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IBM T30 Thinkpad sound system failure

After having our IT tech guys check it out, it looks as though the sound card on my IBM T30 Thinkpad has suddenly bit the dust. Literally fine one day, not working at all the next. All drivers and software checked out OK, but nothing plays back either from the CD/DVD or digital audio files. 1) How hard is the sound card to replace and 2) where's the best place to have it done in Massachusetts that won't cost more than the value of the laptop?

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  • Spamalot01 Feb 07, 2008

    Since I have on-board WiFi, I've taken you're advice and located a new PCMCIA Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio Laptop for $79, including shipping, from Dell. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Spamalot01 Feb 10, 2008

    The sound card arrived, I installed it and the accompanying software and...nothing. Apparently, if the on-board sound card is kaput, then there's no signal that can be picked up by a PCMCIA card to "reinterpret". So much for that solution. Looks like either a new laptop or shelling out $600+ for a motherboard repair/replacement. Why does it have to be like this?

  • Anonymous Apr 24, 2008

    my sound card doesent works. i'm using IBM think pad

  • sherylhall May 11, 2010

    it looks as though the sound card on my IBM T30 Thinkpad has suddenly bit the dust. Literally fine one day, not working at all the next. All drivers and software checked out OK, but nothing plays back either from the CD/DVD or digital audio files. What do I do?

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Thinkpad is a laptop. Very few laptops have "removable" sound cards. Sorry, but I think that applies to you. After opening many different Thinkpads (and the new Lenovo versions) I have never seen a separate sound card... the sound chip (usually AC97 standard chip, or Intel) is integrated into the motherboard. Newer laptops often have one or two small PCI card slots, but this is usually occupied by WIFI cards. Never seen a PCI sound card for laptop mini PCI slots either. HOWEVER, there is one solution available to you: There are many old PCMCIA cards with full Sound Blaster or AC97 sound, that provide excellent 32-bit digital sound. Search in an old used PC hardware bin, or buy a new one on line by searching for "PCMCIA sound card". Prices are very low. Good luck, let me know if you find one, please.

Posted on Feb 04, 2008

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    Dana Stienheimer Feb 10, 2008

    thanks for the getback/update. Glad you will be able to hear some music now.

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