[jhb_airlines] Re: Headphone Problems

  • From: Mike Nicholls <miken5000@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2008 13:08:56 +0000 (GMT)

Nice to know it's getting sorted Thomas

I have a problem with my Compaq which has an on board sound card

Everything is fine except when I fire up Teamspeak I get such so much echo / 
noise that I cannot use TS on it, although it ( TS ) is set up identically to 
my laptop which works without any problems

Paul's idea of putting in an external card is probably the way forward



----- Original Message ----
From: Paul Reynolds <paul@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Tuesday, 9 September, 2008 17:35:28
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Headphone Problems

I grabbed the manual for your motherboard and you definitely have onboard 
sound.  Indeed, your motherboard has an internal connector for an audio front 
panel to be fitted so if you plug your headphones in at the front of the 
computer there could well be a problem with that.  Try the rear audio sockets 
to see if that makes a difference (pink for mic., green for headphone).
As for additional drives, your motherboard has two IDE slots and two S-ATA 
slots.  Your DVD/CD-Rom drive(s) will probably be using at least one of the IDE 
drives and it’s possible that with such a small hard drive that is also using 
IDE.  You almost certainly have one of the SATA connections free, possibly both 
if the hard drive uses one of the IDE connections.  To be absolutely sure, you 
would need to open the case and look at where the cables from each of the 
drives go to. 
Should you decide to take a look, the IDE cable will look like a wide ribbon 
cable which is plugged into the motherboard and may be connected to just one 
drive (hard disk or CD/DVD) or, just as commonly, connected to one drive then 
continues on to a second.
For an S-ATA drive, these are usually round red (though sometimes black) cable 
about 5mm in diameter that runs from the motherboard to the drive.  Don’t 
confuse these with the power cables, they’ll be the ones coming from the power 
supply (obviously).
The other thing that’s important is that your motherboard also has two PCI 
slots in addition to the PCI-Express socket which would allow you to disable 
the on-board sound and plug in a different soundcard.
I know you’ve said you are not technical at all but fitting a sound card is not 
as scary as it seems.  Disabling your onboard sound is simple enough and to fit 
the new soundcard you simply open the case, insert it into an empty expansion 
slot, and press it down to make sure it’s sat in the slot evenly.  Having done 
that. Put the case back on re-start the machine and install the drivers for the 
new soundcard from the supplied CD.
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of thomas.mcgreevy
Sent: 09 September 2008 15:03
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Headphone Problems
        Thanks for suggestions.  Have finally got things moving in the right 
direction.  Have a look at my message to Frank.
----- Original Message ----- 
From:Mike Nicholls 
Sent:Monday, September 08, 2008 11:11 PM
Subject:[jhb_airlines] Re: Headphone Problems
Looks to me the biggest problem is the lack of space on the drive, giving no 
room for the processor to work with
I would feel the simpliest exercise would be to get an external plug-in drive 
for around £60, hive off all the stuff you don't use for FS ( music, video, 
picture files etc ). This would immediately free up your hard drive to say 40 
gb free ( allowing for windows and FS ), which should be easily enough.
As regards the processor speed and RAM, they should be ample to run FS9 - I run 
it to 20fps max with a similiar spec ( maybe slows up around airports ) and its 
perfectly acceptable, particular if you want to fly on-line and need teamspeak 
and IVAO Eye running in the backround - not as good as Frank's spec mind you!!
----- Original Message ----
From: thomas.mcgreevy <thomas.mcgreevy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Monday, 8 September, 2008 13:47:24
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Headphone Problems
Sorry for delay in replying been away all w/e.
Some info for you. I had the following work done in Jan of this year.  Replaced 
motherboard,processor, memory and graphics card with the following;
AMD Athlon 64x2 4400+Socket AM2 2.3GHz Energy Efficient Socket AM L2 1MB (2x512 
KB) Cache retail boxed processor.
MSI K9VGM-V K8M890 Socket AM<2 onboard VGA 8 channel audio mATX motherboard.
