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Q: external sound card recommendations needed

l know its better to have internal sound cards, however due to the fact l swap and change between my laptop and PC l tend to opt for an external sound card since l have less messing about with speaker connections and less messing around and moving the PC to access the connections.

basically lm looking for a sound card that will give me settings to upmix the audio as it kinda seems my current creative soundblaster live 24bit external while compatible with CMSS doesnt have windows 7 support, so lm looking for an external sound card that supports windows 7 which will allow me to upmix because l have these 5.1s and much of my video content annoyingly only plays only through the front speakers even with ffdshow audio settings set to speaker fill regardless of if l use WMP or MPC-HC.

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A: external sound card recommendations needed

The ASUS XONAR sound cards are popular, based on posts on this forum. Soundblaster's used to be the most popular sound cards but I see more and more other brands being used.

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l know its better to have internal sound cards, however due to the fact l swap and change between my laptop and PC l tend to opt for an external sound card since l have less messing about with speaker connections and less messing around and moving the PC to access the connections.

basically lm looking for a sound card that will give me settings to upmix the audio as it kinda seems my current creative soundblaster live 24bit external while compatible with CMSS doesnt have windows 7 support, so lm looking for an external sound card that supports windows 7 which will allow me to upmix because l have these 5.1s and much of my video content annoyingly only plays only through the front speakers even with ffdshow audio settings set to speaker fill regardless of if l use WMP or MPC-HC.

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im trying to buy a sound card but i dunno which one is good

i need to buy something under $40 or $50.

which ones would u recommend and which ones do i stay away from?

A:sound card recommendations plz

Sound Blaster Audigy is in that range. I think possibly you could even land an Audigy 2 for that now adays. Try www.pricewatch.com for some ideas.

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I have some money to spare on my gaming rig, and I thought the next thing to upgrade would be the sound card. Right now, I'm using the integrated 7.1 audio on my Asus motherboard, which isn't anything special.
I'm using a true 5.1 headset (Roccat Kave).
I was thinking of purchasing a Creative Soundblaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Professional. Would this make much of a difference, and or do you recommend better at a similar price?

A:Sound Card recommendations


Is this your motherboard?

ASUSTeK Computer Inc. - Motherboards- ASUS M4A89GTD PRO/USB3
""ALC 892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- BD Audio Layer Content Protection
- Support 192khz/24bit True BD Lossless Sound
- DTS Surround Sensation UltraPC
- Supports Jack-Detection, Multi-Streaming, and Front Panel Jack-Retasking
- Optical S/PDIF Out ports at back I/O
- ASUS Noise Filter""

And you want more?

I know that,you didnt ask this but....
If you want to spend some money buy SSD to boost your system.
SSD = faster computer,windows,loading,gaming,......

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I just recently put together a PC with an M2N-E MB. The onboard audio sounds ok for the most part, but every now and then I get some whistles and pops, so I think I'm going to buy a sound card. The two highest rated ones one newegg are:

My main use for this PC is gaming, but I also use it for multimedia. I'm looking to spend <$100, so I was wondering what would be some suggestions? I was going to go with the bluegears, but I don't see pins for attaching my front audio ports. Am I going to lose this functionality in my case if I go for this sound card? Would you recommend either of these cards, or should I just got with a Creative card? If so, which would you recommend. Thanks!

A:Sound Card Recommendations

The new Razor Soundcard is extremely good, support is very good

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I am looking for a decent quality sound card for the rig that is detailed in my profile. I have a budget of around ?60 I was wondering if anyone on here can recommend a good sound card or if anyone has any experiences with any?

Thanks for your help.

A:Sound Card Recommendations

I have a recording studio with high end audio gear and speakers. But, for PC audio, I find the in built RealTek on my Gigabyte motherboard is more than adequate.

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Hi all,

I realise this isn't an issue or a problem, but I was wondering if anyone had some quick recommendations for a USB sound card? I'm looking for around ?50 or lower, and was looking at this, but I don't know if this would be a huge step up.

I would appreciate any help,


A:USB Sound card recommendations

If I were to pick between the two, I would go for this one Its a little higher than the 50 mark but seems to have more features. The other one probably isn't much better than the in built sound.

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I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations for a good sound card/speakers. Right now I'm using the built-in audio from my motherboard and the built-in speakers on my monitor (audio wasn't my biggest concern when building my desktop).

