how to tell is soundcard is bad

April 8, 2005 at 18:21:10
Specs: windowsxp, pent4-128ram

Have no sound-no audio devices are present-could my soundcard be shot?-how can i find out if it's ok or ko'd?thanx much!

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April 8, 2005 at 18:28:37

Try system restore to a point when it worked.

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April 8, 2005 at 18:29:02

Maybe try this:
HOW TO: Resources for Troubleshooting Sound Problems in Windows XP

Also to say, you should get more RAM.
XP uses all of, at least, 128MB to run properly,
and works better. Then you need more than that
for running other programs. Try 256 or 512 more.

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April 8, 2005 at 22:52:07

When your soundcard is playing a song, and for some reason the singer sounds bad...then your soundcard is bad since it can't mimic the singer correctly anymore ;-) lol jk

Now on a serious note...

Do you have a sound card in a pc slot? Or is this on-board sound?

Un-install the sound card in device manager, and reboot. Then install the sound drivers again.

If it's a soundcard in a pci slot, try switching it to a different pci slot. If it's onboard, check bios to see that the sound is enabled, and then reinstall drivers.

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