ASUS MOB onboard sound problem - help please!

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by aptec, Nov 23, 2002.

  1. aptec

    aptec Guest

    I have an ASUS P4T533-C based system with a Pentium IV 2.26Ghz chip, 512MB of RAM, a Leadtek GeForce 4 Ti 4400 graphics card, all running under Windows XP Pro.

    I am using the motherboard onboard sound - two Advent desk-top speakers plugged directly into the Line-Out jack on the board.

    Two days ago, for no apparent reason, the left speaker quit working. I checked all the cables, and all the volume control levels and everything appears to be as it should.

    I plugged my speakers into another system and they both work fine.

    I plugged another set of speakers into my system and the left one didn't work.

    I plugged a set of headphones into my system and the left channel doesn't work.

    I have tried uninstalling/reinstalling the drivers for the onboard sound, and it has no effect.

    When checking the cables I noticed that when I pulled the connector slowly out of the jack until it was almost completely out the left-hand speaker suddenly began working again. Pushing the plug back into the jack made the left-hand speaker stop working again.

    I've pushed and pulled and changed and checked and uninstalled and installed and reinstalled and rechecked and am now completely frustrated.

    Any suggestions welcome.
     
  2. rettahc

    rettahc Guest

    Buy a decent sound card. It sound like a solder joint may have lossened up.
     
  3. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    yeah, there's something physically wrong with the port. you could try fixing it, or buy a decent sound card with better sound quality and eax support and the like.
     
  4. aptec

    aptec Guest

    OK, thanks for the help. I guess it's off to the store this afternoon for me.

    Any suggestions on a good sound card?
     
  5. Taurus

    Taurus hardware monkey

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    depends how much you're willing to spend and what you'll use it for (games, etc). soundblaster audigy is good, great for games, good quality, but maybe a little pricey if you're a casual listener. hercules muse and fortissmo products are a little cheaper and i think they're known for being decent value cards.

    basically, stick to brand names like soundblaster, hercules, philips, and yamaha.