I'd like to upgrade to a 2.1 speaker setup, but I don't know too much about sound cards or speakers. Any suggestions would be great.

Budget: $80-90 max for sound card, $150 max for speakers
**Canadian dollars, not U.S.
**will be purchasing from Tiger Direct, Canada Computers and Newegg... although the first two are preferred

A:Recommendations for sound card/speakers

Have a look at the Logitech LS 11 speakers. They are just stereo, plug into your audio out socket, they have a mains transformer you will need to plug in, but will be a big improvement on what you have.
If you want a lot more bass sound, then 2.1 is far more effective, and I bought the Logitech X230 for my PC, but now use them on my TV !
In my opinion, the bass can be too much, but if you roll up some paper and push it into the bass port, it reduces the bass output quite a bit, and with that mod I am happy with the sound I get. These still plug into the audio 'out' socket, and no mods needed to your pc.
If you want better sound than that, then you will need a 5.1 sound card, there are many, Trust, Genius, Soundblaster, prices vary greatly and could depend on where you live as to what choice you have.

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My Dad has (had) an eMachines T3624 Desktop that recently had it's motherboard die. My brother replaced several parts to upgrade the PC, but there is no sound. He mentioned something to my Dad about "one last thing to do - sound", but my Dad who had already spent $500 on upgrades (don't get me started on that), just told him that he didn't need the sound. Unfortunately, now he would like the sound and asked me to take a look. I'm trying to figure out whether this "born-again" pc still has it's soundcard from it's eMachines days or if a new sound card was ever installed for him. If it turns out that there is no sound card, I'm looking for advice on options. I read that sometimes a sound card isn't needed for audio. I also have seen something about USB audio? My dad rarely uses audio and doesn't need stereo quality. He and my Mom just use the computer for email and basic internet use.

When I go into Control Panel for Sound, it says "No audio devices". Also, "Sound" is blank in the System Information section in System Tools


A:Solved: Locate Sound Card and Recommendations Please

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Hi all,

I recently bought a relatively expensive sound card on Amazon and after the second boot of my PC with the card installed and working my on board LAN card decided to not work throwing error: "This device cannot start. (Code 10)"
The card IS enabled in the BIOS and I HAVE disabled the on-board sound card.

LAN Adapter Details:
-Make and Model: Realtek RTL8137/810x Family Fast Ethernet NIC
-Driver Provider: Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
-Driver Version:
-Driver Date: 23/01/2014

A:Realtek network card not working with external sound card installed

This sounds like an IRQ problem, which is strange because modern PCs can usually resolve these conflicts automatically. But seeing that your system is a Pentium 4, maybe the motherboard is old enough to still be dealing with the issue.

One thing you could try is to perform a Clear CMOS procedure. This will force the motherboard to re-enumerate all the devices and will often solve IRQ conflicts. Note all your current BIOS settings
Shut down the computer > remove the power cord.
Remove the 3v motherboard battery.
Move the CLRTC jumper from pins 1-2 to 2-3.
Touch a metal part of the case and Press and Hold the reset button for approx. 30 seconds to discharge all power from the board.
Put the CLRTC jumper back on pins 1-2.
Replace the 3v battery > replace the power cord > boot.
Immediately go back into BIOS and reset all your preferred settings. If the CLRTC worked you will need to reset the date and time in BIOS.
If that does not work then you could try to get the 2 cards to play nice together by installing them in different locations, if you have the extra slots.

Keep in mind that when removing any card it is important to remove it from Device Manager first. Remove it from Device Manager > shut down > then physically remove the card > then restart into Windows > then you can shut down perform the next procedure.

Sometimes you can simply install the newer card in another PCI/PCIe slot and that will resolve the conflict. (You must re... Read more

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First, let me say that I am a sound novice! I recently started a vinyl ripping project. My onboard sound does not support 24 bit depth recording at 96 kHz sampling rate, so I purchased an external USB card with phono preamp. It works just fine for my project. But as long as external sound card is plugged into a USB port, it takes control of all sound. I'd like to be able to toggle back to my onboard audio when I'm not ripping vinyl so I can listen through my system speakers. I have experimented with Windows audio controls, but have not found a way to do this. Is it possible?

