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A little background of the situation: My neighbor is having trouble with his new slim profile E-machine. He keeps getting interference through his speakers...sounds like TV commercials. He is using a Verizon router for all of his services (phone, internet, tv), but I don't believe that there is an issue with the interference coming from that, because, while the interference was coming through, I unplugged the network cable for a few minutes and it still came through. Also, it doesn't have anything to do with Internet Explorer (ads playing in the background, etc.) as the interference comes through at all times, even just sitting at desktop.

So, I'm have been looking for a replacement sound card for his machine. He has a slim profile E-Machine with 2 expansion slots...1 PCI-E X16 and 1 PCI-E. I am having trouble finding slim profile cards to beggin with, let alone pci-e cards. Any ideas where to find one? The cheaper the better...he doesn't need anything fancy.

Thanks!

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by:HAVARD7979
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The Auzen X-Fi Forte 7.1 is Auzentech's first Low Profile native PCI Express® audio card designed especially for gamers and audiophiles. Compared to the X-Fi chipset reference design, the X-Fi Forte improves the circuitry and upgrades the components. You can now listen to your Hi-Fi Headphone and use your professional Mic on your desktop PC, as well as enjoying audiophile-quality audio, thanks to the X-Fi Forte integrated Headphone Amplifier and Microphone Pre-Amplifier. Auzentech created the X-Fi Forte for customers who asked for a "high-end, low profile" sound card that would thrill music-, movie-, and gaming-enthusiasts alike.
here is the link

http://a-power.com/product-15134-0-1
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switch his speakers first... cheap speakers can be injected with noise, most onboard audio are digital so that shouldn't be the problem... speakers, however, are analog, and are very prone to outside noise ... to test this, place your cell phone by his speakers and call it from another phone ... if you hear a very crazy buzzing/clicking noise while your phone rings, his speakers are probably the culprit.
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by:mjgreenley
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Thanks jramsier, but only one of these appears to have a low-profile bracket design...and it's a little out of the price range.

Harvard7979: The ASUS Xonar DX looks like it might be the best solution for now as far as a card goes...but I might take a shot at testing out truromeao4juliet's theory first.

truromeo4juliet: I will give this a try and see how it goes. I'll post my findings soon.

Thanks All!!
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You might want to try earbuds or a headset to take the speakers right out of the equation
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Sorry for the delay in response. We tried the headphones and new speakers, still got the interference. Ordered the Asus...so far so good. we'll see!

Thanks for all the help and troubleshooting ideas. Much appreciated!
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