I'm installing a new Asus Xonar DG sound card and I want to completely remove the "Integrated Realtek HD Audio ALC662 6 channel codec" so I do not run in to any trouble.
I noticed that I can remove the on board sound card with four possible ways.
Add or Remove Programs:
Listed as "Realtek High Definition Audio Driver"
Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices under Sounds and Audio Device's Hardware tab:
Listed as Realtek High Definition Audio
Note- There are possibly three other objects that might be related to Realtek:
Legacy Audio Drivers
Media Control Devices
Device Manager under Sound, video and game controllers:
Listed the same 4 objects as "Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices under Sounds and Audio Device's Hardware tab"
Disabling on board sound with BIOS:
Do I do this step first or last? Before powering down everything and opening the computer to install the new card.
Windows XP Professional SP3
Intel Core 2 Quad Q8300 2.50GHz
3.24 GB of RAM
"BTW, I'm a bit of a fanatic on sound, vacuum tube amplifiers, boutique speakers, and crazy expensive wire... BUT, I've never but a sound card like yours into a PC. Is it really that much better?"
The new sound card that I installed crushes the on board sound chip. It was actually quite sad how horrible music sounded from the on board sound chip. You know I doubt there would any differences between the sound quality of the new OB SC(possibly manufactured 2009-2010) to the old OB SC on my old Pentium 4 computer which was probably made around 2002-2003.
I can't compare my new PCI SC to a "vacuum tube amplifier" because unfortunately I don't have one. This would be my first amplifier for my AKG k81. From reading the Head-Fi forums about vacuum tube amps I can tell you that VTA's are going to have better components in them. I can't say much more because this card makes it my second sound card in 9 years. On my old computer I had a creative audigy sb0410.