Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: Sound card issues

  1. #1
    Now 100% Apple free cheesemp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near the New forest
    Posts
    2,236
    Thanks
    154
    Thanked
    146 times in 102 posts
    • cheesemp's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 3570k @ 4.2
      • Memory:
      • 16gb Crucial Ballastix Elite DDR3 @1866
      • Storage:
      • 64Gb M4 + 240Gb arc100 + 2x500Gb HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • RX 480 8Gb Nitro+ OC
      • PSU:
      • Antec 650W Semi modular
      • Case:
      • NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 32" QHD AOC Q3279VWF
      • Internet:
      • FTTC ~30Mb

    Sound card issues

    I've got a Gigabyte GA-P43-ES3G motherboard (P43 chipset in case you couldn't guess ) which I've had for about 8 or 9 months.

    Recently the sound has started breaking up periodically. It works fine for a while and then just breaks up. I've tried both speakers and head phones and both experience the problem (And i've used the head phones on my ipod with no issues).

    Any idea what the problem might be? I'd rather not be sending the motherboard back to scan just to sort out this minor issue. If it is dying can anyone suggest if I should go for a PCI-X or PCI sound card (Is there any real difference for someone with 10 year old dell speakers!)? Any real benefit in sending out out decent creative card or should I just go with a cheapy generic? I do have a 4 year old soundblaster live I could use but I'm not sure it will be Win7 compatible (Installing in a day or so)?

    Thanks!

    Edit: I only need sound for gaming and the odd movie - The dell speakers are 2.1's and sound nice and beefy!
    Last edited by cheesemp; 08-09-2009 at 09:59 PM.
    Trust

    Laptop : Lenovo G505s A8-5550m 8Gb 240Gb SSD Radeon HD 8550G + Radeon HD 8570M dual graphics

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    625
    Thanks
    39
    Thanked
    80 times in 59 posts
    • Uriel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • Athlon X2 5200+ 45nm 2.3GHz @ Phenom FX-5200 3.3GHz
      • Memory:
      • 8GB (4x2GB) Geil RAM
      • Storage:
      • 480GB Sandisk SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Galax GTX970 4GB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Antec SLK3000B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407wfp A04

    Re: Sound card issues

    With an X-Fi you'll get some additional gaming effects that you wouldn't have with onboard. You'll get some of them with a Xonar.

    If you don't want to spend much, and don't mind the odd game that sounds the same as onboard, I'd recommend an Xonar DS. If you want the full effects, maybe step up to an X-Fi Titanium or Xtreme Gamer.

  3. #3
    Now 100% Apple free cheesemp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near the New forest
    Posts
    2,236
    Thanks
    154
    Thanked
    146 times in 102 posts
    • cheesemp's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 3570k @ 4.2
      • Memory:
      • 16gb Crucial Ballastix Elite DDR3 @1866
      • Storage:
      • 64Gb M4 + 240Gb arc100 + 2x500Gb HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • RX 480 8Gb Nitro+ OC
      • PSU:
      • Antec 650W Semi modular
      • Case:
      • NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 32" QHD AOC Q3279VWF
      • Internet:
      • FTTC ~30Mb

    Re: Sound card issues

    Thanks for the suggestion but they cost almost as much as my motherboard - wouldn't really want to spend much more than £20 (scan have a PCI audigy for £22) Not to fussed about EAX etc - I mainly play strategy games so advanced effects not really a big issue.
    Trust

    Laptop : Lenovo G505s A8-5550m 8Gb 240Gb SSD Radeon HD 8550G + Radeon HD 8570M dual graphics

  4. #4
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    625
    Thanks
    39
    Thanked
    80 times in 59 posts
    • Uriel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • Athlon X2 5200+ 45nm 2.3GHz @ Phenom FX-5200 3.3GHz
      • Memory:
      • 8GB (4x2GB) Geil RAM
      • Storage:
      • 480GB Sandisk SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Galax GTX970 4GB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Antec SLK3000B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407wfp A04

    Re: Sound card issues

    If you're using Vista or W7, just make sure you get a card that comes with Alchemy if you're thinking of going with Creative. You'll need it for Directsound3D support for a number of games.

    The Audigy SE at scan should do the job. You might need to get Alchemy as a download but it's free. Bonus is you'll get up to EAX 3 support in games that have it (which does include several stragegy games).
    Last edited by Uriel; 08-09-2009 at 11:17 PM.

