I have no idea which type of souncard i have built into my alabacomp systme, i am getting close to assuming it it is Ac 97 or something, i have not been able to notice this listed in the sound partof devive manager and have struggled to update any drivers for it seeing that i think the computer does not even know it is there, i have been going round in circles trying to get the sound working again and how no idea, i have tred loads of trouble shooters software to identify my card (BUILT IN) and loads of updates installed but tono avail, what might be the best solution, i am considering buying a new sound card and plugging it in will this work ? or does any one have suggestions on how to fix the old one . help very much needed and greatfull !
Hi ian2uk. I may not have identified the motherboard yet, but I'm pretty sure I've identified the chipset. Can you confirm the processor is a P4 or Celeron? Can also you check whether there is any makers identification on the motherboard.
Albacomp computer Celeron (R)cpu 2.4ghz 246mbr foxconn is platered all over motherboard , i have had realtek driver but not done nothing ? could i not just buy a new pci sound card to fit in an empty slot ? thank 4 helping
Hi ian2uk. It looks like Foxconn is the maker of your motherboard, and Intel 845 is the chipset. The nearest match I've found so far is this one click here.
Even with the right drivers, it's unlikely that the sound quality will match that of a PCI card. All onboard sound systems I have worked with suffer from crosstalk of motherboard noise onto the audio, so I recommend that you get a PCI card. They are available very cheaply from suppliers such as Ebuyer click here. The cheapest will be better than onboard sound, and above about £20 you will start to get quality sound.
If you do fit a PCI sound card, you will need to turn off the onboard sound in BIOS.