So I want an upgrade from basic motherboard audio. Before I ask for help, though, I would like to tell a little story.
Once upon a time I got a Creative Sound Blaster Audigy SE from Wal-Mart (Thank God it was Wal-Mart, as you will see later). Set me back a good thirty bucks, but I was sure it would be worth it.
Problems arose straight-away. To get it to work, I had to manually disable the onboard audio from the BIOS. It didn’t detect it and automatically disable like it should. But no biggie, now I can enjoy Thuper Thound in my Music and Games.
Yeah right… I played Halo to test it out, and the sound effects were amazing - when they actually played that is. Shoot a gun: bang bang b- ban- bang bang ba- -. (The bangs are the sound effect and the hyphens indicate the sound effect cutting off.) Needless to say, I was irritated, but not too much, as that problem only occurred in Halo, which after like a hundred times through it, I am tired of playing.
I was debating with myself whether I should return it, when, one morning, it decided for me. After whining and hissing for a few seconds, it popped - and died. No more sound from that thing.
So I returned it for a full money-back and am left baffled by the situation.
And so I request the expert advice of the BlenderArtists.org community.
First I wonder why it failed, as I don’t want it to happen again.
Second I wonder what card to buy now, so I can have Thuper Thound for my Music and Games. My budget is under 50 bucks for a sound card.
FYI my motherboard is a good ASUS, and fairly new - 2005.
Expert advice, please?