  5. Received thanks from:

    cheesemp (09-09-2009)

  6. #5
    Fried Chip Extremist alsenior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Stafford
    Posts
    2,948
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked
    191 times in 145 posts
    • alsenior's system
      • Motherboard:
      • DFI Lanparty Jr x58-T3H6
      • CPU:
      • Core i7 920
      • Memory:
      • 6 x 2GB ocz Gold
      • Storage:
      • 1 TB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 1gb 4890 vapor-x xfire
      • PSU:
      • xfx 850W
      • Case:
      • Lian-li Pc7
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 X64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2208WFP
      • Internet:
      • 30mb Virgin media

    Re: Sound card issues

    try moving the card to a differnet pci slot first. creative cards can be picky about slots
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
    Beginners guide to raid Beginners guide to raid post edition Hexus.Social - FAQ

  7. #6
    Registered+
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Posts
    70
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked
    6 times in 6 posts
    • woody_294's system
      • Motherboard:
      • MSI 790FX-GD70
      • CPU:
      • PII X3 720 @ 3.4 GHz
      • Memory:
      • 4GB Corsair 1333MHz
      • Storage:
      • 320GB WD Caviar Blue
      • Graphics card(s):
      • XFX 4870 XXX
      • PSU:
      • Silverpower SP-SS 500W
      • Case:
      • Custom Case
      • Operating System:
      • W7 RC
      • Monitor(s):
      • 19" 16:10 LG

    Re: Sound card issues

    Sorry to sound daft, but have you tried updating the drivers, or checking something hasn't installed that may be conflicting with it. If the drivers have auto-updated try rolling them back.

    To get the same kinda quality as the realtek you'd have to spend a bit. I'd send it back rather than downgrade.

  8. Received thanks from:

    cheesemp (09-09-2009)

  9. #7
    Now 100% Apple free cheesemp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near the New forest
    Posts
    2,236
    Thanks
    154
    Thanked
    146 times in 102 posts
    • cheesemp's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 3570k @ 4.2
      • Memory:
      • 16gb Crucial Ballastix Elite DDR3 @1866
      • Storage:
      • 64Gb M4 + 240Gb arc100 + 2x500Gb HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • RX 480 8Gb Nitro+ OC
      • PSU:
      • Antec 650W Semi modular
      • Case:
      • NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 32" QHD AOC Q3279VWF
      • Internet:
      • FTTC ~30Mb

    Re: Sound card issues

    Quote Originally Posted by woody_294 View Post
    Sorry to sound daft, but have you tried updating the drivers, or checking something hasn't installed that may be conflicting with it. If the drivers have auto-updated try rolling them back.

    To get the same kinda quality as the realtek you'd have to spend a bit. I'd send it back rather than downgrade.
    No I haven't - Haven't really done much with the PC recently except play Medieval 2: Total war - I'll go and check if windows has done any upgrades (using the laptop at the moment).
    Trust

    Laptop : Lenovo G505s A8-5550m 8Gb 240Gb SSD Radeon HD 8550G + Radeon HD 8570M dual graphics

  10. #8
    Now 100% Apple free cheesemp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near the New forest
    Posts
    2,236
    Thanks
    154
    Thanked
    146 times in 102 posts
    • cheesemp's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 3570k @ 4.2
      • Memory:
      • 16gb Crucial Ballastix Elite DDR3 @1866
      • Storage:
      • 64Gb M4 + 240Gb arc100 + 2x500Gb HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • RX 480 8Gb Nitro+ OC
      • PSU:
      • Antec 650W Semi modular
      • Case:
      • NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 32" QHD AOC Q3279VWF
      • Internet:
      • FTTC ~30Mb

    Re: Sound card issues

    Quote Originally Posted by alsenior View Post
    try moving the card to a differnet pci slot first. creative cards can be picky about slots
    Sorry - not a PCI card - onboard! Thinking about replacing with a creative card.
    Trust

    Laptop : Lenovo G505s A8-5550m 8Gb 240Gb SSD Radeon HD 8550G + Radeon HD 8570M dual graphics

  11. #9
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    625
    Thanks
    39
    Thanked
    80 times in 59 posts
    • Uriel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • Athlon X2 5200+ 45nm 2.3GHz @ Phenom FX-5200 3.3GHz
      • Memory:
      • 8GB (4x2GB) Geil RAM
      • Storage:
      • 480GB Sandisk SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Galax GTX970 4GB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Antec SLK3000B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407wfp A04

    Re: Sound card issues

    Medieval II is an EAX Advanced HD title, so you would get some additional effects with an Audigy over onboard.

