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I installed a sound card, and when I did, I just found a power plug and plugged it in. I read somewhere that there's different voltages for each cord....that some are +12V, etc etc.

How do I tell if I messed up?
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post #2 of 7
you don't need a separate power line for your sound card

unplug it and let the mobo give the sound card power
post #3 of 7
If you are on about the internal power to the card itself, then basically if the power connector fits, then it's the right one. On a standard 4 pin molex there is indeed a 5v, 12v, and 2 neutrals.

From what I've seen on the X-Fi you have, the front bay requires one floppy-type power connector, and the sound card also takes one. I'm unsure if both have to be used at the same time however.
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Maybe post some pictures ? I am not entirely sure what you mean .

Just any power plug wont fit in a sound card..
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post #5 of 7
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Well the sound card and the sound card's expansion bay both work fine, and have for months now. I was just worried I was giving too much voltage to it, maybe hindering performance from the rest of the computer.

Is there software to check all your voltages and what is getting what?
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post #6 of 7
Voltages can be seen by the wire colours...

And if the connector fits, its the right one. You are good to go.







Quote:
Originally Posted by SaII View Post
you don't need a separate power line for your sound card

unplug it and let the mobo give the sound card power

Um.. Not correct. MANY sound cards need extra power.. (Especially creative) Audigy 2, X-fi, etc.
(My Audigy 2 ZS Platinum Pro needs a floppy connector to power the breakout box and firewire..)
post #7 of 7
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Well the sound card and the sound card's expansion bay both work fine, and have for months now. I was just worried I was giving too much voltage to it, maybe hindering performance from the rest of the computer.

Is there software to check all your voltages and what is getting what?
Voltages can be checked by speed fan or some bios programs. But the most accurate would be a good power supply tester/meter. If your computer is running and not randomly shutting off, you should be fine.
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