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Windows 7 - two soundcards - NOT WORKING


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#1 tan meats

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 09:56 PM

Hi y'all. Been here long ago under a different handle. Good to see ya.

Just bought a Compaq Presario CQ5210F with the following specs:

* AMD Athlon II X2 215 Dual-Core Processor (2.7 GHz, 1 MB L2 Cache, 4000 MHZ System Bus)
* 3GB PC2-6400 DDR2 SDRAM memory (1x2048MB and 1x1024MB)
* 500GB (7200RPM) Serial ATA hard drive; SuperMulti DVD Burner with LightScribe Technology
* NVIDIA GeForce 6150 SE Graphics with 256MB integrated shared graphics memory. Up to 1407MB Total Available Graphics Memory as allocated by Windows 7
* Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit


I dropped an additional 1TB HDD and an E-Mu 0404 into it, and installed the soundcard's drivers. Working OK under ASIO for recording and monitoring, which I expected. However, I still want to use the onboard Realtek AC'97 onboard sound for mp3 playback and everyday use.

Here's the problem: when I installed the E-Mu, the Realtek card 'disappeared.' It's no longer an option under Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Sound. It doesn't appear in the Devices and Printers > (computer) properties > Hardware tab ("Show Disabled Devices" is checked). I tried reinstalling the AC'97 drivers from the Realtek website and it's not there. I disabled the E-Mu and rebooted, Realtek was still not detected. I never turned the onboard audio off in the BIOS, so I'm not sure why it's gone. Any help? Thanks in advance.

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Posted 28 December 2009 - 10:40 PM

Hmmm....it seems Compaq's, Windows 7, and sound cards don't get along very well.....

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/282298/ess-allegro-driver-for-windows-7/

Yet another reason why I won't buy a "crappy" branded PC (no offense, just my experience).

You might try taking the new one out and see if you can get the old one to work again (instead of just disabling it). I don't see the point in having two at the same time anyway (I can only envision problems). If one is better than the other, why not just use that one alone? Sorry if I don't understand completely, but I'm trying. :huh:
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#3 tan meats

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 03:06 AM

I do audio recording, and this is why i need the two soundcards.

The E-Mu's outputs are connected to studio monitors, and the realtek's outs are connected to consumer stereo speakers. Trust me, it's necessary.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 10:47 AM

Are you sure the computer will allow for both cards to be enabled? I am sure it is possible, I have just never seen it. Usually it is one or the other, and it is set up in the Bios.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 01:45 PM

This is for a totally different situation, but might give you some idea of where to look
http://www.dxlabsuite.com/winwarbler/Help/...eSoundcards.htm

A lot more reading
http://www.google.com/search?q=Configuring...lient=firefox-a

Edited by garmanma, 29 December 2009 - 01:46 PM.

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Posted 29 December 2009 - 07:56 PM

I do audio recording, and this is why i need the two soundcards.

The E-Mu's outputs are connected to studio monitors, and the realtek's outs are connected to consumer stereo speakers. Trust me, it's necessary.

Oh, okay. I understand now.

But like groovicus, I don't know if it is possible as I have never seen it either. :huh:

Good luck. :huh:
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