A:Switching between onboard sound and external sound card

Did you check whether there was a switching option in the BIOS

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Looking to buy an external hard drive for backup. This will be used only to backup data periodically. This is certainly a good price ($140):


I've never heard of it. Anyone have any experience with that brand?

A:Opinions on BeyondMicro External Hard Drive?-or recommendations on External Case?

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I recently got an "Aztech SC16-3D ISA" sound card which came with no Driver, manual or info. I have found the driver at Aztech Support, but it is a ZIP file. I need some nice person to walk me through the complete proceedure for downloading and installing it to my Vectra VL6. I am using the Aztech-compatible Driver which comes with Win98, and it does drive it...partially. I get sound, but no microphone ability or internal speaker ability, no aux. input ability, etc. I chose this card because it has all the front panel plugs to allow me to plug in the headphone, mic., ect. which lead to the front panel of my Vectra.

Would appreciate any help.

A:Sound Card Help NEEDED

Installing New Drivers:

* Download the latest drivers as directed and then Unzip (download winzip from www.winzip.com) them by double clicking on the icon - this will unpack the file into its seperate components.

* Then, access DEVICE MANAGER by right clicking on My Computer, selecting Properties, clicking on Device Manager.

* In Device Manager you should see a section called Other Devices, under that you should see something like PCI Multimedia Audio Controller with a yellow exclamation mark next to it.

* Right click on this and select Properties, click on the Driver Tab and then update driver, do an Automatic Search (Recommended) click Next until you see a Specify a Location tick box, tick this and click on the now highlighted Browse button.

* Browse to the folder where you unzipped the files and click OK and click Next all the way through to install the files.

* Restart your PC and you're done!
Hope that helpes

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Hi everyone I currently have a dell precision 670 with a Foxconn LS-36 Motherboard and I need a 7.1 surround sound- sound card. The only problem is the the PCI slot is being completely blocked by a GeForce GTX 660TI graphics card. And the only other slots available are PCIX connectors that are about 5 inches long.


A:7.1 Sound Card needed

One of these,

ASUS Xonar DSX Audio Card - Newegg.com

and put it in the 1x PCI-E slot.

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First of all, I'm new here. Hello all.
Secondly, I did search, but they all come shy of what I'm asking. All sound card recommendation threads I found are for gamers. If not hardcore, then they're part time PC gamers.

I'm currently using onboard sound and I just picked up a set of Bose Companion 3's (2.1) speakers for my PC.
I'm pretty sure buying a card rather than using onboard will greatly improve the sound quality.

I will NOT be doing any gaming on my PC. 70 % usage for music and 30% on video files (wmv, avi etc...).
I want to keep the spending amount minimal, so I have my eyes set on the Audigy SE. For what I'm using it for, should I just stick with the onboard or will the Audigy make any difference at all? Any other ones you recommend?

I don't need all the bells and whistles that the higher end cards come with since they're mainly aimed for gaiming and probably DVD playback. All my gaming is done on a PS3 and movies are done with my home theatre system. Remember, audio on this PC is just for music and video file playback. Hence, that's why I just went with a 2.1 setup.


A:Sound card needed? Which one?

I have used Creative Labs and have no Pblms , Speakers play a big roll [meaning sound quality] Go to new egg.com & you can check out under sound cards ect

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i have the logitech z-2300 2.1 sound system, and it's great. the only problem is, i'm worried that my onboard sound isn't doing it justice.
i know that it's only 2 speakers and a subwoofer, but is there a sound card out there that doesn't focus on being '7.1 surround' compatible?
the main problem i have noticed is that the subwoofer doesn't have the clean..."oomph" of my parent's 30-dollar version.

i have an asus A8N5X motherboard--it has 7.1 onboard.

i suppose my question should be summarized thus: with 7.1 onboard sound, would there be an increase in quality without spending over $50?

any advice is appreciated.

ps. my paren't sound system is hooked up to a sound card, unlike mine.

A:cheap sound card needed

The simple answer is no.
The thing to look at when getting a sound card is to check the SNR (signal to noise ratio). The higher that number is, the better the sound quality. The highest SNR I can see for a sound card is 118+dB (best...It will always get better). My card that I have is 108dB (better). general rule of thumb is anything over 100dB (good).

But of course with quality comes a price. sound cards with SNR of 100 are about $30. Then for SNR about 108 is $60-100 (I think the sweet spot for sound cards). and then if you have money to burn and have GREAT hearing. SNR of 118+ is +$200

There are SNR all in between, but just keep that in mind higher SNR, the better.

