hi all - purchased Silverstone FP32 http://www.silverstonetek.com/products/p_c...=fp32&area=
provides front panel support for USB and Audio (line out and mic) . unit comes with two connectors for audio, azalia and ac97. motherboard is Abit AN7 with onboard ac97 . stupid me plugs the azalia connector into the motherboard header (both connectors are the same block, 10 pin with one hole covered over so it only plugs in one way) and start the computer. well of course there is no sound as the AN7 does not support HD audio(azalia). i shut down and change to the ac97. start up and still no sound. remove ac97 connector and replace jumpers on header and there is no sound from my back panel. ?@#*. uninstall and reinstall the Nvidia audio drivers still no sound. windows lists nvidia driver as playback device(control panel) player doesn't complain about audio problem and equalizer spectrum shows it is playing but no sound from speakers (and yes they are plugged in with volume up on master, player, and speakers and i tested the speakers on another machine - they work).
the pin out on the azalia and ac97 are very similar so correct me if i am wrong but i don't think i created a short with the azalia connector.
Q. could windows have recognized the HD audio connection and somehow stuck with it?
in bios i only have the option to enable or disable onboard audio so i disabled onboard and tried a sound card. uninstalled nvidia drivers and installed creative drivers and that worked. i have sound through the sound card.
Q. how the hell did i ruin the onboard sound and can it be fixed?