anyone who has worked with cheap computers for awhile knows that internal audio can break. for whatever reason, its a recurring nightmare to suddenly lose audio with no way to recover it.
so, i bought this used motherboard for my moms laptop. claims "sound does not work". ok, thats fine. when i get it, the sound does work. really well. for a day, then it went away. then came back. and now its gone again, for good it seems. which i understand. i bought it this way.
so my solution i think is to add a usb sound card internally
. i dont want to give up the convenience of onboard sound. i know mom wont care, and she says she can use her portable usb speakerbar... but i know how it will really go (she wont complain, but i know it will bother her to always have to plug in a usb speaker). also, she wont have a mic.
anyone ever do this? im about to try. what i dont know is if the headphone output will be loud enough to run the little internal laptop speakers. i might need to use that just for the mic and headphone jacks, and then break apart a usb speaker and use the guts to drive the laptop speakers. of course, then i would also need a small usb hub to go inside
ugh this probably isnt worth the hassle of a $70 motherboard but whatever. at least this configuration would always work and not even need drivers!