Onboard sound issues

By bretty
May 28, 2002
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  1. I have another pooter in my brothers room that used to use the SB 16 ISA card. After I have formatted the entire computer...I cant get it to work?
    I decided that that card has just died in the ***, So I activated the onboard AC-97 audio.

    It all seemed to work, although when a sound goes to the speakers, It is very quiet and distorted. nnononono I have tried another set of speakers, and it is the same. Just to hear the sound I have to have the speaker volume to full. If the sound is getting to the speakers then the drivers are doing their job right? so what else cound cause this problem? We cannot LAN untill this machine has sound......please help......

    Thanks in advance...
  2. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763

    Get the latest AC 97 and mobo drivers.
  3. Didou

    Didou Bowtie extraordinair! Posts: 5,899

    We can't diagnose much without knowing mich mainboard you use or which OS, etc...

    If it's a VIA based board get the latest 4 in 1 here -> http://www.viaarena.com/?PageID=2

    You might also want to get the latest BIOS from the card maker.
  4. bretty

    bretty Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 138

    I have the latest ac97 drivers, and the mobo drivers.

    It is a Soltek contructed board using VIA KT133 chipset. I have the latest drivers for everything (thanks to DSL!) I doubt it is a driver thing though, as the sound is actually getting to the speakers.
    Would it be a hardware fault? I mean I have never used the onboard sound chip in the mobo before....so it could be anything, it is not like it has worked before.
    Speaking of working before......what would be the reason why the old ISA SB 16 has packed up?
  5. vegasgmc

    vegasgmc TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,763

    I had a similar problem once in 98. The sounds was distorted. I removed the mobo drivers and then reinstalled them and it cleared up.
  6. bretty

    bretty Newcomer, in training Topic Starter Posts: 138

    just thought I would do the right thing and finish this thread.

    I have unistalled the onboard sound, as I picked up a free SB vibra 128 from work.
    I have installed that and got the latest drivers, and everything works great. Thanks to all that posted, i did read all the posts.
    Your replies are appreciated....and I will be back.
  7. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,536   +92

    Thanks for "doing the right thing" as you put it.
    It is appreciated as much as you appreciate the response.
    ;)
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