My brother has just bought a graphics card for his PC and decided that before installing it he wanted to format his hard drive.
The PC previously had win 98SE on it and he reinstalled this, however, he's now not getting any sound. ( Also, he's got integrated sound rather than a separate sound card).
The pc is detecting something but only says - PCI multimedia audio device detected. I'm not really sure what make and model the sound card is (though I think it's by Creative). Is there any way that I can find this out?? (there's not much info on the mainboard and my brother lost his manual quite a while ago).
If you don't know the motherboard model, get Aida32 from click here and it will identify it for you. Then post back here with details and someone will be able to tell you the sound chip in the mobo I expect.
I checked out the intel site (great link feature on AIDA32)and I found that the board has an 'Integrated graphics/AC‘97 controller'.
Might this AC'97 controller be 'AC' as in 'audio codec'?? In which case, might that then mean that the integrated sound and graphics on the board are part of the same setup - therefore, installing a separate graphics card (and defaulting to it) would then somehow bypass the 'Integrated graphics/AC‘97 controller' and prevent the pc from playing sounds without a separate soundcard??
If you install a seperate Sound card you will have to dis able the integrated sound in the Bios... . same goes for the graphics, otherwise the system doesn't know which to use and it may cause conflicts.