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Old 07-29-2006, 09:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In a system with onboard sound, I have two questions.

Is it:

a) Possible to get digital output through a coax cable.

b) Possible to install a new sound card, and have it function over the onboard sound.

Sorry if these are silly questions, i'm a bit of a newbie at this.
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I'm sure that if you just install a sound card, and plug everything into that instead of the onboard that it would just work.. I'm al itlte bit drunk right now though so I can't answer 100%.. though I see don't why it wouldn't work.
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Before you install your new sound card... go into the bios and disable your onboard sound. after it's reboots, hit F8 to get into windows safe mode and logon... UNinstall your audio drivers and retstart. Once it boots up completely, shut down again. Install the new sound card and start up. once windows sees the new card insert your install disk and let windows install the drivers. If there is a sound program you can install that after the dirvers are done.

You can get sound thru coax, but you would have to have: a. A sound card with coax on it, or b. an adaptor from the typical audio plug to a left/right coax plug.
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IMO onboard is fine unless you have like an array of speakers, so don't buy a sound card unless you've given the onboard a try and don't like it.
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theres no point in splashing out on an exspensive sound card unless you are crazy about music or your onboard dont work for some reason.
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If you get a sound card, the CPU will no longer have stress from rendering audio. Therefore, that's one less thing the CPU has to worry about, making it faster.

This isn't really an issue in a good computer, but if you have a slower computer it might be worth it.
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Old 07-30-2006, 09:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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as the others said really, and i said in another post, ive got some logitech z230's (2.1) and they sound fantastic, thats without an aftermarket soundcard.

It sounds better than my expensive stereo ive got aswell, so i just play all my music on the pc now
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