On-board Audio Stopped Working?

Discussion in 'Silicon (v)Alley' started by 8ight, Jan 20, 2014.

  1. Is it normal for a PC's sound card to just stop working? Over the last few days, it's been sort of touchy, and I was under the impression that maybe something from the PC case's headphone jack was loose. But today while using it, it suddenly cut to a garbled underwater sound, and now it's extremely muted. I get the same results plugging the headphones directly to the motherboard's sound in the back. It's not the headphones/cables (I tested them; no issues whatsoever). 
    I had been considering getting a sound card anyway, so I could hook my PC up to my stereo. But I just wanted to make sure it is in fact the on-board sound that failed, and not something else before I drop the cash.
    This was the card I had been looking at before, so I'll probably go with it unless anyone has some other suggestions. I want one with RCA outputs for my stereo. 

  2. Before you make a purchase, make sure the OS audio stack is working. From what I understand, your PC has a dedicated sound card as well as a chipset, yes? And both gave the same output? If so, either your PCI bus is faulty or your OS is. Check those out before making an unnecessary purchase.
  3. Nope, I meant that I'm just using the motherboard's sound. I never installed a sound card. 
  4. All yuh need to connect a computer to a stereo is a nice 4 dolla y-cable ;) As far as your problems, no idea, never heard of onboard audio failing, guess it must happen.. right? :
  5. It could be a case of a fault with the onboard sound, eliminate the possibility of faulty wiring to the output before you purchase anything. My jack extension has to constantly be fiddled with because of the wiring.     
  6. if all else fails to be the problem, ex: wires/software, then it might be time to get a dedicated pci/e sound card. they're pretty cheap and they blow onboard sound hardware out of the water. a worthy investment either way
  7. Lol, so it was just the headphone extension cable. It works sometimes, sometimes it doesn't. So when I quickly tested it, it worked, so I assumed it was the PC. PC's fine; problem solved.  :rolleyes:
    I have the exact same problem, If I grip it for a few mins it works fine, otherwise all i get is a garbled sound. 

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