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Expresscard problem I pluged in my sound Blaster expresscard and i got no power? Im wondering if the computer just has the port but it doesn't work or the card is bad?

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  • kawzx9r2001 Feb 24, 2009

    The computer works fine but when i slide the card in the power light doesn't come on and the creative labs program says the the device isn't found. there's no power button on the card or nothing like that? I didn't know if had to go in the computer so how and turn it on or what. I hate to think that a brand new card would be bad, but probably could happen?

  • kawzx9r2001 Feb 24, 2009

    yeah, everything on the box of the soundcard fit's with my computer. I've never used the slot before so i didn't know if they had to be turned on or something like that would just show power right when you plug it in. Guess i'll head up tomorow and get another one and see what happens. Thanks for your help

  • kawzx9r2001 Feb 24, 2009

    no that would be something that i have never done before. by all means please explain. im running widowns vista if that makes a difference?

  • kawzx9r2001 Feb 24, 2009

    so i need to get into the computer setup when the computer is starting up and look to see if i need to turn it on there?

  • kawzx9r2001 Feb 24, 2009

    I found nothing in that setup for turning on such a device or port?

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    yes it can happen... be that as it may you already have the correct driver for the operating system you are using ?

    also you need to check the compatability of pcima card to the computer you have

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    by no power... you mean it won't even boot up or the card isn't working ?


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If you know how... look in your bios to see if the pcima port is on if you don't ... ask me

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    Roberta Smith Feb 24, 2009

    go to and download the manual for your computer.... what you need to read up on is "entering setup" or entering bios

    do NOT change any setting other then turning on the PCIMA port


  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Feb 24, 2009

    i'll have a look give me a few minutes

  • Roberta Smith
    Roberta Smith Feb 24, 2009

    To activate the BIOS utility, press during the POST; while the notebook PC

    logo is being displayed.

    Have a look in there... the manual is basically useless...


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