If you want to get the best bang for your buck, spend around $70 on newegg.

That card would be good for listening to music, and watching movies, but not playing video games.

Edit: I did buy my sound card off of ebay around $50 when normally it was $80-$90. BUT there were a few bent pins for a midi device that I would never use. That might be a place to look for a nicely priced sound card for you.

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Hello All,

I initially had a ISA sound card in my PC and I had problems with that. I changed that with a PCI sound card assuming that the ISA sound card has died. but again I am having a major problem with the PCI sound card of my PC. I have just now installed a PCI sound card at the second PCI slot (started the count frm display slot). I did all kinda of manipulations like moving the card to another slot, removing the device, uninstalling the device driver and even re-installed the OS, but still the sound card problem remains.

The device manager shows up as device installed and drivers installed and all's wroking fine, with no conflicts and all, but when i click the hardward and see the properties page its shows up the msg

"Driver is enabled but not functioning properly".

In the control panel under the audio devices it says there is no audio attached.
I have done all sort of things but I am unable to make the PCI sound card work.

Here's everest report for my system.

Version EVEREST v2.20.405
Homepage http://www.lavalys.com/
Report Type Report Wizard
Computer ASTHANA
Generator Amit
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional 5.1.2600 (WinXP Retail)
Date 2006-11-18
Time 20:28
--------[ Summary ]-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional
OS Service Pack Service Pack 2
DirectX (DirectX 9.0c)
Computer Name ASTHANA... Read more

A:Sound Card Problem - Help needed

Start,run,type dxdiag,select sound tab, run test, list results posted in bottom window.

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This is for my old Dell comp (3 years old) with XP Pro SP3, Pentium 4 3.0GHz, and DDR2 533 (PC-4200) RAM. The soundcard is broken (SB audigy) and I'm considering to get a new one. The new card has to fit into either a PCI Express 1X or regular PCI slot. And I don't play games. I don't plan on setting up a surround system using this sound card. I don't make music or record, and I'm not picky when it comes to sound quality. The most common uses of this computer is watching TV / YouTube, webcaming etc. The only reason i need a soundcard (though I have integrated audio, Sigmatel STAC9220) is that the integrated audio doens't allow me to record "What You Hear" (only from mic). That's pretty much the only reason to get a separate card for this machine.

Having said that, what do you recommend? Do you think a 50 dollar SB audio card on newegg will do?
Like this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102023
or this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16829102027

And what does this mean? I'm clueless about audio so please be easy !

"Optical out (TOSLINK) Digital Out supports stereo SPDIF out and pass through of multichannel DVD sound"

Thank you!

A:Sound Card Advice Needed

If I were you I will buy the second (Sound Blaster XI-FI) for all that I've heard is a great sound card. Optical is a port for audio, where you will be able to connect your sound card to TVs, Home Theater Systems,etc.

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I have installed a Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit external card. The card is working OK. However, if I put the computer into standby the card doesn't swich on when I turn the machine back on. If I restart, or start from "off", the card starts up fine. I'm running XP SP2.
Has anyone got any ideas?

A:External Sound Card.

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Hello all, as my internal laptop sound card doesn't support SPDIF out - i've decided to go with an external sound card and through the external sound card - hook it to my receiver for 5.1/7.1 sound.
My question is how is it that i would connect my external sound card to my receiver.
Say i was to get this
Which cable would i use to hook that to my receiver?
And would that ensure that i'm getting 5.1 surround sound on my surround sound system?
Is that a good external card?

And to top it all off - could anyone recommend a good external sound card that supports 7.1 out?(I won't mind with a 5.1, but my system has 10 speakers - so i support 7.1 and beyond!)

A:Using an External Sound card

I'd recommend the Sound Blaster X-FI 5.1 USB.
Granted, it's not 7.1, but it's a really good external sound card. Furthermore, you're not going to find many external sound cards that are 7.1 unless you look into actual professional sound gear. Not to mention, most of the external sound cards that are labeled "7.1" are actually virtual 7.1...

Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 | Creative Labs Online Store

How it works:

You connect the sound card to the laptop via USB.
Connect All Sound Cables to Subwoofer in my case (Left, Right, Rear, Center/Sub)
Connect Subwoofer to all Speakers
Package comes w/ a 2 prong male RGB to female 3.5mm converter so you can connect a 3.5mm speaker cable to the Left/Right connections.

