January 21, 2009 at 4:29 am #160747
Just got the NC10 yesterday. Feeling a little ambivalent about it, so far. Had the wifi issues that required rolling back to the old Atheros driver. Not dropping anymore but still seems a little sluggish and music will only play for a few minutes before dropping. This is happening on SomaFM and WNCW.org playing 128k through Win Media 9. Trying somafm through iTunes right now. So far, so good…except for the following issue:
I’ve put in my earbuds to listen to music and notice there is a persistent static and popping and clicking coming through. Anyone else have this? This is not a problem on my Macbook using the same earbuds. Hope there’s a solution for this.
Thanks!January 21, 2009 at 4:58 am #180735
Playing audio stream through iTunes seems to have solved the problem of the audio buffering and dropouts. However, installing Realtek HD drivers has not cleared up the static and pops. Hope someone has some ideas about that. 🙂January 21, 2009 at 7:22 am #180732adatay92Member
I’m afraid I don’t have any ideas, but I certainly don’t get any static and popping noises whilst using headphones. In fact, I find the audio using headphones very good.
My only suggestion would have been reinstalling the audio drivers.January 21, 2009 at 9:20 am #180733s162000Member
I don’t think that the onboard sound would produce static and pops by itself, it is probably the source? Does iTunes play MP3 files ok. You could try the NC10 on a wired network as well?
By the way what do you mean when you say “had the wifi issues” I wasn’t aware of any wifi issues straight out of the box?January 21, 2009 at 8:21 pm #180738selmanjMember
I am having the same issues with audio quality (it seems to make strange noises when the harddrive is reading/writing). I only notice it when I plug in my headphones to listen to Pandora. However, I’m running Ubuntu 8.10 on my netbook so it could be an issue with the audio driver. I haven’t tried rebooting into Windows yet to see if it suffers from the same problem.
Sam1972, have you checked your volume settings and made sure that it’s not repeating the microphone input over your speakers? I somehow turned this on by accident in Ubuntu and it sounded _terrible_ until I figured out what was wrong.January 24, 2009 at 6:46 pm #180736
Sorry for the delayed response. Yes, I believe it may be due to an audio driver. I installed Win7 on the D: partition and don’t have the issues with the static there. 🙂 I may try reinstalling the XP drivers, too, just to see if it clears up there.
When I referred to “the” wifi issues, it seems there are a lot of threads, even on this forum, about the wifi dropping out. The symptom is it shows as connected with a full strength signal but, when you attempt to browse the internet, connections are not made to sites. When this symptom was present on the NC10, I could switch over to my Macbook and it would browse flawlessly. In XP, I had to install an older Atheros driver to get around the problem. I believe the problem may be due to the fact that I have an older Netgear router more so than an issue with the wifi.
In Win7, the wifi worked flawlessly right from the start and there has been no need to install any other Atheros drivers. 🙂 Win7 also seems to be running quicker on the NC10 than XP.
Thanks for the responses!January 24, 2009 at 6:49 pm #180737
I will also say I’m feeling less ambivalent about the NC10 now. In fact, I like it (and Win7) alot. That’s saying quite a bit coming from someone who’s been exclusively on the Mac side of the house for the past 5 or 6 years. 🙂January 25, 2009 at 3:21 pm #180734abandonMember
someone else mentioned about the sound. Go to the Realtek icon in control panel, and change the Karaoke button to the opposite setting. Helped with a couple of us.
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