Crackling/static noise coming from my motherboard to my headphones

Dec 5, 2018
There is a static noise coming from my headphones whenever I plug them in. I've tried all audio ports, its not my drivers and its not my headphones. Any help?


Seen it before with budget motherboards - not much you can do except get an external / USB sound card. I am using a Sound Blaster Play!3 because of that exact issue, most noticeable with the mic input.

You can try and see if improving the grounding helps - making sure your outlet has proper earth ground, checking the mobo screws are snug enough and not using any washers (needs proper metal contact to the case), making sure the I/O shield is installed and tight and has the flaps that ground the rear panel to the shield. You can also try getting a bootable linux like ubuntu and see if it is a windows driver issue, may be a good first step since you just need to boot from the USB stick.
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