I have a Dell Inspiron 5150 laptop Dell technicians have told me that to replace the broken sound card I need to replace the entire motherboard. I don't know what motherboard is in the laptop and Dell won't help me unless I pay them. Any ideas what motherboard would be in the Inspiron 5150?
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Re: Sound card is broken
If your 5150 is off warranty, you have a serious problem. Replacing the motherboard in a laptop is a very tricky and potentiallydangerous thing. If you are not a trained technician, I would recommendthat you take it to a professional. Also, the cost of the motherboard and its installation is most likelyto be close to the price of a new or used machine. Perhaps this is abetter option. Another thought occurs to me, if the machine works fine in every other way maybe you can learn to live without sound? More info you might find interesting is here
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If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7. right click on the little speaker icon on the right hand side of the task bar. in the menu, click on "Playback devices". In the window that opens, click on the USB sound device, whatever it is called, and click on "Set Default". That should do it. if the USB device does not show up, then you have bigger problems than you think.
It is probably possible to completely disable the on-board sound from the bios but this is not necessary.
If you are using Windows XP go to the following link and follow the instructions.
Hello,Sorry to hear about the issue. As you can check on http://www.notebookreview.com/default.asp?newsID=3881 , the common configuration of this model includes detachable nVidia VGA card. Still, please verify with the documentation of your laptop, video card model should be mentioned somewhere below the keyboard. However, even if the VGA is replaceable, the fixer could have meant an issue with the motherboard, for example unstable voltage for the VGA slot.Still, provided that you can ask for your old parts and compare the serial numbers, I doubt that the fixer is trying to cheat you and increase the volume of work so significantly.Please let me know whether I have been able to assist.
At the base of the screen there is a long bulb, looks like a florescent bulb from a scanner, that is connected to a small board just under the to cover near the the monitor itself. You need to replace that small board. You can get it on Ebay or from Dell. Remove the board to get the part number.
Try to take out the sound card, and boot the system up. If you have picture, then shut down the pc, then unplug your pc, install the sound card, make sure that is in tightly seated in the slot, this is one of the main reasons why issues occur because the sound card are not properly installed. After it is installed, plug in your pc and boot it up. Please look in the back to see if the VGA (monitor) is not unplugged also.