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Windows 7: Ancient Soundcard - lady in distress

18 Sep 2011   #11
lady

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Your motherboard only has one PCIe slot. The new sound card is a PCIe card and your video card is a PCIe card. Two cards but only one compatible slot so one has to go. I think I would put the video card back in, enable the motherboards on-board 5.1 sound card, and install the matching driver for it. Then see if you can do what you want to do with that setup.
I understand what you are saying about the motherboard only having one suitable slot but I have to weigh up which is most important, sound or graphics. Both are but I can't use Cakewalk Sonar with the SB Live 5.1 as it was so old that I couldn't get the W7 driver for it. That is why I bought the Creative X-Fi titanium as it works great and mostly uses ASIO drivers for Sonar. The guy in the shop checked the fitting on the internet and showed me the picture before ordering and it should have been ok, but when it was delivered the fitting had been updated for W7.
Should I have ordered the soundcard for XP and then downloaded a suitable driver for W7 or am I barking up the wrong tree? That way I could use both slots of my motherboard and all would be great.


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18 Sep 2011   #12
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

ASRock > Products > P4VM890 Sorry whoever posted it... but that's not a Z68 board
It's a pentium 4 board Quite old by today's standard.. but if it does what you need it's not that bad
You can find downloads for the board on the left side under Overview Specifications then Downloads

Ok sorry quick edit.. but it seems since the board is that old there's no Win 7 drivers available on there..
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18 Sep 2011   #13
lady

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WolfSoul View Post
ASRock > Products > P4VM890 Sorry whoever posted it... but that's not a Z68 board
It's a pentium 4 board Quite old by today's standard.. but if it does what you need it's not that bad
You can find downloads for the board on the left side under Overview Specifications then Downloads

Ok sorry quick edit.. but it seems since the board is that old there's no Win 7 drivers available on there..
Thanks - just been on there and noticed that. Any other solutions?
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18 Sep 2011   #14
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

I would have to look some more but Im afraid to say switching board might be the best one..
Either that or have a PCI card.. but you bought a new X-Fi so that would be stupid
If Im correct you wanna work with sound and video creations
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18 Sep 2011   #15
lady

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WolfSoul View Post
It's not a part of Windows.. and it looks like the shopguy probably installed that since you said he's spanish
best I can give you since I found no language settings is the site WinRAR archiver, a powerful tool to process RAR and ZIP files
Most likely uninstall Spanish version and download the one you want and install that one.. but if you have no license it's going to be in trial mode
Thanks for that - so my trial will probably run out in a couple of weeks anyway. Can't see that I'll use it very much but if I need to I have kept the details of the site. Thanks for your time.
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18 Sep 2011   #16
lady

Windows 7 Professional 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by WolfSoul View Post
I would have to look some more but Im afraid to say switching board might be the best one..
Either that or have a PCI card.. but you bought a new X-Fi so that would be stupid
If Im correct you wanna work with sound and video creations
Yes I write and record songs but I thought it would be great to create a video or pictures with lyrics to go with the songs for somewhere like YouTube.

I thought the guy in the shop said he would have to replace 3 things, one being the motherboard but of course I could of misunderstood him. Would it just be the motherboard? Just I say - but I don't mean it. He normally deals in ASUS...

It seems changing to W7 is turning out to be very expensive!
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18 Sep 2011   #17
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

Asus is great.. Ive used and still use boards and videocards
You might have to count on DDR3 ram too if you switch boards
But that's it.. the videocard, soundcard and disks or drives of any kind that you have now will work on a new board
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18 Sep 2011   #18
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

if you could use more of my opinion feel free to ask
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18 Sep 2011   #19
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lady View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
Your motherboard only has one PCIe slot. The new sound card is a PCIe card and your video card is a PCIe card. Two cards but only one compatible slot so one has to go. I think I would put the video card back in, enable the motherboards on-board 5.1 sound card, and install the matching driver for it. Then see if you can do what you want to do with that setup.
I understand what you are saying about the motherboard only having one suitable slot but I have to weigh up which is most important, sound or graphics. Both are but I can't use Cakewalk Sonar with the SB Live 5.1 as it was so old that I couldn't get the W7 driver for it. That is why I bought the Creative X-Fi titanium as it works great and mostly uses ASIO drivers for Sonar. The guy in the shop checked the fitting on the internet and showed me the picture before ordering and it should have been ok, but when it was delivered the fitting had been updated for W7.
Should I have ordered the soundcard for XP and then downloaded a suitable driver for W7 or am I barking up the wrong tree? That way I could use both slots of my motherboard and all would be great.
In one of your posts you listed the motherboard as a P4VM890,
ASRock > Products > P4VM890
Looking under the product specifications it lists, Realtek ALC653 5.1 channel AC'97 audio codec, for audio. It already has a sound card built into it, you don't need to add one. Assuming you can get a windows 7 driver that is. My suggestion was to turn it on, enable it in BIOS, and see if it will work with your programs. You would need to remove the other add-in sounds cards to do this. If you do that you may as well put the other video card back in.
If the on-board sound won't work with your programs then its back to plan "B". Buy a PCI sound card or maybe even replace the motherboard. I believe you can also buy USB connectible sound cards. As mentioned though, finding a good driver for the on-board video may improve it.
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18 Sep 2011   #20
WolfSoul

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Retail
 
 

Using the Windows 7 upgrade advisor might tell you plenty
Download Details - Microsoft Download Center - Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor
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