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Good day folks, In a recent build, I used a Gigabyte GA-78LMT-USB3 mother, with on-board Intel HD Audio. It can run either in HD or AC97, but the default is HD. It is capable of running 7.1 chanels, but in order to get the 7.1,I need access to the front control panel audio, on a Apevia X-Qpack3, case. Ordinarily not an issue, but if you are not familiar with the case, the “front audio jack”, that I need, is actually located on the Top of the case, instead of the front. Again, Ordinarily, not an issue, however, when you slide the case into the custom media center cabinet, there is little clearance between the top of the case and the bottom of the shelf above. Yes, plenty of air circulation.

Anyway, I was looking at adding an old Sound Blaster PCI X-FI fatal1ty Pro, Gamer(Model# SB0460) and using the X-Fi card's portsjacks as essentially my front audio inputs.

So now to the questions.
1. Can the Sound Card and the Motherboard's On-Board Audio operate at the same time? Or, am I going to have to disable the onboard sound functionality in the setup/Bios screens?
2. Do I need to run power to this particular sound card? There is a power connector on the sound vard, but my understanding this is for Creative's own I/0 panel.
3. Will I need to run a cable from the sound card to the F_Audio header on my MB? If so, should the pin outs on the cable be configured for HD_Audio or AC97? Or, do I even need the cable running to the MB F-Audio header.

As this card is from around 2005-ish, I'm not sure what modifications need to be made, if any?
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1. I would disable onboard to avoid problems/driver conflicts.

2. I can't say, although I actually have the same sound card in the mail. I'd run power to it just in case.

3. You mean to make the sound card power the front audio ports on your case? Probably, although I don't know how exactly to set it up in your system. Personally I never bother setting this up, since the quality is worse. Better to plug straight into the sound card.
 
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Thanks BG, for your input.

Have you had any luck locating documentation on this Sound Blaster? Creative does not support the card any longer and they seem to have eliminated all documentation foe it. I've bee searching for the user manual, but all I found was a datasheet. .
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1. Originally, I was thinking of just relocating/substituting the front audio jacks, simply, by disconnecting the Case's F_Audio connector from the MB F_Audio header, and then add jacks, by some means to the back of the machine. Then run a cable from the new jacks to the F_Audio header on the Gigabyte MB. But, since the X-Fi can be setup to 7.1 channel, I guess, there would be no need to worry about the F_Audio and onboard audio, since, it seems like we are just disabling all the MB audio functionality all together.

2. Agreed.

3. No, I was talking about running a cable from the Sound Blaster to the F_Audio header on the motherboard. I know creative uses a proprietary cable, to attach other audio options, but since, we are disabling the on-board audio, as mentioned in #1 above, this takes care of question #3,as I would imagine the F_Audio header on the motherboard will be disabled along with the audio components at the back of the machine.

EXCEPT... Hmm,!

Given that the pin configuration on the MB header connector for AC97 would be different than the default HD audio, just out of curiosity, If I had wanted to run the Front Audio cable from the case's front panel to the Sound Blaster, what wiring/pin configuration would the Sound Blaster card be using? AC97 or Intel's HD to connect?

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