Headphones popping

Hi all,

New here so hello to all.

I have been using Fedora since F35 (and now F36) and have had this issue the whole time.

I get a loud popping noise in my headphones about whenever any audio starts or stops. I have tried the changes in this post* Loud popping sound on headphones when playing all media but it hasn’t made any difference.

  • /etc/modprobe.d/audio_disable_powersave.conf: options snd_hda_intel power_save=0

It’s definitely not a headphone lead / jack problem and doesn’t happen in Windows 10 which I was also using until recently.

Not sure what info is relevant to this but:
Fedora 36 64-bit (fully updated)
Gnome 42.2
Dell G3 3590 Laptop with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti

If anyone could help it would be great as it’s pretty annoying.

Welcome to ask.:fedora:edora @asset

Please have a look at #start-here

Could you please give us more info’s as :

inxi -Fzx in terminal and post the output as </> Preformatted text here.

Sorry for the delay in replying and thanks for you help.

Pasted from the terminal:

  Kernel: 5.18.6-200.fc36.x86_64 arch: x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc
    v: 2.37-27.fc36 Desktop: GNOME v: 42.2
    Distro: Fedora release 36 (Thirty Six)
  Type: Laptop System: Dell product: G3 3590 v: N/A
    serial: <superuser required>
  Mobo: Dell model: 061RYD v: A00 serial: <superuser required> UEFI: Dell
    v: 1.11.1 date: 08/19/2020
  ID-1: BAT0 charge: 30.3 Wh (99.0%) condition: 30.6/51.0 Wh (59.9%)
    volts: 12.7 min: 11.4 model: BYD DELL M4GWP03 status: charging
  Info: 6-core model: Intel Core i7-9750H bits: 64 type: MT MCP
    arch: Coffee Lake rev: A cache: L1: 384 KiB L2: 1.5 MiB L3: 12 MiB
  Speed (MHz): avg: 4149 high: 4198 min/max: 800/4500 cores: 1: 4189
    2: 4197 3: 4125 4: 4178 5: 4186 6: 4167 7: 4023 8: 4136 9: 4198 10: 4074
    11: 4193 12: 4131 bogomips: 62399
  Flags: avx avx2 ht lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx
  Device-1: Intel CoffeeLake-H GT2 [UHD Graphics 630] vendor: Dell
    driver: i915 v: kernel bus-ID: 00:02.0
  Device-2: NVIDIA TU116M [GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Mobile] vendor: Dell
    driver: nvidia v: 510.68.02 arch: Turing bus-ID: 01:00.0
  Device-3: Sunplus Innovation Integrated_Webcam_HD type: USB
    driver: uvcvideo bus-ID: 1-5:5
  Display: x11 server: X.Org v: 1.20.14 with: Xwayland v: 22.1.2 driver: X:
    loaded: modesetting,nvidia unloaded: fbdev,nouveau,vesa
    gpu: i915,nvidia,nvidia-nvswitch resolution: 1: 2560x1440~60Hz
    2: 1920x1080~144Hz
  OpenGL: renderer: Mesa Intel UHD Graphics 630 (CFL GT2)
    v: 4.6 Mesa 22.1.2 direct render: Yes
  Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH cAVS vendor: Dell
    driver: sof-audio-pci-intel-cnl bus-ID: 00:1f.3
  Device-2: NVIDIA TU116 High Definition Audio vendor: Dell
    driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1
  Device-3: Logitech G560 Gaming Speaker type: USB
    driver: hid-generic,snd-usb-audio,usbhid bus-ID: 1-3:8
  Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.18.6-200.fc36.x86_64 running: yes
  Sound Server-2: PulseAudio v: 15.0 running: no
  Sound Server-3: PipeWire v: 0.3.52 running: yes
  Device-1: Intel Cannon Lake PCH CNVi WiFi driver: iwlwifi v: kernel
    bus-ID: 00:14.3
  IF: wlo1 state: down mac: <filter>
  Device-2: Realtek RTL8111/8168/8411 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Dell driver: r8169 v: kernel port: 3000 bus-ID: 03:00.0
  IF: enp3s0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-1: virbr0 state: up speed: 10 Mbps duplex: unknown mac: <filter>
  IF-ID-2: vnet0 state: unknown speed: 10 Mbps duplex: full mac: <filter>
  Device-1: Intel Bluetooth 9460/9560 Jefferson Peak (JfP) type: USB
    driver: btusb v: 0.8 bus-ID: 1-14:7
  Report: rfkill ID: hci0 rfk-id: 0 state: down bt-service: enabled,running
    rfk-block: hardware: no software: yes address: see --recommends
  Local Storage: total: 1.82 TiB used: 456.1 GiB (24.5%)
  ID-1: /dev/nvme0n1 vendor: Western Digital model: WD BLACK SN750 SE 1TB
    size: 931.51 GiB temp: 36.9 C
  ID-2: /dev/sda vendor: Seagate model: ST1000LM035-1RK172 size: 931.51 GiB
  ID-1: / size: 929.91 GiB used: 404.53 GiB (43.5%) fs: btrfs dev: /dev/dm-0
    mapped: luks-37c619b5-5af0-44a5-a0e3-7b04897c5a74
  ID-2: /boot size: 973.4 MiB used: 261 MiB (26.8%) fs: ext4
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p2
  ID-3: /boot/efi size: 598.8 MiB used: 14 MiB (2.3%) fs: vfat
    dev: /dev/nvme0n1p1
  ID-4: /home size: 929.91 GiB used: 404.53 GiB (43.5%) fs: btrfs
    dev: /dev/dm-0 mapped: luks-37c619b5-5af0-44a5-a0e3-7b04897c5a74
  ID-1: swap-1 type: zram size: 8 GiB used: 837 MiB (10.2%) dev: /dev/zram0
  System Temperatures: cpu: 74.0 C pch: 61.0 C mobo: N/A
  Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A
  Processes: 372 Uptime: 3h 7m Memory: 15.34 GiB used: 12.18 GiB (79.4%)
  Init: systemd runlevel: 5 Compilers: gcc: 12.1.1 Packages: 38
  note: see --pkg Shell: Bash v: 5.1.16 inxi: 3.3.16

Would appreciate if anyone could help with this.


I see this.
We need to know where the sound is being heard? Which audio output is in use?

There is a lot of info on this site about similar problems with a simple search using the tool at the upper right. I seem to remember similar exact issues as well.

The sound is being heard in the headphones which are plugged into the laptop with the 3.5mm jack. I don’t believe this is a hardware problem as it never happened when the same laptop was running Windows 10.

Searching this site is where I started. I followed the guidance given in one of the posts, as I mentioned above, but it didn’t work.