop was running Windows XP x64. I updated some drivers with Dell update tool and I think the audio quality improved a bit and I'm seeing those audio pops rarer.
Woohoo! Thanks - I've been looking for a solution to this one for 2 days, and everyone else with this problem seemed to have had to reload windows to fix it.