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OPTOBOT Jan 26, 2004

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    My sound card doesn't work!
    The pci card does work but the breakout doesn't
    Tried new drivers and etc etc
    As soon as the ide cable hits the pci card it stops working, could this be a power problem?
     
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    Possible, but I'd be more concerned about this IDE cable that you've got 'hitting the PCI card'. Ambiguous statement this, so here are a couple of options.

    1: IDE cables generally go between your motherboard and your hard-drives; maybe you have the wrong cable between the PCI card and the breakout box? Check the manufacturer's website and see if they specify a specialist cable.

    2: The cable between the motherboard and the hard drives is knocking the PCI card out of place, causing the breakout box to stop working. Try moving the PCI card to a different slot further away from the IDE cable.

    How powerful is your PC's power supply? If there is a power problem it's a relatively simple job to swap out the power supply and replace it with a more powerful (low noise!) PSU.

    Hope this helps until the experts get on the case!
     
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    I'm wondering if what YBR means by 'IDE cable' is in fact a ribbon cable connecting the sound card to the breakout box, and that it works OK when the breakout is disconnected, but fails when hooked up.

    It would help if I had a better idea of what 'not working' meant - as in whether the sound card fails to work or the computer stops working entirely. If the latter is the case, power could be an issue.

    Of course, if you have a friend with a high-spec (with a hefty PSU) PC handy, you could always try the card out in their machine and see what happens.

    What sound card are we talking about here, and what's your machine's spec and config?

    J.
     
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    Right sorry im at my wits end co most of my friends are serious computer geeks and they don't know what the problem is. sorry i was a bit cheeky and started another topic to get a really quick reply Most of the ins and outs have been covered in that.

    windows xp home edition
    athlon 2400
    1024 ram
    128 geforce
    120 gig harddrive
    cd/dvd combo drive
    terratec dmx 6fire 24/96 sound card + breakout box (included)
    motherboard, erm will have to check (onboard sound)
    I believe the power is 350

    No audio comes out of the the card or the breakout box when connected, only distortion. new drivers have been tried, changing the cable has been tried.

    Heres the biggy, when the breakout box is disconnected from the sound card, the sound card works fine. As soon as the breakout box is reconnected everything stops working!

    Also i need to big you guys up cos im getting much better answers here than the sos forum.

    Pete tybr
     
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    Sounds very much to me as if the breakout box is up-gebuggered. Any way of trying your box with another card/breakout box pair known to be working?
     
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    WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    :lol1: :lol1: :Grin: :rolleyes: :P :Wink3: :punk:

    :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow: :wow:

    I have just got through to terratec AND its the )*(^&^&%$ CABLE!

    I didn't think that ide cables carry power and they don't!

    The ebay people sent me the complete wrong cable gggrrrr and the nice terratec people are going to send me a new one! Yes!

    Cheers for all the advice but at the end of it it was the bloody ebay seller that sold me the wrong thing. I hope that it works and you will all find out soon.

    Cheers
     
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    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Colin OOOD @ Jan 26 2004, 12:11 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> Sounds very much to me as if the breakout box is up-gebuggered. [/quote:1dea6461e3]
    :dito: :no:

    Apols for asking a stupid question, but having seen pics of the back of the breakout box (I did catch the other thread eventually... :P :Wink3: ), I was wondering if there was a notch on the plugs that made sure the cable was connected the right way round?...

    J.
     
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    Yep its all sorted now!! The cable they sent me works fine!! Basically the ebay people kept the long cable and sent me a short cable, without realising that they were completely different cables, ggggrrr!

    I think i may have learnt my leason about ebay!

    Pete
     
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    </div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (Colin OOOD @ Jan 26 2004, 02:18 AM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> ...here are a couple of options.

    1: IDE cables generally go between your motherboard and your hard-drives; maybe you have the wrong cable between the PCI card and the breakout box? [/quote:3bb9c7846d]
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