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Lachp30
May 22nd, 2002, 18:38
In 48 hours I will be ordering the DELL computer I have been planning on bying, but I have just relised it has ''Intergrated Audio with sound blaster @pro/16 compatability. Is this good/bad for gaming and emulation....am i stuffed. Please reply asap....Its urgent!!???

Raging Fuel
May 22nd, 2002, 20:03
It means you can't upgrade you soundcard. You are stuck with a crap one.

EDIT: Actually you can probably get a PCI soundcard...

Slougi
May 22nd, 2002, 20:24
Just give us a link to the system so we can see it......

Allnatural
May 22nd, 2002, 21:54
Most integrated audio can be turned off. However, doing so requires access to the BIOS, and many pre-built big-brand computers have the BIOS locked out. You may still be able to add a PCI sound card though.

Integrated audio tends to be more CPU intensive, but if the computer has horsepower to spare, it shouldn't be much of a problem for emulation.

6tree
May 23rd, 2002, 12:41
I had integrated audio on my PC but I bought SB Live to a PCI slot and turned off integrated audio from Windows Device Managment. Works well, no problem.

Eagle
May 23rd, 2002, 14:34
Yeah, you can always disable hardware profiles in windows, but it wont completely disable it, buncha wasted resources.

Allnatural
May 23rd, 2002, 20:30
Originally posted by Eagle
Yeah, you can always disable hardware profiles in windows, but it wont completely disable it, buncha wasted resources.
Exactly.

Tk64
May 23rd, 2002, 21:52
Originally posted by Eagle
Yeah, you can always disable hardware profiles in windows, but it wont completely disable it, buncha wasted resources.

Wrong. If it's plug and play, it doesn't take up any when it's disabled. (yay, an IRQ!)

Eagle
May 24th, 2002, 01:33
Originally posted by Tk64


Wrong. If it's plug and play, it doesn't take up any when it's disabled. (yay, an IRQ!)

Hey, I have all but one of my IRQ's in use, so if you intend to upgrade your system to make it a killer system like mine :P

Lachp30
May 24th, 2002, 17:42
As long as ill here the music to Zelda, thats all i care about. I just ordered my dell anyway, so ill change my signiture to what its specs are when i get the time to.

Tk64
May 24th, 2002, 22:05
Originally posted by Eagle
Hey, I have all but one of my IRQ's in use, so if you intend to upgrade your system to make it a killer system like mine :P

Back in Sept. '98 I used to have a real killer K6-2 500 + Banshee... I always needed 17 IRQs on that thing, grr no IRQ 16!

Now with this P4 I'm using different HW, moved my printer to another computer on the LAN, got rid of the modem since the cable / lan are together... and so IRQs 2, 3, 5, and 11 are free :P:bunny:

Eagle
May 25th, 2002, 01:36
To be honest the sound card that is onboard should be perfectly fine.