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  1. #1
    Ext User() Guest

    No sound from Soundblaster Live 24-bit card

    Not sure where's best to ask this, but basically, I've taken my
    soundcard from my old PC and installed it in my new one. My Windows XP
    recognises it, recognises the drivers, and mentions it in several
    places (Control Panel/Sounds etc.)

    But no sound comes out, whether it be playing a midi, an mp3, a CD,
    whatever. Checked volumes and speakers etc. a dozen times.

    There wasn't a soundcard as such before. There was something called
    Realtek(?) - I dont really know what that's all about, but anyway,
    before I installed the Soundblaster card, I went into the BIOS
    settings and turned the "onboard sound" off. (That did as intended
    because I checked afterwards.)

    It may be a silly question, but I don't have to attach any cables from
    the new soundcard to the motherboard do I? Or to the CD drive? I got
    the impression it wasn't necessary, but could be wrong!

    Thanks for any suggestions!
    Max.


  2. #2
    Ext User(JJ) Guest

    Re: No sound from Soundblaster Live 24-bit card

    On Sun, 18 Aug 2013 12:11:20 GMT, madmax@aol.com wrote:
    > Not sure where's best to ask this, but basically, I've taken my
    > soundcard from my old PC and installed it in my new one. My Windows XP
    > recognises it, recognises the drivers, and mentions it in several
    > places (Control Panel/Sounds etc.)
    >
    > But no sound comes out, whether it be playing a midi, an mp3, a CD,
    > whatever. Checked volumes and speakers etc. a dozen times.
    >
    > There wasn't a soundcard as such before. There was something called
    > Realtek(?) - I dont really know what that's all about, but anyway,
    > before I installed the Soundblaster card, I went into the BIOS
    > settings and turned the "onboard sound" off. (That did as intended
    > because I checked afterwards.)
    >
    > It may be a silly question, but I don't have to attach any cables from
    > the new soundcard to the motherboard do I? Or to the CD drive? I got
    > the impression it wasn't necessary, but could be wrong!
    >
    > Thanks for any suggestions!
    > Max.


    I have the same OS and card as yours. In the PC, you only need to attach
    cable if you want to listen to CD audio from your CD-ROM drive.

    On the back panel...

    Try plugging the speaker/headphone to the rear speaker socket instead of the
    main/front speaker socket. You'll need to change the speaker configuration
    setting to at least 4-speakers. I heard user reports that the main/front
    line-out got broken or has lower sound quality, so only the rear line-out
    works.

    On software side...

    Check the Volume Control and make sure no output lines is muted. Also try
    toggling (enable, then disable) the "Digital Output Only" setting in the
    "Advanced Controls for Play Control" dialog, which is accessible from the
    "Advanced" button below the "Play Control" slider. It sometimes able to fix
    the problem, at least in my system.

    On hardware side...

    I also occasionally have the same problem. No sounds came out from the card,
    even though all seems to work correctly.

    The problem seems to be fixed by itself after warm or cold rebooting the
    system.

    I don't know for sure, but I'm guessing that it's a glitch/bug in the card
    hardware. My previous card is identical to current one. The old works well
    for a few years, but later it makes the PC won't boot at all when reseated
    or plugged into any other PCI slot.

  3. #3
    Ext User(dadiOH) Guest

    Re: No sound from Soundblaster Live 24-bit card

    <madmax@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:5210b73a.18203828@news.btinternet.com
    > Not sure where's best to ask this, but basically, I've
    > taken my soundcard from my old PC and installed it in my
    > new one. My Windows XP recognises it, recognises the
    > drivers, and mentions it in several places (Control
    > Panel/Sounds etc.)
    >
    > But no sound comes out, whether it be playing a midi, an
    > mp3, a CD, whatever. Checked volumes and speakers etc. a
    > dozen times.


    Did you also install the software that came with the card? You probably
    need their "mixer".

    > There wasn't a soundcard as such before. There was
    > something called Realtek(?) - I dont really know what
    > that's all about


    Its the onboard sound chip. Why did you want thw Soundblaster rathwe than
    it?


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  4. #4
    Ext User(RJK) Guest

    Re: No sound from Soundblaster Live 24-bit card


    <madmax@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:5210b73a.18203828@news.btinternet.com...
    > Not sure where's best to ask this, but basically, I've taken my
    > soundcard from my old PC and installed it in my new one. My Windows XP
    > recognises it, recognises the drivers, and mentions it in several
    > places (Control Panel/Sounds etc.)
    >
    > But no sound comes out, whether it be playing a midi, an mp3, a CD,
    > whatever. Checked volumes and speakers etc. a dozen times.
    >
    > There wasn't a soundcard as such before. There was something called
    > Realtek(?) - I dont really know what that's all about, but anyway,
    > before I installed the Soundblaster card, I went into the BIOS
    > settings and turned the "onboard sound" off. (That did as intended
    > because I checked afterwards.)
    >
    > It may be a silly question, but I don't have to attach any cables from
    > the new soundcard to the motherboard do I? Or to the CD drive? I got
    > the impression it wasn't necessary, but could be wrong!
    >
    > Thanks for any suggestions!
    > Max.
    >


