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lenie
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April 26, 2009 - 7:13 am
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I have had to reformat and reinstall xp, I have a sound card and graphics card which I have installed the drivers for, do I have to shut off the on board sound and graphics? If so can you tell me where and how to do this please.

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Lenie

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David Hartsock
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It would be a good idea to do so. You usually do this from the BIOS. To enter the BIOS you need to push a key on the keyboard before Windows boots. The specific key to enter BIOS and where you would go to disable the video and sound depends on your computer.

Can you give us a little more info - Computer maker, Motherboard (if you built the computer) model and manufacturer, computer model number, etc?

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It would be a good idea to do so. You usually do this from the BIOS. To enter the BIOS you need to push a key on the keyboard before Windows boots. The specific key to enter BIOS and where you would go to disable the video and sound depends on your computer.

Can you give us a little more info - Computer maker, Motherboard (if you built the computer) model and manufacturer, computer model number, etc?[/quote:1juejizr]

Thanks for answering, now here's a silly question, where can I find all this information for you?...

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Hey Lenie - Not a silly question at all mate. If the machine is a brand name (e.g. Acer, HP, Dell, etc.), that information should be on the tower somewhere (full name and model number will do). If it was custom built it may be a bit more difficult to uncover. If you cannot locate the necessary information I suggest you download a system information tool, something like 'HWiNFO32'. It has a portable version so doesn't require installation, just extract the files and run. It will give you all the information you need and much more too....will come in handy anyway.
Download from here: http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/HW ... 50009060/2

The keys for accessing BIOS are generally either; F1, F2 or Delete....which one depends on the machine but a process of elimination can soon sort that out. Knowing exactly where to access those settings in BIOS though is specific to the machine/BIOS manufacturer and that is why Dave requested those details.

cheers....JIM

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An old favorite for system information is SIW http://www.gtopala.com/index.html
Similar to HWiNFO32, but doesn't need to install a kernel driver. Knowing the motherboard and the particular BIOS, Award, AMI, or Phoenix, will make the setup easier a lot easier for you. And make sure the speakers are plugged into the right jack on the card. <grin>

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Ron

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And make sure the speakers are plugged into the right jack on the card. <grin>[/quote:1tia1k6e]

Now I've NEVER done that. Nor have a spent an hour troubleshooting it after i did (not) do it!

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Not only have I not done that, but I did not buy an extra set of speakers and a replacement sound card to fix the issue that I didn't have.

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