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Probably need a new sound card

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Probably need a new sound card

#1 Post by beckwith » Wed Feb 05, 2014 10:40 pm

After a major power outage due to a large bush fire, I find my sound faint and very distorted.
So I'm thinking that the power outage has blown the sound card (SB Recon3D Fatal1ty - not
the best of choices - but I was assured it would work - and it did almost - sound from earphone
socket, line-in OK, front panel dead - lotsa research on Unbuntu site told me to give up).
So unless someone can suggest otherwise, I need to know a good sound card to buy,
preferably with a front panel. The mother board is an ASUS P5LD2.

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Re: Probably need a new sound card

#2 Post by uncle mark » Wed Feb 05, 2014 11:09 pm

What's wrong with using the onboard sound?
Desktop: Custom build Asus/AMD/nVidia -- MEPIS 11
Laptop: Acer Aspire 5250 -- MX-15
Assorted junk: assorted Linuxes

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Re: Probably need a new sound card

#3 Post by beckwith » Thu Feb 06, 2014 3:34 am

Probably nothing, but I've always had a sound card. Also the machine has no
headphone socket - hence partly the need for a front panel - also to connect my
DAT and turntable. When I got the SB card I was assured it was Wheezy
compatible: not quite, but I miss the headphone not working: it actually
drives the main speakers.

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Re: Probably need a new sound card

#4 Post by lucky9 » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:21 pm

I use an old SoundBlaster Live! card that I bought used. You probably want an Audigy nowadays. Most will have a front HeadPhone out connection. On Mepis 11 you may need an older model to ensure compatibility. Anything older than 2-3 years aught to work for certain.
Is your old card PCIe? It's still pretty easy to find a PCI-based card.
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Re: Probably need a new sound card

#5 Post by beckwith » Sat Feb 08, 2014 10:58 pm

I have removed the Creative SB card. Rebooted. Now the only sound device
says it is a USB mic - presumably my web-cam. How do I get the ASUS
P5LD2 sound to work?

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Re: Probably need a new sound card

#6 Post by Stevo » Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:01 pm

Have you gotten into the BIOS settings and checked to see if the onboard sound is enabled?

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Re: Probably need a new sound card

#7 Post by beckwith » Sat Feb 08, 2014 11:52 pm

Yes, I eventually thought of that. Not a good idea. System now boots very slowly to
a command line login prompt - fails to let me login. So basically my desktop system
is dead - I'll reinstall Mepis tomorrow, in the mean time I have my laptop, and full
backup on a USB 1TB drive. I always hate tinkering with the hardware: having
worked for 4 computer computer computer, that last thing you need is someone
messing with a working system, but in my case it wasn't working (no sound), so
tinker I did. Alas, woe, and thankful my backup strategy after 40 years experience
is in good working order.
Thanks anyway.

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Re: Probably need a new sound card

#8 Post by beckwith » Wed Feb 12, 2014 5:49 am

I have rebuilt the entire system and the on-board sound from the mother board
is working fine. Now my Logitech webcam mic doesn't work! It doesn't show up
as a device, but the camera works!
Sigh!

EDIT
I think I found it. I'll to check with Sype friend.

EDIT
Even when to maximum the mic still does not work.

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Re: Probably need a new sound card

#9 Post by beckwith » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:05 pm

The mic control has a box "capture" that is ticked. Should this be so?

EDIT
Clearly it should be ticked.

After a reboot, the mic is now working. A bit strange, but at least
solved.

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