Originally Posted by cdoublejj
is this after the new motherboard? if so are touching the pci/pcie contacts with your fingers? i have cleaned pci contacts with clean printer paper and gotten all kinds og gunk/dirt that isn't visible to the naked off and fixed even the worst of non booting machines.
Yup, this is after the new motherboard. I didn't try to clean the contacts. I even tried a new power cord. But, I did go out and buy a Creative sound card tonight because I needed to narrow down where this was coming from. The Creative card was recognized immediately. Haven't had a chance to adjust the sound yet because I wiped the hard drive and reinstalled Windows again just to be safe. But I listened to it compared to the onboard Realtek ALC898. There was noticeable bass improvements on the Creative card over the ALC898 but it wasn't significant. I decided to go with the standard X-Fi Extreme instead of the Recon 3D because I'm not a big gamer, supposedly the X-Fi is better for music. I'm really not going to try and figure out why the Asus cards don't work any more on this, if I bang my head against the wall any more............