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Onboard Sound Vs SoundBlaster
AC97 vs Sounblaster 128

 3:25 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Upgrading my P2-400 to AMD Ath. XP 1800 - got the chip, MB, Geforce card and 333mhzDDR RAM


the MB has an onboard AC97 sound.

Should I leave it on or should I use my old souncard which I bought 2-3 years ago?

Will the onboard sound be better than my old SoundBlaster?

primarily to be used for gaming :)



 3:53 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

If gaming is your game (pun intended ;)) then go with the SB. It will blow away the onboard chip. Even if the SB is a few years old. You might also wander over to www.pricewatch.com (broken link) and price Audigy 1 cards. The new SB audigy 2 cards just came out so OEMs I am sure are scrambling to get rid of one step down technology.

Also you might want to check out your power supply, make sure it is over 350 watts.



 4:43 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

right, thanks

I will disable the onboard sound and plug in my trusty soundblaster :)

I have 250 power supply, why do I need more? (ignorance here)

What will happen if I dont have 350?


 5:55 pm on Nov 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

Your computer starts having all sorts of problems when there is not enough juice running to it. Hard disk CRC errors, random blue screens, memory errors. Get the 350 watt.


 1:02 am on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

better to have a higher wattage(at least 300W) for Athlon/AMD chips, a lower rating of power supply may fry your processor.


 9:30 am on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Well installed everything last night, everything runs fine..

Except GeForce Ti200 64MB, just get beeps like its not seated properly - but it is!

If i swap it back to my Voodoo3 it works fine. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Could this all be down to the PSU? You would think that it would at least boot up OK.


 2:37 pm on Nov 6, 2002 (gmt 0)

Put an e-mail into your mobo manufacture asking them if they have any issues with your EXACT graphics card, some older mobos do :(.

Also, what is the AGP slot set to in your mobo bios? You might want to bump it up to 4 if the mobo is capable (be prepared to bump it back down though in increments).

I'm debating getting a 9700 graphics card, just have to pimp my wife out for the cash though :).


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