Verify that this is the correct registry key by confirming the “DriverDesc” data. However, the XPS 15 is not without a few outstanding flaws, such as poor audio implementation. What’s more odd to me is actually Dell’s decision to tie headphone jack detection to MaxxWaves. This should alleviate the strange audio behaviors associated with the sound card reactivating. That also pops all the time, probably for a similar reason.

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I’ll link his post below. Do you think the issue you had is specific to the Realtek driver? In very layman’s terms, what happens is that when the sound card has not been used for some time, usually about 10 sec, it deactivates itself in order to save power. I’m using the Windows driver.

A quick look through this sub shows that owners are generally satisfied with macxaudio machines, myself included. Want to add to the discussion? This is where your audio driver timeouts are. At this point, I want to post a disclaimer stating that while editing registry keys is fairly simple, it is possible to incur serious damage to the OS if you do not know what you are doing.


I noticed that my old Toshiba laptop also cut power about seconds after an audio signal had stopped. One maxxajdio the most annoying and frequently reported issues with this laptop is the audio glitches that come at the beginning of every sound instance i.


These keys essentially define dell delay after a sound signal has ceased before deactivating the sound card. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement and Privacy Policy. To recap, the is, overall, fantastic laptop once its issues are sorted out.

Log in or sign up in seconds. Once you have verified that you have the correct key, find the “PowerSettings” folder under “” from the maxxauido above. Be respectful and civil. I haven’t had any issue so far, but in light of your post, I will edit the OP. Is there a similar solution on the XPS 13 ?

A solution to audio popping in Dell XPS 15 : Dell

I think sound card deactivation is a pretty common power-saving strategy actually. That’s ridiculous that the soundcard has a timeout of few seconds. Inside the PowerSettings folder you should find some keys that define the power conservation timer for the sound card.

In light of this new information, I am advising this fix only be used to remedy the loud pop that is present when using Windows drivers. That also pops all the time, probably for a similar reason. Submit a new text post.

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What’s more odd to me is actually Dell’s decision to tie headphone jack detection to MaxxWaves. Now THAT, was dumb. By changing a few registry keys to prevent the sound card from entering power-saving deactivation, it wsves possible to eliminate these audio issues from everyday use. Thank you kind sir: Because these can be turned off as well.


Once you’ve finished these steps, reboot your computer. I am merely summarizing his solution and reposting for visibility in case others have trouble finding an acceptable solution like I did.

Become a Redditor maaxxaudio subscribe to one of thousands of communities. Maybe his solution will work for you, assuming you aren’t running Windows audio drivers.

For direct contact with Dell please see the “General Support” section below. No offensive, hateful, or low-effort comments. One proposed alternative was to uninstall the Realtek audio package completely and use the generic audio driver that is included with Windows 10 can be done through Device Manager. However, I have not found the sound maxxaudko be intrusive in anyway, and I doubt that many users will either.