how do i find what kind of motherboard i have

July 26, 2011 at 14:37:23
Specs: Windows XP
My gateway computer crashed and I went to an Acer Aspire T-135. I hooked my speakers up, Boston BA735, and they do not work. I understand it could be because of Windows XP, something about the speakers being digital and the sound card not supporting them but, I know there is a fix but finding it is becoming a problem, can you help?

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July 26, 2011 at 15:07:09
If the sound adapter is built into the mboard, IT'S NOT A SOUND CARD !
Any device adapter that's built into the mboard IS NOT A CARD !

if the speakers require a digital connection, the computer's mboard built in sound adapter, or sound adapter installed a mboard slot (which IS a sound CARD), must have a single digital out jack to connect them to - that's usually an RCA jack (female) , or a fiber optic jack, on the computer.

Do other speakers work ?

If no speakers work, you need to install "drivers" for the sound adapter because they're not built into Windows itself.

Look in Device Manager to see if the sound adapter is flagged as not working .
(RIGHT click on My Computer - Properties - Hardware - Device Manager.)

If you search the web using: Boston Acoustics BA735, there are lots of "hits" that say they're not compatible with connecting them to many sound adapters.


Optical Digital Out and Boston Acoustics BA735 Speaker System


*** Not all digital audio connectors are usable with each other! ***

One popular "digital-only" speaker system, the Boston Acoustics BA735, has
been brought to our attention by several customers trying to use it with
our current soundcards.

All of our current soundcards come equipped with "Toslink" optical digital
(S/PDIF) outputs.

The Boston Acoustics BA735 has an input labeled "Digital In" that is on a 1/8"
mini-phone jack. What it doesn't tell you is that this is a coaxial
("electrical S/PDIF") digital input, which is NOT DIRECTLY COMPATIBLE with
a Toslink optical digital output (as supplied on our soundcards).

If it's an 1/8" (mini phone) plug (male) cable coming from the speakers, it's NOT compatible with plugging it into an 1/8" (stereo) jack on the computer or sound adapter in a slot that's meant for regular speakers.

"how do i find what kind of motherboard i have"

For older Acer desktop systems, the mboard was made by Acer - an AOpen (Acer Open) model - AOpen and the model number was printed on the surface of the mboard in obvious larger characters - the info about the mboard was on the AOpen web site - but I don't know if that still applies.

Otherwise, you're limited to the following info...

Aspire T135 Series Specifications


Audio Realtek ALC655 CODEC
5.1 channel audio support

ALC655 Data sheet

There may be info about speaker connections in this, whether it has a digital audio jack or not, but it may be so generic that it's useless.

Aspire T135 Series User Guide:

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July 26, 2011 at 17:13:30
You need a sound card with digital out. If yours doesn't then you need a new sound card. If yours does support digital then put the green wire to the orange jack and may have to set xp sound settings and hardware.

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November 12, 2011 at 11:39:37
How do I know if it is my motherboard that is going bad? I thought it was the harddrive and took it to a shop. They just said the fan was dirty and needed cleaned. :( charged me crazy and my computer is getting worse. It takes a long time to load and I freeze alot and get the blue screen. my internet connection is an average of 16mpgs. Could this be the HD or .. I am not sure any more.
Please help :(

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November 12, 2011 at 14:12:11

This Topic has nothing to do with your problems.

Click on Start a discussion (= Start a new Topic) and include the info you mentioned..

If you saw a STOP error on the blue screen - quote it - we don't need the stuff in brackets to the right of that.
If a problem file is specfied on that screen, tell us what it is .

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