Overclock3D Weekly Review Roundup - 04/04/08

"CrossfireX, a custom painted CSX case, Xeon Overclocking - It's all in todays OC3D review roundup. "

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Overclock3D Weekly Review Roundup - 04/04/08
Every week Overclock3D's news mailbox is spammed full of content from partner sites around the globe. Even with a dedicated team of 50 news posters we just cant keep up! So here's a round-up of the best bits we've received over the past week:
ATI 3870 CrossfireX Review
"After 18 Months of drought, and countless unanswered questions, Rage3D returns to its roots, taking ATi's latest and greatest HD3870X2 and putting it through the Caudine Forks of our testing suite. Read on to discover both our journey home and the intricacies of ATi's first high-end targeted solution in a long time." - Rage3D
Hades H1 Mouse Review
"The Hades-Gaming H1Gaming Mouse and Styx GP1 Gaming Mouse Pad arrived Technic3D with 3200dpi Sensor. The Newcomer ready to go? Seven Programmable Buttons and counterweights see you in the following Review on Technic3D." - Technic3D
Razer Piranha Gaming Headset
"We haven't looked at a new Razer product since February of 2007 when reviewing the DeathAdder, but with products from the Copperhead to the Mantis, we have been impressed with their exceptional quality. The Razer Barracuda AC-1 did initially have some problems with Linux, but those have since been worked out with the ALSA Snd-Oxygen driver. Today up on the review block is a new Razer audio product and that is the Piranha Gaming Communicator, which is a headset designed for gamers with true-to-life audio quality and a noise-filtering microphone." - Phoronix
Intel Xeon X3320 Quad Core Overclocking
"The Xeon X3320 is the server version of the desktop Q9300 Quad Core processor, the new 45nm process makes this a cool running CPU. In this quick overclocking test we see if the X3320 which comes with stock 2.5Ghz clocks is any good at overclocking. " - Madshrimps
CSX Wraith Tower Case
"Regarding the actual paint job, since each CSX case is air-brushed by hand by a different artist, there are no two cases in the world that are 100% identical. If you are the type that likes a truly unique product, you will certainly find that here." - OCIA
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02-04-2008, 07:21:41

I;m very happy with my new motherboard ASUS P5E-VM HDMI, but ...

... just one big problem: NO SOUND
yeah, I tried everything, de-install the sound drivers and install them again, checked BIOS, let windows advise, let google advise - no luck.

It says in device status: the device is working properly
And in Control Panel / Sound / Configure / Stereo - test = error Failed to play test tone!

When I go to Windows Media Player and try to playback a sound, it says:

[COLOR=navy][B]Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there is a problem with your sound device. There might not be a sound device installed on your computer, it might be in use by another program, or it might not be functioning properly.[/COLOR][/B]

Having read all the suggestions from Windows help file first I started thinking that the motherboard might be faulty

Then have looked a bit closer at the device manager and changed to view / devices by connection and could see something remarkable:

The loudspeaker icon (REALTEK HIGH DEFINITION AUDIO) has a little exclamation mark !

And when I right-click it and scroll to properties, the following information comes up at device status:

[COLOR=navy]This device cannot start. (Code 10)

Click 'Check for solutions' to send data about this device to Microsoft and to see if there is a solution available.

Of course there was none ...

My plan:
1) update BIOS,
2) change chipset driver,
3) download sound driver from manufacturer's website (instead from supplied CD),
4) if nothing helps I will de-install vista and try XP instead.

Will be reporting back as soon as I find any cause.

02-04-2008, 08:32:14

Sounds like the driver doesn't like Vista.
Are you using the Vista driver or the XP driver? An XP driver will be a little unstable on Vista.

04-04-2008, 13:54:14

Hello Toxcity ... yeah, it actually was the correct vista driver.

And here is how I solved my sound issue on this motherboard ...

Well, I was about to install XP over Vista, to see if that's any difference.
But before that - I decided to quickly install SP1 for Vista ... the process took a long time though (in 3 steps) ... and what can I say, GOOD LORD ... when it was finished, suddenly I got sound. :)

Now I need to find the cause for why Halo freezes everythime after one cycle of online gaming has finished.
Meaning: the new cycle should start automatically, but it doesn't ... I have to get out of Halo by going into the TASK MANAGER and exit Halo.

Switching off the firewall didn't help ... what might be the cause ??? :(

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