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by goldfish_span / August 31, 2015 11:05 AM PDT

Although I have entered the newbie forum i feel its where i belong, had a pc since 1989 & before cpc464!! my question in i have hooked my desktop to my main tv, but the sound of silence is now wearing thin, it's either that or the missus going on & on & on & on, actually i should ask her about this cos she seems to know everything else, but seriously, even headphones dont make a sound
Thanks Wayne

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Need More Information, Please
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / August 31, 2015 12:47 PM PDT
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What type of computer? (Make and model, operating system, etc.) What type of TV? How is the computer "hooked" to the TV? Generally, the best way to connect a computer to a TV is through an HDMI cable which carries both sound and video. Did you do that? If the desktop doesn't have an HDMI port, think about installing one.

What are you trying to do with the connection? Are you playing video games on the computer and displaying them on the TV? Playing DVD videos on the computer? Something else?

Hope this helps and let us know more.


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Need More Information, Please
by goldfish_span / August 31, 2015 4:02 PM PDT

I have PB amd64 (yeah, yeah) in know, i know, it's been put together, im running win xp pro (which i've only just put on, i have no realtek ac97 but instead an avi86,something,something, the realtek drivers crash on download, i tried avi which said was compatible with what i required, but crashed in same place, even coming off of a flash drive makes it crash. TV is a 28 in bush, VGA connected.

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XP and audio is painful. But let's try.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 31, 2015 4:08 PM PDT

XP required a very specific driver install order after the OS. Here's the rundown.

1. The OS. (natch)
2. The motherboard chipset driver package (does not mean LAN/WiFi/Sound!!!!)
3. The Microsoft MSUAA package. This will be at the motherboard makers site or if they don't have it, you can find it with a google. INSTALL THIS BEFORE THE AUDIO DRIVERS or you may never hear sound from what's in the PC>
4. A few reboots and finally we can install the audio and other drivers.

PS. You didn't supply a full make and model so most of us will not be able to be exact on what to install in what order.

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Found this old chat. READ THE INSTALL EXAMPLE.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2015 11:26 AM PDT
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Good Hardware & Driver Support Is Needed To.....
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / September 1, 2015 11:15 AM PDT

...allow things to run correctly and besides, the VGA cable only supplies video to the TV, not audio.. You'll need to be sure of the audio card, confirm that the correct driver is installed, then add an HDMI card to have a chance of getting good audio/visual function.

Hope this helps.


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