2 Replies Latest reply: May 9, 2013 8:13 PM by Jeremy Bell2
Jeremy Bell2 Level 1 (55 points)

Sometimes when my Mac makes a sound (like when I drag a file into a folder or I empty the trash) it blasts me with this horrible staticky noise instead of making  the sound it's supposed to make. It's very unsettling, and it happens about a third of the time the system makes sound. How do I fix this?


I should mention that I'm using an external usb audio interface, but I'm fairly certain that I remember getting these awful noises from my computer's built in audio interface as well.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 1.83 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 2 GB RAM
  • BDAqua Level 10 (122,202 points)



    Hmmm, very strange, only thing I can guess is check for a ground loop in your AC & devices.

  • Jeremy Bell2 Level 1 (55 points)

    No it's not an electrical problem.  Have you ever tried to listen to a corrupted audio/video file?  Or put a data CD into an old audio CD player? The sound of a computer trying to interpret garbage data as digital audio. It sounds like that.


    So am I the only person who has ever had this problem?