In the case of the SB X-Fi USB 5.1, you should be able to connect via the optical cable and/or the regular cables for 5.1 sound

I've been using this card for a year now and I love it. It sounds much better than my built in sound. Currently I've got it supplying sound to a set of Logitech X-540 speakers. I also have my Sennheiser PC 151 headphones hooked up. One thing I like about this sound card is the fact that when I plug in my headphone's jack it automatically turns off the output to the speakers. It also automatically turns them back on when I unplug. You can leave the mic jack plugged in all the time, these jacks aren't in the picture below, they're on the side [Headphones, Mic In, Line In]

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I did some research on the M-Audio Fast Track USB that Chris suggested and this item and it has major latency issues.

I have programs on my pc that I have used to programmed full musical arrangements with, I need to be able to hear that in real time and play over it while still being able to hear my guitar, all the while having the ability to record it with other software that I have.

So, I guess that my next question is, can someone explain to me how an external sound-card works and could this be the solution to my problem?

A:External sound card help

Hello mate. As this is not really my comfort zone, I hope someone with more experience with external sound cards can help, but his might be interesting reading for you:

Music On My PC - How To Connect a Microphone To Your PC Computer Laptop or Mac (Mic/Mike)

The site itself seems to be a mineful of information about pc music.

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Hi there,

can anyone reccomend a 5.1 external sound card for my mates laptop? 50 limit and he is based in the UK.

Thanks in advance

A:External 5.1 Sound Card

what windows version, my son has a good unit - but having difficulty getting it to work on vista - worked great on XP and used as part of a disco setup

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I started looking for a USB Sound Card about a half hour ago.
Then I thought I should ask 'The Experts'.
If you have any suggestions, I will surely appreciate them.
The one I have researched is: Creative Sound Blaster Live! 24-Bit External Audio Card.
(don't want to spend a lot)
oh, you might enjoy this...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz9sjMGUM9k

A:USB External Sound 'Card'

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i was going to buy a external sound card for my friends pc but do i need to remove the internal card first.also he has celeron 100 mh ,do you know any compatible sound card for that and price, thanks

A:external sound card

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Hi all,

I've made a mistake. I brought a headset with a USB connection and an external sound card that does not take the headset USB connection.

In light of this, is there a converter that will change the USB to fit the mulit-ports on the sound card? Or can I buy an external sound card that will take the headset USB connection?

Cheers for any help.


A:External sound card

USB headsets usually have their own sound device built in.
You would just need to set it in the control panel sound options.
Or select it from the windows mixer depending on you windows version.

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I have an Alienware Area-51 7500-R4 with intergrated Nvidia C-55-MB. I recently installed Windows 7 (Custom, clean installation) and I only have sound on my two front speakers, no center or rear speakers. Alienware support is unable to help and I was told I could not install an internal soundcard in the computer (no space, no cables).

Does anyone know of an external soundcard, USB, that will work in Windows 7?

A:Need external sound card

What's the hardware id of your current onboard audio device?

Rt click in device manager, properties, details tab, change dropdown to hardware ids.

Copy and paste here please. Decent chance that I could locate a working driver for you through an alternate vendor.

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Hello 7forums,

My onboard soundcard isn't working with win7. I really like the performance win7 is giving me for everything, from games (no sound), to processor-heavy loads, but I just can't get the audio to work. I have tried a lot of sound drivers listed in these forums, but they all say the drivers can't find suitable hardware and exits the install.

I installed DriverMax, and it came up with the following info for my soundcard:

NVIDIA(R) nForce(TM) Audio Codec Interface ManufacturerNVIDIA CorporationHardware type[6cFgE][??u?d, ??de? ??d g?me ??tr??l??s !!! !!! !]Hardware classMEDIAHardware IDVEN_10DE&DEV_0059&SUBSYS_2052161F&REV_A2Vendor ID10DE
Match probability100 %

SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio
ManufacturerAnalog Devices, Inc.Hardware typeSound, video and game controllersHardware classMEDIAHardware IDVEN_10DE&DEV_0059&SUBSYS_2052161F&REV_A2Vendor ID10DE
Match probability100 %

NVIDIA(R) nForce(TM) Audio Codec Interface
ManufacturerNVIDIA CorporationHardware typeSound, video and game controllersHardware classMEDIAHardware IDVEN_10DE&DEV_0059&SUBSYS_2052161F&REV_A2Vendor ID10DE
Match probability100 %

I can't seem to find a link from DriverMax to direct me to drivers it's found for unidentified hardware...I tried their search engine, but it said driver download not available for "SoundMAX Integrated Digital Audio"

I have tried installing win7 build 7100, 7264, and 7600 and still couldn't get my sound card to work. I... Read more

A:Looking to buy a new external/usb sound card

Here's one from Creative i'd recommend...

