Onboard sound controller not detected

September 29, 2012 at 13:43:59
Specs: Windows XP Pro SP3 / Ubuntu Studio 11.04 , 1.6 ghz / 1.5 GB
I had a Sound Blaster Live! 5.1 model SV0100 connected on a PCI controller which worked fine, but I decided to remove it and use the onboard sound controller in hope to go easier on my old machine. Neither my OS's seem to even detect that my computer has a sound card, but... well, it's there. There are audio jacks and all. I tried installing the drivers that came on the motherboard's drivers disc, in vain. My motherboard is a MSI K8MM-V with a K8MC00-CE chipset and a VT8237R chipset.

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#1
September 29, 2012 at 14:39:18
"I decided to remove it and use the onboard sound controller in hope to go easier on my old machine"

Actually, you did just the opposite. Now the CPU will have to devote some of it's processing power to the audio. Check the BIOS, the onboard sound may not be enabled.

Also, the chipset is the VIA K8M800 & VT8237R. The drivers can be found here:

http://www.msi.com/product/mb/K8MM-...


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#2
September 29, 2012 at 17:16:46
Thanks for your response. For the record, I'm not trying to spare my CPU-- it's probably the only part that isn't slowly failing. I'm trying to ease up on power management. I figured removing all that extra-circuitry and sticking to the basics would help.

I checked my BIOS and there is no such setting. I checked the manual, there's no jumper or switch that enables or disables the onboard audio. I installed all the drivers I could find on the website and I even flashed the BIOS to its latest version. Nothing. This is uncanny.


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#3
September 29, 2012 at 19:34:27
Check the BIOS menu again, look under Integrated Peripherals.

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#4
October 30, 2012 at 10:04:15
The integrated peripherals section has an option for the onboard video, but not for the onboard sound.

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#5
October 31, 2012 at 11:58:10
Many BIOS setups (especially on OEM computers) don't have any BIOS settings for on-board sound even though such a device exists, so creative and other sound-card manufacturer's had to create drivers which disables the on-board sound chip (where present) to prevent a resource conflict.

Your on-board sound chip may have been faulty for some time, but only now have you discovered this. I've seen and fixed many an old PC for friend's where the integrated sound chip had packed up - the only fix being of course, fitting a PCI sound card.

Sometimes it's just a case of re-installing the motherboard's chipset driver, then the on-board sound driver, from the mobo maker's website. But if that doesn't work you'll have to put the SoundBlaster card back.


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#6
October 31, 2012 at 12:03:58
"so creative and other sound-card manufacturer's had to create drivers which disables the on-board sound chip (where present) to prevent a resource conflict."
this suggest to me that you would need to uninstall the creative driver and then reboot and install the onboard sound driver.
http://www.google.com/search?q=choosing+the+default+sound+card+in+ubuntu+11.04&sourceid=ie7&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&ie=&oe=#hl=en&safe=active&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&q=changing+the+default+sound+card+in+ubuntu+11.04&sa=X&ei=RneRUKnVOZOG0QHjn4DIAQ&ved=0CB4Q7xYoAA&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=4623e040f6dae01&bpcl=36601534&biw=819&bih=458

larry


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#7
October 31, 2012 at 12:32:15
That's a sound theory, Phil and Larry. I guess I'm going to give up on this particular issue, it doesn't seem worth paying attention to compared to my other computer problems. Thanks for the help.

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