A suitable sound card for my PC?

  CurlyWhirly 13:02 10 Sep 2005

Can anyone please recommend a sound card for me?
I would love to ditch onboard sound as it's a bit cr*p!

I have tried Creative soundcards before they do not work correctly due to a problem known as 'PCI latency'.

I have been to click here

and tried the 2 following solutions but neither of them worked.

"Patch for Creative Labs SoundBlaster Live! and Audigy-series drivers - This patch will disable the "turbo mode" feature of newer Creative drivers, which will solve "crackling" or distortion problems for some users. Try this patch if the VIA "PCI Latency" patch does not solve your sound-related problem."

"PCI Latency patch for VIA chipsets - This is a Windows driver that will patch motherboards that have VIA chipsets. It is intended to solve many problems, including: Sounds played by a Creative Labs sound card are distorted"

I have been advised to get an M Audio sound card but does anyone have a ViA chipset (like me) and has experienced crackling noises with Creative sound cards?

If so which sound card would you recommend that *is* compatible with my motherboard which is a Gigabyte GA-7VAXP?


  CurlyWhirly 13:04 10 Sep 2005

p.s. I have tried both the Sound Blaster live! and Audigy 1 sound cards and even though the sound was excellent I couldn't put up with the crackling noise all the time so I ditched them.

  CurlyWhirly 13:15 10 Sep 2005

Mmm... I know that the Audigy 2 soundcard is going to be better than the Audigy 1 (which I once had) but I don't really want to shell out for it and then find out that I still get clicking noises as according to the website that I looked at it is a problem with Soundblaster Live! *and* Audigy soundcards.

I found it most annoying while online as every time I clicked on a website link I would hear a click coming from the speakers.

I don't know if Audigy 2 would be the same though as it was nearly 2 years ago when I last tried Audigy 1 so perhaps this problem has now been resolved?

Perhaps I would be better posting on the Creative support website instead of here - I should have thought of that before!

  CurlyWhirly 14:17 10 Sep 2005

Thanks for your reply.
In fact it was a recent PCA thread of yours where you mentioned clicking noises that prompted me to post this!

I don't have either of the soundblaster cards now as I sold them but I *didn't* try disabling the game port like you mentioned so perhaps that *could* have been the problem?

The game port is something to do with one of the connectors on the sound card I take it? (confused)

  CurlyWhirly 14:20 10 Sep 2005

p.s. the reason why I was a bit confused with your game port answer was because I usually use another USB socket for my joystick when playing PC games NOT the connector on the sound card itself so why would I need to disable it?

  CurlyWhirly 14:21 10 Sep 2005

p.p.s I *no* longer have a sound card so what I meant to say above was when I *used* to have one.
I'm now using onboard sound chip.

  CurlyWhirly 14:27 10 Sep 2005

So even though I wasn't using the game port just having it enabled in the BIOS could have caused a possible IRQ conflict?

That's something I will look at when I buy one which should be tomorrow now - PCW.

  CurlyWhirly 15:10 10 Sep 2005

Thanks again.
I must admit that I have never heard of a USB soundcard! Honestly.

I wonder whether they are as good as PCI sound cards?
I don't really want to spend a fortune on it as I intend on upgrading my PC within 18 months to a 64 bit model with PCI Express, SATA, etc.

  CurlyWhirly 15:13 10 Sep 2005

Thanks. It wasn't continual crackling but intermittent especially while clicking on website links as I have mentioned above.

Also I don't remember seeing a tone level option either.

  CurlyWhirly 15:20 10 Sep 2005

Gotcha now. No I don't think that the treble control had anything to do with it though.

I will make a purchase tomorrow and report back on whether it works okay or not. Cheers!

  CurlyWhirly 15:24 10 Sep 2005

Thanks for the link. I will be on the look out for a USB sound card tomorrow as I can't really go wrong then.

I don't want a top of the range one though as long as the sound is better than onboard sound which I am using now.

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