I've kinda "heard" of the static issue but I'm not totally familiar with it. I got a new G73 from NewEgg today. The minute I turned it on I heard a horrendous loud staticy noise coming from the speakers. It would come and go. I saw a thread about uninstalling the realtek drivers and then installing a new one. The problem is two fold. One the thread is from February and the drivers are newer than the ones posted in the thread. The second is that realtek's site isn't working. I found a driver online and uninstalled the current driver. When I tried to install the new driver, it said "no supported device found". So I called Asus and they told me about a driver on their site. He told me not to uninstall the old driver but to just install this new one on top. That made it worse. It got to the point where the static was constant. So any advice? I'm at a loss to have a brand new computer act like this out of the box. I looked up Newegg's RMA process and it says 2-3 weeks for a laptop! Why would I want to wait 2-3 weeks for another if it does the same thing? Ridiculous!