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static noise coming from my computer

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Out of the blue, I'll get static noise coming out of my speakers from my computer, a Dell Dimension 3000 with Windows XP operating system. Even if I turn the speaker volume off, the static continues. The only alternative is to totally unplug the computer from the speaker system. The static lasts for about three minutes or so and is really loud and annoying. Is this a speaker problem or a computer problem? I've had the computer for less than a year and the problem is new, occuring in the last month or so. Any help would be appreciated.
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Hi and welcome to Geeks to Go. It could be a speaker problem or a computer problem. The easiest thing to do would be to rule out the speakers first. Try using the speakers on another device, like a tape player or radio with a compatible jack and see if you hear static. Alternatively, try another set of speakers on your computer (maybe borrow some from a friend temporarily just to troublehoot?). If the problem follows the speakers if you try that method, then you know the problem is in the speakers. Ff you try another set of speakers on your computer and still have the same problem, the cause is the computer.
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