X-Fi Notebook Creative ExpressCard Sound Blaster X-Fi Notebook SB0950 70SB095000004 Upgrade your notebook to Xtreme Fidelity and make your music, movies, and games sound their best.

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I have a user who all the sudden is getting no sound at all from their machine and I have checked all settings such as volume, mute, sound card options. But none of this seems wrong so I was going to reinstall the sound card but am not sure which files I need. It is a Dell machine 8303-NUC, running Win2000.

Thanks ahead of time,

A:Sound Card Drivers Needed - Integrated

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Hi there, I'm new to this forum. Basically I had my OS changed from XP to Server 2003 and now the sound is not working. I have been informed that my sound card may need a driver, but I dont know how to find out which one I have. I have tried various links etc but nothing has been successful. I have apackard bell computer, I cannot seem to find a model number. Is there a universal driver I can use as I badly wanna watch my downloads! Please help me geniuses!

A:Universal Sound Card Driver Needed?

Wlcome to BC unknown2k6, You can use the link below to insatll a utility that will give you he exact info of what is in your PC. Then you'll have the proper card and some one can find you the driver..EVEREST Home Edition - a freeware system information, system diagnostics and benchmarking solution for home PC users. Similar to Belarc, but much more comprehensive. -

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Thundering PCI Sound Card

Anyone know where i can find the latest drivers for this sound card? because im having trouble with the old ones, and i cant seem to find the lastest drivers for this sound card, can anoyone help me ?

A:Thundering PCI sound card: Drivers needed

Check this out I'm not sure if it is the right one or not, but it is drivers for the Thundering Digital 5.1 Sound Card. I hope this is what you needed

Oh yeah and by the way

:wave: :wave: Welcome to 3D Spotlight Forums :wave: :wave:
Hope to see you stick around.

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Hello! I'd just ordered most of the parts i need for building my own tower, and the ones i need left are the DVD writer and Sound Card.

Anyone know what's a good/best recommending DVD Writer or a Sound Card for high end gaming? Money is no issue, thanks!

A:Suggestion needed for DVD Writer and Sound Card?

For a top gaming soundcard (if you don't mind the price) you could opt for a Creative Labs SB X-FI Titanium Fatal1ty Pro PCIe


If you have a 7.1 or 5.1 AV setup in the same room as your computer - i would definately connect your new computer via the digital output on the motherboard (assuming you have one) and dispense with the use of a sound card because you will get far better sound from a proper AV hi-fi than any computer speakers.

With regards to DVD writers - if you think you need the facility to burn Blu-ray discs then go for something like this LG Blu-ray rewriter


Personally i consider a Blu-ray burner to be a luxury and will be sticking with my Pioneer DVD-RW drive until the price of BR burners comes down.

If you intend to get into serious gaming - then i sudgest you have a spare dvd drive in your computer as a back-up incase your dvd writer faults. (cd/dvd drives have a habit of failing when the shops aren't open)

Hope this helps

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I have a Sabrent external sound card that I bought over a year ago. When I used it last year, it worked fine. Then after a year of not using it, I decided it to use it. But it didn't work. I have tried it on 3 different PC's and it doesn't work.

The PC recognizes the device. I chose Generic USB Audio Device. I put the volume to maximum. I contacted Sabrent Customer Support but they couldn't help me. Any ideas?

A:How do I fix my Sabrent external sound card?

Is there any way for you to tell me the exact model of the sound card? It's most likely that Windows cannot find the proper driver and therefore it ceases to function.

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which external USB sound card would work on a lap top to by pass the internal sound card and allow me to record audio using Adobe Audition 1.5 and by pass the build in internal microphone on the lap top?

