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How to Fix (HP) Laptop Speaker Making Buzzing / Static Noise

HP laptop making a buzzing noise


Why is my HP laptop making a buzzing noise?

Some of the causes for your HP laptop making a buzzing noise are given below.

  • Frequency interference from nearby cables and electronic devices.
  •  A faulty adapter or a corrupt driver.
  • The laptop is connected to external USB devices.
  • The electrical outlet to which the laptop is connected isn’t properly grounded.
  • A Failing hard drive.
  • Faulty power supply.
  • Corrupt Sound card drivers.
  • The fan of the laptop is dusty.


Why is my HP laptop making a static noise?

You are likely to experience this noise with your HP laptop due to the following causes.

  • One or more components of the laptop have become old and subjected to wear and tear.
  • A screw in the laptop or the cooling fan has become loose. There are also chances that the cooling fan has accumulated dust.
  • The laptop has one or more faulty drivers, software installed.
  • The speakers on the laptop are malfunctioning.
  • The audio card in the laptop isn’t up to date.
  • There’s an electrical contact between the wires of the laptop and the external accessories connected to it such as a headset.


How to fix an HP laptop buzzing noise

Method 1

  1. Adjust the volume of the speakers by turning it up and down. Check if the sound is alright as you do this.
  2. Check the audio port and cable for effective functioning by listening for a buzzing sound when you disconnect the signal cable from the ground. If you hear it, switch to another signal input line. You can also use another audio port and cable to check if the problem persists.
  3. Check for a faulty transformer of the speaker and replace it with a new transformer of the same voltage rating.


Method 2

  1. Connect the laptop through just one AC socket. In other words, connect it directly to the AC socket.
  2. Remove the cables connected to the device powering your speakers such as a receiver.


Method 3

  1. Turn off the devices near your laptop that can be a source of frequency interference and unplug them from the power source.
  2. Remove the connection from any device that is close to the speaker.
  3. Check the speaker again and see if it’s working properly.


Method 4

  1. Check if the latest version of the audio driver is installed on the laptop.
  2. If the above version is not the latest, update the driver with the latest version from the manufacturer’s website. You can also set up for automatic updates if possible.


Method 5

  1. Open the Control Panel and click Hardware and Sound.
  2. Click Sound to open the Sound window.
  3. In the Playback tab, right-click on the speaker’s name and select Properties to open the Speakers / Headphones Properties window.
  4. In the Enhancements tab, clear the Disable all sound effects checkbox.
  5. Press Apply followed by OK.
  6. Check the speaker again to see how it works.


You can also try the following methods to fix non-speaker related buzzing problems.


Method 1

  1. Open the Device Manager window.
  2. Expand the Sound, video and game controllers option with a double-click action.
  3. Double-click the audio driver and to open its Properties window.
  4. In the Driver tab, press Update Driver.
  5. Click Search automatically for updated driver software.
  6. Install the latest version from the internet.


Method 2

  1. Do the first two steps mentioned in Method 1 above.
  2. Right-click on the audio device and select Uninstall.
  3. Restart the laptop. The system will detect and install the audio device automatically without any buzzing problem.


Method 3

  1. Do the first two steps mentioned in Method 1 above.
  2. Right-click on the audio device and select Update Driver Software.
  3. Click Browse my computer for driver software followed by Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer.
  4. Select the High Definition Audio Device option.
  5. Press Next and follow the onscreen instructions.


Method 4

  1. Right-click the Speaker icon in the system tray and select the Sound option.
  2. In the Playback tab, right-click on the device marked default and select Disable.
  3. Right-click on the device again and select Enable.


Method 5

  1. Clean all components including the fan using a compressed air duster.
  2. Clean any leftover dirt using industrial alcohol and a soft cloth that does not leave any scratch.


Sometimes, lowering the subwoofer slider to a lower sound level solves the problem. However, this may lessen the subwoofer’s quality. Unplugging the speaker from the motherboard and fitting it back without any short may also help.


How to fix an HP laptop static noise


  1. Use a different sound format in the Speaker Properties window and disable the sound enhancement option as mentioned above. Adjust the power settings and update the audio driver following the steps given earlier.
  2. Uninstall the sound card and all related drivers. Play an audio sound to test the speakers. Install the latest update of the suggested drivers. Reboot the laptop.
  3. Check the power saving settings and ensure that you have the latest and updated BIOS version installed.


Method 2

  1. Open Settings and type troubleshoot.
  2. Select Troubleshoot from the list that comes up to open the Troubleshoot window.
  3. In the Get up and running section, click Playing Audio and press Run the troubleshooter.


