Audio Popping Issue caused by 'Automatic graphic switching' ON..

entraik

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Ok so another issue came back which I thought had previously gone away. Whenever I would be listening to audio whether it be a song, or watching a movie.. my audio would pop/crackle every 30 seconds or so through my macbook pro speakers.....randomly.

I'm on a maxed out retina macbook pro.

Eventually after looking for a solution.. I found it... the problem can be cured by unchecking 'Automatic Graphic Switching' in the Energy Saver section in System Preferences. However, this sucks as my battery drains quicker. Can anyone else check and see if the same issue occurs for them on their rMBP or cMBP (2012 models)?


I'm seriously about to return the rMBP for the cMBP... I need the laptop for audio work and this is unacceptable. Just one issue after another... : /
 
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entraik

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anyone? :/ this problem comes and goes.... huge thread about it on the apple forum too.
 

haruhiko

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This shouldn't happen. I think you have to bring back to the Apple Store for a replacement.
 

entraik

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This shouldn't happen. I think you have to bring back to the Apple Store for a replacement.
from what i'm reading it's a software issue rather than a hardware one.. I don't want to replace it and end up with a worse screen with image retention etc.

: /... just wondering who else is having this issue
 

Mossmann

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I have this on my rMBP, when using apple motion. You get horribly loud popping noises and sounds like its destroying my speakers. only had this in Motion and slightly on youtube. Cant be bothered to complain as I need my macbook everyday, may do if it doesnt stop in a future update.
 

entraik

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Try this... play any youtube video.... let it load.. then hit pause and play rapidly 10 times or so while the video is playing.. u should get popping sounds. I get this from time to time ...

my suspicion is either flash related issue or software bug in mountain lion...
 

Dyno-Mike

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Im having this issue too on my base model rMBP.
Even listening to music on itunes will cause the speakers to crackle very slightly every few seconds.

It doesn't do it on the nVidia GPU or in bootcamp and i do not recall it doing it before i installed ML.
 

King Shady

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Well I'll be damned. Just noticed this issue when playing the Dark Knight Rises Soundtrack... slightly crackles (or pops) when fast-forwarding a song or changing song. This is weird...
 

pgiguere1

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I'd wait until 10.8.1 and if it doesn't fix it I'd return it. I've heard a lot of people complaining about this, including on older Macs that were recently updated to Mountain Lion, so it's most definitely a software issue.
 

entraik

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I'd wait until 10.8.1 and if it doesn't fix it I'd return it. I've heard a lot of people complaining about this, including on older Macs that were recently updated to Mountain Lion, so it's most definitely a software issue.
when will 10.8.1 be coming out? I have until next Wednesday to return this lol.
 

entraik

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I'd wait until 10.8.1 and if it doesn't fix it I'd return it. I've heard a lot of people complaining about this, including on older Macs that were recently updated to Mountain Lion, so it's most definitely a software issue.
when will 10.8.1 be coming out? I have until next Wednesday to return this lol.

edit: tons of people on the apple forums having the same issue. It's happening on iMacs, Macbook Air, and Pros. Stupid Mountain Lion is causing this -_-


https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4149309?start=15&tstart=0
 

pgiguere1

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when will 10.8.1 be coming out? I have until next Wednesday to return this lol.

edit: tons of people on the apple forums having the same issue. It's happening on iMacs, Macbook Air, and Pros. Stupid Mountain Lion is causing this -_-


https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4149309?start=15&tstart=0
Probably very soon since they just started seeding 10.8.2 to developers. It must be pretty much finished, I guess it will roll out in the next days.
 

entraik

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Just installed the 10.8.1 update.. so far no popping/crackling coming in randomly during audio playback. Crossing my fingers. Hopefully it's gone for good
 

gondor5

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Just installed the 10.8.1 update.. so far no popping/crackling coming in randomly during audio playback. Crossing my fingers. Hopefully it's gone for good
Installed 10.8.1 and the sound bugs are NOT fix. I just downgraded to Lion and the issues disappear. Definitely a Mountain Lion issue. I guess I'll wait until another patch comes out. One that actually fixes the problem.
 

entraik

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Installed 10.8.1 and the sound bugs are NOT fix. I just downgraded to Lion and the issues disappear. Definitely a Mountain Lion issue. I guess I'll wait until another patch comes out. One that actually fixes the problem.
does this only happen for the external speakers for you? Let's say I bough an external USB card to use. Would the stutter occur through that too?
 

entraik

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Sorry, I just did what you described and I have no issues whatsoever. I also refuse to install Flash on my RMBP, so all videos play back as HTML 5 through QuickTime. It sounds like your issue is Flash-related.
nope it happens on itunes, vlc player. Even quicktime. This issue is mountain lion related as I haven't gotten the issue at all in bootcamp
 

gondor5

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does this only happen for the external speakers for you? Let's say I bough an external USB card to use. Would the stutter occur through that too?
I am not sure about that. Right now it happens with the internal speakers of my iMac 27-inch 3.4 GHz i7.