A:external sound card for a laptop

Any and all USB sound cards will do that. In fact you don't need an external sound card at all to bypass the built in microphone, every laptop I've seen has a microphone jack for connecting an external mic. Aside from that it just depends on what other specs or features you are looking to get and how much you are willing to spend. A cheap sound card will be no better then the integrated sound card your laptop has, possibly even worse. Creative Labs has some good external sounds as do a few other manufacturers.

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Okay so I recently got the Ear Force AK-R8 Headset which comes with a USB external sound card (or audio advantage SRM). During the installation on the CD, it asks you to plug in the SRM to the computer. When I do it appears that windows (XP Home Edition SP2) installs its own drivers (USB Audio Device) before the CD can and thus prevents the correct drivers from ever getting on the computer, because then after a pause... it jst repeatedly asks again and again for the SRM to be plugged in again. I've run through what appear to be all releveant articles in their support forum and cant find anything. I've tried installing in safe mode and turning off plug and play... it also appears the drivers cannot be directly installed without that connection taking place.... could anyone tell me how to prevent windows from doing this or a way around my problem?

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Guys, I am looking at buying an external sound card for my laptop, my purpose is to use Virtual DJ (to use the two output feature-i.e. speakers & headphones) the card need not be a very good quality one as the music is only usually for my home parties.. I tried buying something on ebay and came acrosss a brand name Zalman, will this be ok to buy. and also does connecting an external sound card mean that I am safe from any damage to the motherboard? (i.e.due to heavy use etc...)

please advice

thanks in advance

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I'm making a simple home studio and ordered some M-audio speakers. Now I need an external sound card for my Dell Inspiron N5110. I've read M-audio sound cards won't work and haven't found any suggestions. Does anyone know which will work? Budget is under $200. Simple is good...fat (don't know size) speaker jacks prefeed and MIDI input is probably enough but any suggestions appreciated greatly. Please share your knowledge. I'm regreting my computer but really don't want to have to buy another one. Thanks !!!

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A:Know of external Sound Card for Dell?

...fat speaker jacks *prefered...


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I was thinking of trying one to see if the sound garbling problem I experience would be alleviated with an external sound card.

A:Does anyone have advice for using an external sound card?

Depends on what the "sound garbling" problem actually is.

Can you elaborate a little more on what "sound garbling" problem you have?

One comment, what sound driver are you using? As you have a Toshiba, the Toshiba provided sound driver should be used. Non vendor sound drivers, in many cases, can either not work or not work correctly.

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Wondering if someone can help me. I have a miditech audiolink pro sound card that according to the documentation is Vista compatable because it uses Windows own internal drivers (unless you choose to use a low latency asio driver).

Vista has recognised the unit and added it to the device manager under control panel. I have linked up a guitar through an amp into the input. The green signal light is flashing on the miditech unit is flashin when I play the guitar showing that it is getting a signal. The gain knobs are turned up so there should be a signal going out.

I use Samplitude. The unit shows up in the samplitude audio menu. However, it doesn't pick up any sound. I have tried several other audio packages with the same result.

I have disabled the onboard soundcard in case that was causing a device conflict.

When I go into the control panel, under "device manager" the miditech card is showing as installed and working. Under drivers it is showing the following drivers installed: drmk.sys, portcls.sys, USBAudio.sys, SYSfxui.dll, WMALFXGDSP.dll.

However, when I go into the windows sound icon (the speaker) under both recording and playback it tells me no audio devices are installed. (remember I disabled the onboard sound to prevent device conflicts so that doesn't show up either).

This is a very perplexing problem. Could someone help me please.

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Hi everyone!

I'm using an external Creative X-Fi SoundBlaster soundcard and after the 2nd day using it, it started playing the sound from my laptop abt 0.2secs late.

Anyone knows what I could do to fix this?


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Really? No one?

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I have a Acer with Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and my headphone jack is broken. When i want to listen to music or any audio on the web the sound plays through my laptop speakers. I have the vms2 audio midi device configured as my default player. All other audio including traktor plays audio through my midi sound card but not on the web. I was using Google chrome and it never worked, so I downloaded firefox and it worked for 1 day now it doesn't. I have not changed any settings. Do I set something with my browser or my computer?

A:No audio through external sound card on web only

Vlc media player added itself as a defult web played for firefox and messed it up. just got rid of that program and it worked

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A few months ago a I bought my Asus G73J.

