I have a desktop PC running Ubuntu 12.04 with externally-powered speakers connected to the "front" and "rear" speaker jacks on the rear panel of the motherboard. Over the weekend, the front panel of the chassis got bumped in the area of the mic/headphone jacks (there was a cable plugged in to the mic jack at the time), and the speakers started hissing.
Sound/music still plays out the speakers, but it's not pleasant to listen to because the hissing is always audible.
I've rebooted and the hissing persists. I've removed both the "front", and then the "rear" speaker connectors, but the hissing is present on both sets of speakers. I've traced the cable from the mic/headphone jacks back to the motherboard and removed the connector (marked "HD Audio") from the header; when powered back up the hissing was still there.
What other troubleshooting/corrective steps do I need to take to get rid of the hissing?
Edit: The problem is not with the speakers, it is with the computer:
- When I plug headphones into the front-panel headphone jack and the rear-panel "front" and "rear" speaker jacks, I still hear the hissing in the headphones.
- When I connect the speakers (both pairs, one set at a time) to the headphone jack on my laptop, they work just fine -- no hissing, crystal clear.
Edit in response to Tog's comment re: playing with mixer settings:
- Muting "master" turns off the front speakers, but not the rear. I can't get the rear speaker jack to go off; any speakers connected are always hissing. (I swapped cables going to front/rear, and the problem stays with the jack, not the speakers.) Of course, I don't see anything in alsamixer labeled "rear".
- Nothing else has any effect (except that muting "front" and "surround" turns off the front speakers as expected).
- I double-checked that disconnecting the cable from the front panel to the motherboard kills sound to front-panel headphones.