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Onboard sound blown and no slots for a card

By waxdart
Sep 15, 2009
  1. Hi. During a recent thunder storm my sound just stopped working. The PC is protected by a surge protector and nothing seemed fried, in fact all else works. I trouble shot the sound setup and found the speakers i have still work with an IPOD plugged directly in to the woofer but the onboard sound (the green jack i plug my speaker cable into) will not output any sound. I plugged some working earphones directly in to the green jack to no avail. Is there a way of either testing further or repairing the onboard sound?

    The reason I ask is that only the small PCI-Express slot is vacant and that is blocked by the video card. The only other option is to free up a larger PCI slot currently housing an IDE conversion card used to carry info from my C:\ HDD, and my DVD drives. Which then means caving in and buying new SATA DVD drives and also a SATA HDD and re-installing windows. There must be an easier way…

    specs:
    Windows: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3
    Memory (RAM): 3072 MB
    CPU Info: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz
    CPU Speed: 1858.4 MHz
    Sound card: Realtek HD Audio output
    Display Adapters: NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT | NetMeeting driver | RDPDD Chained DD
    Network Adapters: Linksys Wireless-N PCI Adapter WMP300N
    CD / DVD Drives: F: SONY DVD-ROM DDU1612 | G: HL-DT-STDVDRAM
    BIOS Info: AT/AT COMPATIBLE | 11/27/06 | A M I - 11000627
    Motherboard: ConRoe945G-DVI



    Many thanks, WD
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

  3. waxdart

    waxdart TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks Tmagic. I like the cheap solution in the short term. However one of the reviews of http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-020-_-Product says it doens't work with Itunes which would be a problem and, as it's software driven, and uses up memory slowing down gaming. It's definitely a workaround but can I fix the onboard sound or test it further?
    thanks, WD
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    I have used this on several XP machines with iTunes installed, and I have had no problems. It is possible that the on-board audio driver is corrupt. You could try reinstalling it
     
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