I've had a 3200 for about three years now. We've been through some ups and downs (hard drive failure, overheating and randomly shutting off, battery won't hold a charge anymore) but it still does what I need it to do. This weekend, though, the sound just went nuts. It's staticky, tinny, distorted, etc. Sometimes in the past, it has been staticky when the volume's up too high but this goes away when I use headphones or external speakers; this isn't the case now, so I am guessing this is not a speaker problem.
Anyone encountered this before? Is there anything I can do myself, or am I stuck taking it in somewhere? I'm not under any kind of warranty anymore.
Is this online streaming audio or through your CD/DVD player or both? If it's all sound, it sounds like your audio amps or digital audio conversion piece of the processor in the unit have gone west. If it's all online audio only and CD audio sounds OK, then I'd suspect the codecs your media player (like Windows Media Player) is using.
Well, I'd definitely try a CD to see if it is "everything". If it is, it's a pretty good bet your sound chips on the motherboard are close to toast.
That's still, unfortunately, not to say that something happened to your audio software drivers also instead of the hardware. Mine pretty much uses the Realtek software and audio drivers. See if you identify your hardware and drivers through Sys. Info under Sound Device and check their website for an update.
Tough one to troubleshoot. Have you tried headphones?
Last edited by rskowron; 22nd July 2008 at 06:13 PM.