sound card for broadband?

  cooked cow 18:12 13 Nov 05

hi i'm thinking of switching to b/band and the specs say i've got to have sound card, can you tell me why? i,ve just bought a brand new pc with onboard sound, and i dont really want to open it up in case of warranty probs, its a packard bell pc

  x2 zero 20:12 13 Nov 05

Ive just got broadband on a 5 year old pc with
onboard sound.

  keewaa 20:20 13 Nov 05

Can't see why you would need a sound card, even on board sound ... no reason why you can't install bb if you have no sound at all. Many many people have bb with onboard sound.

  Diodorus Siculus 20:20 13 Nov 05

What ISP is saying that?

Sounds like a poorly written specification plan.

  VoG II 20:22 13 Nov 05

I agree - one of the craziest things I have ever 'heard'.

  Kenneth-266656 20:24 13 Nov 05

Agreed I have onboard sound - no prob.

  cooked cow 21:12 13 Nov 05

hi thats what i thought,i,m with virgin and they say

Minimum PC requirements:
Pentium 200Mhz or equivalent
16-bit sound card
Four-speed CD-ROM player
200 MB free on hard drive
MS Windows 98SE, ME, 2000 or XP
A spare USB port.

  keewaa 21:17 13 Nov 05

Maybe their installation CD uses sound.

You could install without a CD player, and you could use an ethernet modem and not need a USB.

So technically it's not an essential spec, more of an avaerage user guide spec.

  VoG II 21:18 13 Nov 05

Your on-board sound will be at least 16-bit so nothing to worry about.

  Stuartli 21:43 13 Nov 05

Probably the specification was written by a member of an Italian sounding ISP's customer support division...:-)

  cooked cow 22:44 13 Nov 05

thanks everyone

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