Motherboard audio jack causing crackling sounds

Hello everyone,

A couple of days ago I've noticed crackling and "tearing" sounds coming from my speakers. I thought they were faulty but after a couple of tests I've concluded that the crackling sound is not due to the speakers, any playback device that I've connected to my motherboard audio jack (even my phone's headphones) were producing the same crackling sound. This makes me conclude that there is probably something wrong with the audio jack on the MB? My PC hasn't been hit, damaged, or anything similar so I don't know what could've caused this (my knowledge about hardware is amateur level).

Any ideas what could cause this and how do I fix this issue?

I've updated my Realtek driver from the official MSI website to the newest version.

Also, I've noticed that it is happening when I play certain songs on YouTube (probably with the same frequency). It doesn't happen so often when I play games or talk over Skype or other voice chat platform.

Everything that I've done so far:
-Updated the driver
-Replugged cables several times
-Restarted the PC after I've noticed it started occurring
-Cleaned the audio entrance with compressed air
-Checked for any physical damage on the MB or jack entrances, none found.

Thank you again for your reply, it is greatly appreciated!

Thank you very much
Reply to dejke
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  1. Is it possible the noise is coming from a microphone or other recording device?

    You say, "It doesn't happen so often when I talk over Skype or other voice chat platform". They are programs that already use a microphone.

    Try temporarily muting or disabling all "Recording Devices" in your "Sound" options, and see if the problem goes away.
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  2. rocktalkrock said:
    Is it possible the noise is coming from a microphone or other recording device?

    You say, "It doesn't happen so often when I talk over Skype or other voice chat platform". They are programs that already use a microphone.

    Try temporarily muting or disabling all "Recording Devices" in your "Sound" options, and see if the problem goes away.


    Hello, thank you for your reply!

    I have just tried this as you suggested, and it still persists. :/
    Reply to dejke
  3. Is this crackling sound also coming through the headphone jack on the front of your computer case?
    Reply to rocktalkrock
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