    I've had several (old) Soundblaster pci cards which did not survive being
    transplanted, (despite decent anti-static precautions / ...always use mains
    powered/active wrist straps when rummaging inside a PC), ...sometimes they
    just die !!!

    regards, Richard




  5. #5
    Ext User(Paul) Guest

    Re: No sound from Soundblaster Live 24-bit card

    RJK wrote:
    > <madmax@aol.com> wrote in message
    > news:5210b73a.18203828@news.btinternet.com...
    >> Not sure where's best to ask this, but basically, I've taken my
    >> soundcard from my old PC and installed it in my new one. My Windows XP
    >> recognises it, recognises the drivers, and mentions it in several
    >> places (Control Panel/Sounds etc.)
    >>
    >> But no sound comes out, whether it be playing a midi, an mp3, a CD,
    >> whatever. Checked volumes and speakers etc. a dozen times.
    >>
    >> There wasn't a soundcard as such before. There was something called
    >> Realtek(?) - I dont really know what that's all about, but anyway,
    >> before I installed the Soundblaster card, I went into the BIOS
    >> settings and turned the "onboard sound" off. (That did as intended
    >> because I checked afterwards.)
    >>
    >> It may be a silly question, but I don't have to attach any cables from
    >> the new soundcard to the motherboard do I? Or to the CD drive? I got
    >> the impression it wasn't necessary, but could be wrong!
    >>
    >> Thanks for any suggestions!
    >> Max.
    >>

    >
    > I've had several (old) Soundblaster pci cards which did not survive being
    > transplanted, (despite decent anti-static precautions / ...always use mains
    > powered/active wrist straps when rummaging inside a PC), ...sometimes they
    > just die !!!
    >
    > regards, Richard


    I've seen a picture of at least one Creative SoundBlaster
    for PCI bus, where two pins were burned on it. The pins
    burned when the card was plugged into a new computer.
    A suspicion is, something incompatible from a power
    perspective was done, and the power supply took great
    joy "correcting" the error. Needless to say, the card
    no longer functioned.

    So it's not always static. Something else is afoot.

    Paul

  6. #6
    Ext User() Guest

    Re: No sound from Soundblaster Live 24-bit card

    Thanks all for your responses. I've made a discovery, but to answer
    points raised:-

    1. I do a lot of MIDI work and all the instruments sound much better
    with a soundcard than onboard sound, hence my persevering.

    2. I've always just used the minimum with Soundblaster cards, i.e.
    basic drivers, not all the "Creative" extras that come with it. That
    was always enough for me.

    3. Not sure about 4 speakers. I only have an option for 2 on a
    desktop. All the other options are laptops, 5.1, 7.1 etc.

    4. I've tried front AND back holes, believe me!

    Anyway....... I had a wild idea I would install the soundcard and
    software into ANOTHER PC - a really rubbishy old one I don't intend to
    keep. Just to try and narrow things down, right? Well I changed the
    BIOS, did the installation, then tried every hole.

    With the (new) PC, there was not a sound from ANY hole. However, with
    this one, green was still silent BUT it played the test music (albeit
    very very quietly) when I tried the blue hole!!!!

    From what I've described, does this scenario suggest anything to
    anyone about the state of the soundcard or PC??? I'm crossing my
    fingers that it proves "something"!

    Thanks again.

    Max


  7. #7
    Ext User(Ben Myers) Guest

    Re: No sound from Soundblaster Live 24-bit card

    <madmax@aol.com> wrote in message news:5210b73a.18203828@news.btinternet.com...
    > Not sure where's best to ask this, but basically, I've taken my
    > soundcard from my old PC and installed it in my new one. My Windows XP
    > recognises it, recognises the drivers, and mentions it in several
    > places (Control Panel/Sounds etc.)
    > But no sound comes out, whether it be playing a midi, an mp3, a CD,
    > whatever. Checked volumes and speakers etc. a dozen times.
    > There wasn't a soundcard as such before. There was something called
    > Realtek(?) - I dont really know what that's all about, but anyway,
    > before I installed the Soundblaster card, I went into the BIOS
    > settings and turned the "onboard sound" off. (That did as intended
    > because I checked afterwards.)
    > It may be a silly question, but I don't have to attach any cables from
    > the new soundcard to the motherboard do I? Or to the CD drive? I got
    > the impression it wasn't necessary, but could be wrong!
    > Thanks for any suggestions!
    > Max.


