Onboard sound ages exponentially faster than 7GHz Athlons
Posted on 2005-04-25
My friend's onboard sound on a Gigabyte motherboard inside an HP died. My dad's friend's onboard sound on a who-knows-what in a Compaq died. Now, my dad's MSI K7T's onboard sound is dead.
Every once in a while, on some random PC at some random time, the onboard sound dies. It just goes out, and no operating system recognizes an audio device even having once existed. I hate cheap sound cards to replace onboard sound that has no reason not to work.
All the BIOS options are perfectly fine, and all the audio options are available. All IRQ settings are set so as not to interfere with anything else, and this is why I see no reason to buy another cheap sound card. For a PC that powers speakers no more powerful than 5W per channel, a sound card isn't necessary if there is onboard sound. Why can't the video die? I can live with a useless parallel port or two, but the absolute absence of any hint whatsoever of any sound capabilites ever in the entire history of the motherboard at all is just ridiculous!
I can't stress enough how annoying it is to boot up a PC at some random time and have the sound just not be there. No Windows audio device is ever found afterwards. I have another thread going because the dead Compaq's onboard sound cannot be replaced. The first sound card didn't work at all, but it's alive and well in another PC that doesn't need it. I can't say much about the HP's motherboard because my friends and I took a few screwdrivers to it when all of its disturbingly painful faults became too annoying.
Anyway, I need to know either the details of the sick marketing scheme that was formulated to make sound cards sell more or how to help sound not die randomly.
Thank you very much.