I noticed that my old Toshiba laptop also cut power about seconds after an audio signal had stopped. Want to add to the discussion? Be respectful and civil. God, I spent months trying to get rid of popping, skipping, cutting out The difference seems to be in how Dell actually implements their strategy, which was clearly not the right way to go about it. I must have missed it as my search terms explicitly included ”

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I will provide steps cps along with a figure to help provide clarity. That’s ridiculous that the soundcard has a timeout of few seconds. I know that, at least for the using the official Realtek driver, a BSOD can result if “00” is used. By changing a few registry keys to prevent the sound card from entering power-saving deactivation, it is possible to eliminate these audio issues from everyday use.

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Other users have pointed to Dell’s very poor implementation of a power-saving strategy on the sound card as a culprit for these audio issues. Welcome to Reddit, the front page of the internet. Search first – avoid reposting. In very layman’s terms, what happens is that when the sound card has not been used for some time, usually about 10 sec, it deactivates itself in order to save power.

Dell did not allow this app to be removed, causing frustration as the app “colors” the sound and often results in poor, strange audio, especially when listening with headphones.

I’ll link his post below. For direct contact with Dell please see the “General Support” section below.

I’m using the Windows driver.

Submit a new text post. This can be done by editing a few registry keys using regedit and seems to work regardless of what driver you are using edit: This is why strange audio behaviors are exhibited at the beginning of every sound instance regardless of which driver is used.

Maybe his solution will work for you, assuming you aren’t running Windows audio drivers. This resulted in a much more natural, familiar sound for many users.

However, I have not found the sound to be intrusive in anyway, and I doubt that many users will either. Inside the PowerSettings folder you should find some keys that define the power conservation timer for the sound card. Do you think the issue you had is specific to the Realtek driver? I haven’t had any issue so far, but in light of your post, I will edit the OP. I am merely summarizing his cell and reposting for visibility in case others have trouble finding an acceptable solution like I did.

To recap, the is, overall, dwll laptop once its issues are sorted sps. I’ve just confirmed that my values are still intact and I’ve been restarting my computer to get updates installed new machine.

A solution to audio popping in Dell XPS 15 : Dell

Yes, it’s entirely possible that the “00” setting results in different behavior depending on which driver is installed. Log in or sign up in seconds. What’s more odd to me is actually Dell’s decision to tie headphone jack detection to MaxxWaves.

My post also includes why you don’t want to set the reg values to “00”. Theoretically, if the card cannot be turned off, then the issues associated with turning the card back on should not occur. No reposts, spam, self-promotion or rehosted content. Once you have verified that you have the correct key, find the “PowerSettings” folder under “” from the filepath above.


God, I spent months trying to get rid of popping, skipping, cutting out I didn’t realize they could be switched off until after I had already switched over to the Windows drivers. Thanks for making me aware of your post.

Why did you dislike MaxxAudio that much? Is there a similar solution on the XPS 13 ? The difference seems to be in how Dell actually implements their strategy, which was clearly not the right way to go about it.