I'm a beginner, and I tried to transplant my pc from one case into another. I was putting in one component after another, and testing (plugging in/turning power on) them one at a time. When it came time for the sound card, I plugged in a cable from the PSU (hey, it fit) which apparently was a mistake. As soon as I turned the power on I saw smoke emerge from the motherboard, and smelled burning. I turned it off right away.
Disassembling the motherboard, I couldn't find any traces of burning, and no capacitors had a bulge. After a while, I reassembled the computer, and it's been working since then, but the sound card isn't recognized. Later, I noticed some kind of damage to a relatively large "chip" (I don't know what it's called) next to the audio card slot, which I guess is a PCI express slot. I have a picture of it... http://www.flickr.com/photos/92174905@N05/9499643500/
The sound card when plugged in lights up but that's it. It doesn't *seem* broken. But I would like to know if replacing it will get me sound again, or if it's all up to that thing on the mb, which frankly could have looked exactly like this before the incident. The mobo is a "republic of gamers" piece and the soundcard is a soundblaster fx II although it doesn't seem relevant.
So yeah, that's my problem. I'd appreciate it if someone could shed some light on this. Thanks in advance either way.
Been a while since I posted this, and I've been rocking on without sound all this time. Call it negligence. But I edited my picture a bit, so if anyone wants to have a look....
Blew something up. Can I still get sound without having to buy a new mobo? See pic.