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Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS problems


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System:
Operating System: Windows XP Professional
Processor: Intel® Pentium® 4 CPU 3.20GHz (2 CPUs), ~3.2GHz
Memory: 2048MB RAM (Dual 4x Modules)DDR2
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c
Card name: ATI RX600XT PCI-Ex & 128MB
Sound Devices:Creative Sound Blaster Audigy2 ZS (PCI)
Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives: 2x SATA HDD 200GB each

System working fine.
Upgrade Graphics card to NVIDIA GeForce 7800 GTX.
Format system and change filing system to NTFS.
Install winxp Pro (Same as before). Install drivers.
Sound card works - and then dies.
Windows cannot see a sound device.
Format system again. Still no joy. Sound card not detected by windows. Remove card to inspect. I did not find anything odd. No "caps" have popped and no buring smell.
Change to diffrent PCI slot - still windows does not pick up the sound card. Remove card and replace with Aopen PCI Cobra AW-850 Deluxe. Card works perfectly. Continue to installing all apps and drives. All is working fine. Put Creative sound card back in system - windows does not pick up any sound device.

Can anyone please offer me some advice to what my next step should be before I assume the worst and discard this EXPENSIVE sound card? Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you
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I suspect the card died. Can you put it in another system and try it?
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Have you tried putting the sound card in a different PCI slot?
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Thanks for the reply guys.
I have placed it into another system and swapped the PCI slots and still no joy. It seems as if itís toast. Thanks anyway.
By the way ever since this has happened my system as described in my first message has become highly unstable. I have multiple OS and both are crashing more often even in start-up. I am sceptical to format my system again at this moment but could this all mean that I have some hardware problem or damage. I put in a second power supply purely for the Geforce 7800 GTX. Still my system remains unstable. There is more than 60Gig of HDD space on all the HDD with OSís. Any advice would be much appreciated.
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Have you replaced your power supply? That could be part of the problem, maybe even THE problem.
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