Questions on purchasing OEM sound card

By OnePanda
Jun 5, 2005
  1. Hey all....well I recently had a problem with using my headset and speakers simultaneously (posted problem here ) and was curious if it would be best to just buy a new sound card.

    I found the Creative AUDIGY2 ZS PCI sound card in the PriceWatch here on techspot for $59 but the company selling it for that price states that it's an OEM and does not include any software. From the ICT Company site - "Creative Labs Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Internal Sound Card (Software not included) - New Bulk
    Contents: Sound card"

    Does this mean that the drivers are not included and if so then is there somewhere I could download the software/drivers for free? Or is it worth it to pay the extra $$ and get a non OEM with all the software included.

    Also, if I got this new soundcard would I be able to use my headset and speakers simultaneously? Or would I have the same problem I do now?

    Thanks for the help.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,876   +332

    The OEM version from Newegg appears to include a driver and utility cd. Unless your speakers are digital, with the OEM version you won't be able to use the analog output for both speakers and headphones (unless you use a splitter).

    You would have to get the platinum or pro versions with the internal or external box to use both speakers and headphones, I think.
  3. OnePanda

    OnePanda TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 19

    Right now for my sound card im on an intel integrated (onboard) ac97....would I be able to put the audigy into a pci slot then use that for my speakers and my onboard soundcard for headphones?
  4. MrGaribaldi

    MrGaribaldi TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 2,512

    It will be possible, but can cause a lot of headaches!
    You'll have to change what sound card to use every time you want to switch from one to the other, and it's not 100% sure that the drivers will work with another soundcard installed...

    I'd rather suggest using a quality splitter and turn off your speakers when you use your headphones...
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