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