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Does a dedicated sound card bypass the built-in sound card?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

So I just got a new headphone with mic for gaming, but the mic doesn't record sounds very well. Assuming this is a motherboard issue and not a Windows issue, will it go away if I buy a sound card and plug the headphone in it? In other words, does a dedicated sound card bypass a faulty motherboard's sound card?

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2 minutes ago, PeterCasteli said:

So I just got a new headphone with mic for gaming, but the mic doesn't record sounds very well. Assuming this is a motherboard issue and not a Windows issue, will it go away if I buy a sound card and plug the headphone in it? In other words, does a dedicated sound card bypass a faulty motherboard's sound card?

Yes, it does. But I highly doubt its a motherboard issue... I have literally never heard of a sound hardware issue.

 

I would be much more likely to blame windows or some settings than to blame the mobo.


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Yes. You would plug your headset/speakers and microphone into the dedicated sound card therefore bypassing the onboard sound card entirely.

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17 minutes ago, PeterCasteli said:

So I just got a new headphone with mic for gaming, but the mic doesn't record sounds very well. Assuming this is a motherboard issue and not a Windows issue, will it go away if I buy a sound card and plug the headphone in it? In other words, does a dedicated sound card bypass a faulty motherboard's sound card?

Honestly I have a feeling it's your mic. Not gonna lie, but most of the time the mics on those 3.5mm headsets have potato sound quality. 


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29 minutes ago, PeterCasteli said:

So I just got a new headphone with mic for gaming, but the mic doesn't record sounds very well. Assuming this is a motherboard issue and not a Windows issue, will it go away if I buy a sound card and plug the headphone in it? In other words, does a dedicated sound card bypass a faulty motherboard's sound card?

Only if you turn it off entirely.

 

I'd suggest buying a USB headset if you wish to bypass the onboard audio rather than an expansion card. Most Realtek audio chips are just the cheapest of the cheap, and occasionally they have issues where an OEM driver update breaks the chip, thus you end up with the wrong "ports" being mapped.

 

You may simply have to install the OEM software and when the box pops up "what device did you plug in" select microphone, otherwise it may default to line-in and that's why the input is too low.

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19 hours ago, LIGISTX said:

Yes, it does. But I highly doubt its a motherboard issue... I have literally never heard of a sound hardware issue.

 

I would be much more likely to blame windows or some settings than to blame the mobo.

Yeah I thought it was a Windows problem too, so I contacted them and they even did a remote access to my pc but there was nothing wrong with the settings. I don't now if I should reach out to Realtek or just buy a dedicated sound card.

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19 hours ago, FlpDaMattress said:

Before you go throwing money at the problem, Try using another mic in the same port first, soundcards in 2020 are a hard sell.

I tried other mics but they all had the same problem

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18 hours ago, BlueChinchillaEatingDorito said:

Honestly I have a feeling it's your mic. Not gonna lie, but most of the time the mics on those 3.5mm headsets have potato sound quality. 

But every other mic I tried on my pc had the exact same problem

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35 minutes ago, PeterCasteli said:

But every other mic I tried on my pc had the exact same problem

Might as well get an external DAC/amp unit if you have the desk space. Way better than a soundcard.

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6 hours ago, PeterCasteli said:

I tried other mics but they all had the same problem

You can find USB microphones under $50 all day, I personally daily drive a CAD U37. It's a bit expensive on Amazon now, But goes on sale all the time. I picked mine up for $35, been rock solid for a few years now.

 

 

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