    Go to "Control Panel", "Sounds and Audio Devices", in the "Device Volume" box, click on the "Advanced"
    tab and make sure nothing relevant is muted. Also, click on "Options", "Properties", make sure the
    "Mixer Device" shows the correct hardware and that all the necessary volume controls have check marks.
    If none of this helps, see if this applies to you.

    http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/d...name=c01427349

    Ben

  8. #8
    Ext User(dadiOH) Guest

    Re: No sound from Soundblaster Live 24-bit card

    <madmax@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:5212415e.2401843@news.btinternet.com
    > Thanks all for your responses. I've made a discovery, but
    > to answer points raised:-
    >
    > 1. I do a lot of MIDI work and all the instruments sound
    > much better with a soundcard than onboard sound, hence my
    > persevering.
    >
    > 2. I've always just used the minimum with Soundblaster
    > cards, i.e. basic drivers, not all the "Creative" extras
    > that come with it. That was always enough for me.
    >
    > 3. Not sure about 4 speakers. I only have an option for 2
    > on a desktop. All the other options are laptops, 5.1, 7.1
    > etc.
    >
    > 4. I've tried front AND back holes, believe me!
    >
    > Anyway....... I had a wild idea I would install the
    > soundcard and software into ANOTHER PC - a really
    > rubbishy old one I don't intend to keep. Just to try and
    > narrow things down, right? Well I changed the BIOS, did
    > the installation, then tried every hole.
    >
    > With the (new) PC, there was not a sound from ANY hole.
    > However, with this one, green was still silent BUT it
    > played the test music (albeit very very quietly) when I
    > tried the blue hole!!!!
    >
    > From what I've described, does this scenario suggest
    > anything to anyone about the state of the soundcard or
    > PC??? I'm crossing my fingers that it proves "something"!


    Open the mixer (or Windows Sound Control) and make sure the appropriate
    channels are selected. IIRC, with a Soundblaster, it is "What-U-Hear".

    If Windows Sound Control isn't available, install the Creative mixer, then
    it will be.



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  9. #9
    Ext User(Paul) Guest

    Re: No sound from Soundblaster Live 24-bit card

    madmax@aol.com wrote:
    > Thanks all for your responses. I've made a discovery, but to answer
    > points raised:-
    >
    > 1. I do a lot of MIDI work and all the instruments sound much better
    > with a soundcard than onboard sound, hence my persevering.
    >
    > 2. I've always just used the minimum with Soundblaster cards, i.e.
    > basic drivers, not all the "Creative" extras that come with it. That
    > was always enough for me.
    >
    > 3. Not sure about 4 speakers. I only have an option for 2 on a
    > desktop. All the other options are laptops, 5.1, 7.1 etc.
    >
    > 4. I've tried front AND back holes, believe me!
    >
    > Anyway....... I had a wild idea I would install the soundcard and
    > software into ANOTHER PC - a really rubbishy old one I don't intend to
    > keep. Just to try and narrow things down, right? Well I changed the
    > BIOS, did the installation, then tried every hole.
    >
    > With the (new) PC, there was not a sound from ANY hole. However, with
    > this one, green was still silent BUT it played the test music (albeit
    > very very quietly) when I tried the blue hole!!!!
    >
    > From what I've described, does this scenario suggest anything to
    > anyone about the state of the soundcard or PC??? I'm crossing my
    > fingers that it proves "something"!
    >
    > Thanks again.
    >
    > Max
    >


    What could be happening, is you're attempting to drive un-amplified
    speakers, with a sound card.

    All that a sound card guarantees, is a signal into a high impedance
    load. Such as 600 ohms or 10K ohms. The latter value is a "light load"
    presented by a home stereo, or by computer store amplified speakers.
    (From the sound card's perspective "higher is better". Higher values
    on a succeeding input port, represent a lighter loading in ohms.)

    If you try to drive a 4 ohm or 8 ohm speaker directly, that "crushes"
    the sound card output. The amplitude will be small, the power delivered,
    just milliwatts.

    At one time, some computer sound subsystems had a 2W amplifier. But they
    don't do that any more, and so the sound is a lot weaker. With a 2W amp,
    lower impedance loads could be driven. Now, the sound is unamplified and
    at line level.

    Some will drive 32 ohm headphones. But if you really want sound,
    you should *test* with amplified speakers.

    Other possibilities include sound control panel sliders not at "max".

    If you have a male to male 1/8" stereo cable, you can use a multimeter
    on AC volts. Using the free Audacity, send a 0 dB sine wave to Line Out.
    If all is well, the unloaded (feeding multimeter only) voltage should
    be 1V RMS or slightly higher. The meter would read 1.000V on 2V full scale
    AC volts range.

    Some Creative cards, use four contact 1/8" plugs. The unit may have
    come with its own adapter cables of some sort. This was done to reduce
    the number of jacks on the faceplate. But you'd probably still get
    some signals, by testing with a regular 1/8" plug and cable.

    HTH,
    Paul

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