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Do I have hardware-failure?


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This may be a case of the soundchip starting to fail.
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Oh really? You think that could be the case?
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It would make sense since you have tried different drivers and the results are all the same. Everything else is working okk right?
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Yes everything else is working fine.

I have tried a lot of other SoundMax drivers, they usually install nearly all the way until the installation stops and says something like "driver couldn't be found"...

So far trying to update the nVidia audio driver has been in vain. I'll try and keep looking...

Sometimes the audio works just fine.
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It sounds like the you may have to buy a add on audio card and just disable onboard to get it to work correctly.
Short of contacting Compaq\HP and maybe they can supply a drivers disk for that model (Highly unlikely give the age of the system) I think this is going to be the only way to completely finish this system completely.

Edited by rshaffer61, 10 February 2010 - 12:04 PM.

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I guess I do have an add-in card, since there is a PCI-card plugged in containing the sockets for the speakers and so. Also in Everest the multimedia is divided into a "Windows sound" and a "PCI / PnP Audio" where the nVidia is stated as a PCI.

Maybe I ought to replace that then?
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With the cost of the cards now days you could probably get a much better sounding card for very little money.
Do you have any preference to manufacturer?
What kind of layout would you like 3.1, 3.1, 5.1, 7.1
What would your budget be for a replacement?
I can try to find some suggestions for you.
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Yeah I've already looked a bit around and prices aren't that staggering. Again, since I imagine buildig a new system before all too long I wouldn't wanna spend too much.

I really don't have any preferences as to which make it is. I figure that it should be at least 16-bit, but I don't know much about the layout?
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How many speakers do you have?
Standard 2 with a power connection?
3 with a sub
5 2 front, 2 back and a sub

It will make a difference which card you purchase.
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Just a standard setup with 2 speakers... I do use some headphones every now and then.
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How about something like this HERE
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Little more and a Sound Blaster HERE
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I was starting to think it wouldn't be necessary with another card since it had been working for days with no problems, then suddently it's that shrilling sound again. Even at times when the computer have been started a couple of times with no problems it is suddently acting up again.

Thanks for your suggestions for cards, I will try and look for something like that. I've heard many good things about SoundBlaster, but maybe I'll rather go with a less expensive brand since it's an old system.
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:) :) :)
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Is Linux really this fast? Or is it because I'm using the Live-CD's?

It's been quite interesting trying out some of the many Linux flavours out there - Great with all the alternatives, but it makes deciding which one to install that much harder... :)
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