I have a T-bird 1000 an an abit KT-7 with the VIA (KT133) /VIA 686A chipset. I am looking to buy a sound card and was wondering what will cause the fewest problems with this chipset? I was originally just going to purchaser a SB live due to the price, but know I hear it is incompatible with the VIA chipsets. I'm not looking to spend a lot (less than $40), I just need something that will work properly and give me decent sound with this damn VIA board.
well, right now i am sitting on the same board (its "A" edition though) with 7.5x133 TB, in WinME, running Ensoniq (SB64-128 chip) playing MP3s (nice cosmo music;) and suggesting you to get the same SB128 thing, all Windows OSs see it and run with default drivers without any hickups, I used to have MX300 on it, but took it off and put it into P3 system which is my work Win2k PC. Of course its sound is not as nice as MX300, but runs all i need there and is cheap.
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I have a Soundblaster live running with no problems on a Via (intel CPU) chipset I have also installed many on several other Via boards (including AMD CPU. I have found that they like the Soundcard on slot #3, with its own IRQ. If you did want the features (EAX, 4 pt surroundsound, digital output, etc, it is a good card. If you only have a 2 speaker setup, don't do any sound editing, and don't play any games, the Ensonic will do you well.
Crystal soundchips tend to work well with VIA motherboards and are available at all levels. Look into the Turtle Beach and Hercules lines (they both have a couple good cards for $40 or less). Also consider ESS Canyon 3d cards, they produce excellent sound at bargain prices.