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Installing A New Soundcard?


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#1 TRISTEN

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:00 PM

Hello.

I am suppossed to get a new sound card but i have a couple questions if anyone would be so nice as to help.

What kind of soundcard am i supposed to get i have been looking them up and there is all kinds of options i

have windows ME.

Should i put it in myself or do i have someone else do it?

I read about external soundcards that you plug into a usb slot thing also so which would be better cheaper

which one is more worth it.


if there is anything you can tell me its much appreciated


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#2 nigglesnush85

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:29 PM

Hello

There are three types of sound card...

1 Laptop (pcimcia)
2 desktop (pci)
3 desktop (usb)

The first thing you need to do is see if you have a free PCI slot or USB hole spare for your desktop. you can get either, they are both as good as each other. if you are looking for ease of instalation, then the USB model would be better.
Regarding price, I have a Creative sound card, it cost me 35 out of PC world and is quite respectable. it is all down to preference, I chose the PCI one so it would be out of the way.

Hope this helps
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#3 TRISTEN

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:43 PM

nigglesnush85 much thanks i do have space and i was thinkin that the usb

would be way easier as im computer stupid.... jus didnt want to get it and

then have it suck.


Mucho Gracias

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 06:55 PM

The internal (PCI) would be the best choice, if you're on a desktop. It's not hard at all to install it. Just open your case, place the card into its slot, all the way in, and then close up your computer. Most of your time spent will be opening and closing your computer.

But either way,,, whatever works best for you.

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 09:17 PM

The key is making sure the card is seated firmly in the pci slot. The first time I replaced a sound card and had no sound, that was the problem. A simple push on the card solved the problem. It's very easy to install one yourself-why pay someone else to do something you can do. I encourage you to give it a try.

**stepping on my soapbox to say this-while you have the case open, blow out the dust from inside the case.
Dust can make the chips inside your computer run hotter and also clog cooling vents. At least once a month UNPLUG YOUR COMPUTER FROM THE POWER SOURCE, open the case, and blow out the dust. Do not wipe it with a rag; use either an aerosol can of compressed air OR a vacuum cleaner with the hose on the blower (NOT the suction) if you have one, but whichever method you use, DO NOT LET ANYTHING ACTUALLY TOUCH THE CABLES, MOTHERBOARD, ETC.
stepping off my soapbox now**

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Posted 25 March 2007 - 11:53 PM

If you decide to put one in yourself, don't forget to unplug the computer first, and ground yourself to the case so you don't zaap the components inside with static electricity... :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 March 2007 - 03:31 PM

Walkman Queen-Evie Wildabeast Thank You Mucho. Maybe i will try n see if

its loose or blow off tha dust. I might have my nephew try to put in a new one

if that dont work. And if it doesnt work out right or somethin ill go wit an

external. I WILL BE SURE NOT TO ZAP IT. haha Soapbox that made me laff.



Thanks for tha help




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