I got a $500.00 speaker sytem (http://www.memoryexpress.com/Products/PID-MX3858%28ME%29.aspx) before I got my laptop, so I loved the sound. I got my lapop, and got a Zalman external sound card. The sound is TERRIBLE. I payed dirt for it, so what can I expect?

So I was wondering what a good External USB sound card would be good for me? I've been looking at creative:



Or from experience, what else can you recommend? I'm more a bass guy, but even with out bass this sound card really distorts my speakers. Price is not really an issue.

Thanks !


A:A good external Sound Card?

Creatives Sound Blaster X-fi HD looks great. Only just released. I would be interested about what you think of it if you decide to buy one.


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Anyone know of an external sound card, usb or hdmi, that supports surround sound and has a built in amplifier. I have passive speakers. I've been looking all over google but can't seem to find one that I can afford. I'm looking for something cheap, very cheap, like less than 100. I looked into the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi but it doesn't have a built in amp, so I'd get barely any volume. Any help is appreciated

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with all due respect, how loud do you need the volume? A X-FI with a (for example), Logitech Z506 500w speaker setup will rattle your windows at 50% volume, and annoy the hell out of others around you

I've been using Creative cards since the mid 90's and the closest thing they ever had was the I/O console which simplified connection to external devices, but these days most soundcards, and even motherboards have optical out connectors.

What about picking up a receiver off ebay or second hand? Is that an option? Pioneer have some cheap receivers. Or some more obsure brands are often cheaper.

But, if you want loud sound, and you want that sound to be quality - not just disortion, trying to do that for under $100 might be a tad optimistic.

I'd be interested to know if you find anything other than an external receiver, that does a good job.

Good luck with the hunt.

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Hi Guys,
I am thinking of purchasing the M-Audio Audiophile 2496 internal sound card for my desktop.
The desktop already has an onboard soundcard with a line in on the back. I'm wondering if the M-Audio card will make any great improvement?
I'm currently recording my vinyl onto the PC then converting it to mp3. So I'm not really using any higher quality than 16bit which is the CD standard.
What I want to know is, is it worth me bothering with the upgrade?
The programs I use are Cool Edit Pro and Magix Cleaning Lab 12.
The PC is a Compaq Presario 1619. The motherboard is an MSI MS-7184 with a Realtek ALC658C 6-channel CODEC chipset.
I also have been trying out an external sound card which I own. It's an Edirol UA-1EX ASIO USB Audio Interface.
I find it very hard to notice any difference in the sounds. Which would be the best card for me to use for quality?
Many thanks.

A:Solved: Internal Sound Card Advise Needed

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I have a HP Pavillion dv6 1250eo notebook. I am wondering about my sound card. I know that it is a IDT sound card. Is this type of sound cards good (compared to other laptops with internal sound cards) and would I notice a big differnce if I bout a reative SoundBlaster X-Fi Surround 5.1 Pro? This is my speakers:

A:IDT sound card vs external sound card

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I have a problem with my external sound card. It's hard to explain. It works to some point, then if I will open too many sounds or it works for some time, it just stop responding and i have to restart it manually (turn off then on again). Sometimes even doing so wont give a remedy, and I have to restart whole system (the first option is much more common though)
By not responding, I mean it doesn't give a sound (control lights are okay, everything looks good except it doesnt give me any sound).
Its weird since i havent that problem on previous versions of Windows, like Windows 7. I think the problem is with drivers.
Anyone knows how to resolve that problem?
I would be pleased with any advices.

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I recently purchased the creativeX-Fi HD USB external sound card. Since installing, I have had multiple BSOD's. I don't get a crash immediately but eventually,(especially if the computer has set idle for any length of time) it crashes. I have consulted multiple forums, removed and replaced drivers w/ driver sweeper, have disconnected all USB devices except the sound card (an attempt to resolve IRQ device conflict/sharing). I have disabled all other on-board sound. All drivers for my entire system are up-to-date. This computer ran flawlessly before attempting to use the sound card. The card sounds quite good and would love to get this card to run, properly. Any help will be greatly appreciated ! I have the mini-dump files but not sure if the file extension is useable here. I have a jpeg image of the windows recovery report. If someone could help me to convert or upload the mini-dump files I will include those too (all 11).

A:Creative X-Fi external sound card woes

Still waiting for a response...............

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