One idea. Don't use a sound card. Try the onboard sound, which is integrated into your motherboard.
Plug your speakers into the integrated sound ports, see if you have sound.
If not post back here.
Or we can find out if your Creative card is dead. Put your Creative card back in. If you have a disk for the drivers, install the drivers. If you don't:
RIGHT click on My Computer icon on your desktop. Click Manage.
Computer Management will open, click Device Manager.
Look for a category called OTHER.
Your sound device should be listed there if the drivers are not installed.
HIGHLIGHT the device name, RIGHT click, and choose UPDATE Driver.
When the Update Wizard opens, choose No, not this time. Click Next.
At this point I'm going to list what you should check in each screen, obviously you click Next after each choice.
Install from a list or specific location.
Don't search, I will choose the driver to install.
Uncheck Show Compatible Hardware.
A list will appear, choose Creative. Another list will appear which lists Creative devices, if you see yours listed choose it, click next, and the drivers will install.
If it isn't listed, you could try one, see if that works, if it doesn't try another one.
I can't recall if there may be listings for the series, such as Audigy. If there is you could try one of those.
You'll know if it was a successful install by going back to Sounds and Audio settings in Control Panel and it shows up there.
If it does, and you still have no sound, post back. There is an additional step that can be done that doesn't involve any type of installation.
Edited by Queen-Evie, 29 January 2010 - 04:44 PM.