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post #1 of 60
Thread Starter 
I have Win7 Pro, 64 bit

I have a mother board that has built in audio.

can I add an audio card without issues?

my goal is to have software to control the audio including a graphic equalizer.

what is the best way to do this with my system?
post #2 of 60
It's a great idea actually.

The best way to do it is like this:
  1. Before physically installing the sound card, uninstall the driver and software for the onboard audio.
  2. Reboot into the BIOS
  3. Disable the onboard audio (it may be in the Integrated Peripherals area, but make sure you look everywhere as well as the manual)
  4. Turn the system off
  5. Install the sound card
  6. Turn the system on and then install everything needed for the sound card.
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Thread Starter 
ok. I am nervous about going into the BIOS.
I will think about it.

thanks

what sound card would you advise? I would want it to have all the software included, including an equalizer.
post #4 of 60
Which Mobo is it? Also onboard won't effect a soundcard, I'm running both and can use both at the same time with different applications. Is there on EQ for your onboard?
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Asus DS is cheap, pretty good, and includes a software EQ.
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post #6 of 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by TwoCables;12672435 
It's a great idea actually.

The best way to do it is like this:
  1. Before physically installing the sound card, uninstall the driver and software for the onboard audio.
  2. Reboot into the BIOS
  3. Disable the onboard audio (it may be in the Integrated Peripherals area, but make sure you look everywhere as well as the manual)
  4. Turn the system off
  5. Install the sound card
  6. Turn the system on and then install everything needed for the sound card.


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When I saw this thread under the latest discussions a picture popped up in my mind of a reply, right after OP from a guy named two cables with a picture of two cables as avatar answering OP's questions.

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post #7 of 60
Thread Starter 
no eq for the mobo sound, just volume.

M3A78-CM ASUS MOBO
post #8 of 60
Thread Starter 
so, can use a sound card without going into the BIOS?
post #9 of 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by RonR399;12672727 
so, can use a sound card without going into the BIOS?

just go in the bios.

If anything goes wrong you are only going to lose your computer and explode your home and family.
Ops, sorry. If anything goes wrong, you can always select the default button.

I see you are new to computers. Well. Most things is just about reading. Ever noticed that when you put your mouse on top of something some text pops up with comments? Your BIOS is like this. Everything there is explained inside of it in simple ways.

Now just go there and do the simple thing.
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Originally Posted by RonR399;12672727 
so, can use a sound card without going into the BIOS?
this is not the simplest thing to be done.



hope I helped, rockie
post #10 of 60
Quote:
Originally Posted by RonR399;12672653 
no eq for the mobo sound, just volume.

M3A78-CM ASUS MOBO
Quote:
Originally Posted by RonR399;12672727 
so, can use a sound card without going into the BIOS?

Seems strange for a board with HD audio, is it Realteck? my M4A78L-M is, and you've been into the HD Audio Manager?

You can just plug the soundcard into the PCI/PCI-E and load the drivers, then choose which you want (soundcard or Onboard) as Windows Default Sound Device.
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