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So I have this AC97 something or other onboard.

I'm from the days of SoundBlaster 16 and Doom 2 on floppies. I haven't kept up to date on sound cards for a while now.

I have this older PC with this PCI card

"Sound Blaster Live!" gotta love the exclamation point....

model CT4780

Its got a game port for my old gravis gamepad. awesome. I know, all the new stuff has USB but....I like my Super Nintendo gamepad for PC.

1 mic input and 4 other outputs as opposed to my current card which....has less.

Would it be better to use this card?
    
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Try it out and see how it works for you. One reason why it would be better, is that it since it is an add-on card, it does not use any of your cpu processing. IF you like it use it, otherwise stick with onbaord.
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I have like 3 of those.. with the red green and black ports lol it has like 10 pins on the pci bus its pretty bald looking
    
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definatley use the PCI card, then after its drivers are all installed, go into your bios and disable the onboard sound and this will free up a very little bit of your CPU power... and the sound quality of the SB live! is much greater than any current onboard sound...
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definatley use the PCI card, then after its drivers are all installed, go into your bios and disable the onboard sound and this will free up a very little bit of your CPU power... and the sound quality of the SB live! is much greater than any current onboard sound...
cool thanks!

There are three connectors available, "TAD" "CD IN" and "AUX IN"

Do I need to connect any of these?
    
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i think your talking about the internal inputs on the inside of the case, theres three lil connesctors, no you dont have to connect them
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I've got a SB Live, great card for $30. Definently better than onboard.
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Originally Posted by Namrac
I've got a SB Live, great card for $30. Definently better than onboard.

Even if its from the year 2000?

I've seen most of the other threads concerning this...some people are saying otherwise.

Only one way to find out....here goes....
    
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I have just plugged in a CT4780 (OEM DELL!) but im having trouble with the drivers, every time i restart the PC i have to set the settings to default and then put all my Bass/treble etc back to how i like it.

Ive no idea why i have to do this as ive tried everything!!
    
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I have just plugged in a CT4780 (OEM DELL!) but im having trouble with the drivers, every time i restart the PC i have to set the settings to default and then put all my Bass/treble etc back to how i like it.

Ive no idea why i have to do this as ive tried everything!!
Wow...sorry man I was just about to post about my succesful POST...and apparantly it installed on its own. Sound works OK. Only tested it on homestarrunner.com, but hey at least it works. To the best of my knowledge, it auto-installed the drivers on its own.

We have the same model. I connected my CDROM to the middle connector on it labeled "CD IN"

Any error messages?
Did you uninstall drivers first? Go to BIOS and disable onboard audio?

EDIT: I also have a Dell OEM version of this thing. I'm in the middle of goin through Creative's site for drivers....
    
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