Sound dead on A20m: options?

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Sound dead on A20m: options?

#1 Post by bobclark86 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 8:59 am

Hi, all. I have an A20m I picked out of the trash (with another old Thinkpad that's 100 %), but the A20m doesn't have sound. I've tried installing drivers on Windows 2000 and Windows 98SE, but no dice. I think it's dead, Jim. No beep on boot, no sound in Windows, no sound through the headphone or line out jacks.

I just wanna play my Windows 95/98 games with their glorious .wav sound, lol.

I've seen USB sound cards that claim to support Windows 98SE. Would something like that hooked to an external speaker work, or am I better off hunting down a PCMCIA sound card? I really don't want to spend infinity more on a new motherboard for this, so I'm looking for other (cheap) options.
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Re: Sound dead on A20m: options?

#2 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:58 am

Does the machine recognise that a sound card is in the machine? Sound cards RARELY ever die. I've only heard of one dying and it was in a server doubling as a dust bunny storage unit.

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Re: Sound dead on A20m: options?

#3 Post by bobclark86 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 1:59 pm

Yup. Says there's a sound chip. Says the drivers are working properly. Tried on Windows 98se and 2000 Pro with all the drivers I could find. Nothing.
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Re: Sound dead on A20m: options?

#4 Post by ajkula66 » Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:24 pm

Thinkpad4by3 wrote: Sound cards RARELY ever die. I've only heard of one dying and it was in a server doubling as a dust bunny storage unit.
A sound card going south was not uncommon on A3x series, but I haven't personally experienced the same issue on an A2x.

Given the description of no sound coming out of the system under any circumstances, I'd have to go with a card gone bad as my diagnosis.
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