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Volume dropping in and out while recording audio.

Whenever I try to record live audio into any sound editing software (Cooledit, Audacity, Ableton Live, etc.), the volume fluctuates and sometimes goes out completely. I thought that this could've been due to problems with virtual memory, but I moved the bulk of my programs and files onto an external hard drive and the problem persists. Also, music playing through my external speakers sometimes cuts out, but if I jiggle the audio cable near the sound card input it usually fixes the problem. This leads me to believe that the problem lies somewhere with the soundcard.

If that is the problem, is it possible for me to install a new sound card myself? What kind of sound card would be compatible with E1505?

If that is not the problem, I would greatly appreciate any help figuring this out.

Thanks in advance.

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  • kehrtiss Oct 29, 2008

    Damn, I was afraid of that. Thanks for the quick response Walter.

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If you jiggle the cable and it starts working, then you probably have a cold or broken solder connection on the audio jack. The sound card is not a card but integrated into the motherboard. You could have a technician re-solder the connections on the motherboard but if that doesn’t work the motherboard will have to be replaced.



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