Method 3

  1. Open Control Panel and click Hardware and Sound.
  2. Click Sound to open the Sound window.
  3. In the Playback tab, right-click on the speaker’s name and select Properties to open the Speakers / Headphones Properties window.
  4. Click the Advanced tab.
  5. In the Exclusive mode section, clear the Allow applications to take exclusive control of this device checkbox.


Some of the above methods for fixing buzzing noise or a hard reset can help to resolve static noise and vice versa.


HP laptop makes a buzzing noise when watching videos

  1. Do a hard reset by turning off the power supply and take off the battery if it’s removable. Disconnect the AC adapter and keep the Power button pressed for 15 seconds. Reconnect the battery and plug-in the adapter once again. Turn on the laptop.
  2. Open Device Manager and expand the Display Adapters section. Select the display driver, right-click on it and select Uninstall. Select the Delete the software for the device checkbox and press Uninstall.
  3. Change the battery settings to high performance to lessen the buzzing although it doesn’t eliminate the problem.
  4. Update the video card driver with the latest version from the manufacturer’s website.
  5. Ensure that no devices are connected near the laptop. If there are, keep the wires as far away as possible from the system.


HP laptop makes a buzzing noise when plugged in

  1. The hard drive is failing and you may need to do a replacement. Take a data backup before doing this.
  2. Try doing a hard reset. This may offer a solution to the problem.
  3. Connect the laptop with another power cord and adapter. If there is no problem, the charger needs a replacement.


HP Spectre buzzing noise

  • The wireless adapter may be faulty and a replacement may help to fix the issue.
  • Clean the inbuilt fan as mentioned above and if this doesn’t help, it may be worn out. Get a new one fitted.
  • There is a coil whining issue and you’ll need professional assistance to solve the problem. Sometimes, disabling the keyboard backlight or allowing the laptop to warm up a bit can help.
  • Ensure that there is no update pending for Windows 10 and BIOS. This may solve the problem.


HP Pavilion buzzing noise

  • Open the back to check for loose connections and tighten them. Also, verify that the hard disk is seated properly.
  • Clean the fan of any dust in the vents as this can prevent it from rotating properly, which in turn causes buzzing.
  • Keep the BIOS settings updated and check for corrupt processes using Task Manager. Take the appropriate action.
  • Set the Power Save settings so that the laptop shuts down automatically when you’re not using it. This prevents the system from getting overheated.


HP Probook buzzing noise

  • Update the driver for the speakers from the manufacturer’s website and reboot the computer. Follow up with a BIOS update if the problem still exists.
  • The motherboard may be faulty. Getting it replaced with a new one is likely to solve the problem.
  • Disabling HP Power Assistant solves the problem most of the time.
  • There may be a failing hard drive that when replaced solves the problem.


HP Elitebook buzzing sound

  • Turn off all connected Bluetooth adapters through the Device Manager.
  • Check if you have a Line In option in the Recording option of the Sound Window. Setting the sound level to mute through its Properties window solves the problem.
  • Although a BIOS update often helps, at times, restoring to the default BIOS settings works as it restores the fan settings as well.
  • The fan may have got damaged if your laptop had fallen by any chance. A replacement will help.


HP Chromebook buzzing noise

  • If you’re using external desktop speakers, it’s recommended that you opt for speakers that are specifically intended for laptops instead.
  • Check for failing hardware components and replace the faulty components.
  • Use the laptop in a cool place and keep it on an elevated surface for proper ventilation and preventing overheating that triggers buzzing.
  • There may be a hardware issue such as a loose cable. Open the laptop, check for such cables and fix them properly.


HP Omen buzzing noise

  • Updating the chipset driver and BIOS from the manufacturer’s website may solve the problem. Sometimes, a Windows update alone fixes the problem.
  • Check for electrical interference in the speakers due to poor shielding and remove such interference sources out of way.
  • Move the power slider downwards when the laptop is plugged in and set up a power plan that limits the CPU frequency.
  • Lower the video quality from 24-bit to 16-bit by clicking on Properties in the Sound Settings window.


HP Envy X360 buzzing noise

  • Run the Windows Updates troubleshooter followed by checking for Windows and HP Support Assistant updates.
  • Open Control Panel and click on Hardware and Sound followed by Power Options. Create a new power plan by setting the Minimal processor state, % value to 10.
  • Check if the hard drive, processor, fan duct and/or fan are faulty and do the appropriate replacement.
  • Setting HP Cool Sense to OFF can help stop the buzzing noise problem.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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