Audio stutter after a clean boot

Hey all,

I reinstalled Manjaro in my SSD after I fixed my corrupted CMOS, since it corrupted the drive where the OS was. It’s all good and dandy, I didn’t lose much data, but I get this weird stuttering audio bug at random intervals. It’s not really laggy, it’s more like the audio mutes itself for a few miliseconds at a time. I checked the audio configuration and noticed something weird, one of my audio devices (the integrated audio device, IEC958) blinks in and out of the config, like it’s being disconnected very very quickly. It’s weird, since I’m using the other audio device (HDMI output from my nVidia card, GP106 High Def audio).
I honestly don’t know how to fix this.

Inxi output:

System:    Kernel: 5.10.34-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.0 
           Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.21.4 tk: Qt 5.15.2 wm: kwin_x11 vt: 1 dm: SDDM 
           Distro: Manjaro Linux base: Arch Linux 
Machine:   Type: Desktop Mobo: ASUSTeK model: CROSSHAIR V FORMULA-Z v: Rev 1.xx serial: <filter> 
           BIOS: American Megatrends v: 2201 date: 03/23/2015 
CPU:       Info: 8-Core model: AMD FX-8350 bits: 64 type: MCP arch: Bulldozer rev: 0 cache: 
           L2: 2 MiB 
           flags: avx lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 sse4a ssse3 svm bogomips: 64220 
           Speed: 3531 MHz min/max: N/A Core speeds (MHz): 1: 3531 2: 2804 3: 2589 4: 2088 5: 3078 
           6: 1873 7: 2695 8: 2341 
Graphics:  Device-1: NVIDIA GP106 [GeForce GTX 1060 6GB] driver: nvidia v: 460.73.01 
           bus-ID: 01:00.0 chip-ID: 10de:1c03 class-ID: 0300 
           Display: x11 server: X.Org 1.20.11 compositor: kwin_x11 driver: loaded: nvidia 
           resolution: 1920x1080~60Hz s-dpi: 69 
           OpenGL: renderer: GeForce GTX 1060 6GB/PCIe/SSE2 v: 4.6.0 NVIDIA 460.73.01 
           direct render: Yes 
Audio:     Device-1: AMD SBx00 Azalia vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel v: kernel 
           bus-ID: 00:14.2 chip-ID: 1002:4383 class-ID: 0403 
           Device-2: NVIDIA GP106 High Definition Audio vendor: ASUSTeK driver: snd_hda_intel 
           v: kernel bus-ID: 01:00.1 chip-ID: 10de:10f1 class-ID: 0403 
           Sound Server-1: ALSA v: k5.10.34-1-MANJARO running: yes 
           Sound Server-2: JACK v: 0.125.0 running: no 
           Sound Server-3: PulseAudio v: 14.2 running: yes 
           Sound Server-4: PipeWire v: 0.3.26 running: no 
Network:   Device-1: Intel 82583V Gigabit Network vendor: ASUSTeK driver: e1000e v: kernel 
           port: c000 bus-ID: 03:00.0 chip-ID: 8086:150c class-ID: 0200 
           IF: enp3s0 state: down mac: <filter> 
           Device-2: TP-Link Archer T9UH v1 [Realtek RTL8814AU] type: USB driver: 8814au 
           bus-ID: 12-1:2 chip-ID: 2357:0106 class-ID: 0000 serial: <filter> 
           IF: wlp6s0u1 state: up mac: <filter> 
Drives:    Local Storage: total: 1.47 TiB used: 180.77 GiB (12.0%) 
           ID-1: /dev/sda vendor: Western Digital model: WDS120G2G0A-00JH30 size: 111.8 GiB 
           speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: SSD serial: <filter> rev: 0000 scheme: MBR 
           ID-2: /dev/sdb vendor: Western Digital model: WD5000AAKS-00V1A0 size: 465.76 GiB 
           speed: 3.0 Gb/s serial: <filter> rev: 1D05 scheme: GPT 
           ID-3: /dev/sdc vendor: Western Digital model: WD10EZEX-08WN4A0 size: 931.51 GiB 
           speed: 6.0 Gb/s rotation: 7200 rpm serial: <filter> rev: 1A02 scheme: GPT 
Partition: ID-1: / size: 109.48 GiB used: 10.43 GiB (9.5%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1 
Swap:      Alert: No swap data was found. 
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 18.8 C mobo: N/A gpu: nvidia temp: 32 C 
           Fan Speeds (RPM): N/A gpu: nvidia fan: 0% 
Info:      Processes: 224 Uptime: 4h 00m wakeups: 0 Memory: 19.45 GiB used: 2.3 GiB (11.8%) 
           Init: systemd v: 247 Compilers: gcc: 10.2.0 Packages: pacman: 1205 Shell: Bash v: 5.1.4 
           running-in: konsole inxi: 3.3.04

Hi, from your description and the fact that you are using a desktop machine, my first shot would be on TLP. Try to remove it (pamac remove tlp) and reboot to see if it solves the audio problem.

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That did it! Thank you.

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