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    Default Sound Card simple mods

    Ok guys now i know you may be expecting something big but B4 we start i want you to ask yourself how complicated Soundcard modding is..its not really so i wouldnt expect miracles with this thread just away that you can take any old sound card or even a new one and make the lifespan grow as well as your audio quality
    Ok so first I'll tell you a story as this is usually important...while i was chilling out after i got my 9600 i was playing music with the side of the case off. I did this because i didnt have enough wires to power all my fans because i did a quick connect job so i left it off to prevent ovr heating...Well i was listening to music talking to w1zz and tweaking the card when all of a sudden i notied something....my music started to skip and jitter it never went to a diff part of the song it would just slow down stop for a sec or speed up...so this concerned me. I obviously wasnt getting good audio quality..i thought it may be a power issue or something so i adjusted my wires and started the rig back up..it worked perfect...now i decided to concentrate all my time into modding the bios and OC'ing so my comp was pretty idle after about an hour it id it again..this time with everything closed i knew a program wasnt doing it...and i knew i had enough power...so i bent down to look at the card...i knew when a grafx card got to hot it artifacted i wondered if the same principle was the same for sound cards as silly as it sounds...well like many of you i have a low budget sound card..its does amazing in games and also comes with no HS so i touched it..it burnt my fingure almost immediately...i had a problem.i wasnt sure if it was the reason my sound was skipping but i knew at that hot it wasnt going to help the life span any so i devised a simple mod...i needed to cool my sound card...
    Ok so i had an old 3dfx banshee card lying around with an aluminium HS it was small and square and looking at my card seen below it looked like it would fit....
    so it was time to get

    (lolo bad pun but still :P)

    I needed to test fit as tehir is all sorts of capacitors and random squiggly things around the SC "core" so i looked at how even it would be and if it came in contact with anything..

    Nope we were good so now it was time to figure out how i was going to do it...you see i have thermal paste not thermal epoxy so this was difficuly i could ghetto rig it with rubber pands but i decided against the idea...so i thought of something..they use Epoxy on NB's and old school grafx cards...well i didnt have thermal epoxy..but i had something that would work and wouldnt melt under high temps..and also may provide conductivity...super glue.
    My plan was to dot some glue on the very edges of the SC and run a strip of TIM diagonal in the center of the chip

    this would make it so the coolest parts of the chip held the HS on while providing some heat transfer while the center of the chip had actual TIM to provide the best transfer..

    Now to put the HS on and let it sit..this will allow the glue to cure and seat itself permanently on the core...and hopefully the HS will pull alot of the heat away ...This will most deffinetely prolong the life of these extremely hot no HS sound cards but what about sound quality?
    Finished work.

    The next step was to install the card relatively simple. same slot and all the card was in and i booted my system. I watched the card for awhile making sure it didt get so hot the HS fell off it didnt..so i than touched it the HS was a little warm...it means its hot..but it also means its getting bleed away so i consider it a good thing.
    Next step was to play some music..b4 this i turned up my speakers opened never winter nights and of course made sure i had ever sound setting possible enabled as to stress the card..than i loaded a huge battle scene were i knew these sounds would come into play...i uped the difficulty level making it harder for me to breeze through..i wanted the card to get hot...so i played for about an hour and no stuttering thats good because i heard it in games to...so i quickly left the game and gave the card no time to breath. i booted media player and loaded a play list..then i went to wallmart to buy food with the girl and left it playing...then...i came home...my computer was still playing music my HS still on the card..i was gone an hour and ~45min...and lo and behold...the card was still bleeding heat this time a little hotter but i could still hold my fingure their..something i could not do b4...and my media player wasnt skipping!!!! I Win...the mod actually improved the longevity and the sound quality!!! i couldnt bealive it!!! so to get more sound quality i went here (some list for you guys)
    http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=57089" sound card modded drivers
    After i showed jimmy so i could imporve my experioance..it totally upped my options cmss2 eax got way better KH range options a must have for creative owners..
    than just an idea for you if youd like to get MORE sound quality check out here.
    http://forums.techpowerup.com/showthread.php?t=38660" how to
    thnx Trodas...He's recapping an old grafx card. But the same holds true for soundcards..alot of people actually did it with the X Fi series of creative cards to get ride of "speaker buzz"
    TOOLS FOR X-FI USERS:
    http://www.tech-forums.net/pc/f10/ho...g-x-fi-150386/
    http://forums.creative.com/creativel...ssage.id=87066
    http://www.xtremesystems.org/forums/...d.php?t=182354
    This mod holds true for any old sound card Creative or no even new ones with or without a HS change the Tim or add a HS take your fingure and touch the chip you decide but i know youll be pleased because if your like me and cant afford a new one..you have just
    1.) Prolonged lifespan
    2.) Prevented sound quality degradation
    3.) cured bad sound quality.
    tell me what you think!
    Thank you and good luck!!!
    member to check out my modding an NF4 to SLI mod i wrote yesterday!!! link in meh siggy
    also check out rebuilding a copper head im on a roll!

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    Thats the only problem with creative sound cards those are for high range speaker settings

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    As always Solaris, nice mod

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    Gotta say I love the ending to your adventure haha.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaganader View Post
    Gotta say I love the ending to your adventure haha.

    haha thank you i try to keep them somwhat entertaining because some people dont have the same hardware i do so to not make it boring i try to make it enjoyable for everyone

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    Hi!
    The images are really impressive!
    Thanks!

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    Thumbs up Sound Card simple mods

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    Wonderful info guys....The list of apps looks great.....and i thank u........
    Last edited by Skyguy; 10-02-2009 at 15:10.

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