|This is a summary of my problem. At the outset I should mention my computer setup. I use drive caddies of which I have three, one has XP installed, the second has Vista installed and the third has Ubuntu installed. I use XP almost exclusively because it is my preferred system. Until yesterday all three systems worked faultlessly however I decided yesterday to convert some old audio cassettes to .wav files and I hooked my stereo speakers to the line input of my PC. I have Nero installed and I figured on using that programme to do the conversion|
At the outset no volume registered on the bars in the Nero programme and I increased the volume on the stereo with no obvious change. After some more fruitless adjustments I gave up on the idea of converting the tapes but then found that I had no sound on the system whatsoever. Previously recorded music and videos had no sound at all. I thought that I had done some damage to the setup on XP and I checked up in Computer Management. No error flags appeared there and the properties for Realtek Audio showed that the device was working. I uninstalled the driver and then reinstalled and it made no difference... still no sound.
I swapped drives and used the Vista and Linux caddy in succession and no sound was detected from them either so I deduced that the problem may well lie with the BIOS. At this point I am snookered because although I have the user manual for the board I cannot find anything in the Integrated Peripherals sub menu that might be applicable, in fact everything looks "normal."
I fear that I may have damaged the on board sound card in some way and my post therefore poses three questions 1.) is this sort of damage possible, 2.) can I use a separate sound card (and if so how do I set it up), and 3.) how do I disable the on board card?
Some system details are necessary:
System: Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2
Physical Memory: 3071
Motherboard: DFI Infinity 975X/G
BIOS Version: IntelR 42302e31
CPU Name Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6300 @ 1.86GHz
CPU Code Name Allendale
Apart from the operating system in use (Vista or Linux) the other information is the same.
Any and all help will be much appreciated.