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Sound not working probably b/c I'm an idiot...


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Chainsaw23

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So I deleted and reinstalled WinXP on my old man's computer, blah blah blah... successfully updated everyting, installed everything except the linksys wireless card driver. Went to the manufacturer website, and needed the model number and version of the card. Opened up the Dell tower (b/c they make it so easy to split them in half & all) and couldn't read the information on the face of the card. Well impatience got the best of me and I tried to remove it... :whistling:


POOF! The power went out after I removed it as I tried to slip it back in. Restarted and hadn't noticed immediately that the sound wasn't working until just a little while ago.


So I thought it was that I had to reinstall the drivers... but I checked and rechecked the Device Mgr and it says they're all there, but I persisted to the Dell website and found this products slew of sound card drivers. Then I realized that the sound worked fine upon reinstalling Windows from scratch (even got the new age music that kicks in when you're setting up Windows for use).


So it just dawned on me that this could be the problem. Any advice out there? Did I "blow" out the sound card or something?
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wannabe1

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Hi Chainsaw23...

Now you know why one should never, ever, work on a machine while it's running.

Try a different slot. If the card won't install, try a different card. If neither of these options work, it's likely that the motherboard has been damaged.

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Hey Mr. 1,

Thanks for the reply. The card looks like it's not removable. It's not in one of the slots where you can just take it out.


All the other cards that are removable are the two network cards, an old modem interface thingy, monitor, and that's it.


The input/output to the card are connected to the same piece as the mouse and keyboard, and it runs vertically with the tower.


Everything else seems ok. Is this problem fixable with a new soundcard?
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ps - At the time, I thought this would be a software/os problem, is there any way a moderator/staff member can move this to the hardwarez forum?
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Sounds like you have onboard sound. Does everything plugged into your PCI slots work? If so a new sound card will probably work if you have an open slot to put it into. If not you can take out the modem if you are not using it for a dial up connection.
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CMW,

There are two slots available, and yes, I could just remove the modem card.


Thanks
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