Realtek AC97 onboard audio vs. Soundblaster Live! PCI card...

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  1. PC Principle

    PC Principle New Member

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    Will the quality go up on my sound if I install the SoundBlaster Live! card? It is pretty old.
     
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    keleko yes, he is

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    i can give you a definite MAYBE
     
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    depends on the specs of the on-board audio
    Over all I think it would be better. If you're a gamer you might even get some more options for the sound settings.

    If the SBLive card is not a 5.1 card, then you might not notice anything as far as quality.

    The AC'97 on-board I had on one mobo was completely fucked so I got a SBLive 5.1 OEM card and fixed a lot of my problems.
    Even with the mobo I have now I'd still rather use a real sound card rather than the on-board.
     
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    OK I may put it in I guess. Thanks for the info. My system was originally a 5.1 surround sound system but right now I just have the left, right, and sub hooked up. I have this thing just laying around so I guess it wouldent hurt, amirite? :cool:
     
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    it's a creative product, so shitty drivers are a definite possibility.
     
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    I prefer a good Intel Server NIC... However, for generic stuff, I think the Realtek cards are quite good.
     
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    You're not likely to notice a difference. The new card will add ovehead to the system. The card is better off in an esd bag. If you don't have an esd bag, put it in your existing computer and then disable it in Device Manager.
     
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    An offboard sound card will experience less electronic noise on its analog inputs and outputs. Your SB Live card may be old, but unless it's older than 1996, it will be newer than the AC'97 standard that your onboard sound is designed to meet.
     
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    Well I plugged in the PCI Soundblaster Live! and the computer wouldent post 80% of the time and the HDD light was constantly on solid. The other 20% of the time it would reset my BIOS. I guess either the card is bad or my power supply is overloaded. :dunno:

    The card itself has an IDE cable going from it to another part that has some more inputs on it that I took off because of lack of space. I wonder if that was the problem but I dont want to run the risk of screwing up my system again trying it.
     
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    IDE cable from sound card to something else? That's not right.
     
  11. deusexaethera

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    IRQ conflict, most likely. See if you can force the slot with the sound card in it to use a specific IRQ in the BIOS.
     
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    An IRQ conflict wouldn't cause what he's describing. If the machine posts fine without with the card and dosen't when it's in, i'd suspect the card itself is toast.

    And wtf IDE cable on a sound card...are you sure it was IDE?
     
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    SB Live/Audigy Platinums (with the "Live Drive") do use an IDE cable to connect the front panel to the PCI card.
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    I may be thinking too far back in time, but I know for a fact that IRQ conflicts between the drive controller and other devices would cause the computer to lock up when the drivers for those other devices are loaded during bootup.
     
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    oh rly?

    damn I never knew that
     
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    I know the machine would lock up, but it was my understanding that it would only occur when the hardware was actually used...like when a sound is played in windows and then a conflict occurs.

    But perhaps it is possible both ways. I just don't think an IRQ conflict would cause a machine not to POST.
     

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