About a month ago I bought an old IBM Netvista,....the sound worked when I got it, but when I tried it last night it was dead. I put in an old Soundblaster card I had laying around, and now it works fine. I know it's not software or driver-related; I've run this comp with both xp and 98 (on different hard drives), all audio drivers up to date, no sound from either o/s...and device manager on both says that the audio is working fine. I went into bios, and saw nothing amiss.
Is it unusual for the onboard audio chip to go bad?
And a bonus question Is even a cheap audio card an improvement over onboard audio? I know that the IBM's sound is much improved with the Soundblaster card.
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Yeah sorry, hahaha. But with relation to this top, I haven't seen or heard of much cases of the onboard audio failing. It's more of a rarer thing than other issues.
Yeah, I've never had it happen before, and I've been messing with old computers now for a few years. The thing I usually have to replace is onboard ethernet; for some reason, mine usually die on me and I have to add a card.
Never really heard of Ethernet failing as well. Usually a cheap sound card is better. But more higher end motherboards have better onboard audio. If your motherboard is old than any new sound card is usually better.