Looking for a little help if anyone has any good ideas here.
I have a Xonar DX that I hook up to my front panel sound output that feeds into a surround sound headphones set with a microphone.
When I'm watching a movie or listening to music, I don't get any static. Everything sounds good.
When I'm browsing the web and I scroll up or down with the mouse there is a very slight electronic noise that can be heard. It's not mouse related as I can get the static by grabbing the bar slider and moving it around or hitting the up and down arrows.
When I'm playing Left 4 Dead 2 or WoW I'm getting a constant sound of static to my ears through the headset. Turning on "smart volume" makes it worse, and manually turning the system volume and mic-boost down a lot makes it significantly less problematic but still present.
When I use the microphone and I'm not also in a game, my sound goes through crystal clear.
When I use the microphone and I'm in a game, I get the static sent out to the listeners.
The video card is located a slot below the sound card. The only other configuration I have available to me is to put the sound card below the video card (which blocks the video cards fan pretty well and hurts the air intake).
This was not a problem a week ago, but I had to reinstall the audio drivers after I screwed them up playing around with some settings and now have this problem. I've tried multiple re-installs since then without any success.
I also tested through the port coming out of the sound card on the back of the computer to verify that it wasn't anything related to the front panel connection.
Headphones - probably not as they work crystal clear 90% of the time.
Front Panel - probably not as I've also tested the card itself with the same results.
Game Settings - It's across multiple games and devices, though WoW is clearly the worst offender. I've tried a lot of settings but no trouble. To further test, I ran the game with '-nosound' on and I still get the static noise, which is another reason I thought it might be noise from the video card carrying over.
Driver - Maybe, but I've installed the latest driver and even uninstalled and reinstalled to test again.
Audio Center - Maybe, I've tried a lot of settings but nothing seems to have a noticeable effect (besides lowering the volume of the devices)
Sound Card - Could be, or could be something related to the video card being too close to the sound card, or some other random noise located nearby - but seems inconsistent.
Video Card - I thought maybe it was that the video card was making the noise, but I would think that would also effect movies.