No Sound with WinXP & hard drive partitions questions ?

Discussion in 'HP' started by John, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. John

    John Guest

    Hi everyone !

    Please Help:

    I built my new computer a couple days ago. The computer has the
    following components:

    ======================== My computer info ======================

    Operating System Microsoft Windows XP Professional

    1. Motherboard (MSI PT880 Neo motherboard)
    CPU Type Intel Pentium 4E, 3200 MHz (4 x 800)
    Motherboard Chipset VIA Apollo PT880
    System Memory 256 MB
    BIOS Type AMI (10/22/04)

    2. Display
    Video Adapter NVIDIA GeForce FX 5500 (128 MB)
    Monitor HP Pavilion MX50 (THTBR09391)

    3. Multimedia
    Audio Adapter (onboard) VIA AC'97 Enhanced Audio Controller

    Hard drive Segate (120 GB, 7200 RPM, Ultra-ATA/100)

    C: (NTFS) 114470 MB (111564 MB free)

    Modem Lucent Win Modem


    Problems with my computer:

    1. I can't get the sound working. Sometimes this evening, I installed a
    Phillps (PSC 604 soundcard - 32 bit PCI) with dynamic edge 4.1
    When I disabled onbard sound card, my computer got sound, but not very
    loud even though I turn the the volume maximum ( sadly, i gotta put my
    ear next to my speakers to hear a song ). But that
    is not it, during playback, when less than half of my song is played
    back, my computer suddenly restart for no reason without any warning.
    This happened a couple times. I got tired, then
    I unstalled this sound card (both driver and physical hardware).

    2. I turned back to use my onbard sound card, set the BIOS back to use
    onbard sound card, install the driver for this soundcard again. Then, I
    was able to listen
    to my songs in the CD with the same audio quality as I wrote in the
    first part. However, the sound is
    stopped (no sound) from my speaker when I try to play the CD again OR
    After restarting my computer.
    Now, my computer has no sound

    I have looked up the internet, may newsgroup to solve this problem, but
    seem like I am getting nowhere.

    Does anybody have the same problems as I do ?

    1. I intend to buy another sound card (not an expensive one, but maybe
    less than $50), what would be your
    recommendation for the sound card ?

    2. If you insist that I should work with the onbard sound card, then
    What should I do at this point?

    3. Oh, another thing. I tried to have 3 partitions ( 40 MB each) on my
    hard drive when I tried to re-install
    XP, but It wouldn't let me delete the Primary partition (the only one
    partition) that I had when I
    first installed XP the first time.

    Do you know any software (free maybe) that would allow me to divide my
    disk to 3 partitions ?
    My friends told me Norton Ghost or Partition Magic would be great, but
    I can't buy them
    at this time, a free software would be great !!!! :)

    I am really sorry for a lengthy message. Any help would be appreciated

    Thank you in advance !

    John, Jan 10, 2005
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  2. John

    John Guest

    Hi all ! me again

    I think I solved half of my problems. When I disconnected my speakers
    and plugged in my headphones to the right audio spot, I could hear
    audio fine, but not loud enough even though I alrealdy turned the
    volume up maximum in both Window media player and volume controller.
    Anybody know how to make the volume turn up a little more ?

    So, the problem is maybe with my speakers. Maybe I need to buy a new
    set of speakers.

    However, Others problem occur include:

    1. My computer restart for no reason when I surf the web with IE.6
    which comes with WinXP and when I play music from a CD ROM for a little
    while. These things don't happen often though.

    Does anybody have any idea what went wrong here ?

    2. After running for a while, I noticed my computer was pretty hot even
    I left the case open.
    The case only has one fan. I want to add another fan to it, but my
    motherboard only has one system
    fan connector. Is there anyway that I could make 2 fans share a same
    system fan connector ?

    Thank you for any input !

    John, Jan 10, 2005
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