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Realtek ac97 audio - poor quality sound

By zomas
Oct 8, 2006
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  1. Hi,

    I have a Toshiba satelite A30 with a Realtek ac97 audio device.
    The audio has been working fine for a few years now, but has recently been producing poor quality sound, like it is saturated.
    I have been playing with sound volume, have reinstalled the latest drivers as well as the latest version of directX, but still experience the same problem.
    I have also checked if there was a hardware conflict, but nothing shows...

    can it be that the hardware is damaged, and i need to buy an external sound card or can this be solved otherwise?

    thanks for anyone's help.

    thomas
  2. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    impossible to buy an external sound card for a laptop. Did you recently update any software or drivers?
  3. F1N3ST

    F1N3ST TS Rookie Posts: 1,088

  4. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    It is possible you onboard sound chip is on it`s way out.

    You could always purchase an external usb sound card. See HERE for some examples. Also take a look HERE at the Creative website for info on notebook soundcards etc.

    Regards Howard :)
  5. zomas

    zomas TS Rookie Topic Starter

    dammit! usb soundcard it might have to be then...
    thanks
  6. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    Creative does have a PCMCIA sound card, see HERE.

    I`m pretty sure there will be others as well.

    Regards Howard :)
  7. zomas

    zomas TS Rookie Topic Starter

    looks neat, but already have my wifi adapter in there :)
  8. howard_hopkinso

    howard_hopkinso TS Rookie Posts: 25,948   +19

    In that case, a usb external sound card is the way to go.

    Regards Howard :)
  9. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 10,074   +13

    I stand corrected. I never heard of external sound cards.
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