hi, i have a problem with a creative sound card model sound blaster z se , when i turn on, restart or turn off the pc it emits annoying pops from the speakers, i was wondering if it can affect the fact that my ryzen 3200g cpu has few pcie lanes, i already a video card that runs at 8x and an nvme so this may be the problem? thank you.
It could be the speakers, that happened to me with all my Sound Blaster cards or onboard audio when I used the 5.1 Logitech speakers.
But it didn't happened with a 4.1 FPS Sound Blaster speakers.
Can you give it a try with other speakers? Does it happen with onboard sound?
PCIe lanes and the pops is totally unrelated in my experience.
I'm sorry, but I can't help you much more, I always had that popping sound with my Logitech Speakers and not the Sound Blaster Speakers. It actually happened since the Sound Blaster Live! The Audigy 2 and the X-Fi.
Can you try the sound blaster in another system and check if it does the pops?
Troubleshooting is key here.