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External Sound Card...is it going to work? Help!!

by jelly79fish / October 14, 2009 2:18 PM PDT

I have an ASUS B202. I don't think a sound card was ever installed on this device, it's a hand-me-down but it's in great condition.

When I go to the volume control it tells me that "no active mixers are installed". I've installed the drivers from the ASUS website but an error pops up during install, "no audio device on HD detected" (or something like that).

I think my only way of getting sound off this thing without having to send it back to ASUS might be an external sound card (USB) but I know absolutely nothing about them. Do they work? Does it basically replace what should have been installed on the motherboard?

Thanks in advance for help, you guys rule.

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Or more research.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 14, 2009 9:18 PM PDT

Almost all HD audio solutions have us install the MS UAA (yes that's a google for you) driver first from the machine or motherboard maker BEFORE the audio driver. It seems either the documentation omits this important step or people don't read said docs.

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External Sound Card
by jelly79fish / October 15, 2009 1:01 AM PDT
In reply to: Or more research.

Thanks for the tip. I'll try installing the UAA before I do anything else.

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External Sound Card
by jelly79fish / October 15, 2009 6:43 AM PDT
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An external sound card will also still take care of the problem though, right? Let's say we don't install the ms uaa, an external would replace the need to do so?

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Depends on the USB card.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 15, 2009 7:44 AM PDT
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The external should come with an install CD that will walk you through it.

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