I am using the onboard audio port for my desktop speakers. The speakers I have just been using for the past month are Antec Soundscience Rockus 2.1. A couple of days ago the speakers starting making this loud sputtering/static noise when I would listen to any kind of audio. I got a pair of headphones and plugged them into the audio jack, and the sputtering noise still happens.
My audio driver is up to date, and I haven't installed anything lately that would affect that.
I am guessing the problem is with the onboard audio, and that I should invest in a sound card. Can someone confirm this before I buy a card or are there any other measures I can take to try to fix this problem? Thanks!
EDIT: The solution was getting the new sound card. My guess is the onboard sound couldn't handle the heavy speakers (or they just decided it was a good time to die out).