Corsair 2GB Kit (2x1GB)DDR2 800MHz/PC2 6400 XMS2 Memory non ecc unbuffered 
CL5(5-5-5-12) Heat spreader lifetime warranty.
Leadtek  8600GTS 256 MB Extreme Dual DVI TVO PCI-E Graphics card. Running XP 
Home edition. I have no access to another machine. I am not technical at all re 
Another problem I have is my hard drive as 76.3GB of capacity at the moment I 
only have 9.59GB of free space so I probably will have to get somebody in to 
sort the mess out.
----- Original Message ----- 
Sent:Saturday, September 06, 2008 10:21 PM
Subject:[jhb_airlines] Re: Headphone Problems
An easy check to see if you have an onboard sound or sound card, is to look at 
the back of your machine where you have the headset connected, assuming you are 
not connecting via a front panel, in which case you will definatly be using 
onboard sound. This for newer machines.
If you are connecting at the back, this for older machines, your audio in/out 
will either be near the top close to the USB and mouse/keyboard ports, or close 
to the bottom where there will be horizontal slots with connections sticking 
In the former, again onboard, the latter, a plugin sound card.
From your mail, it sounds as if you are not technical or computor litterate, 
making it harder to explain the howto's.
Another machine with working sound and webcam alongside, and we could then 
perhaps talk you thro working on your own machine. A lot cheaper than taking it 
to a shop.
If you have a friend who knows how to use a screwdriver, and is not afraid to 
open up the box, would be of benifit to you.
It is easy, for those of us who are no stranger to the innards, or the BIOS, 
but not easy to convey it remotely. But give us time.
Some information as to the specifications of your machine might help, either a 
Dell or HP or one PCWorlds own, or even if shop bought/built, what CPU/speed. 
And whether you have the Motherboard manual.
Frank F  
----- Original Message ----- 
Sent:Friday, September 05, 2008 7:39 PM
Subject:[jhb_airlines] Re: Headphone Problems
        Thanks for the info and advice.  When I find out what a BIOS is I will 
try a plug-in card and hope that solves the problem.
----- Original Message ----- 
From:Paul Reynolds 
Sent:Friday, September 05, 2008 6:52 PM
Subject:[jhb_airlines] Re: Headphone Problems
Getting the same from new cans rules out the headset.  It’s possible the 
contacts on the inside of the mic. socket have become damaged and not 
connecting, if so then replacing the socket is extremely difficult and not 
advised.  A better solution would be to disable the onboard sound and replace 
it with a plug-in sound card as Frank suggests.
Before that though, try re-installing the soundcard drivers, sometimes it can 
reset an errant software flag in the system.  This is especially true when 
these types of problems follow software updates.
While doing this, check if there is a newer version of the drivers on the 
motherboard manufacturers site rather than use the ones on the CD that came 
with the mobo.
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of F FISHER
Sent: 05 September 2008 16:43
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Headphone Problems
It is beginning to sound like your sound card mic input is duff, or the the 
card, or onboard sound system itself.
Not unusual for mic's to go AWOL, I had to replace a good headset because of a 
duff mic, pity as the phones were really comfortable.
2 duff mics point to this.
If you are using onboard sound, then get a soundcard and bung it in (disable 
the onboard first in your BIOS.
Frank F
----- Original Message ----- 
Sent:Friday, September 05, 2008 3:45 PM
Subject:[jhb_airlines] Headphone Problems
I have for some time used the following headphones, Canyon CN-HS1. On Wednesday 
evening last I found the mic would not work so I unplugged them and replugged 
them in which then brought up an MSI tic box. It asked the following questions;
Line in.        Line out.
Mic out.       Rear speaker out.
Headphone.  Centre subwoofer speaker out.
Side speaker out.
I ticked Headphone only which then brought up an insert in the main box called 
Analog Back Panel showing three plugin points marked Blue Green Pink.  The Pink 
point was flashing, this is the Mic connector, at this point I assumed the 
Headphones where u/s.
Today I bought new Headphones of the same make, tried them with the same 
results, no Mic.  I have had no problems listening to music or voice on both 
sets of Headphones.
If there is anyone who could give me some advice on how to sort this problem I 
would be most grateful


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