    Edit: the Audigy SE gives up to EAX 3 support. It's Audigy 2 or X-Fi Xtreme Audio for EAX 4 support. I've edited my earlier post to clarify.
    Last edited by Uriel; 08-09-2009 at 11:18 PM.

  12. #10
    Now 100% Apple free cheesemp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near the New forest
    Posts
    2,236
    Thanks
    154
    Thanked
    146 times in 102 posts
    • cheesemp's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 3570k @ 4.2
      • Memory:
      • 16gb Crucial Ballastix Elite DDR3 @1866
      • Storage:
      • 64Gb M4 + 240Gb arc100 + 2x500Gb HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • RX 480 8Gb Nitro+ OC
      • PSU:
      • Antec 650W Semi modular
      • Case:
      • NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 32" QHD AOC Q3279VWF
      • Internet:
      • FTTC ~30Mb

    Re: Sound card issues

    Just checked - Driver hasn't changed since I installed Vista! I might see what happens when I install Win7 in a couple of days. If that doesn't solve it I'll get the audigy I think - looks the cheapest simpliest solution. I'll update in a few days!
    Trust

    Laptop : Lenovo G505s A8-5550m 8Gb 240Gb SSD Radeon HD 8550G + Radeon HD 8570M dual graphics

  13. #11
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Posts
    625
    Thanks
    39
    Thanked
    80 times in 59 posts
    • Uriel's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3
      • CPU:
      • Athlon X2 5200+ 45nm 2.3GHz @ Phenom FX-5200 3.3GHz
      • Memory:
      • 8GB (4x2GB) Geil RAM
      • Storage:
      • 480GB Sandisk SSD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Galax GTX970 4GB
      • PSU:
      • Corsair HX520
      • Case:
      • Antec SLK3000B
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2407wfp A04

    Re: Sound card issues

    Anyone know how the Audigy SE is in W7?

    There have been a lot of people having trouble with audio on various cards when moving to w7. I'm sure it will all be fine eventually but Asus and Creative have been taking their time sorting drivers out for their cards.

  14. #12
    Fried Chip Extremist alsenior's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Location
    Stafford
    Posts
    2,948
    Thanks
    102
    Thanked
    191 times in 145 posts
    • alsenior's system
      • Motherboard:
      • DFI Lanparty Jr x58-T3H6
      • CPU:
      • Core i7 920
      • Memory:
      • 6 x 2GB ocz Gold
      • Storage:
      • 1 TB Samsung F3
      • Graphics card(s):
      • 1gb 4890 vapor-x xfire
      • PSU:
      • xfx 850W
      • Case:
      • Lian-li Pc7
      • Operating System:
      • Windows 7 X64
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 2208WFP
      • Internet:
      • 30mb Virgin media

    Re: Sound card issues

    my audigy 2 worked out of the box even with 64 bit drivers. not to sure the audigy se but there similar chip sets
    Quote Originally Posted by Jay View Post
    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
    Beginners guide to raid Beginners guide to raid post edition Hexus.Social - FAQ

  15. Received thanks from:

    cheesemp (09-09-2009)

  16. #13
    Senior Member Pob255's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    The land of Brum
    Posts
    9,945
    Thanks
    572
    Thanked
    1,196 times in 1,099 posts
    • Pob255's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Asus M5A99X EVO
      • CPU:
      • PhenomII x4 955 & CM Hyper 212+
      • Memory:
      • 2x 4gb Corsair Vengence 1600mhz cas9
      • Storage:
      • 250gb SATA Westerndigital + 500gb samsung +1tb Samsung
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Asus GTX560ti CuII
      • PSU:
      • Be Quiet E9 680w
      • Case:
      • HAF 912+
      • Operating System:
      • W7 Pro
      • Monitor(s):
      • Dell 21" ips something

    Re: Sound card issues

    Things to do/try

    remove current drivers, download the latest off gigabytes website and install them.
    Check realtech's website for newer drivers for your sound chip ACsomething if they are newer than the ones on gigabytes web site.
    Unplug the front audio connector from the motherboard I've not had this issue on newer board but I have come across audio issues when the case front audio is connected on older motherboards
    try a different audio socket, depends on which chip it is as to how easy it it to get it to execpt the audio jack in another socket as the left/right channel.

