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Apple MacBook Pro: Boot Camp Windows audio driver can damage speakers

The speakers in the MacBook Pro can be damaged by loud pops from a faulty Boot Camp audio driver.
The speakers in the MacBook Pro can be damaged by loud pops from a faulty Boot Camp audio driver.
Boot Camp Windows users on the new MacBook Pro are complaining about loud pops that can damage the speakers. It may be a faulty Boot Camp audio driver that is causing these problems, apparently.
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New MacBook Pro users need to be warned about installing Windows on their new devices. According to numerous reports on both the Reddit and the MacRumors forums, some early users reported damaged speakers because of loud pops and distorted audio that apparently originated from a faulty Windows Audio driver that was installed by Boot Camp. It does not seem to matter which model of MacBook you run, both the 13 and the 15 inch model are affected.

We also experienced this problem during our test of the 15 inch model, which now has a damaged left speaker. We will update our test shortly to reflect this unexpected development. There seem to be a couple of ways to prevent the problem from occurring however:

  • Do not install Windows or Boot Camp drivers until this issue is resolved.
  • Install inoffical Realtek audio drivers, for instance these.
  • Plug in your headphones or turn off the speakers in the audio settings.

If your speakers are damaged already you will need to have your MacBook Pro repaired or exchanged by Apple. 

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https://www.reddit.com/r/apple/comments/5e7whh/update_bootcamp_driver_causing_blown_speakers_in/

via: http://appleinsider.com/articles/16/11/21/boot-camp-windows-driver-issue-may-be-damaging-new-macbook-pro-speakers

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Alexander Fagot
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As a young tech enthusiast with a history involving assembling and overclocking projects, I ended up working as a projectionist with good old 35-mm films before I entered the computer world at a professional level. I assisted customers at an Austrian IT service provider called Iphos IT Solutions for seven years, working as a Windows client and server administrator as well as a project manager. As a freelancer who travels a lot, I have been able to write for Notebookcheck from all corners of the world since 2016. My articles cover brand-new mobile technologies in smartphones, laptops, and gadgets of all kinds.
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Alexander Fagot, 2016-11-27 (Update: 2017-09-26)