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Question to all you pc wizards

#1 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 12 May 2010 21:34

Hey, anybody got some advise for me? I'm quite handy at computer software (working for a number of isp helpdesks does that with you), but where hardware is concerned, I am quite a n00b.

My pc is hooked up to my widescreen tv for all of my viewing pleasures. It's also connected to the stereo using the 15mm headphone-jack, but I decided that I want to enjoy my downloaded dvd's in all it's 5:1-glory. I already have a 5:1-receiver, so I am on a quest to hook the two of them up.

Obviously I need to screw the machine open, insert a 5:1-soundcard and put the thing back together. Thing is, I don't know what kind of card to get. My old computers have soundcards as wide as (roughly) a jewelcase cd- cover. This pc is much smaller. When I look at the back I see an two empty trays to stick stuff into, but it's width is that of - say - a pack of cigarettes.

I'm sure there are soundcards to stick in there, but I am looking for the specifical term for the card I need, so I can get started with googling.

Anybody any ideas what I would be looking for?
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#2 Post by End Of An Era » 13 May 2010 00:05

if you have a brand new/modern PC, you should be looking for an PCI-e(xpress) soundcard, otherwise a PCI card would suffice. :) I think this should be enough to help you on your quest, i can not give any advice on which brand to get, i am a total noob concerning that :lol: My advice is to google your motherboard first and see which type you need first. :)

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#3 Post by Metal Fan » 13 May 2010 06:17

I wouldn't buy a PC. Ours just crapped out on us. The thing didn't shut off when it overheated and the motherboard is toast, literally! If you have to buy a new computer get a Mac, for the higher price they work better!
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#4 Post by End Of An Era » 13 May 2010 08:22

he won't buy a pc, he already has one and seeks to upgrade it :P

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#5 Post by Metal Fan » 13 May 2010 08:28

Well for anyone else, then!
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#6 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 13 May 2010 12:50

Metal Fan wrote:I wouldn't buy a PC. Ours just crapped out on us. The thing didn't shut off when it overheated and the motherboard is toast, literally! If you have to buy a new computer get a Mac, for the higher price they work better!
A Mac is a pc. :lol:

@ Era: thanks for the post. This was the information I deeded. I was actually terrified when I learned that PCI-E soundcards are roughly five times as expensive than regular ones!

Still, I consider it worth the money, knowing how much I do with my pc.
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#7 Post by Belgarion » 14 May 2010 00:34

The Rider Of Rohan wrote:A Mac is a pc. :lol:
Yes, a Mac is a pc, but there actually exists such a distinction when one compares a Mac with a Windows PC. It's quite common. What Metal Fan said is not a mistake, but just a common selection of words to describe the distinction.
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#8 Post by Metal Fan » 14 May 2010 00:48

Thank you!
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#9 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 14 May 2010 07:36

Yeah, but I don't have Windows either... I have Linx. 8)
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#10 Post by No‘am » 14 May 2010 13:51

The Rider Of Rohan wrote:Yeah, but I don't have Windows either... I have Linx. 8)
Atari Linx?
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#12 Post by Gandalf de Grijze » 14 May 2010 14:48

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#13 Post by End Of An Era » 14 May 2010 15:05

THAT is friggin' AWESOME!! Ferdi, YOU RULE!! ...but obviously you knew that already :P

About the mac/pc thingie; a lot of mac users see themselves as superior, so they feel calling their mac PC a PC is unworthy.. ah well :P

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#14 Post by Metal Fan » 14 May 2010 19:13

That's just my difference. Sorry
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#15 Post by West Virginia Mule » 15 May 2010 08:08

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#16 Post by No‘am » 15 May 2010 10:18

West Virginia Mule wrote:Jobs loves Obama. Obama rips iPads
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#17 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 15 May 2010 16:40

Well, today I bought the new soundcard, which amounted to the biggest joy any Lin(u)x-user can think of... getting new hardware to work! But after two hours worth of googling, the result is quite worth it. The native 5.1 sound is quite good, and - much to my surprise - Linux does a pretty good job at emulating the surround-sound on stereosongs. I was listening to some mp3 liverecordings of Ilse DeLange, and the audience came from the back, the vocals from the front, et cetera. Good stuff.
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#18 Post by End Of An Era » 16 May 2010 12:04

good work! :)

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#19 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 16 May 2010 13:30

Blasting Merciful Fate's Melissa right now... Cannot believe how good it sounds in emulated 5.1. And yesterday I watched the new Alice In Wonderland also in 5.1. Man, I love the equipment that surrounds my couch. 8)

I also cannot believe what a long way Ubuntu has come in terms of multimedia-capabilities in the last couple of years, offering options and flexibility that Windows doesnt. Last year I tried Vista, but Ununtu is definetely the system of choice for when you hook up your pc to your tv.

Next purchase... a Rii Mini to finish it off.

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#20 Post by End Of An Era » 16 May 2010 14:02

Hey Ferdi, you're quite the linux wizard i hear? :)
I might ask you for help after summer then :)

OT: about sound quality etc, i installed a small amplifier and new speakers in my car yesterday. DAMN! i should have done this AGES ago!! :shock: my music sounds soooooo much better now!!

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#21 Post by The Rider Of Rohan » 16 May 2010 14:50

Well, the whole Linux-community is based on the idea of people helping each other out. So if there's anything you want to know, just ask.
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