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    USB Soundcards - Replacement for broken laptop sound

    A friend has a broken volume dial on her laptop, sound no longer works on either headphones or speakers. I found this little gadget on ebay:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...MEWA:IT&ih=005

    What do you guys think of it? Or do you know of a more trustworthy brand device?

    Pretty much needs to be USB, PCMCIA slot is already taken

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    That would be ok if quality isn't an issue. Its gonna sound terrible. Then again the cheapest alternative I could find was £60 on scan.
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    I use one of the creative external sound cards (the mp3+) and it hooks over the lid of the laptop - excellent sound quality. This one or the 24bit external sell on ebay for around £15

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    Quote Originally Posted by killie99 View Post
    I use one of the creative external sound cards (the mp3+) and it hooks over the lid of the laptop - excellent sound quality. This one or the 24bit external sell on ebay for around £15
    One of these?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Creative-Sound...em300046622104

    I cant find what you're describing, do you have a link to an auction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlindMelon7 View Post
    That would be ok if quality isn't an issue. Its gonna sound terrible. Then again the cheapest alternative I could find was £60 on scan.
    Yeah i am concerned about the quality, shes no audiophile but i think it could be an issue...then again it only has to match her current laptop's audio card that could have been crap too

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    If it's for a laptop, you can get one of these:

    http://uk.europe.creative.com/shop/p...1&product=743&

    It plugs into the slot at the side of 99% of laptops(normally known as a pcmcia(or something like that) slot/card.

    I have one of these and quality is brilliant.
    I do know everything, just not all at once. It's a virtual memory problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcos View Post
    One of these?

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Creative-Sound...em300046622104

    I cant find what you're describing, do you have a link to an auction?
    That one is maybe a bit more sophisticated than your friend needs, one of these would work a treat:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Creative-Labs-...QQcmdZViewItem

    I bought one on ebay a few weeks ago for £11 plus postage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by starbuck View Post
    If it's for a laptop, you can get one of these:

    http://uk.europe.creative.com/shop/p...1&product=743&

    It plugs into the slot at the side of 99% of laptops(normally known as a pcmcia(or something like that) slot/card.

    I have one of these and quality is brilliant.
    The PCMCIA slot of the laptop in question is already occupied with a wirless card. Thats why i think the only option is USB

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    Quote Originally Posted by killie99 View Post
    That one is maybe a bit more sophisticated than your friend needs, one of these would work a treat:

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Creative-Labs-...QQcmdZViewItem

    I bought one on ebay a few weeks ago for £11 plus postage.
    Ok so theres 2 options then, just wondering now wether the quality on that box is worth the extra size? I mean this laptop is just going to output to desktop stereo speakers, and the girl is a bit dim so maybe shed prefer the usb stick to the desktop box

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    u sure there is only 1 pcmcia slot in the laptop, most have 2(looks like 1 but can actually fit 2.
    I do know everything, just not all at once. It's a virtual memory problem.

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    yeah this laptop definitely only has 1 slot

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    Does the laptop have firewire?
    With love and many thanks,

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