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Will this old Card improve my sound quality

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August 12, 2012 6:06:23 AM

I found an old sound card from days yonder and im wondering if it will improve the sound quaility over the onboard audio.

Its a very old Sound Blaster PCI 128



I believe that its from the Windows 98 era so even if it would improve the quality of the sound I have a bad feeling that it would not work very well with windows 7.

What do you guys think
August 12, 2012 6:22:56 AM

i would highly doubt it, and good luck with any sort of driver support :p 
August 12, 2012 6:24:58 AM

nna2 said:
i would highly doubt it, and good luck with any sort of driver support :p 



Well I was able to find a driver update for windows xp but I don't know how well that would work with 7 plus I would still have to find the original driver to update it
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August 12, 2012 6:37:10 AM

Mrsquirreleo said:
Well I was able to find a driver update for windows xp but I don't know how well that would work with 7 plus I would still have to find the original driver to update it


it might work, but i've only had issues trying to get XP things to work in 7
August 12, 2012 6:38:59 AM

Nope it would actually have worse sound quality. I would be surprised if it even had 48khz 16bit audio. All onboard audio made in the last 5 years has 24 bit audio which is a huge step above a 1995 sound blaster about 10x better than the sound blaster.
August 12, 2012 6:46:45 AM

I found the manual online and it turns out it only is at max 16bit

So I guess it sucks sound wise, but I does have that port on the back for an midi device or and old joystick which could come in handy considering I like to collect old computer stuff
August 12, 2012 6:49:22 AM

you can always get adapters
August 12, 2012 6:53:57 AM

nna2 said:
you can always get adapters


They have adapters for those old things? Could you post me a link to one?, I have no clue what you call those old ports so I would have a hard time finding whatever its called
August 12, 2012 7:01:36 AM

Thanks for the link, buying a $10 cord is a lot easier then getting a stone age sound card to work
August 12, 2012 7:08:50 AM

0.0 i wish i knew viewing american newegg links was as easy as clearing my cache...

im kind of suprised how expensive such a simple looking cord is
August 12, 2012 7:18:51 AM

I was actually looking after you linked that link and I found that windows 7 has no support for a gameport (thats their common name) so basically if I wanted to use a game port I would most likely have to boot into windows xp (maybe even 98) so maybe I'll just build a pc with the specs of a 98 computer, should be really cheap (floppy drive and all)
August 12, 2012 7:28:12 AM

it's easy enough to run them... i run windows 98 DOS all the time
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