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Soundblaster lost on Vista on reboot

Ok i have a sound card that has been fine for 3 years. Then suddenly it lost the soundcard (Soundblaster XFI extreme audio). All Vista (Business 32 bit) does is try to find it again with their install driver issue. So I updated the driver.

I reboot it doesn't find it. But upon further inspection, i found that the card has come loose. I pushed it back in, it worked fine. Then i reboot and it it loses it again. I push it back in and screw it down tight. It can't come lose. It finds it again. Upon another reboot it loses it again and the card is tight.

So i have concluded its not a problem with Windows finding the existence of a device there. Its not a board creep issue because the card is in there tight. It could be a Vista plug and play issue, but other hardware works fine. So my only conclusion is the board has gone bad and i need to replace the sound card.

Does this seem like the right course of action?
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skree358Commented:
You may also try resetting or updating the BIOS and see if it works. But most likely you have a problem with the board or the card itself as you are only able to resolve it if you push it back in. Hope this helps.
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nathana21Author Commented:
The motherboard seems fine. The bios is fine because it detects the existence of a card there. I have no problems with any other hardware, so i am assuming sound card is bad. Any other ideas?
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skree358Commented:
Well, it could really be the card that is bad. But a suggestion though, if your system is on a table, why not place it down on the floor were there could be less vibration. Or you may try placing the tower on a different location were there are no vibrations. Hope this helps.
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nathana21Author Commented:
its on the floor right now. and there is no vibration around it. So i'm wagering bad board. I'm going to replace it with a Soundblaster Fatality.
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nathana21Author Commented:
Would a card coming out during running fry it?
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pardizzoneCommented:
The card can be fried if it pops out while running. It could also fry the PCI slot that the card is in. Have you tried putting the card in a different slot?
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nathana21Author Commented:
I will just buy a new card and see if thats the problem. The fact that it detects that there is a card there leads me to think its the card itself
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nathana21Author Commented:
update: I bought a new card, but it didn't have the x-fi drive on it. But when i put it in the computer, it worked fine. So I will buy the new card and run it for a few days and see if its fixed. Then I will accept the answer on Monday.
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