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4 Channel Low Profile PCI Sound Adapter Card AC97 3D Audio Effects

Add 4 channel audio to a desktop PC through a low profile PCI slot

Product ID: PCISOUND4LP

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  • 4 channel audio output via 3.5mm mini-jacks
  • Support for EAX, Karaoke Key and Echoing
  • Built-in 32 Ohm earphone buffer

This PCI sound card provides high quality, multi-channel audio capability and is configured with low profile bracket that allows the card to be installed in a slim form factor or low profile PC case.

The sound card includes a microphone port for applications requiring audio input (voice chat etc.), two audio output ports for rich, clear sound, and a Line-In port for simple connection of auxiliary devices.

Applications

  • Replace failed or stereo-only onboard audio for a small form factor or full desktop system
  • Upgrade to 5.1 audio for a desktop without onboard audio or less than 5.1 surround
  • Build a inexpensive home theater PC or multimedia PC with surround sound capabilities

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Hardware 4-channel audio outputs and support for EAX environmental audio extensions
  • Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030831529

Compatibility

  • Windows 7 logo
  • Linux logo
Windows® 7 (32/64bit), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64), 2000
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2003
Linux

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty Lifetime
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) PCI (5V, 32-bit)
1 - Internal Ports IDC (10 pin, Motherboard Header)
3 - Internal Ports MPC2 (4 pin, Audio)
4 - External Ports 3.5 mm Mini-Jack (3 Position)
Hardware Bus Type PCI (5 Volt)
Card Type Low Profile (SP bracket incl.)
Industry Standards PCI 2.2 Compliant
Chipset ID C-Media - CMI8738-SX
Packaging Information Package Length 17,4 cm [6,9 in]
Package Width 30 mm [1,2 in]
Package Height 14,2 cm [5,6 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 140 g [4,9 oz]
Performance Audio Specifications Supports 4 Channel 16 bit stereo audio

Input/Output Connectors
2 output (front and rear), 1 Microphone, 1 Line In(Aux)
Full Duplex Support Yes
Physical Characteristics Product Length 12,1 cm [4,8 in]
Product Width 80 mm [3,1 in]
Product Height 18 mm [0,7 in]
Weight of Product 50 g [1,8 oz]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® 7 (32/64bit), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64), 2000
Windows Server® 2008 R2, 2003
Linux
Special Notes / Requirements Note Standard Bracket is included
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package 4-channel PCI Sound Card
Full profile Bracket
Driver CD
Instruction Manual

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, right-click the Setup.exe file and click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be trying to run the installer from within the zipped file. Complete the instructions in step 2 to extract the files.

  1. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.

Your computer automatically finishes installing the driver and your device should be ready to use.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at www.startech.com/Downloads. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. In the list of extracted files, double-click the Setup.exe file.
  3. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.

Your computer automatically finishes installing the driver and your device should be ready to use.

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a sound card, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Stereo audio cables

  • Speakers or headsets

  • Sound card

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the stereo audio cables, speakers or headsets, and sound card in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different set of stereo audio cables, speakers or headphones, and sound card in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the speakers or headsets and sound card, it is recommended that you do the following:

To check the default playback device on a computer that is running a version of Windows XP, do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Sound and Audio Devices.
  4. Click the Audio tab.
  5. In the Default device drop-down menu, click the sound card.

To check the default playback device on a computer that is running a version of Windows Vista or Windows 7, do the following:

  1. Click Start.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Hardware and Sound.
  4. Click Sound.
  5. On the Playback tab, right-click the sound card and click Set as Default Device.

To check the default playback device on a computer that is running a version of Windows 8, do the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + X.
  2. Click Control Panel.
  3. Click Hardware and Sound.
  4. Click Sound.
  5. Click the Audio tab.
  6. On the Playback tab, right-click the sound card and click Set as Default Device.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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