Laptop audio feedback.
October 20, 2009 9:11 AM Subscribe
Gremlins have taken over my laptop and now I get extremely loud audio feedback.
posted by Juicylicious to computers & internet (5 answers total)
In the last few days the audio has somehow become screwed up on my laptop.
There is very loud audio feedback, which gets even worse when I begin to close the lid. It does stop when the lid is completely closed.
Also, audio cannot be played through the external speakers, which are connected via USB. Although headphones do work.
Yesterday, the problem was the complete opposite; I could only get audio through the external speakers and headphones, but not the built in speakers.
It seems that the built in microphone is keyed as the sound of touching the laptop seem to be amplified.
If I play something online that does have audio, it overrides the feedback. And for some reason it is no longer recognizing the CD drive. Sigh.
It is an IBM T42 running XP. I've tried to update audio drivers, but I cannot tell if it has been successful. This has been complicated by the fact that I had to wipe my hard drive several months ago. The person who reinstalled XP somehow erased all of the IBM info, including the serial number and customer ID. Thus, I cannot get support from IBM.
Any thoughts on how to fix this? It's driving me crazy.