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    Re: Sound problems

    mmmhhhh.....metsuki anda might be right u might've fried the motherboard....don't worry happens to the best of us....
    If they really had a desire to live, they would've been more aware of how easy it is to die.

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    Re: Sound problems

    Quote Originally Posted by fuujin
    well, how do you KNOW that they were fried. Do you see black flame marks? Chances are that you are not dectecting your soundcard.
    Stob peing rude. the board dosen't have to have burn marks on it for it to be fried it could be the nodes or something else on the mother board not working right so cool your jets.

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    Re: Sound problems

    That wasn't ment to be rude, btw this is Ryuji so hopefully you know I am not just some raging flameboy. But lets run down what could be the problems. If you want more specific help, let us know what kind of motherboard are we working with, are we doing AMD or Intel, XP or XP64, that kind of stuff matters.

    If your soundcard is a PCI device it could be either a hardware problem or drivers/registery error. Some basic tests can be done to see if it is your motherboard/northbridge error. You can have a problem with your PCI slot, the pcb board between the pci slot and northbridge, or a problem with the northbridge. Step one is to figure out if your sound card actually works. Is it new, does it work in another computer? Once you have a working soundcard plug it into your PCI slot and make sure windows reconizes it and has installed the drivers for this. If you want to see if you computer reconizes it then check in Hardware profiles and see if you can see your soundcard there. If you don't, try a different PCI slot and make sure you do install hardware on it. If you don't, you can't expect it to work. If it still doesn't work see if you have other PCI cards working. Do you have anything else that is running in your PCI slots? Wireless networking, maybe a video card. If you don't have anything running at the moment, try to find something that you can test and see if it runs in that slot. But of course install the hardware and drivers. If nothing works in your PCI slots then you have a general PCI problem. If something else does work then your PCI is working, at least in that slot.

    If nothing is working, did you misshandle the motherboard at all, did you slip when installing a card and scrached the motherboard. That will cause errors as well. Also, did you notice a shock at anytime when working with your motherboard. Most importnatly did you work with your motherboard while it was on? I sure hope not.

    If there arn't damage physically done to the motherboard pcb then the next step is the Northbridge. If you are able to use that computer, all that info is going though your northbridge. Alot of motherboards Route the AGP with the PCI. So if you are using a AGP or PCI graphics card and that works, I would think at that time that it isn't your Northbridge.

    Another possiblity is that if you have multiple sound devices, you have to select what one you want to use. So in windows there is a sound and audio device properties. In a tab there is audio and there you can change what device is your main device and the audio device all your programs use. If you see your soundcard listed in that dropdown menu, then your sound card is installed. Select it and open up music player (if you have one open, then you have to close and reopen) and see if you get sound.

    If none of these things work, then you probably messed up your motherboard. With static electricity you could have fried just a few transitors or a whole chip.

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