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PCI slots dead or alive?


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#1 OvenMaster

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:39 PM

System specs:

ASRock 880GM-LE motherboard
Athlon II X4 640 CPU
2x2GB Kingston DDR3-1333 RAM
Integrated Radeon HD4250 video
Integrated Realtek audio
WD SATA 160GB HD
Seagate SATA 1TB HD
2xPioneer DVR-115D DVD combo burners
Antec EarthWatts 430D PSU
Microsoft Intellimouse 3000
XP Home SP3 fully patched

I wanted to migrate my Diamond Xtreme 5.1 PCI sound card to this new build. Even with disabling onboard sound in the BIOS and removing the Realtek drivers, 9 times out of 10, the Diamond card isn't detected by Windows. In Device Manager, a scan for new hardware finds the card. Installing the drivers works until it's time to reboot... and the card isn't found. Sound properties will say "No audio device". The one time out of ten it IS found as "Xtreme 5.1 audio", I get black screen crashes and reboots when playing sound (which sounds like Alvin and the Chipmunks) or video. Event Viewer says nothing. I tried my original Diamond drivers, CMedia drivers (8738 chipset), and drivers from Microsoft. No change, and no newer drivers are available.

I tried a Creative PCI 16 card and Windows immediately detects the card and prompts for drivers. The card works, except it exhibits the skipping and popping that caused me to abandon it with my old VIA-chipset boards.

I went and got every known-good PCI card I own and tried them. Here's the results:

Devices automatically detected and drivers installed, no issues
Intel Pro/100 S LAN card
SIIG JJ-P00112 Parallel port card

Devices automatically detected, drivers installed, skipping issues
Creative PCI 16 sound card

Devices intermittently detected, drivers installed, too-fast audio and crashes system
Diamond Xtreme 5.1 sound card

Devices not detected, not found or available with hardware scan in Device Manager, drivers cannot be installed
Creative SB Live! Value sound card
Intel/Ambient HaM V.92 modem


Everything else with my build works just fine. I'm very reluctant to update (=screw up) the BIOS because ASRock says it's only for newer CPU recognition.

So what am I up against here where some PCI cards work and others won't?

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:42 PM

I would assume that your sound card is not working properly. The PCI devices are working since windows detects new devices. I would recommend cleaning the gold contacts on the PCI Sound Card.

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Posted 02 October 2011 - 02:03 PM

Okay, thanks for that. I'll try that this evening.

It does seem weird that the Diamond card does not want to work with this new mobo, as it worked fine a week ago in my Biostar K8M800 board. :whistle:

What's driving me nuts is that some cards work and others don't.

Edited by OvenMaster, 02 October 2011 - 02:04 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2011 - 11:04 PM

I cleaned all the cards' contacts with a pencil eraser and electrical contact cleaner (Philips ECG AC900-8) and tried all the cards again.

No change.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:07 AM

Id say the card is dying if not already dead.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:32 AM

Well, since all the cards work fine in my old Emachines test bed, and since I'm $%#&ing sick and tired of swapping cards, and installing and uninstalling drivers between computers, I'm just going to RMA the board.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 11:43 AM

Weird that some cards worked and others didnt.

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Posted 03 October 2011 - 12:54 PM

VERY weird, I agree.

If I get another board and the same problems crop up, I'm just going to figure that there's some mechanical or electrical incompatibility between a modern board and older cards and just live with it. As long as I don't get a replacement board that's defective in some other way, that is!

Edited by OvenMaster, 03 October 2011 - 05:18 PM.


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Posted 16 October 2011 - 09:16 PM

Problem solved! :lol:

I RMA'd the original board and got a replacement on Oct. 14.
I plugged the Diamond sound card in and booted up.
XP immediately recognized the card and offered to search for drivers.
I declined, and installed Diamond's drivers.
With multiple reboots and torture testing, the Diamond soundcard (and the mobo) works perfectly.

The original board's PCI slots or controller were defective.

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Posted 16 October 2011 - 09:35 PM

Must have had an issue with Diamonds, and they werent this girls best friend lol.




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