  17. Received thanks from:

    cheesemp (09-09-2009)

  18. #14
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    NE-UK
    Posts
    533
    Thanks
    67
    Thanked
    22 times in 22 posts
    • s3ds's system
      • Motherboard:
      • PK5-WS
      • CPU:
      • E6850
      • Memory:
      • 4GB Kingston
      • Storage:
      • 15k Seagate SAS
      • Graphics card(s):
      • Nvidia Quadro
      • PSU:
      • 500W Enermax
      • Case:
      • Coolmaster Centurion
      • Operating System:
      • XP SP3 or Ubuntu
      • Monitor(s):
      • TWIN 22" NEOVO
      • Internet:
      • o2 LLU

    Re: Sound card issues

    Quote Originally Posted by Pob255 View Post
    Things to do/try

    remove current drivers, download the latest off gigabytes website and install them.
    Check realtech's website for newer drivers for your sound chip ACsomething if they are newer than the ones on gigabytes web site.
    Unplug the front audio connector from the motherboard I've not had this issue on newer board but I have come across audio issues when the case front audio is connected on older motherboards
    try a different audio socket, depends on which chip it is as to how easy it it to get it to execpt the audio jack in another socket as the left/right channel.
    Unplug the front audio connector from the motherboard I've not had this issue on newer board but I have come across audio issues when the case front audio is connected on older motherboards

    yes i have had a similar problem

    Also check to see if front panel is connected as AC97 or HD and then check the bios is set to the same ( if the bios has this setting )

    paul
    Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

  19. Received thanks from:

    cheesemp (09-09-2009)

  20. #15
    Now 100% Apple free cheesemp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near the New forest
    Posts
    2,236
    Thanks
    154
    Thanked
    146 times in 102 posts
    • cheesemp's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 3570k @ 4.2
      • Memory:
      • 16gb Crucial Ballastix Elite DDR3 @1866
      • Storage:
      • 64Gb M4 + 240Gb arc100 + 2x500Gb HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • RX 480 8Gb Nitro+ OC
      • PSU:
      • Antec 650W Semi modular
      • Case:
      • NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 32" QHD AOC Q3279VWF
      • Internet:
      • FTTC ~30Mb

    Re: Sound card issues

    Thanks for the front panel suggestion - I'll have a look when I get home tonight. Only ever used the front panel once - and that was to test with head phones! Guess I'll just disconnect it, thinking about it.

    I'll also try and different connector on the rear panel (It does support the jack detection).

    I'll let you know how it goes.
    Trust

    Laptop : Lenovo G505s A8-5550m 8Gb 240Gb SSD Radeon HD 8550G + Radeon HD 8570M dual graphics

  21. #16
    Now 100% Apple free cheesemp's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Near the New forest
    Posts
    2,236
    Thanks
    154
    Thanked
    146 times in 102 posts
    • cheesemp's system
      • Motherboard:
      • Gigabyte Z77-D3H
      • CPU:
      • Intel i5 3570k @ 4.2
      • Memory:
      • 16gb Crucial Ballastix Elite DDR3 @1866
      • Storage:
      • 64Gb M4 + 240Gb arc100 + 2x500Gb HDD
      • Graphics card(s):
      • RX 480 8Gb Nitro+ OC
      • PSU:
      • Antec 650W Semi modular
      • Case:
      • NZXT Source S340 Mid Tower
      • Operating System:
      • Win 10
      • Monitor(s):
      • 32" QHD AOC Q3279VWF
      • Internet:
      • FTTC ~30Mb

    Re: Sound card issues

    Well - apart from getting a metal splinter it seems to have gone well. Changed jack and disconnected front panel and just played Medevial 2: total war with no break up. It wasn't a two+ hour session (when its more likely to happen) but still looking good.
    Trust

    Laptop : Lenovo G505s A8-5550m 8Gb 240Gb SSD Radeon HD 8550G + Radeon HD 8570M dual graphics

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Sound Issues
    By Duds in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 05-01-2009, 10:16 AM
  2. Vista X64 Sound Issues
    By ikonia in forum Software
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 04-09-2007, 10:11 PM
  3. PalTalk sound problem
    By Jeanne d'Arc in forum Help! Quick Relief From Tech Headaches
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 14-03-2007, 02:21 AM
  4. Sound Issues
    By cougarslam in forum PC Hardware and Components
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 27-09-2006, 10:31 PM
  5. Yamaha YSP-1 Digital Sound Projector - My thoughts
    By Howard in forum Consumer Electronics
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 08-08-2005, 04:30 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •