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    Order to install new card

    I'm going to install a new sound card. What order should I do this? I'm thinking this order: 1. uninstall mobo drivers, video card driver 2. disable onboard audio 3. Put in new card 4. install audio driver 5. install mobo driver. 6. install video card driver.
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    Delete old audio drivers
    Install new card
    Install new drivers
    Make sure Windows lists the new device
    Tell it it is the preferred audio device & to only use it
    No need to un-install MoBo drivers
    I've done it this way a number of times with no issues.

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    I don't see the audio drivers in the control panel. I'm looking in the wrong place? I thought I needed to uninstall the mobo drivers at first because I thought the audio drivers were all integrated. Were do I find the audio drivers? Thanks.
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    If you're switching from an onboard audio solution to a card you can just install the new drivers as long as you tell Windows to only use the new device. I've done this with both ALC650 & MCP-T\Soundstorm onboard & switched to SBL & AV-710 cards without problems.

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    Well, I was about to put in a new sound card. Then I noticed my son has a Philips FW-C777 with a USB link on it. I hooked it up with no problem. This thing will put about any stereo system to the test. It has built in suround features on it and many others. I think I'll keep it for a while.It sure beats on board with the logitech speakers I use to have.
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    If you decide on buying a cheap card for HTPC, DVD & Music but not gaming try one of these -they're frigging amazing - I've had mine in my media PC for over a year -cheap too.

    http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...120-103&depa=0

    It doesn't like games with EAX audio but other than that its great.

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    Disabel Onboard Audio

    I have a SB Audigy and what I have always done if I am not using the integrated sound is to disable it in the BIOS settings.

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    Hey M2450!

    Welcome to the Forums!

    Yeah, always a good idea to disable any feature you aren't using, I have all my serial ports & parallel port disabled as well as onboard audio.

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