Strange pinging/beeping noise on ichat

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by liquidsense, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. liquidsense macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2008
    I have an MBP and my girlfriend has a MB. Whenever we are video iChatting with each other, we get a very strange audio feedback issue. I will try to explain it, and perhaps someone may know how to help?

    Anyway, the sound is like a submarine sonar beeping as it passes over an object. But the beep emits 4 times a second and is incessant. There is no consistent rhythm. The volume of the beep fluctuates and sometimes gets so loud that I can't hear a word the other person is saying.

    I've tried to experiment with the sound. If I whistle at the same or very similar frequency, the sound gets extremely loud, drowning out all other audio. It then slowly dies down to a moderate level.

    If I cover the left speaker grill with my hand, it also gets extremely loud. Lowering my volume helps dramatically, but the problem persists. Is my microphone broken? Does this have to do with some noise cancellation software?
  2. hotdamn macrumors 6502

    Jan 24, 2007
    Ottawa, ON, Canada
    Clearly, you have never head a submarine sonar.

    liquidsense, try using headphones, see if the problem persists, then we can take it from there.

    also, go to system preferences -> sound -> input
    and check the box for use ambient noise reduction.

    hope that helps.

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