Posted 02 October 2011 - 12:39 PM
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?