last night while watching a dvd, static started intermittently interrupting the audio, it came and went in short bursts of 2-5 seconds or so, then after about 40 mins, it became constant and totally drowned out the audio. This morning, it was still there, but the audio is now very faint under the static.
I have tried a different set of speakers and a set of headphones with the same result.
I have checked the sound on control panel and the levels are normal
I had a similar issue in the past which corrected itself after i dusted out the CPU but this time the unit is freshly cleaned and just back from the shop as I had the internal drive replaced about a week ago.