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Sound Card Hi There my reg computer is in the shop....again and i am working on a loaner. it is a 20 GB Dell with Pentium 111 and Windows XP on the 'on' button it says Optiplex GX(&or1)50. The problem i am having is with the audio card and i have tried 'many' 'free' fixes on the net.  it makes evrything sound like the chipmunks voices. any idea on what i can do to update the card or 'fix' it? Thanks for any info you have tim

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  • tim57 Nov 14, 2007

    actually the model # should read Optiplex GX(7or1)50.

    Thanks again

  • tim57 Nov 14, 2007


    for the life of me i can not find Creative in my programs list
    i also tried to find it in file search
    is there another way to get to the sound mixer?

    thank you for your help

  • tim57 Nov 14, 2007

    Hi Jim

    I did as you requested and found the following under Audio:

    'Sound Playback'
    AC'97 Sound Card

    'Sound Recording'
    AC'97 Sound Card

    'MIDI Music Playback'
    Microsoft GS Wavetable SW Synth

    each one only had one choice, ie: AC'97 Sound Card
    along with volume and advanced 'buttons' under them.

    the company's name is Roland GM/GS (R) 1996

    looks kind of ancient.....

    Thanks once again.

  • tim57 Nov 15, 2007

    Hi Jim

    I'm starting to feel like this machine is a

    I know that most of the following list will have nothing to do with the sound; but this is what is in my control panel:

    Accessibilty Options
    Add/Remove Hardware
    Add/Remove Programs
    Administrative Tools
    Automatic Updates
    Folder Options
    Gaming Options
    Internet Options
    Network & Dial-up Connections
    NVIDIA nView Desktop Manager
    Phone & Modem
    Power Options
    Quick Time
    Quick Time 32
    Regional Options
    Scanners & Cameras
    Scheduled Tasks
    Sounds & Multimedia
    Users & Passwords

    I sure don't like to keep bothering you Jim.

    Thanks again

  • tim57 Nov 16, 2007

    hi Jim

    man this is the third time i've typed this out (i keep loosing it for some reason)

    Thank you for your continuing help.

    i got to the 'device manager'
    found the sound, video.....line, opened it
    found 'intel(R) 82801BA/BAM AC '97 audio controller - 2445'
    but when i right click it i get:
    scan for hardware changes
    i clicked on properties and a window came up with a few tabs
    i clicked on the driver tab and clicked the 'update driver button'
    then followed the directions for update wizard
    this did not bring up the sound manager in the control panel.
    none of the instructions you wrote out for me came up during this update.

    Thanks again,

  • Anonymous Nov 19, 2007

    Hi Jim

    I think that I messed up my last answers to you.
    Is there anything else you think i can try?



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Sounds like you have effects enabled ,
most likely is a SoundBlaster card?
If yes go to programs list look for Creative then look in branch off's for Surround mixer
Once you open surround mixer
click on >no effects< at top of list , then click OK

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    Jim UnTold Nov 14, 2007

    Right click on speaker icon by clock

    choose adjust audio properties

    click the tab that says Audio at top

    in voice playback, what is listed ?

    also click the down arrow

    Is there more then 1 device listed?

    If you find Sound Blaster is listed

    then answer to your question is yes

    Start> run> type in SurMix.exe or SurMix2.exe

  • Jim UnTold
    Jim UnTold Nov 14, 2007

    Ok for the AC97

    Go to control panel

    Look for sound effect manager "a blue square with yellow circlular bars around a large yellow dot"

    open it

    click the effects tab at top

    now in environment part

    click the down arrow and choose NONE

    It should be every top one

    Click ok

    close all windows

    reboots pc

    you should have a resolve to the bothersome effects friend

    Hope this helps

  • Jim UnTold
    Jim UnTold Nov 15, 2007

    Hey Np I enjoy helping or attempting to

    lets try this

    Right click my computer

    left click properties

    left click on Hardware Tab

    left click on device manager

    left click the + in front of sound video game controllers

    Find AC97 Audio controller in list ,Park on it ,then right click and choose update driver

    put check in yes this time only

    click Next

    Choose install software automatically

    click Next

    After it completes reboot windows , then take another look in control panel for the sound manager , If it is there...then do previous steps I posted

    let me know results

    Good Luck



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