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Sound chip busted in laptop

Hi,
I have an Acer Extensa laptop. I've been using it for a while now and I think the sound chip is busted. I think the laptop may have been hit by lightning (not kidding! we had huge thunderstorms recently).
I don't know what to do. Can I replace the chip? If not what is my next best choice? Please help ASAP. I really need my laptop for my studies

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Re: no sound

It could be a hardware problem indeed. But it could be some driver or setting issue also. Why do you think it's hardware?

Replacing
something on the motherboard (which is by far the most likely place on a
laptop) can be considered impossible. I'd try a USB or PC Express sound
card, like
http://www.amazon.com/External-Channel-Sound-Adapter-Notebook/dp/B000N35A0Y
I found more expensive ones also (this one is $0.20), but I don't have experience with any
of them.

Kees

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It is a hardware problem

I just got it confirmed. I went to get it fixed and they told me the chip is fried. Sad So I'm going to have to get a sound card like you suggested.
Anyway, thanks for replying. I just wanted to see my options and your answer helped. Happy

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NO!
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It works!

Hey thanks for your answer. I did get the USB device and it works!

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Good to hear (pun intended)

Given the cost of repair today, this tech trick is one of the better ones.

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