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I have an Nvidia 950 in my new laptop, and it appears as though the graphics card is causing noise on the audio bus, this noise happens when the screen/parts of the screen are redrawn, and also happens with the headphones plugged in. I can get around it somewhat by disabling hardware acceleration in chrome since that's where I watch videos/listen at the same time. However, it seems better on windows than mint 18 and better with the nouveau driver than the proprietary one. I may just be imagining all the situations that improve it, but is there any fix/is this a common problem?

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It sounds like you're getting audio interference from the card. Getting an external DAC (Digital-to Analog Converter) would solve this.

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