So, I managed to dual boot Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.04. In Ubuntu 13.04, I installed the drivers for my graphics card(AMD HD Radeon 7700 Series, I'm pretty sure it's a 7790 one and Intel HD Graphics 4600 for Motherboard, but this shouldn't be necessary, considering that it's not the motherboard where I have connected the HDMI) for HDMI. I went to System Settings, and then to Sound, selected the HDMI sound option. Now, whenever I play anything that has sound, the audio has static and crackling. It does not play correctly. I tried searching, but all I find is questions in which the HDMI audio is simply not recognized and not playing.

  • Do you have HDMI audio set for Windows as well? Is the HDMI cable you're using connected to your GPU or motherboard? There is a good chance you are picking up on interference from your motherboard, which causes the crackling. I have a similar problem myself, and have to route my audio through my keyboard to prevent it. – Dillmo Jan 14 '14 at 0:53
  • I do have HDMI audio for Windows as well, and there are no such problems. And the HDMI cable is connected to the GPU. – TehSephirothSpirit Jan 14 '14 at 0:55


I finally found a solution to my problem randomly.

sudo pico /etc/pulse/default.pa

look for

load-module module-udev-detect

and add tsched=0

load-module module-udev-detect tsched=0

This simple modification fixed all the sound crackling and static on my PC, in Google Chrome, chromium, HTML5 videos, etc etc

  • I did this, and after a reboot, the static was gone and the crackling was reduced a lot. Now using HDMI is actually enjoyable. Thanks a lot. I do hope this will work with 14.04 when I upgrade(It should work, logically. And I'm going to wait for drivers specifically for 14.04 before upgrading, so we could at least be sure that drivers are not at fault(?)). – TehSephirothSpirit Apr 8 '14 at 16:51
  • This fixed it for me, too! Can you tell us what this has changed? I'm curious if this may affect something that will give me trouble later on. – Gilgamesh Apr 17 '14 at 21:04
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    It turns off time based audio scheduling. Apparently some people have glitches with it turned on and for others it works better when turned off :/ – TehSephirothSpirit Apr 21 '14 at 21:46
  • This resolve the noisy and crackle hdmi sound with a radeon x290, thank you. – Le Gluon du Net Mar 1 '15 at 13:56
  • Unfortunately this fix does not work in 16.10 – Jack Dec 26 '16 at 23:52

I have a ATI R7 260x, the HDMI audio problem was solved when I've had trying two different workarounds together. It's working as designed now. (on Ubuntu 14.10 64-bit)

Follow the steps below:

  1. Open the terminal with Ctrl+Alt+t.

  2. sudo nano /etc/pulse/default.pa

  3. Replace the line

    load-module module-udev-detect


    load-module module-udev-detect tsched=0

    and save file.

  4. sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/alsa-base.conf

  5. Insert options snd-hda-intel vid=8086 pid=8ca0 snoop=0 at the end of the file.

  6. Reboot the PC

  • Now the sound is perfect, thanks. My video card is also a R7 260x – Thomio Apr 16 '15 at 21:30
  • This fixed the static issue for my onboard Intel audio device in Ubuntu 14.04. Thanks! – randlet May 12 '15 at 14:41

I've had crackling and static as well and I solved it by first muting microphone input, and secondly changing my sound to 7.1 surround (even though I only have 2 speakers).

  • Well, I don't have any microphone, and I don't have an option to change HDMI to 7.1 surround. I can do that with the other ones, though. But then I won't have sound at all. – TehSephirothSpirit Jan 14 '14 at 3:26

In case others run into this issue, I've had this come up when installing pipelight on Ubuntu 14.04 with the AMD Catalyst 14.6 drivers using an A10-7800 APU.

My only solution was to remove pipelight, but I had not run into the solution above. It's quite possible pipelight messes something up that this solution fixes.

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