Virgin post on this board - Realtek audio issue

By IFish4Tuna
Oct 11, 2007
  1. Hi - I think the audio hw on my mother board is shot. It's an emachine 3418 running win/xp.

    Up until a few days ago it was working fine (had sound). Now nothing. The diagnostic properties for the device say it's working fine. But it's not. Desk speakers don't work, nor headphones. Also the front jack doesn't produce either.

    Wondering, can I just put a PCI audio card in, and override the sound card on the motherboard?

    Alternative debugging techniques welcome. Thanks in advance guys & gals.

  2. sghiznaneck

    sghiznaneck TS Maniac Posts: 403

    Yes, you can install a PCI audio card. Just remember to disable onboard sound in the bios after you install the new sound card.
  3. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595


    First just check all the obvious things like

    - master volume controls in Control panel and elsewhere.

    - look in the Device Manager and see if there is any yellow mark against the audio devices.

    - reinstall the sound drivers either from a CD you may have or download them from HERE

    - if all else fails, you can go the PCI route.
  4. IFish4Tuna

    IFish4Tuna TS Rookie Topic Starter


    Well - re-installing the existing driver worked. Probably the result of an automatic windows update. BONUS!!!

    Thanks for the suggestions!

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