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Alternative to installing motherboard


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Apparantly the Dell support team says my integrated sound card has gone bad and need a new motherboard. I have a Dell dimension 2350 (for the kids) but the speakers won't work (lot of good that does for kids:). I have done numerous steps including reinstalling windows, all the drivers. Dell has said it would appear that the sound card must be bad. Speakers work fine on other computer.

I'm wondering since I would have NO idea how to install a motherboard, if there might be any other alternative ideas? Or ideas on cost? Can I get a generic one, etc? The Dell product number for the motherboard is 7W080?

Thanks so much for any suggestions :)
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A alternative to installing a new motherboard is to get into the bios and disable the on-board sound, then install a PCI sound card and drivers. I have done this many times with computers with lightning damaged on-board sound hardware.
A good cheap sound card can be found here.

http://www.directron.com/sbtsp6c.html

Something a bit better is here.

http://www.directron.com/sb0570vp.html

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Thanks so much. NOw can you tell me how to go about that? :)
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Usually on Dell machines continuously hitting the "F2" key right after the first boot screen will get you into the bios. On some Dells you will be hitting the "Delete" key continuously to get there. If and when you get into the BIOS you will use the arrow keys to move around to the different areas in the bios. To open a area up you will highlight a line by moving to it with the arrow keys(usually the up or down key) and then hit the ENTER key.A new window will open up where you can use the left or right arrow key to change the settings. Some windows will have a list where you can use the arrow keys to move a DOT into the proper line in the list. Once you make a change you will hit the excape key to get out of that window. You can then keep hitting the Esc (excape) key to get completely out of the bios, saving the settings when you are prompted to.

Read this on working in the bios.

http://computer.hows...s.com/bios3.htm

Look at this one too for information.

http://www.cyberwalker.com/article/28

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ok, will give a try. Thanks!!
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Ok, I have disabled the integrated audio in the BIOS. I installed a new PCI sound card, but speakers still don't work. I installed drivers. I didn't find anything in the BIOS that related to Plug and Play devices? could this be the problem?

Edited by realapp, 29 October 2007 - 02:26 PM.

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got it to work. It apparantly is the speakers afterall. Thanks
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